If you are taking a homeopathic cure for pain, you don’t need to worry about it interacting with another drug. That’s because homeopathic medicines are sugar pills or simple moisturizing creams. They contain no active ingredients. That’s not to say the placebo effect can’t make them appear effective, it’s just to say there’s nothing in them to interact with other drugs.
This is not the case for CBD oil. CBD is an active ingredient and that means you need to pay careful attention if you intend to take it whilst using other drugs or medications.
The Simple Way To Approach This
The best way to approach taking more than one active ingredient is this: talk to your personal physician and ask them what the possible interactions are and whether or not it’s OK to take the two at once.
You cannot beat this approach and while we will take a look at the best-known interactions, CBD oil research is still undergoing and new data is constantly emerging. Your doctor will keep themselves up to date and ensure they know what’s going on – so ALWAYS seek their opinion. It could save your life.
Cytochrome P-450 And CBD Oil
CBD oil has been shown to have some impact on what is known as the Cytochrome P-450 system in the body.
Why does this matter? Well, while you may not have heard the term Cytochrome P-450 bandied about, it’s a very important part of your body’s chemistry.
Almost 60% of active ingredients processed by your body are processed with the Cytochrome P-450 system. CBD oil has been shown to slow this process down. It’s not the only thing to do so – grapefruit and St. John’s Wort are among many ingredients that do similar things to this system.
However, this does mean that taking CBD oil may have some impact on the absorption and processing of up to 60% of all medicines and drugs.
Common drugs affected include steroids, antihistamines, benzodiazepines, antidepressants, NSAID’s and more.
This is why it is so vital that you discuss your CBD oil use with your physician if you are taking any kind of medicine. It is not possible for us to gauge the possible consequences of the interaction of all the different compounds out there and the wrong advice can be very dangerous, indeed.
Your physician may want to test the Cytochrome –450 process and its level of effectiveness in your body. This is fine and can help them better adjust dosages, etc. of medicines to suit your metabolism.
One peculiar known interaction of CBD oil is with alcohol. CBD oil and alcohol taken at the same time lead to lower levels of blood alcohol than the same amount of alcohol taken on its own. We are not certain as to why this is – but it suggests that CBD might help protect your liver from binge-drinking! So, not all interactions are problematic.
Don’t take any risks with any medicine, always seek medical advice before combining one with another.