by Alex Robles & Xochipilli

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in cannabis that has been shown to have a number of potential therapeutic effects.  It’s important to be aware of the potential for drug interactions with CBD, as it may affect the way that other medications work in the body.

One of the main ways that CBD may interact with other medications is through its effect on the cytochrome P450 system.  This is a group of enzymes in the liver that are responsible for breaking down a wide range of substances, including many medications.  CBD has been shown to inhibit the activity of these enzymes, which can lead to an increase in the levels of certain medications in the body.  This can potentially lead to an increase in the side effects of these medications, as well as a decrease in their effectiveness.

The medication that’s most likely to be affected by CBD is warfarin, a blood thinner that’s used to prevent blood clots.  CBD may increase the blood-thinning effects of warfarin, leading to an increased risk of bleeding.  It’s important for individuals taking warfarin to be cautious when using CBD and to inform their healthcare provider if they are considering using CBD.

Another medication that may be affected by CBD is clobazam, a seizure medication.  CBD may increase the levels of clobazam in the body, leading to an increased risk of side effects such as drowsiness and sedation.  It’s important for individuals taking clobazam to be cautious when using CBD and to inform their healthcare provider if they are considering using CBD.

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It’s important to note that the potential for drug interactions with CBD is not limited to these two medications.  There are many other medications that may be affected by CBD, and it’s always a good idea to inform your healthcare provider if you are considering using CBD or if you are already using CBD and are starting a new medication.  Your healthcare provider can help you to understand the potential risks and benefits of using CBD and can help you to make an informed decision about whether or not to use it.

Always remember that we are our own best health advocate and we should all be aware of the potential for drug interactions with CBD.