The number one priority for people suffering from multiple illnesses is to find ways to alleviate symptoms associated with those illnesses. This has led to an increase in using cannabis to further increase comfort. Unfortunately, there can be side effects when cannabis products are combined with over the counter or prescription medications. It is very important to be aware of the form of CBD, side effects, altered effects, and how a grapefruit warning can help you sort through the options available to you.
The three most common forms of CBD are inhaled, edible, and topical. Each type of product gets absorbed by the body at different rates. Inhaled gets absorbed the fastest, reaching peak concentration within 30 minutes of use. Edibles require the body to fully digest a product first before it can be absorbed and have an effect. Edibles may never reach peak concentration due to digestion times but may have a longer lasting effect. Topical formulations rarely have a high enough absorption rate to cause interactions with other muha meds, but this possibility does exist.
Increased Side Effects
All medications have side effects. While generally considered safe, CBD may cause drowsiness, lightheadedness, nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, and, in rare instances, damage to the liver. Any over the counter or prescription products that also have these side effects can see the effect increased by the addition of CBD products.
Altered Effects of Prescribed Medication
Many medications are broken down by the liver. CBD products may compete or interfere with the breakdown which can lead to too much or not enough of the medication being absorbed by the body. This may lead to medications not working as intended or increasing the risk of side effects. These interactions are hard to predict but can cause serious setbacks in treatment or create other problems.
This may sound strange, but a grapefruit warning on a prescription medication may save you from harmful interactions with CBD products under consideration. Medications that have a grapefruit warning frequently have interactions with CBD products. More than 85 drugs interact with grapefruit and some closely related citrus juices causing the body to not be able to break down the medication normally and increasing or decreasing the overall effect of the medication. The grapefruit warning is an obvious sign to check with your medical providers before trying CBD products.
While we understand that everyone wants the fastest, most effective treatments available for their medical issues, the reality is that there are many ways for medications to interact with each other and with CBD products. To maximize your treatment, be honest with your medical providers to avoid side effects or treatment setbacks. If your doctor agrees that CBD could be an appropriate treatment option for you, Vapor Galleria, an industry leader, staffed with a knowledgeable team, is available to help you sort through the side effects and explain the varioius forms. Vapor Galleria’s six locations are stocked to provide the products that meet your needs.
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