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CBD (Cannabidiol) is associated with the cannabis plant, but unlike marijuana, CBD does not contain the THC compound responsible for marijuana’s high. Not only that, CBD is recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration. It’s non-addictive, has many therapeutic properties — CBD is believed to have a wide range of medical uses from curing acne and insomnia to reducing chronic pain from conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. What’s more, CBD generally has fewer side effects than prescription medications used to treat the same conditions.

Because CBD is regularly used in an effort to relieve a number of medical conditions, patients are often concerned about CBD medication interactions, and how the compound might interfere with the medicines their doctors have prescribed.

They have every reason to wonder. Like grapefruit (which your doctor probably warned you against consuming if you are on any medications), CBD will temporarily deactivate a specific liver enzyme called P450, potentially altering how our bodies metabolize a wide range of prescription and over-the-counter medications. This key enzyme cluster metabolizes the majority of drugs Americans consume, around 60% of current prescription medications.

Should you panic or eschew CBD altogether, despite its vast array of therapeutic benefits? That’s a conversation you’ll want to have with your doctor. Basically CBD works in your body this way – it can either enhance or diminish a drug’s effect – depending on the drug. For example, one study of seizure patients found that a smaller dose of CBD deactivated the anti-seizure medication that patients were taking, causing additional seizures – but taking higher doses of CBD had the opposite effect.

If CBD is part of your treatment plan, you’ll want to make sure that you and your doctor are monitoring how your body is reacting and the potential for CBD medication interactions. How CBD reacts with other drugs is an area that researchers are just now beginning to study in depth.

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