Forty-four percent of Americans use prescription medication to help improve their lives. Some of the most commonly prescribed drugs include those to aid anxiety, chronic pain, and insomnia.
Cannabidiol — or CBD — has shown promise in clinical studies to potentially help people who experience these types of health issues.
If you are taking a prescribed medication and are considering adding CBD to your daily health regimen, you first need to understand how the interaction might affect you.
How does the body process CBD and prescription medications?
The body metabolizes CBD in the liver, using enzymes to break down the compound so it can be used effectively by the body. These same enzymes also metabolize your medications, regulating the amount of the drug that ultimately enters your blood stream.
Taking CBD along with your prescription medications could change the way your body metabolizes the drug, potentially altering its effects.
If you are one of the many Americans taking prescription medications who wants to explore the potential benefits of CBD, the key is to use a form of CBD that will not overwork your liver.
If I’m taking prescription meds, what type of CBD product is best for me?
CBD products come in many different forms, and can be ingested, vaporized, and applied topically depending on your preference.
Recent findings suggest that if you are taking prescription medication, it is best to use a CBD product that can be applied topically.
Will a CBD-based lotion or body oil interact with my prescribed health regimen?
Lotions, body oils, and bath products allow you to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of CBD without interfering with the effectiveness of your medications.
Because the cannabinoids in lotions and body oils are absorbed through the skin, the amount that reaches the liver for metabolization is reduced. New research also suggests that lower levels of CBD might not affect the way your body metabolizes other medications.
This makes a topical CBD product a better choice for people who must continue taking prescription medications.
Another tip? Timing is everything. If you take your meds in the morning, use the CBD product at night. Until you understand how the product affects you, leave space between your medication dosage and your CBD product use.
Will I still get the same potential benefits from a CBD lotion or body oil?
According to some experts, CBD products have the potential to ease skin irritation, muscle aches, and tightness. CBD can also act as a natural analgesic, soothing aches and pains by interacting with your body’s own endocannabinoid system.
Dermatologists and beauty editors have also celebrated the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabinoids when used as a skincare ingredient.