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What You Need to Know About CBD and Medications

At Nature’s Ultra we believe that CBD can have a powerful impact on your life. That’s why it’s the cornerstone of our products! But we also know that while CBD is a great addition to your lifestyle, it isn’t necessarily a replacement for medications that you may be taking. That means it’s absolutely essential to know how CBD may interact with your current medications. 

Today, we’ll explain how CBD might affect certain medications, which medications may be impacted, and why you should always speak with your doctor when adding CBD to your routine!

The Importance of Quality CBD

According to the World Health Organization’s critical review of CBD, “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.” That said, it’s important to remember that within your body, things don’t happen in a vacuum. Chemical compounds, whether it’s a prescription medication, something you purchased over the counter, or a homeopathic treatment, all have the potential to interact with each other.

It would be easier to predict whether or not CBD will interact with certain medications if we were all exactly the same. But everyone is different, and what may cause a certain reaction in one person may cause something entirely different in another. Genetics, age, and body size can all impact how things interact within your body, including the way CBD mixing with other medications may affect you. Keep that in mind and pay attention to the way your body reacts to certain compounds rather than expecting to have the exact same reaction as someone else.

While everyone is different, one of the things that can play a role in whether or not you have a negative experience is the quality of the CBD oil that you use. Using low-quality CBD oil that isn’t transparent about where its CBD is sourced or what other ingredients it contains is dangerous.  

At Nature’s Ultra, we have a rigorous quality assurance system that ensures all of our products are tested for purity and potency and contain no THC, heavy metals, solvents, or pesticides. CBD may still interact with certain medications, but by creating the highest-quality CBD oils possible, we’re able to avoid interactions that could be caused by contamination.

Medications That May Be Impacted

Dr. Call, Nature’s Ultra’s Chief Science Officer, notes, “CBD undergoes first pass metabolism and is extensively metabolized by the liver. Because of this we do not recommend using CBD products in people with liver problems. Like grapefruit juice, CBD is a CYP 450 enzyme inhibitor and thus can alter the metabolism of some medications. Please consult with your physician if you take any CYP 450 medications. In general it will make these medications metabolize slower and thus you may need to reduce your medication dosing.”

Macrolide antibiotics, benzodiazepines, immune modulators, HIV antivirals, calcium channel blockers, HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, anticoagulants and steroids are a few of the types of medications that may be affected by CBD. A quick online search or a discussion with your physician can help you understand if the medications you are taking might be metabolized by the P450 enzyme pathway. 

Dr. Call says “Some of the studies that have been done with CBD used relatively high doses, often 600 mg twice a day or more. It is possible that the 15-60 mg per day that someone might absorb while using Natures Ultra products would have less of an effect on ones medication levels. Nevertheless, we want to error on the side of caution and therefore we recommend that everyone thoughtfully considers the medications they are taking, how CBD might affect them, and has a conversation with their physician.”

At Nature’s Ultra, each of our products is available in different strengths so you can find the right concentration for you. Let’s use our Citrus CBD Oil as an example. It’s available in two strengths: 500 mg and 1000 mg. The strength of 500 mg provides approximately 16.66 mg of CBD in each full dropper, which is one serving size. The strength of 1000 mg provides approximately 33.33 mg of CBD per dropper. Because we offer these different concentrations, you’ll be able to find the strength that interacts better for you.

Always Speak With Your Doctor

We encourage you to speak with your doctor. They will have a far greater insight into your health history, your medications, and how they may interact with CBD. If you’re already using CBD oil, it’s still a good idea to check in with your doctor to ensure you’re medications are still at appropriate doses. Also, pay attention to your body. Every person is different and only you know how you are feeling. Take care of yourself and make healthy choices. Your wellness is our top priority here at Natures Ultra. 

We hope this article has helped you understand how CBD may interact with medications. Confident that CBD is right for you? Click here to visit our product page and place your order. With our Fast-N-Free Shipping, you’ll be enjoying your CBD oil in no time!

 

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