CBD Cautions and Medication Interactions
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CBD and Glaucoma Caution: Studies
A study by Indiana University on mice has discovered that Cannabidiol MAY increase the pressure in the eye. This suggests CBD is a probable **contraindication for people with glaucoma. It is recommended, as always, that you consult with your qualified medical practitioner BEFORE using CBD Oil. Please click the link to read the study article.
**A contraindication is a specific situation in which a drug, procedure, or surgery should not be used because it may be harmful to the person. There are two types of contraindications: Relative contraindication means that caution should be used when two drugs or procedures are used together.
Cautionary advice from this Study: Click to view>> cbd for glaucoma in humans
This Article from The British Journal of Opthalmology suggests that CBD actually LOWERS the pressure and could be an effective treatment. Please click the quote to read.
And this article [click the text to visit the page] in 'Current Opinions in Opthalmology' suggests:
SummaryThe pharmacology of marijuana and its effect on intraocular pressure has not changed since the research in the 1970s and 1980s. Marijuana is an effective ocular hypotensive agent. However, cardiovascular and neurological effects are observed at the same dose, and may theoretically reduce the beneficial effect of lowering intraocular pressure by reducing ocular blood flow. The clinician must be cognizant of this potential in diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy.
CBD Drug Interactions
There are certain drugs that interact with Cannabidiol, these interactions typically involve drugs that are metabolized by CYP450 enzymes and could possibly interact with CBD. Indiana University Department of Medicine reports that drugs known to use the CYP450 system include:
HIV antivirals ᛫ Immune modulators ᛫ Benzodiazepines ᛫ Steroids ᛫ Anti-epileptics ᛫ Beta blockers ᛫ PPIs ᛫ Antidepressants ᛫ NSAIDs ᛫ Angiotension II blockers ᛫ Oral hypoglycemic agents ᛫ Sulfonylureas ᛫ HMG CoA reductase inhibitors ᛫ Calcium channel blockers ᛫ Antihistamines ᛫ Prokinetics ᛫ Anti-arrythmics ᛫ Antibiotics ᛫ Anesthetics ᛫ Anti-psychotics
The drugs that interact with CBD is not limited to the medications above. It is advised that anyone who considers using CBD should firstly consult with a Doctor or Medical Professional.
The Grapefruit Test
This is actually a great trick if you want to know if any of your medications will interact with cannabidiol. Do the “Grapefruit Test” with your physician. The “grapefruit test” is asking your doctor if any of the drugs you’re taking are affected by eating grapefruits. CBD words similarly to grapefruit… it can impact many drugs that are widely used. CBD acts in precisely the exact same manner chemically as a grapefruit, just more powerful.
When talking to your doctor, your doctor might not know about CBD… therefore a safe second option when discussing using CBD is to ask if any of your medications can interact with grapefruit.
Can you Drink Alcohol and CBD?
One of the most popular questions in regards to CBD drug interactions is whether or not someone who suppliments with CBD can drink alcohol during one’s dosing with CBD. Unfortunately research hasn’t gone far enough to answer that question for us. It is important that one is cautious when drinking alcohol white taking CBD.
Never the less we do know a thing or two about CBD and Alcohol interactions:
Those taking CBD typically have a lower blood level of alcohol when taking CBD when compared to a controlled group. CBD also reduces the the brain mechanisms which are responsible for cravings for relapse to alcohol on any degree.
As research continues we will further update our knowledge-base with relevant information for CBD and Alcohol interactions
Can you Drink Caffeine and CBD?
CBD and Caffeine? A better couple than coffee and cream! They actually complement each other so nicely! CBD actually binds to the same receptor as caffeine! Typically when we get tired, a hormone in our brain (called Adenosine) binds to a certain receptor called A2a. When that happens, that results in a “Digest and Rest” effect. The human body gets a signal to rest in order to facilitate digestion. Caffeine blocks that very receptor in order to upkeep energy and vitality. Surprisingly CBD binds to that same receptor and facilitates caffeine in the same way. At the same time, while blocking the A2a receptor it also slows down the absorption of caffeine which results in a prolonged effect!
One should be cautioned that this may enable one to drink more coffee throughout the day without the perils of anxiety which may result in staying up all night.
Doing Your Own Research Is Crucial
Doing your own due diligence through intelligent and patient research - which is easy enough on the internet [look for scholarly articles and trusted sources] - is absolutely crucial.
If you're taking CBD oil to support your own wellbeing or for any other reason, it is in your very best interests to research and inform yourself as fully as possible by selecting a variety of trusted sources.
There are many misleading (and potentially dangerous) claims made about CBD by sources that may appear credible, and some of which may be using either outdated or inaccurate information.
Whilst we at Be Calmer CBD+ are doing our very best to remain updated, you will notice there are tons of resources and places where you can inform yourself. One source is never enough. A reasonable rule of thumb may be to select 3 or more sources and compare the information, looking for citations, peer reviewed papers and the personal experiences of people who have perhaps been on a similar CBD journey to the one you're considering. Consult with your qualified and informed Medical Practitioner. If they are not informed to your standards, seek out a Medical Practitioner who is informed and competent in their understanding of CBD usage .
We have read misleading information from a multitude of angles: from those who are hyping CBD and those who are demonising it.
So remain vigilant and do your due diligence. You owe this to yourself and we completely support you in this process.
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