CBD Isn’t For Everyone

CBD Isn’t For Everyone

While CBD can be helpful for some individuals, it isn’t for everyone. Let’s talk about CBD medication interactions and times when CBD may not be the answer.

Disclaimer: This information is meant simply for educational purposes and should not be mistaken for medical advice. Before using CBD make sure to talk with your trusted healthcare provider.

Why I use CBD

As I’ve shared on the blog before, the main reason I started taking CBD was to help with my anxiety in the morning.

Especially when I was working a “normal job,” there were mornings where my anxiety was almost debilitating. And adding some CBD to my oats or coffee truly helped me calm down my mind so that I could get myself out the door.

Now, that wasn’t every morning. For me, CBD is something I take only on days that I feel truly anxious and those anxious feelings aren’t made better by doing 15 minutes of yoga or taking the dog for a walk.

But what I do use almost on a daily basis is topical CBD cream to help with chronic shoulder and IT band pain. It’s also made a huge difference in muscle soreness after skiing and hiking. 

Are there other ways to help reduce muscle soreness? Yes, but for me personally, CBD combined with stretching has worked better than anything else — and is much cheaper than getting massages weekly. 

But that’s just me. For other’s there may be other options that work better. Or there may be reasons why medially you may want to avoid or limit CBD usage.

How CBD interacts with medications

One of the big topics that I don’t see people talking about is the fact that CBD may interact with some medications, making them either less effective or increasing their effectiveness.

Either way, if you take one of these medications, I do not recommend using CBD until you’ve talked to your healthcare provider.

CBD can affect medications that also interact with grapefruit: There are over 85 drugs that fit this description, with some of the most common one’s including:

  • NSAIDs, including:
    • Aspirin 
    • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
    • Indomethacin
  • Some blood thinners, including:
    • Apixaban (Eliquis)
    • Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)
    • Clopidogrel (Plavix)
    • Ticagrelor (Brilinta)
  • Some antibiotics and antimicrobials, including: 
    • Erythromycin
    • Rilpivirine and related HIV drugs
    • Primaquine
    • Albendazole
  • Some blood pressure medications, including: 
    • Felodipine
    • Nifedipine (Procardia)
    • Losartan (Cozaar)
    • Eplerenone (Inspra)
  • Some cholesterol medications, including: 
    • Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
    • Lovastatin (Mevacor)
    • Simvastatin (Zocor)
  • Some heart rhythm medications, including: 
    • Amiodarone
    • Dronedarone (Multaq)
  • Some anti-depressants, including: 
    • Bupropion (Wellbutrin)
    • Quetiapine (Seroquel)
    • Lurasidone (Latuda)
    • Ziprasidone (Geodon)
    • Buspirone (Buspar)
    • Diazepam (Valium)
    • Midazolam (Versed)
    • Triazolam (Halcion)

CBD may also interact with some chemotherapy drugs. Make sure to talk with your doctor to see if CBD is safe for you to take during chemotherapy treatment. 

In addition to the above medications, CBD may also interact with birth control pills containing estrogen. While there’s not enough research to know for sure what, or if, CBD does have an effect, early studies suggest that it could make some birth control methods less effective.

If you’re currently on an estrogen-containing birth control method, it’s recommended to use a second method of contraception if using CBD. Other options include switching to an IUD. Regardless, if you’re trying to avoid pregnancy, talk with your gynecologist before starting CBD. 

Can you take CBD when pregnant?

Short answer is no.

While I’ve seen plenty of people talk about CBD (and THC) helping with morning sickness, we do not have enough research to say that CBD is safe during pregnancy.

Other reasons why CBD may not be right for you

In addition to potential medication interactions and pregnancy, children should not be given CBD products (again, we just don’t have research to prove that it’s safe for them).

Also, CBD is not a miracle cure. Taking it won’t instantly make you feel even better. Especially if you don’t have a condition that CBD is thought to help with, taking it is unlikely to have much of an effect. 

And as it isn’t cheap, there are many other ways to feel a little calmer or sleep a little better without taking CBD.

Curious to learn more about CBD?

Be sure to check out the Wellness page for more research-based articles on CBD and health!

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I’m Kelli MS, RD. As a foodie with a background in nutrition research, I’m a firm believer that what we eat affects nearly every aspect of our wellbeing, and that food should taste freaking delicious.

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My name is Kelli McGrane, and I’m a Denver-based registered dietitian with a Master’s degree in nutrition.

As a foodie with a background in nutrition research, I’m a firm believer that what we eat affects nearly every aspect of our wellbeing, and that food should taste freaking delicious.

My goal with New Mind is to help you find balance in both your mind and body through nutrition research and whole foods-based recipes.

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