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Q: I am on other medications. Can CBD interact with other drugs?

While CBD is safe to use, it can potentially mess with other medications you may be taking.

The way that CBD is metabolized by your body can interfere with how your body normally metabolizes other drugs you take. If those other drugs aren’t metabolized properly, they can hang around and stay in your system longer than you want. This can cause negative side effects and complications.

One kind of drug you should pay special attention to is a blood thinner like warfarin. Taking CBD with warfarin can make the warfarin stay in your system for too long without being broken down.

CBD drug interactions aren’t always bad. They can actually be a good thing. CBD can make other drugs more effective, so much so that you can reduce the dosage of those other drugs and thus have less negative side effects to deal with.

Have you ever been told by a doctor not to take a particular medication with grapefruit? The reason is that compounds in the grapefruit can interfere with the metabolism of certain drugs. CBD interacts with other medications in your body in the same way as grapefruit, only even stronger. Therefore, if you have a question about whether CBD might affect the efficacy of a particular drug, you can simply ask your doctor or pharmacist if you should avoid grapefruit while on that drug.

Never start, stop or alter any medication or supplement without first consulting your healthcare professional.

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