CBD May Possibly Interfere With Your Daily Medication
The interest in cannabidiol (aka CBD) ― a nonpsychoactive chemical found in marijuana and hemp plants ― is only growing. It has made its way into our shampoos and lotions. There are CBD-infused smoothies, bath bombs and beer. There are even holiday treats (looking at you, CBD jelly beans).
Many people ― including medical experts ― say it’s beneficial in helping to manage different ailments like anxiety, sleeplessness and pain. But while CBD has been advertised as an effective way to treat a wide mix of maladies, the compound is still largely unregulated and unstudied.
“It’s the wild, wild West right now,” said Michelle Henry, a board-certified dermatologist and Harvard-trained Mohs surgeon.
Because of that, there are some questions about how it may impact a user’s life ― specifically if they’re taking drugs for other health issues. Here’s what experts know so far:
Researchers suspect CBD could interact with most medications
Little is known about how CBD could affect other medications a person is taking, according to Yasmin Hurd, a CBD researcher and the director of the Addiction Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Still, Hurd suspects the substance could very well negatively interact with most medications that are taken orally.