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4 Reasons to Check with Your Doctor Before Using CBD

Health-conscious consumers around the world have attested to the many wellness benefits of CBD. New studies exploring potential applications of CBD for chronic pain management are published regularly. With each passing month, scientists are learning more about how CBD oil interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. 

However, as CBD products spread across the market, it’s also important to be aware of potential interactions. This article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical conditions, but it can help you talk to your doctor about CBD.

  1. Drug Interactions

If you’re interested in taking CBD but are currently treating other medical conditions, talk to your doctor about potential drug interactions. 

While CBD is non-psychoactive, non-addictive, and regarded as safe by the World Health Organisation (WHO), it can interfere with how the human body absorbs certain medications. This is one of the very few side effects of CBD. 

Whenever you take medication, your body has to metabolize it. The enzyme family CYP450 is largely responsible for breaking down and digesting medications. 

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CBD can interfere with the normal operation of the CYP450 family–much like botanical chemistry of grapefruit does. For this reason, it’s advisable to avoid ingestible CBD if your medication has a warning to avoid grapefruit. Even if your medication doesn’t have the grapefruit label, it’s still necessary to talk to your doctor before trying CBD. 

Bring your doctor a list of all the vitamins, supplements, and medications you currently take. Your doctor can assess any potential drug interactions. Even if ingestible CBD oil isn’t advisable for you, you may still be able to integrate some CBD topical into your wellness routine. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor to recommend CBD products. 

  1. CBD, Epidiolex, and Medical Cannabis Products

It’s important to understand the difference between CBD products–which are sourced from industrial hemp oil–and cannabis products. Depending on the country you currently live in, you may also encounter either medical or recreational cannabis products in addition to CBD products. 

Canzon CBD products are sourced from hemp oil, which is extracted from the non-psychoactive hemp plant. The industrial hemp plant is cultivated for its high amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) and trace amounts of THC. This is why Canzon CBD is extremely safe and widely available for consumers.

On the other hand, the cannabis plant produces much higher levels of THC. Depending on the strain of cannabis, the levels of THC can yield a psychoactive effect. While this is associated with some abuse potential, studies have also found that THC can help people who suffer from certain mental disorders or from severe chronic pain. Within the EU, medical cannabis is legal in Switzerland, Germany, and the Czech Republic, with more EU states considering relaxing cannabis laws.

If you live in a place where medical cannabis is legal and struggle with a mental condition whose symptoms may be alleviated by medical cannabis, your doctor may discuss this with you. CBD products can be consumed on their own or in conjunction with medical cannabis.

Furthermore, for people who suffer from Dravet syndrome, medical-grade cannabidiol is available in the form of the drug Epidiolex. This pharmaceutical has FDA-approval and has been shown to be immensely beneficial to epilepsy patients. If you suffer from epilepsy, talk to your doctor about what form of CBD may be right for you.

  1. CBD Product Types

With so many CBD products on the market, it can be difficult to choose. Your pre-existing medical conditions, lifestyle, and personal preferences all work together to help decide which CBD product or products are right for you. Balms and topicals can help ease minor aches, pains, soreness, and activity-induced inflammation. This can be useful for athletes, senior citizens, and weekend warriors. 

CBD cosmetics integrate CBD into creams, anti-aging gels, and moisturizing lotions. These may help you fight symptoms associated with acne, psoriasis, or skin irritation. 

Skincare products are already indexed as Class 1 medical devices in the EU. These products contain no THC and are created using CBD isolate crystals which are 99% pure CBD. 

On the other hand, ingestible CBD products include full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and pure CBD isolate. CBD isolate is suitable for athletes who need to avoid even trace, non-psychoactive amounts of THC for competition drug testing purposes. 

  1. CBD Quality

In today’s world, it’s important to source your CBD from a reputable supplier. Search for a CBD purveyor who uses certified organic, sustainably sourced hemp and who has lab-tested their CBD through a third-party. Ensure your CBD has all the beneficial cannabinoids you need and no harmful chemicals or heavy metals. 

Canzon provides high-quality CBD products for those looking to add CBD to their daily wellness regimen. They source their CBD from industrial organic hemp grown in Switzerland and use a third-party lab to test the products to ensure quality, purity, and safety.

Final Thoughts

While CBD is widely regarded as safe and health-promoting, even something as benign as grapefruit can interfere with how your body processes key medications. That’s why it’s important to bring a list of your vitamins, medications, supplements, concerns, and healthcare goals to discuss with your healthcare provider.

In addition, it’s always important to seek the advice of a medical professional before undertaking a new wellness routine. Talk to your doctor about what CBD products may be best for you.

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Scott Briones
Scott was born in San Rafael, CA, home to the high school were "420" was popularized. He has been writing for more than 5 years about the cannabis industry. He loves to race his car and has just fulfilled his dream of racing at the Nurburgring in Germany

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