In our previous articles, we discussed the health benefits of using CBD; we also gave you a detailed account of how it works while in the body. There are lots of information which claim that CBD can negatively interact with other prescription drugs to cause side effects such as drowsiness, fatigue and irregular eating habit. In this article we shall seek to verify the claims if CBD is safe for people who are using contraceptives.
Remember that cannabinoids posses an amazing and safe level of activity in the body such as in boosting the release of feel-good hormones, triggering the production of immune cells and controlling other cognitive activities such as appetite, rest and sleep. At the time of writing this article, most researchers believe that CBD has the potential to limit the activity of certain medications one of which is contraceptives.
HOW DOES CBD LIMIT THE ACTIVITY OF CONTRACEPTIVES?
Remember that CBD plays active role in hormonal balance and other cognitive responses in the body. This level of activity can interact with medications to limit the activity of a contraceptive by slowing down (inhibiting) the activity of Cytochrome P450 (an enzyme secreted by the liver). Cytochrome P450 (CP450) is an enzyme responsible for assisting the body process more than 60% of medications. It can also limit or inhibit the rate at which your body responds to such medications.
Enzyme inhibitors such as CBD can decrease the activity of estrogen- based contraceptives thus leading to an increased risk in getting pregnant. It can also increase breakthrough bleeding in people using contraceptives although these are still subject to further research. At the moment, studies are also being carried out to determine if the use of CBD can increase the rates of side effects like breast cancer and blood clots in people using contraceptives.
The level of interaction experienced while using CBD is largely dependent on the nature of the active hormone in the contraceptive. Progesterone-only contraceptives tend to experience lower levels of interaction (inhibition) than the estrogen-based contraceptives. We strongly recommend that you consult with your doctor before using any CBD product while on contraceptives or whether if you should use additional birth control methods such as condoms if you are relying on a daily dose of CBD.
While we cannot categorically identify the level of the damage this can cause, we can only recommend that you tread with caution and always involve your physician before taking any action concerning your CBD. There are also other activities like chronic alcohol use, cigarette smoking and St. John’s Wort that can affect the potency of your contraceptives.
CBD can interact with certain drugs and limit their activity. Always consult your physician before taking any decision concerning your CBD products. Kindly contact us if you have questions on the use of CBD and its potential interaction with prescription drugs, we will love to hear from you. Don’t forget to share this article with friends.