Let’s Pause for a Moment… What Exactly is CBD?
To put it simply, CBD is just one of more than 400 compounds produced by the cannabis plant. These are called cannabinoids. Although there was once an attached stigma, CBD is not intoxicating, meaning you can add it to your nighttime routine without the worry of experiencing a high.
CBD stands for cannabidiol and is classified as a cannabinoid, like THC, except CBD is completely non-psychoactive. It’s commonly extracted from the hemp plant and not the marijuana plant. You see, hemp carries high amounts of CBD and low amounts of THC. Whereas marijuana contains high amounts of THC and low amounts of CBD.
CBD extracted from hemp is what has gained so much popularity in recent years, and it has quickly become the new super-star sleep aid.
Does CBD Interact with Medication?
One common concern among older adults who use CBD is whether CBD can interfere with prescription drugs taken for arthritis or other conditions. And as a matter of fact, a huge number of medications, including CBD, are broken down by the same large family of liver enzymes, called CYP450.
CBD has been shown to inhibit some enzymes in this family. This makes them break down certain drugs more slowly, which could potentially increase side effects unless your doctor adjusts the dose. On the other hand, CBD induces other enzymes in this family, which speeds the breakdown of certain drugs so they may potentially be less effective unless the dose is increased. It's all dependent on what medication you're taking, at what dose, and how your body interacts with the medication. That's why we highly recommend consulting with your doctor before beginning a CBD practice to avoid any unwanted side-effects and also have peace of mind.