Can You Take CBD While On Antibiotics?

Can You Take CBD While On Antibiotics?

The natural cannabis/hemp substance CBD, short for cannabidiol, has been used as an herbal dietary supplement for a wide variety of uses by people all over the country. Many people use this product alongside their conventions medicines and health practices.

Because the product is not psychoactive (unlike cannabis products which contain THC), it has only a small number of side effects, and you can’t overdose on it, you can use this hemp product as a complement to Western medicine. These same properties make it suitable for people of all ages, with the caveat (see below!) that you should always consult with a trained medical health professional before adding cannabidiol to your complementary health care routine.

That said, there are a few things you should know about using CBD while on antibiotics.


CBD and Antibiotics

Antibiotics are one of the most commonly used categories of medicines in the U.S.A. Health care providers prescribe them to treat bacterial infections of all kinds. In some cases, antibiotics are also given to help stop a bacterial infection from reoccurring. 

These drugs have saved countless lives since they came into use in the 1900s. However, once inside the human body, they can interact with other medicines and dietary supplements. Those interactions sometimes cause the antibiotic to be less effective. In other words, the medicine becomes less able to do its job of killing off harmful bacteria.

Cannabidiol is known to be a substance that interacts with antiobiotics inside your body.

Let’s say that using CBD is part of your daily routine. You have an infection that your health care provider wants to treat with antiobiotics. Can you use CBD and antibiotics together?


Antibiotics and Your Liver

When you eat, drink, or take a pill or herbal supplement, the things you consume pass through your body. Your liver works as your body’s filter, helping clean toxins out of your blood. How effectively your liver can do its job depends on an enzyme, a special protein called cytochrome p450. 

Taking CBD while on antibiotics affects the way this protein processes the antibiotic inside your liver. For practical purposes, this means your body on CBD may react as if it’s been given a bigger or smaller dose of antibiotics than the dose your health care provider prescribed.

What this could mean for you is:

* If the antibiotic dose is too low, the medicine may not be strong enough to treat/prevent the infection.

* If the antibiotic dose is too high, you could overdose on it.


Negative side effects from taking this product with antibiotics are rare. Although these interactions can and do occur, it’s not certain that every dose of antibiotic medication will be affected by using a cannabis/hemp extract supplement.


Talk to Your Health Care Provider 

Your licensed, professional health care provider, whether they’re your doctor, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, or other professional, is your authority when it comes to antibiotics interactions with your supplements.

When consulting your health care provider, be sure to provide them with the exact dosage of both your prescription medications and your dietary supplements. Make sure you know how often you take each substance too. Your health care provider may decide to change the prescribed dose of antibiotics if they know you use cannabidiol.

Armed with this information, your health care provider can help you make a medically wise decision about whether to use antibiotics and cannabidiol at the same time. The same advice goes for any other medication you take; consult with your health care provider before you add cannabidiol as a supplement to your diet and/or health care routine.