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Can I Use CBD Oil While Taking Supplements?

By Spike Bowan   |   October 25, 2017

Does CBD Oil Interact With Supplements?

As CBD products, vitamins, and dietary supplements continue to become more popular as ways to stay healthy, the concern arises about the impact these items may have together on your body and liver. In conjunction with a proper balanced diet and exercise, CBD oil and other supplements can help maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

In most cases, CBD and supplements used at the same time shouldn’t counteract one another and shouldn’t cause any adverse effects. This is not always the case with all supplements, especially with fake CBD oil, non-regulated supplements, or high doses of either. Before diving into the details, let’s define and distinguish the difference between CBD and other supplements. 

 

What is CBD? 

Cannabidiol (CBD) is an active compound found in cannabis plants. CBD oil is typically extracted from hemp due to the high levels of CBD and low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. THC is the compound found in cannabis plants which causes a “high” or psychoactive effect. The CBD oil extracted from hemp plants is added to other oils, foods, gummies, creams, and capsules. CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors throughout the human body to regulate systems like brain function, sleep, feelings of discomfort, and more. 

CBD products are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which means that not all CBD is the same quality. Real CBD products contain hemp extract in the milligram form as listed on the product, with no more than 0.3% THC, and carrier oils or other ingredients as listed on the label. 

The side effects of CBD oil have been investigated in several scientific studies. The side effects that we know of are that CBD can decrease the activity of liver enzymes called cytochrome responsible for metabolizing more than 60% of prescribed drugs. CBD may also cause mild low blood pressure, dry mouth, lightheadedness, and drowsiness. These side effects are mild and users typically experience little to no side effects. 

 

What is a supplement? 

The Food and Drug Administration regulates supplements, which include dietary products, vitamins, and ingredients. Regulation of supplements ensures that the strength, purity, and composition meets FDA standards. A dietary supplement is defined as a product containing a dietary ingredient intended for consumption to add further nutritional value to the diet. A "dietary ingredient" may be one, or any combination, of the following substances:

  • a vitamin

  • a mineral

  • an herb or other botanical

  • an amino acid

  • Cbd terpene rich topical serum
  • a dietary substance for use by people to supplement the diet by increasing the total dietary intake

  • a concentrate, metabolite, constituent, or extract

Dietary supplements may be found in many forms such as tablets, capsules, soft gels, gelcaps, liquids, or powders. Some dietary supplements can help ensure that you get an adequate dietary intake of essential nutrients; others may help you reduce your risk of disease.

 

Do CBD oils interfere with supplements? 

Current research shows that CBD does not typically interact negatively with supplements and may even enhance some supplements. There are a couple of supplements that are not as effective if taken with CBD, like Vitamin D and Ginkgo Biloba. However, there are no negative side effects from taking them together. Common supplemental vitamins that are not affected by CBD include calcium, echinacea, vitamins A, C, and B. Iron is another supplement that CBD will not affect the effectiveness of, but will actually help counteract some of the side effects of iron. Fish oil and CBD oil taken together can help increase absorption of both and improve their effectiveness. There are many other supplements that are not adversely affected by CBD oil, since most supplements can be taken along with CBD with no adverse effects.

It is important to note that CBD products may interfere with prescription medications. If you are on medication, it is recommended that you consult a physician before taking CBD to make sure it’s safe.  

 

Do CBD oils and supplements affect my liver? 

In regular doses, CBD and supplements typically don’t cause damage to the liver or other parts of the body. However, consistent consumption of CBD in high doses can have adverse effects on your liver. One study found that large amounts of CBD, much more than the recommended dosage, administered to mice on a regular basis showed signs of liver damage. 

Studies have shown that some weight loss and bodybuilding supplements have been linked to liver damage. This is typically due to high doses taken on a consistent basis. Bodybuilding supplements that cause liver damage typically contain androgenic anabolic steroids and other harmful chemicals. Dietary supplements that can cause liver damage typically contain green tea extract in high doses. This doesn’t include all supplements that can cause liver damage, so make sure you do your research before purchasing a new supplement. 

This is not to cause concern, as most supplements are beneficial and, in some cases, critical to people’s health. It is a matter of only taking supplements from reputable companies that have the correct testing to determine if the supplements meet FDA standards. If you are planning on taking CBD oils and supplements together, make sure you are using products from reliable companies and are taking them in the recommended doses. Adding CBD to your daily routine does not pose significant risks if you are not taking any prescription medications and are taking the right CBD products, as recommended. 

At CBD American Shaman, all of our packaging provides recommended dosages that can be used as a guideline to help you determine what is right for you.  However, the right amount for everyone varies by person, needs, and lifestyle. Our CBD is sourced from responsibly grown hemp and tested for purity to provide high-quality CBD oil on a consistent basis. We provide a wide range of products to fit your daily needs, be it with or without supplements. 

The content on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. While research has shown that CBD has the potential to help provide beneficial outcomes for several complaints, it is advisable to seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health care provider when you have questions regarding any medical condition and when starting, augmenting or discontinuing any existing health routine.

 

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