With more and more countries changing their legislations regarding medical marijuana (and, let’s be real, casual marijuana) its use continues to rise. However, have you ever considered the fact that your weed might actually be affecting the other medications you take?
The cannabis plant literally contains hundreds of chemicals including the psychoactive chemicals that gives the traditional marijuana high and chemicals that just happen to be in the plant. All of those chemicals have the ability to interact with prescription, over-the-counter, or any other medications a user might be using.
As a matter of fact, some of the compounds in cannabis can trigger certain enzymes that impact the way your body processes medications.
It is important to note that this isn’t limited to cannabis; if you’ve ever seen a note to avoid citrus on your pill bottles, that’s because citrus can have the same effect.
If you’re going to use marijuana (prescribed or otherwise) while you’re taking other drugs, it is important you are truthful and open with your doctor about it, because you could be setting yourself up for potential marijuana drug interactions.
It could at least plant the seed in a doctor’s mind that if you are suffering from certain side effects related to your other drugs the doctor can investigate if cannabis might be causing that.
There are however a few types of drugs to watch out for if you’re planning on smoking Indian hemp.
Cannabis is a psychoactive compound, and a lot of people use it because it exerts its action on the brain and on the central nervous system receptors. However, antidepressant medications—the most common of which are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), like Zoloft and serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), like Cymbalta also exert psychoactive effects on some of the same receptors.
The challenge for people who have mood disorder or depression is that every time they’re using cannabis, they’re taking another psychoactive drug, which can make it difficult for the doctor to know which drug is actually having an effect.
More so cannabis could actually negate the positive effects of prescription medication.
Benzodiazepines And Antianxiety Drugs
Anti-anxiety medications like Ativan (Lorazepam) or Xanax (Alprazolam) are all part of a class of medications called benzodiazepines.
Yet again, the two are psychoactive compounds interacting with each other in the brain. If somebody’s really struggling with anxiety, and they are moking cannabis at the same time as using any of the drugs above, it will be really hard for the doctor to determine what is going on.
A lot of people will smoke marijuana and say, it is the only thing that helps their anxiety, while others will say smoking it makes th paranoid. The same is applicable for prescription drugs, too as people have different reactions to different products.
You’re already aware that mixing alcohol with sleeping pills is a bad idea, but did you knoe the same is applicable to marijuana? Mixing any product that has the potential to sedate someone or alter their consciousness is potentially dangerous.
When you combine cannabis with a sedative hypnotic like Zolpidem, there is a chance that you will find yourself in a very unusual psychological state.
If you’ve been prescribed sleeping medication, whether you use it regularly or just to get through those tough sleepless nights, its better you stick only to your prescription medication.
Cold And Allergy Medications
You might think that allergy and cold medicines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) pose no problems simply because they are over the counter medications. If you however take them with marijuana, they could have unanticipated effects.
Allergy and cold medications are sedative products. Some people can take them and go about their day, others take one dose and they’re on the couch for the rest of the day.
So if you’re sick, stick to just one drug (the cold meds, please) if you want it to work its magic as fast as possible.