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Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Cannabis and Drug Interactions -Excerpt and Full Article Explain Details
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Did you know that a seemingly harmless grapefruit can negatively interact with certain anti-anxiety medications?
When you think about this (and other similar examples) you realize there’s a reason why people are concerned about mixing cannabis with pharmaceuticals.
Unfortunately, because of the restrictive laws and general lack of research on the subject, we really don’t know a lot when it comes to cannabis’ interactions with other drugs. Hopefully, this will change in the years to come.
Until then, we have to rely on sporadic studies and personal accounts of individuals willing to share their experiences.
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How can two substances interact with each other?
There are 3 main types of chemical interactions between two medications (or substances):
The additive effect is the sum of effects of all substances involved in a reaction, no larger than if the substances were used separately. This type of interaction usually occurs between medications that have similar chemical structure.
The synergistic effecthappens when “the sum of the effects is more than each chemical individually”. For example, mixing alcohol with sedatives can increase the tranquilizing effects of both substances, which would not happen if they were used separately. This can lead to respiratory depression, resulting in death.
The antagonistic effectoccurs when the substances involved in the interaction produce no effects or decrease the desired effects of one or all substances that were involved in that interaction.
We lack research on using cannabis with medications
As previously mentioned, there’s basically no research on the interaction between drugs and cannabis, but the anecdotal evidence and patient testimonies tell us that mixing weed with medications usually doesn’t have any negative impact, or that it causes a mild interaction.
For example, a few years ago I had a wisdom tooth infection and because of that, I had to take some antibiotics.
My dentist told me not to drink any alcohol while I was taking them but added that I was free to smoke weed as much as I want since cannabis has no interactions with this type of medication.