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CBD Medical Interactions. What’s safe? As CBD becomes more popular in the healthcare industry, you should be informed on CBD medical interactions and other safety concerns. Because My son had one seizure at 17 years old. He has not been diagnosed with epilepsy, but he did have an abnormal EEG that showed "slowing" so he was put on meds. After a few months on Keppra he became very depressed and moody. We changed to Lamotrigine, and although he has been seizure free for 2+ years now, he is increasingly depressed, irritable, has mood swings, and his grades

CBD Medical Interactions. What’s safe?

As CBD becomes more popular in the healthcare industry, you should be informed on CBD medical interactions and other safety concerns.

Because cannabidiol, or CBD as it’s called for short, has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, many healthcare professionals are beginning to offer their patients products with this particular ingredient as a way to help relieve or resolve a variety of different issues.

However, because CBD comes from the cannabis plant often brings up a number of safety-related questions. Being knowledgeable about the safety-related issues of CBD can help you better inform your patients.

Will CBD products make my patients high?

If you’re concerned about CBD making your patients feel the high commonly associated with marijuana use, don’t be says Anthony Franciosi. Franciosi is a “ganja-preneur” and founder of the Honest Marijuana Company, a company which utilizes all-natural cultivation methods to produce organic and eco-conscious cannabis products, even packaging them in earth-friendly recyclable tin cans.

“CBD doesn’t seem to make people mind-alteringly high,” Franciosi explains, “because it has very little effect on the CB1 receptors in the brain that regulate learning, coordination, sleep, pain and CB2 receptors in the immune system.”

Thus, patients exposed to CBD in health-related products such as oils, lotions, and creams, don’t have to worry about this type of effect.

Will CBD products make my patients sleepy?

Another well-known side effect of cannabis is how it relaxes the user, potentially causing some concern that patients using CBD products will notice this same impact, rendering them unable to live an active life during its use.

Rachna Patel is a medical marijuana doctor based out of Walnut Creek, California and she says that this isn’t an issue. Specifically, Patel says that, when it comes to topicals containing CBD, they “tend to not cause the same side effects as medical marijuana products that are inhaled, ingested, or used sublingually, like the high or drowsiness.”

Therefore, your patients can use these types of products without fear of any type of tiredness or lethargy as a result.

What about drug interactions?

Drug interaction is a huge issue as combining two or more substances that shouldn’t be taken at the same time can sometimes result in unintended side effects. For example, it can “make your drug less effective, cause unexpected side effects, or increase the action of a particular drug,” says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In some cases, it can even be deadly.

CBD is known to reduce the levels of Lamotrigine and enhance the effects of Clobazam so be sure to check with your patients what medications they are taking before recommending CBD products.

When is CBD potentially unsafe for patients?

Patel does advise that there are a couple of instances in which CBD should not be used for patient care. An allergy to CBD is one of them.

“I generally suggest that patients check the ingredients on the label to ensure that they are not allergic to any of the ingredients listed. Also, topicals based in an alcohol can exacerbate certain skin conditions like psoriasis, for instance.”

How do I find the safest CBD products possible?

Gunhee Park, founder of Ministry of Hemp, warns that there are currently no quality measures in place when it comes to CBD products. “As of now, it’s really up to individual companies to police themselves and operate transparently,” he says. That being said, there are still some steps you can take to ensure that you offer your patients the safest CBD products possible.

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For starters, pay attention to the origin of the oils, says Park. “The main reason why hemp’s cultivation environment is so important,” he explains, “is because of hemp’s properties of absorbing contaminants from the soil while it grows. So if the soil it was grown on is not good, clean soil, then that plant might contain high levels of lead or mercury.”

Park also suggests that you “always request third party lab results on the products. These lab results should test for potency, pesticides, residual solvents, and mycotoxins of the CBD hemp oil.” According to Park, obtaining these third-party results “are the only way to ensure a clean or safe product.”

Additionally, when it comes to CBD topicals, Park says that it’s important to take the time to check the label to ensure that it has a transdermal delivery system. This includes looking for keywords like “nano technology, encapsulation, or micellization of CBD. This shows that their solution can carry CBD through the dermal layers.”

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My son had one seizure at 17 years old. He has not been diagnosed with epilepsy, but he did have an abnormal EEG that showed “slowing” so he was put on meds. After a few months on Keppra he became very depressed and moody. We changed to Lamotrigine, and although he has been seizure free for 2+ years now, he is increasingly depressed, irritable, has mood swings, and his grades in school are going down. He was always an excellent student and happy person, and now school and life in general are a struggle for him. He doesn’t even enjoy being with friends like he used to. We tried adding an antidepressant , but he didn’t like it so he stopped after a few weeks. His doctor said he could try going off Lamotrigine b/c he has been seizure free 2+ years, but we are nervous about more seizures starting at college, and also the side effects (depression, etc..) of stopping lamotrigine. What meds have others tried, other than Keppra and Lamotrigine, to control seizures and help with depressive symptoms? Has anyone gone off medication and onto CBD oil with success? Do any neurologists prescribe CBD? Our neurologist will not prescribe CBD Oil but has patients who take it. Could CBD help with lamotrigine withdrawl? Thank you everyone for listening, any advice is appreciated.

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there are about 60+ meds that
Submitted by just_joe on Tue, 2017-10-24 – 17:03

there are about 60+ meds that are created to control seizures.Now you need to relax and do some research before thinking of or wanting medications. If the neurologist wants to take your son off meds because he has gone 2 years without a seizure then you should understand that he would wean your son off meds. By weaning his off slowly then he would know what dosage he needs to be at IF YOUR SON HAD A SEIZURE. There have been many people that had epilepsy and seizures that after 2 years they were taken off all meds. There have been others (my cousin was one) that was weaned off and had one. When that happened the neurologist raised the dosage to the last dosage the person had been on that kept her from having seizures. My cousin stopped having seizures but her dosage was very low. she drove and didn’t have seizures but took her meds. I know of others that never take seizure medications. CBD oil has been used for many different things. His neurologist can give you more information on it then I can. Understand too that It is still illegal in some states.

there are about 60+ meds that are created to control seizures.Now you need to relax and do some research before thinking of or wanting medications. If the neurologist wants to take your son off meds because he has gone 2 years without a seizure then you should understand that he would wean your son off meds. By weaning his off slowly then he would know what dosage he needs to be at IF YOUR SON HAD A SEIZURE. There have been many people that had epilepsy and seizures that after 2 years they were taken off all meds. There have been others (my cousin was one) that was weaned off and had one. When that happened the neurologist raised the dosage to the last dosage the person had been on that kept her from having seizures. My cousin stopped having seizures but her dosage was very low. she drove and didn’t have seizures but took her meds. I know of others that never take seizure medications. CBD oil has been used for many different things. His neurologist can give you more information on it then I can. Understand too that It is still illegal in some states.

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there are about 60+ meds that are created to control seizures.Now you need to relax and do some research before thinking of or wanting medications. If the neurologist wants to take your son off meds because he has gone 2 years without a seizure then you should understand that he would wean your son off meds. By weaning his off slowly then he would know what dosage he needs to be at IF YOUR SON HAD A SEIZURE. There have been many people that had epilepsy and seizures that after 2 years they were taken off all meds. There have been others (my cousin was one) that was weaned off and had one. When that happened the neurologist raised the dosage to the last dosage the person had been on that kept her from having seizures. My cousin stopped having seizures but her dosage was very low. she drove and didn’t have seizures but took her meds. I know of others that never take seizure medications. CBD oil has been used for many different things. His neurologist can give you more information on it then I can. Understand too that It is still illegal in some states.

Thank you Joe. We talked to
Submitted by ChicagoMom on Wed, 2017-10-25 – 11:09

Thank you Joe. We talked to his doctor and the weaning off lamotrigine will take a month I guess, going down 50mg per week. I hope we can go med free now, I guess we wont really know until we try. He has had a lot of problems on the two medications, depression, lack of concentration, grades going down in college, etc.. It’s so frustrating. Thank you for responding.

Thank you Joe. We talked to his doctor and the weaning off lamotrigine will take a month I guess, going down 50mg per week. I hope we can go med free now, I guess we wont really know until we try. He has had a lot of problems on the two medications, depression, lack of concentration, grades going down in college, etc.. It’s so frustrating. Thank you for responding.

Thank you Joe. We talked to his doctor and the weaning off lamotrigine will take a month I guess, going down 50mg per week. I hope we can go med free now, I guess we wont really know until we try. He has had a lot of problems on the two medications, depression, lack of concentration, grades going down in college, etc.. It’s so frustrating. Thank you for responding.

no problem I had issues now
Submitted by just_joe on Thu, 2017-10-26 – 17:04

no problem I had issues now and then but I also learned how to do things that relaxed me which got rid of the stress. I tore things apart and put them back together.

no problem I had issues now and then but I also learned how to do things that relaxed me which got rid of the stress. I tore things apart and put them back together.

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no problem I had issues now and then but I also learned how to do things that relaxed me which got rid of the stress. I tore things apart and put them back together.

Have you taken your son to an
Submitted by RTLEmum on Tue, 2017-10-31 – 14:16

Have you taken your son to an epileptologist and psychiatrist? Has he been seen in an epilepsy center and gotten an MRI? It seems that he is having symptoms without a clear diagnosis of epilepsy. I would want a few more medical opinions to rule out different kinds of epilepsy and more information on whether he is suffering mood swings or depression or side effects.

Have you taken your son to an epileptologist and psychiatrist? Has he been seen in an epilepsy center and gotten an MRI? It seems that he is having symptoms without a clear diagnosis of epilepsy. I would want a few more medical opinions to rule out different kinds of epilepsy and more information on whether he is suffering mood swings or depression or side effects.

Have you taken your son to an epileptologist and psychiatrist? Has he been seen in an epilepsy center and gotten an MRI? It seems that he is having symptoms without a clear diagnosis of epilepsy. I would want a few more medical opinions to rule out different kinds of epilepsy and more information on whether he is suffering mood swings or depression or side effects.

Sorry for typos. wrote this
Submitted by Concerned Mom_5a1c0f14ce9d4 on Mon, 2017-11-27 – 08:14

Sorry for typos. wrote this fast on my phone.

I was having up to four
Submitted by LaGallina on Fri, 2017-12-29 – 18:22

I was having up to four seizures a day without an success with seizure meds. I do the MAD ( modified Atkins diet, like the ketogenic diet but a lot easier) I take a high CBD oil/ low THC oil three times a day. The CBD oil didn’t work alone for me but it did take the edge off my Aura, reduced my twitching and I recovered better. The thing is once I ran out of the CBD oil but was sure I would be fine for one day without it and I was wrong! I started having seizures first thing the next day. Same with the diet and the THC. I have to be doing all three for it to work. I wish you the best for your son!

I was having up to four seizures a day without an success with seizure meds. I do the MAD ( modified Atkins diet, like the ketogenic diet but a lot easier) I take a high CBD oil/ low THC oil three times a day. The CBD oil didn’t work alone for me but it did take the edge off my Aura, reduced my twitching and I recovered better. The thing is once I ran out of the CBD oil but was sure I would be fine for one day without it and I was wrong! I started having seizures first thing the next day. Same with the diet and the THC. I have to be doing all three for it to work. I wish you the best for your son!

I was having up to four seizures a day without an success with seizure meds. I do the MAD ( modified Atkins diet, like the ketogenic diet but a lot easier) I take a high CBD oil/ low THC oil three times a day. The CBD oil didn’t work alone for me but it did take the edge off my Aura, reduced my twitching and I recovered better. The thing is once I ran out of the CBD oil but was sure I would be fine for one day without it and I was wrong! I started having seizures first thing the next day. Same with the diet and the THC. I have to be doing all three for it to work. I wish you the best for your son!

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