An interesting aside is that this is the reason why using a 1:1 Balanced CBD/THC oil or strain causes less of a high than using straight THC at the same level. The CBD counteracts much of that psychoactive effect.
When you take birth control to prevent pregnancy, you put your trust in their consistent effectiveness. Knowing how CBD can possibly affect your birth control can help you to continue to prevent an unwanted pregnancy.
Enzyme inhibitors (for example CBD), can possibly increase breakthrough bleeding and potentially decrease estrogen-based contraceptive effectiveness, which may lead to increased risk of pregnancy. Studies are currently being done to determine if they may also increase the risk of side effects like blood clots and breast cancer.
CBD is a safe, non-impairing component of cannabis with numerous health benefits. Many patients take daily CBD in edible oils or through dry bud vaporization.
CP450 is responsible for helping our bodies to process more than 60 percent of medications. In fact, it is more potent in blocking and slowing down your body’s use of these medications than grapefruit. Have a look at the print-out that came from your pharmacy — does it advise you to avoid grapefruit while on this medication? If so, then CBD probably interacts, too.
It is possible that whole plant cannabis, with its entourage effect, interacts differently than the isolated CBD that is administered in most research settings. Certainly, you will want to avoid currently non-approved (and therefore non-legal, and also not available from Canada’s Licensed Producers) high CBD isolates and distillates.
The active hormones in your birth control can also make a difference. Estrogen-containing oral contraceptives, patches, injections, and rings are at higher risk of not working properly in the presence of CBD than non-estrogen forms. Progesterone-only contraceptives may be a more dependable option if you are using CBD, especially via ingestible oils. Talk to your doctor about your options, and consider using additional methods of birth control such as condoms if you are relying on an estrogen form and using CBD oil daily. We don’t yet know at what level CBD affects estrogen and currently can only recommend caution and awareness.
Hmm. I wonder if the herb once used, and wiped out by, the Greeks (or was it Romans..) did that. Would love to see the reaction of the anti-choice movement to someone making a food supliment, unregulatable by the FDA, that just happened to work as a contraceptive as well. Assuming of course that other side effects didn’t arise.
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Dey, the Dorothy Overall Wells professor of pediatrics, cell and developmental biology and pharmacology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and his colleagues conducted their experiments in mice. It’s known that marijuana, the most widely used illegal drug among women of childbearing age, binds to two receptors, called cannabinoid receptors 1 and 2 (CB1 and 2). These receptors are found in the brain and also in sperm, eggs and newly formed embryos. Typically, the two receptors are activated by a signaling molecule called anandamide, which is synthesized by an enzyme known as NAPE-PLD and then is degraded by another enzyme called FAAH. This balance, or “tone,” of the anandamide is crucial for the embryo to develop normally. Dey and his team suppressed FAAH activity in the mice. This increased the level of anandamide, which mimics what happens when a woman smokes marijuana and increases the level of THC, which binds to the same receptor as anandamide. The results showed that when FAAH activity is suppressed in the embryos and oviduct, anandamide levels rise, preventing the embryos from completing their passage to the uterus and compromising the pregnancy. “This is a major finding,” said Dey, “that if you block FAAH and disturb anandamide levels, there is a compromised pregnancy outcome.” . In an accompanying commentary in the journal, Herbert Schuel, professor emeritus of anatomy and cell biology at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, said the Dey study findings “show that exogenous THC can swamp endogenous anandamide signaling systems,” affecting many processes in the body. And Schuel offered another warning: Several drugs in development to suppress appetite work by modifying anandamide signaling. Since many women of reproductive age take weight-loss drugs, he suggested that these drugs must be carefully evaluated to determine the long-term effects on women.
According to a recent study, reported on in Forbes magazine, the chemicals in marijuana may prevent pregnancy by making it difficult for a fertilized egg to implant in the uterus.
But, enough, for now. I should be doing a proof on a certain young professor’s grant application! BTW, Shelleba, you make some really great observations and scientific assocaitions outside your primary field that would make you a valuable contributor in pharma. or if you want to start a dietary supplement company!