CBD is a therapeutic natural compound that is being extensively used for treating various medical disorders. It is a non-psychoactive way of handling severe and mild symptoms of various medical conditions. They include pain, inflammation, anxiety and more.
Some studies emphasizing the blood thinning capabilities of CBD have become sources of concern for medical experts.
What Do Blood Thinners Mean?
Blood thinners are the medications you take intravenously or orally to prevent the formation of blood clots. Clots lead to serious health issues by blocking the flow of blood to heart, lungs and brain. Clotting is an essential process but excessive clotting has serious negative consequences.
Different types of blood thinners work in different ways. Some of the blood thinners prevent blood cells from sticking together in the blood vessels. Most blood thinners are anticoagulants and antiplatelets that increase the time taken for blood to clot. Warfarin, Enoxaparin and Heparin are common anticoagulant blood thinners.
Does CBD Have Anticoagulant Effects?
In vitro tests performed to find out the effects of CBD and THC on the body’s clotting system found that CBD affected the clotting system more than THC. In a study, researchers treated lean and obese lab rats with cannabis extract and the results indicated that about half of the clotting times recorded in the test subjects were two times greater than that of the rats that weren’t treated with cannabis. The study results indicate that CBD, THC and CBN have anticoagulant effects.
Interaction Of CBD And Blood Thinners?
The results of many studies suggest the possibility of an interaction between CBD and Warfarin, a popular anticoagulant. Warfarin is largely metabolized by the CYP450 system and CBD may inhibit the enzymes of this class. This could lead to Warfarin staying longer in your bloodstream. CBD may also increase the Warfarin plasma concentration in your system and the clotting time, thereby leading to bleeding complications.
Safety Of Using CBD And Blood Thinners Together
Blood thinners are commonly prescribed for people who suffer from various medical conditions. Many use CBD to handle the symptoms of various medical conditions. People take CBD and blood thinners for entirely different reasons and it is important that you consult with your doctor before taking CBD if you are already on a blood thinner medication.
It is possible that CBD may increase the potency of the blood thinner and lead to complications. If you discuss with your doctor, they will be able to give suggestions about creating a plan of using CBD and blood thinners together.