Can hemp be taken while taking antibiotics?
Terry Roycroft, President of the Canadian Medical Cannabis Research Center (MCRCI), talked about whether cannabis can be used while taking antibiotics and what the consequences are.
How cannabinoids influence antibiotics?
The UK National Health Service recommends abstaining from drinking alcohol during the course of antibiotic treatment, however, alcohol is completely contraindicated only when taking two drugs: metronidazole and tinidazole. Doctors note that different foods can affect the effectiveness of antibiotics, for example, grapefruit disrupts the metabolism of drugs that are prescribed to treat respiratory and stomach infections.
Nevertheless, Roycroft claims that marijuana can be smoked during antibiotic treatment: “Antibiotics are not included in the list of substances that should not be taken during cannabis use. The interaction between cannabinoids and antibiotics is weak, and doctors are testing hemp for increased activity. “When our doctors start treating the patient with hemp, they halve the dosage of antibiotics, and their effectiveness does not decrease.”
Medical cannabis nurse Jesse Gill believes marijuana interacts with macrolide antibiotics. According to her, cannabis inhibits the action of enzymes of the cytochrome P450 family located in the liver. Because of this, antibiotics decompose more slowly, which increases their activity and increases the likelihood of side effects.
When can I smoke marijuana?
Roycroft advises eating grapefruit after taking antibiotics. If a person does not have side effects, then he can safely use hemp. Otherwise, you must stop smoking marijuana for the treatment period. Terry notes that all patients in the center continue to use cannabinoids after prescribing antibiotics. A negative reaction is extremely rare and manifests itself in the form of side effects from medications.
Cannabidiol as an alternative to traditional antibiotics
Australian scientists from the Center for Combating Pathogens conducted experiments with CBD and proved that cannabinoid kills many types of bacteria, including several antibiotic-resistant ones. But experts could not establish how exactly cannabidiol destroys microorganisms. The chief chemist of the center, Mark Blaskovich, said that experts recorded the death of bacteria only on the surface of the skin after applying a cream with cannabinoid. In order for CBD to become a complete replacement for antibiotics, the substance must treat systemic infections when taken orally or intravenously. The results of preliminary tests suggest that cannabidiol does not cope with this task.