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CBD offers a long list of health benefits ranging from improved sleep to pain reduction. Just like any other ingredient or medication, however, there are a few things to consider to ensure you enjoy the available benefits. Custom Dosing Pharmacy provides custom CBD products for clients dealing with pain, anxiety and insomnia. Below, our pharmacists recommend a few tips so you have a positive experience using this natural, highly effective pain treatment. 

Take Your CBD Dose Close to Bedtime

While CBD is considered very safe, it may result in a few side effects that can be potentially dangerous when driving or traveling. It’s not advised to operate a vehicle after taking a CBD product, since you may experience drowsiness as a side effect. Fortunately, the effects are overall mild, so it’s easy to plan around your day. You may choose to wait until the evening to consume a CBD product, which circumvents any potential problems during the day. 

Consider Side Effects Caused by Other Medications

Since CBD oil can increase sleepiness, it’s advised to avoid taking it at the same time as other medications with similar side effects. Certain OTC and prescription medications, such as opioids, antihistamines, antidepressants and alcohol can lead to increased risk of sleepiness and fatigue. With careful planning, you can avoid making side effects worse. Our pharmacists can help you create a schedule that includes medications and CBD oil. 

Stay Away From Herbal Supplements

Herbal supplements are commonly used for their various health benefits. While natural and generally free of side effects, some supplements can increase side effects if taken simultaneously alongside CBD. Avoid St. John’s Wart, melatonin, kava and others as suggested. Considering the wonderful benefits of CBD oil, many patients no longer need to take herbal supplements anyway.  

Consider Different Dosage Forms

Despite the possible issues, our pharmacists will make sure you are prepared to avoid them. As a compounding pharmacy, we are able to adjust the dosage form so that it doesn’t interfere with any medications you are taking. Topical CBD products are a great option, as these do not enter the bloodstream. Lotions, salves and creams are all viable alternatives, and are especially effective as skincare. Let our pharmacists know, and we’ll help you find the best product.  

Ultimately: Talk to Your Doctor and Our Pharmacists

When in doubt, talk to a professional. We provide the advice needed to make the best decisions for your health. It’s possible to fit CBD into your pain management regimen as long as you talk to our team first, which is why a compounding pharmacy should be your number one source. We work closely with your general practitioner to ensure your CBD pain management doesn’t interfere with any medications, vitamins or supplements you may be taking. 

Visit Our Pharmacy for Customized CBD Products

CBD is a safe, effective form of pain management. By speaking to our pharmacists, you can get a product that is safe for your lifestyle. Visit Custom Dosing Pharmacy today to begin. 

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