I have been given my son a low dose of CBD Oil in the morning and afternoon. Our doctor still has not prescribed us medication (that's another discussion). We have seen a lot improvement with his anxiety but not much with the symptoms of ADHD. If you don't mine me asking, approximately how many milligrams of CBD Oil do you give your son?
We are also doing a booster of our medication so he can get through homework, sports and the evening.
Our son is also on 20 mg vyvanse and some days it’s gone before 3. We’ve chosen to give a “booster” in the afternoon. It’s just 5 mg of Ritalin and it’s so much better. It took a couple of weeks to establish but makes such a huge difference in keeping evenings happier.
I appreciate your kind responses.
Furthermore, using CBD oil could make it difficult for you to get good treatment for your son in the future, as many professionals will decline to work with people or families that us cannabis products, including CBD oil.
The above mentioned list of drugs that could interact with CBD is by no means exhaustive and does not include all the medications on which CBD may have an interaction with. Similarly, not all the medication categories listed above will necessarily cause and interaction (although if you are taking one of these medications it is recommended to rather err on the side of caution).
However, in addition to breaking compounds down into metabolites, is also has one other very specific and important role it plays during this metabolic process – the detoxification and excretion of foreign drugs (called xenobiotics) and other types of toxic substances.
One such prodrug for example is codeine which is metabolized into morphine. Similarly, lisdexamfetamine under the brand names Vyvanse and Concerta are two other popular ADHD medications which also fall into this category.
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According to the Indiana University Department of Medicine, pharmaceutical drugs and medications which could be contraindicated for use with CBD include:
At the very least these elevated concentrations can cause unwanted side effects like an increased risk of bleeding or a suppressed immune system, but more worryingly, it can quite easily result in an overdose.
This has spurred researchers to investigate whether there are drug–drug interactions (DDIs) and/or adverse drug events (ADEs) between these traditionally used anti-epileptic drugs and CBD. Data showed that, although there were no serious ADEs, deaths, or pregnancies during the trial, most subjects reported some ADEs of mild severity, while 10.4% subjects reported moderate ADEs, and 2.6% subjects reported severe ADEs, with severe events being characterized by popular rashes. Other moderate ADEs included feeling intoxicated, menstrual discomfort or other mild rashes.
So, when CBD is ingested by mouth, either as an oil, tincture, capsule or edible, it has to pass through the digestive system where it is absorbed into the bloodstream by the intestines. From there, the CBD is transported by the blood to the liver where it enters the liver via the hepatic portal. Once the CBD is in the liver, it is broken down into its metabolites by enzymes, after which it can be circulated throughout the body in the bloodstream.
All in all, CBD should not be seen as a cure-all treatment, especially for serious psychological disorders such as ADHD. However, CBD may prove beneficial to those seeking relief from symptoms brought on by ADHD or subsequent medications like Vyvanse.
In one thread, a medical professional stated that their patients reported a foggy and “buzzed” sensation when combining CBD and their ADHD medication (Adderall). Also, the same medical professional suggested that if the need for CBD was necessary, it’s advisable to take the CBD 2+ hours after taking the ADHD medication. Otherwise, taking only a higher dose of CBD at bedtime was ideal, and avoiding a CBD dosage in the morning.
Contradictory to the calming effects of CBD and THC, medications such as Vyvanse are used as stimulants, aimed at causing a heightened sense of alertness and focus. Vyvanse is also classified as an amphetamine, meaning it is a central nervous system stimulant that brings on an energized, “upper” type of feeling following consumption.
Specifically, Vyvanse, Adderall, and Ritalin patients (or the parents of patients) are drawn to the fact that CBD is known to be safe for children, carries many benefits even for ADHD sufferers, and is completely non-psychoactive… meaning that CBD does not cause a high. Certainly, CBD does not carry the ability to cure ADHD, but its therapeutic properties can assist in the management of symptoms. CBD may also assist in quelling some of the side effects brought on by such medications as Vyvanse, by:
There is always much debate over CBD’s ability to affect the P-450 enzyme, which is used to “activate” many pharmaceutical medications within the body. This interaction may cause certain medications to become stronger or weaker in potency. Vyvanse does apply to this process as it is metabolized with the same enzyme, so the utmost caution should be taken when combining CBD and such medications. Even though the same effect can be achieved with something as simple as a grapefruit, it’s best to consult a medical professional to monitor any changes.
Despite Vyvanse carrying a lighter sensation for users when compared to Adderall, the risks associated with the drug can be just as dangerous. Currently, the U.S. Government classifies Vyvanse as a Schedule II drug, alongside methamphetamine, heroin, and oxycodone. Vyvanse is also known to be highly addictive and carries a laundry list of side effects such as:
CBD has even been proven to exhibit neuroprotective behavior towards nerves that have been damaged by amphetamines as well. Conducted by the neurosciences department at the University of Southern Extremadura Catarinense in Brazil, one study observed that the oxidative stress caused by amphetamines was significantly reduced following the administration of CBD.