Hemp oil (industrial hemp in general) is not for everyone — despite few potential adverse side effects used on its own — and for some on pharmaceuticals or with certain conditions, it needs to be used with caution. A “contraindication” here simply means, not recommended. While we at EQ have seen success with hemp oil used with a whole host of pathologies and symptoms, with or without adjunct medication, the “contraindication” status of hemp oil and your medications is between yourself and your doctor!
Between the two EQ co-founders, Marcy and Coco have successfully used hemp oil with Paxil, Wellbutrin, Klonopin, Xanax, Propranolol, and Enbrel, and while they chose to stop or decrease use of those medications, it was not because of hemp oil in a negative sense. They worked quite well together, but ultimately they were happier and healthier with an altered/lowered pharmaceutical routine and more hemp oil. So everyone’s mileage may vary, and doctors are experts for a reason.
EQ hemp oil products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or ailment.
Cytochrome P450 (CYP450)
One simple fact to keep in mind is that therapeutic plant compounds (such as hemp oil) can regulate our Endocannabinoid System (“ECS”) so well with their “homeostatic” tendencies that our medications work differently (if they use the CYP450 liver enzymes — keep reading!) What does this mean? Examples include folks on epilepsy, blood pressure, or narcotic medications experiencing these prescriptions working too well, meaning an uptick in side effects, upon which their doctors recommend lowering the dose of said medication. We advise always looping your doctor in when it comes to your hemp oil journey! Especially since the opposite can happen, though fewer medications are on such a list.