Is using some or all of them at the same time a problem?
Nearly 35 million Americans are considered “regular users” of marijuana, with another 20 million said to indulge occasionally. As you undoubtedly know, pot contains a number of cannabinoids – not just THC, but also CBD.
Cannabinoids and Zoloft: What We Know
Drug interaction databases note that both CBD and Zoloft can cause some of the same side effects, like drowsiness, dizziness, and loss of concentration. So using them together can potentially increase the severity of those side effects. They only classify the interaction as “moderate,” though, meaning you should simply be careful when mixing the two drugs, and watch carefully for negative effects until you know how you’re affected.
There has only been one rigorous medical review examining the effects of combining Zoloft (or similar SSRIs) and CBD use. It was done at the University of Connecticut and considered all the evidence involving concurrent use of antidepressants (“psychotropic” drugs) and psychoactive drugs like cannabis.
They say that maybe because those who use pot are afraid to report any problems they may experience. However, doctors prescribe newer generations of psych meds (like Zoloft) because they’re much less likely to cause drug interactions, so the researchers believe it’s very possible that harmful interactions with CBD or THC are “relatively rare or do not happen.”
Specifically, using sertraline with CBD can increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. To add to this, the elderly may experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination when sertraline is taken alongside CBD.
Although theoretical reasoning says that CBD and sertraline interactions can pose adverse effects, some data and studies say otherwise.
Can you take CBD with sertraline?
So, be advised, it is crucial that you consult your doctor if you want to combine CBD with sertraline and follow any guidance they provide.
We hope this has helped you to understand the interactions, risks, and benefits around CBD and sertraline.
CBD is short for cannabidiol and is a known chemical compound of the cannabis sativa plant. This compound is naturally occurring and is added to products such as oils and other edibles.