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BCP & Blood Pressure Meds – can I take both?

BCP & Blood Pressure Meds - can I take both? »

Another big week and another BIG question that seems to be popping up everywhere – what about blood pressure meds and BCP?  It is believed that because Beta Caryophyllene (BCP) works via the Endocannabinoid System it doesn’t clash or interact with other medications BUT as your body starts to heal/balance you may need to adjust your medications.  So we always recommend that you keep your GP, Naturopath or Pharmacist up to date on how you are feeling as you may need to reduce your current medications – that’s what we are all aiming for!!!

When it comes to the safety of using BCP while on blood pressure medication, it is essential to consult with a healthcare professional, as they can provide personalised advice based on your specific situation. However, there are a few factors to consider:-

Limited research specifically examining the interaction between BCP and blood pressure medications is currently available.  However, it is known that beta blockers, a type of medication commonly prescribed for high blood pressure, work by reducing the effects of adrenaline and slowing down the heart rate, thus helping to lower blood pressure. There is no direct evidence suggesting that beta caryophyllene interacts negatively with beta blockers or other blood pressure medications.

Nonetheless, it is important to be cautious, as certain compounds found in plants, including BCP, can have potential interactions with medications. Interactions can vary depending on the specific medication, dosage, and individual factors. That’s why consulting with a healthcare professional is crucial to assess any potential risks or interactions.

In summary, while there is no direct evidence of BCP interacting negatively with blood pressure medications, it is important to seek guidance from a healthcare professional before adding any new supplements to your routine, especially if you are already taking medications for high blood pressure.

People taking medications that slow down blood clotting, for example, might need to avoid BCP as it may increase the risk of bleeding. Likewise, people who take medications for diabetes may need to exercise caution, as BCP has been shown to lower blood sugar levels.  In saying that, there are studies stating that BCP has potential to help diabetics – so it’s a fine line.

As with any supplement or medication, it is crucial to follow the recommended dosage, talk to a healthcare professional, and pay attention to any changes. Combining medications and supplements can be complicated, and it is always best to seek professional guidance.

Please note that the information provided here is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult a healthcare professional for personalised guidance.

Sources:   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5634383/;  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/beta-blockers/art-20044522; https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31492680/; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6524277/;  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7772796/;

Disclaimer:  The information in this post is for reference purposes only and not intended to constitute or replace professional medical advice or personal research. Please consult a qualified medical professional before making any changes to your diet, medications or lifestyle. Effects are provided as a guide only.  Statements have not been evaluated by the TGA.

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