Marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD) use has increased dramatically in recent years. If you are taking benzodiazepines and want to get off the (or more specifically are considering a temazepam withdrawal), you may be wondering…
Can I use CBD or Marijuana with Benzodiazepines?
The short answer is using CBD or marajuna with benzodiazepines is extremely dangerous. Let me explain why.
It has to do with the way drugs interact with each other and eventually alter the body. Specifically, the way benzodiazepines and CBD interact in the body can modify how the drug is processed in the liver, leading to a combination that can suppress breathing and even lead to death. It is crucial not to take drugs that interact with each other because it can lead to other side effects and other major health issues.
A couple years ago, the FDA put out recommendations about combining opioids with benzodiazepines because too many people stopped breathing and died because of the powerful combination. The same caution needs to be taken with CBD and marijuana interactions with benzodiazepines.
CBD Is Not a Sleep Aid
A common misconception is that CBD helps with sleep, but instead it actually stimulates the brain. People on benzodiazepines may turn to CBD for a calming effect, but they will not find helpful results. CBD is meant to help with pain, specifically brain diseases and injuries. It has tremendous value when used properly, but when used in other situations, especially when paired with other drugs, it has to be monitored closely, as is the same with all drug combinations.
For those doing a benzodiazepine withdrawal, taking CBD or marijuana is not advisable. It actually hinders progress because it increases a person’s drug intake. During withdrawal, stability is crucial and leads to better recovery. The pairing of drugs can also bring more side effects and breathing issues from the impact of the drugs interacting.
Overall CBD and marijuana should not be used during benzodiazepine withdrawal. Withdrawal progress can be seriously impacted by the taking of other drugs, including extending time and increasing health risks. It is recommended to wait to take CBD or marijuana until you are off of benzodiazepines and significantly withdrawn.
If you’ve become addicted to benzodiazepines, such as Ativan, Alprazolam, and Temazepam, there is hope. At Point of Return our medical professionals can assist you in a way that is not only safe and comfortable, but leads to success and lasting results for withdrawal from benzodiazepines.