Overview

Canadian hemp is an herb. The root of Canadian hemp is used for medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, Canadian hemp is used for arthritis, asthma, cough, warts, and many other conditions. There is no good scientific evidence to support its use for any purpose.

How does it work ?

Canadian hemp contains chemicals that may slow the heartbeat, lower blood pressure, increase the strength of the heartbeat, and increase urine. It may work similarly to the prescription drug digoxin (Lanoxin), but is less effective and causes more side effects.

Uses & Effectiveness ?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Canadian hemp for these uses.

Side Effects

When taken by mouth: Canadian hemp is LIKELY UNSAFE to take by mouth because of its effects on the heart. It can also irritate the throat, stomach, and intestines and can cause nausea and vomiting.

When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Canadian hemp is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions and Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's LIKELY UNSAFE to take Canadian hemp when pregnant or breast-feeding. The chemicals it contains can harm the heart.

Interactions ?

    Moderate Interaction

    Be cautious with this combination

  • Digoxin (Lanoxin) interacts with CANADIAN HEMP

    Digoxin (Lanoxin) helps the heart beat more strongly. Canadian hemp also seems to affect the heart. Taking Canadian hemp along with digoxin can increase the effects of digoxin and increase the risk of side effects. Do not take Canadian hemp if you are taking digoxin (Lanoxin) without talking to your healthcare professional.

  • Water pills (Diuretic drugs) interacts with CANADIAN HEMP

    Canadian hemp might affect the heart. "Water pills" can decrease potassium in the body. Low potassium levels can also affect the heart and increase the risk of side effects from Canadian hemp.
    Some "water pills" that can deplete potassium include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, HydroDiuril, Microzide), and others.

Dosing

The appropriate dose of Canadian hemp depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Canadian hemp. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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