Pregnancy can be both physically and mentally demanding on a woman. While some are lucky to enjoy a good pregnancy, many women don’t have this experience. Morning sickness, insomnia, and back pain, to name a few common symptoms that a pregnant woman can experience. When you can’t reach for your medicine cabinet, is CDB the answer?
This article is for general information only and is not medical advice. If you are pregnant, before taking any CBD product, speak to your OB/GYN first.
What Is CBD?
Both Hemp and Marijuana originate from the same Cannabis sativa plant.
CBD is the oil extracted from the leaves, flowers, and stem of a Hemp plant.
Hemp classifies as Cannabis Sativa containing less than 0.3% THC.
Marijuana classifies as Cannabis Sativa containing more than 0.3%.THC.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the compound that causes intoxication or ‘high.’
It is important to understand that the CBD market is currently unregulated. You should always know where your CBD products are sourced. There is a risk that you will unknowingly take CBD oils or products that falsely claim to contain 0% THC.
CBD And Pregnancy: Is It Safe To Use?
There are studies about the benefits of CBD products for managing anxiety, sleep disorders, and pain management. However, for ethical reasons, medical science has been unable to carry out studies on CBD’s effect on fetal development. This makes it an unknown risk for pregnant women.
The concerns are based on fetal development. Every fetus has an endocannabinoid system that is thought to be essential for the development of a fetus’ brain. CBD is understood to work with the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system is a pathway that regulates the health of your organs and brain function.
Our endocannabinoid system is present at the very early stages of cell development. OB/GYN doctors are unsure if CBD passes from a mother to the fetal endocannabinoid system, and if it will cause any developmental problems.
Current studies are based on mothers who used marijuana while pregnant, either ingested or smoked. Studies showed there were some links to marijuana and lower birth weight. Another study was based on giving lab mice THC while pregnant, and their offspring did record lower birth weights.
CBD contains less than 0.3% THC. Marijuana, or Weed, can have very high levels of THC. If all doctors knew for certain that mothers only took CBD that was less than 0.3% THC, it is thought that it would be far more common. However, it is difficult for a doctor to give you the go-ahead to take CBD when the market is unregulated.
CBD And Pregnancy: Why Do Pregnant Women Use It?
Some women do use CBD products while pregnant. As a woman, it’s important to balance good medical advice with body autonomy. If you are exhausted from insomnia and morning sickness, discussing this with your OB/GYN is an excellent option to way-up any risks.
Many women report that their doctor did clear them to use CBD (0% THC oil only) when they outlined their reasons for wanting to try it.
Reasons pregnant women use CBD:
- They experienced less morning sickness or nausea while taking CBD oil.
- CBD oil reduced their anxiety and stress.
- CBD helped them sleep. (Insomnia is a common problem during pregnancy.)
- CBD reduced their back pain and general aches related to pregnancy.
Discussion threads on websites such as REDDIT show that it is happening:
‘So because of the back pain that started at month 5, I’m considering trying CBD Oil to see if it helps. Does anyone have experience trying this?’
‘I have! It helped a lot, and my baby measures fine. My doctor says plenty of her patients use it with no harmful effect.’
‘Midwife here. Research on cannabis use in pregnancy (of any kind, this includes smoking marijuana, hash, oil, or using a product like CBD oil topically) is scant, which means we don’t know exactly what the outcome might be. I don’t know of any poor outcomes associated with the use of this product, but research hasn’t (and likely won’t ever) prove that it is harmless (mostly because we don’t do randomized controlled trials on pregnant folks due to ethics issues, so the research that needs to be done to prove it is harmless literally cannot be done). In cases like this, we counsel conservative use. Weigh the benefit of using the product (i.e., reduction in pain, reduction in pain-related stress/anxiety, more relaxed pregnancy) against the risk of using it (one potential risks of cannabis use in pregnancy are the theoretical alteration to the neurological development of the fetus) and make your decision from there,’
Can I Use CBD While Breastfeeding?
It’s not recommended to use CBD oil while breastfeeding, as most of what you ingest is passed through to your breast milk. The effects of CBD on babies are unknown at this time. It’s been proven that THC found in marijuana can pass through to your breast milk.
Concerning pregnancy, CBD is currently viewed by the FDA and the American College of OB/GYN in the same light as marijuana. While doctors understand that smoking marijuana/weed is not the same as taking 0% THC CBD Oil, it must be considered that some of the known complications of marijuana may trigger the same biological reaction in your baby’s body. There is not sufficient scientific evidence to say otherwise at this time.
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