Pregnancy can be a magical time in a woman’s life, but it also comes with a host of unpleasant side effects such as nausea, lack of energy and general discomfort, just to name a few. Some expectant mothers may consider turning to cannabis products, like cannabidiol, during pregnancy to combat these symptoms — but is CBD safe for pregnancy?
Unlike the well-known cannabidiol, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD has gained popularity in the medical marijuana industry because it has demonstrated positive medicinal benefits without the psychoactive effects normally associated with weed. Not to mention, CBD oil is thought to contain a number of benefits including epilepsy treatment, arthritis and has even been linked to fighting cancer-causing cells in the body.
Although CBD may be an effective solution for combating uncomfortable pregnant symptoms, are there any risks when combining CBD and pregnancy?
How CBD Oil Can Help Pregnant Women
Aside from that pregnancy ‘glow’ that some expectant moms get, many pregnant women will also experience some less than glowing pregnancy symptoms including morning sickness, aches and pains, swollen breasts and other discomforts. These are just a few of the symptoms that many people are already turning to CBD for, so it makes sense that it may go hand in hand with alleviating symptoms for pregnant women.
And, because CBD oil has minute traces of THC in it, some believe it’s a safer choice that is free of the harmful compounds that can be transmitted from the mother to the child – but what does science say about CBD and pregnancy?
Is CBD Safe for Pregnancy?
While the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against cannabis use during pregnancy because of its links to cognitive impairment and academic underachievement, most research on CBD and pregnancy focus on products containing THC rather than CBD. However, although scarce, there is some evidence that back up the claim that CBD may benefit pregnancy.
Over three decades ago, two studies out of Jamaica examined both cannabis-exposed and non-exposed children shortly after birth and again at four and five years of age. Not only did the researchers find that, at 30 days old, babies who were exposed to cannabis scored better on some tests, but at five years of age, they found that there was no significant difference in health between the two group of children
More recently, a 2014 study published in the journal Reproduction found evidence to suggest that proper cannabinoid signaling can lead to health placental development during pregnancy, and an overall good pregnancy outcome. CBD may also lesson contractions during labor, says a 2010 study which found that synthetic CBD treatment reduced oxytocin-induced contractions in cells cultured outside of the body.
Using CBD While Pregnant
If you decide that using CBD while pregnant is right for you, make sure you avoid the cannabis products that have high THC levels, as THC has been linked to adverse pregnancy effects, including stillbirth. Instead, choose a quality CBD product that ensures your safety and can alleviate a number of adverse pregnancy symptoms.
Though it may seem obvious, smoking any products should be avoided during pregnancy. A better solution for consuming CBD may be using a sublingual spray, tincture or topical products that can be applied directly to the skin, which may provide anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.
And with mostly everything, the safest way to use CBD is in its most organic form, especially if you’re pregnant. Botanika Life’s CBD Oils, for example, are non-GMO, made with all natural ingredients, and completely THC-free.
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