I belong to a CBD dedicated Facebook group where some members claim they use CBD during their pregnancy and while nursing with no side effects but others say NO, you shouldn’t. What is the answer?
It is very important to take care of the fetus during pregnancy and there are so many things that can cause adverse effects–the foods we eat, alcohol, smoking, the environment, and drugs (both legal and illegal).
After making sure it is legal in your area, a second step would be to consult with your family doctor or gynecologist. One reason a woman might want to take CBD during pregnancy is because of morning sickness. Some women experience very severe and prolonged bouts of nausea better known as morning sickness. CBD seems to help with nausea.
While there is medication to treat morning sickness, many of them come with unpleasant side effects.
Unfortunately, there is very little conclusive research or evidence that supports CBD being safe during pregnancy. However, there is very little research showing that CBD is unsafe.
Research, though, in other specific areas (neonatal and perinatal) is being done. A CANNABIDIOL (CBD) Critical Review Report, World Health Organization, June 2018 (page 20) states that currently there are no authorized pure CBD products but there are several in the development stages.
In 2015, the FDA granted GW Pharmaceuticals Fast Track designation for an intravenous to treat Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (NHIE)–a type of brain dysfunction that occurs when the brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen or blood for a period of time; this can develop during pregnancy, labour, and delivery, or in the postnatal period.
The European Commission also granted an orphan designation for CBD using it in the treatment of perinatal asphyxia (a decreased or discontinued level of oxygen that can occur just before, during, and after delivery). At present, there are no other treatments available for these conditions but evidence has shown CBD to be effective in animal models.
Words of Caution
If you choose to use CBD, here are some pointers to keep in mind:
Consult your doctor
If you are new to CBD, pay close attention to the dosage and how it makes you feel
Choose Broad Spectrum products (these are minus THC)
Search out quality products from trusted sources with third party testing
If you are unsure about the products, ask questions
For choosing CBD products here are some guidelines to help you.
Be wary of fraudulent medical claims. There is just not enough scientific information or extensive research to say that CBD is safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
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Since 1994, I have suffered on and off with chronic pain as a result of degenerative joint changes in both my hips and knees. After refusing traditional pharmaceutical prescriptions as I felt they were invasive to my body, I started researching CBD products, specifically oils and medical marijuana products. I am happy to say that I have been taking them for over 3 years with tremendous success!