Can Pregnant Women use CBD?

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Can Pregnant Women use CBD?

CBD is known to benefit in several different conditions. Recent studies have shown that the non-psychoactive cannabinoid can help in just about everything, like anxiety, epilepsy, chronic pain, menstrual cramps, Crohn’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple sclerosis, and much more. Nowadays, many people use CBD to revolutionize their health, including pregnant women, for its therapeutic benefits.


CBD is known to reduce inflammation, nausea (also known as morning sickness), and fight with all types of anxiety.


Today we will discuss how safe it is to use CBD during pregnancy.


Is it safe or not? Let us discuss it in detail.


Is CBD Safe or Not During Pregnancy?


It has been deemed by the World Health Organization (WHO) that CBD is safe, but there are not many studies to determine how it affects the growth of the fetus. There is no telling about the impact of CBD on pregnancy.


Today THC has been more widely used than CBD. But there are not many studies that have been performed with cannabinoids on pregnant women.


One study shows the effects of smoking marijuana on the babies of mothers in rural Jamaica. Five years of results have shown that there is no difference between the children of marijuana-smoking mother and non-smoking marijuana mothers. This is just one study, and it hardly highlights that THC is safe during pregnancy.


But now the question is, what about CBD? Is there any research that shows it’s good or bad for developing babies?


A study conducted in 2017 showed that when mother rats were given CBD during pregnancy, it reduced the chance for offsprings to develop any memory or behavior-related problems if encountered with an infection in the womb.


A further study in 2018 suggested that when pregnant rats were administrated with CBD, it prevented inflammation and resulted in better development of the intestinal tract in offsprings.


These studies surely don’t give an affirmation regarding the development of infants.


Medical professionals don’t readily suggest the intake of CBD during pregnancy since we have found that much research has not been done to prove its safety during pregnancy. One more fact about CBD is that it changes the endocannabinoid system, which plays a vital role in the fetus’ neurological growth. Compounds like THC and CBD can harm the natural growth of the neurological system. This is a general view regarding compounds containing cannabis. 

In the initial stages of pregnancy, anandamide levels are naturally low. CBD can increase anandamide levels so that it may interfere with the development process of the fetus. Still, nothing can be ensured about long-term or short-term outcomes of consuming CBD during pregnancy, since research done on this subject is meager.


Can Pregnant Women Use CBD?

It is advised to any pregnant woman to seek help from a doctor regarding the intake of CBD during pregnancy. Because of the lack of sufficient research in the effects of CBD on fetus development, one cannot be sure of the use of CBD by a pregnant woman.


2013 study concluded that CBD could increase the permeability of the human placenta barrier, which could endanger the developing fetus. Does this mean that the enhanced permeability increases the chances of potentially harmful substances penetrating the placenta and into the fetus?


So, pregnant women can be suggested to take CBD to reduce problems related to pregnancy.

By this, we completely understand why a woman wants to turn to CBD when they’re pregnant. However, due to a lack of detailed research, we can’t recommend it. CBD can be prescribed only by a trusted medical professional, obstetrician, or midwife.


Last Thoughts About Pregnant Women Using CBD

Nowadays, more and more pregnant women are shifting towards CBD to ease some of the uncomfortable side effects of pregnancy; however, there are no reports to tell whether it is safe.


CBD helps relieve nausea, aches and pains, and anxiety, which are all common symptoms of pregnancy, but at what cost? Without proof that CBD is safe to use during pregnancy, it is impossible to say if it is a good idea.


Alcohol and caffeine must be consumed in a limit during pregnancy. There’s nothing set like this when it comes to cannabis. And till now, there is no telling about what the effects of CBD on a developing fetus are.

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