CBD Use While Pregnant: What Experts Say
CBD products have become popular among people from all walks of life, and its medical benefits continue to be studied by researchers. But one gray area that many people tend to question is whether or not you can use CBD while you are pregnant.
People ask this question for a couple of different reasons. For one, they may already use CBD on a daily basis and want to know if they can continue to use it once they are pregnant. Another common reason that the question arises is due to CBD’s ability to help relieve some of the symptoms that are associated with pregnancy.
So, is it safe to use CBD while you are pregnant? Keep reading below to find out what medical experts think and what we know from research so far.
Note: This blog is not intended to serve as medical advice and any questions should be directed to your medical professional.
What We Know About CBD
A lot of research has been done so far on CBD, and yet we still have more to learn than what we already know. It has both proven and other potential positive side effects, such as the ability to reduce inflammation and pain levels, but also has some potential negative long-term effects, such as liver damage and fatigue.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) studies the effects of CBD by looking at the use of its products over a person’s lifetime. They also place a big focus on studying the effects that it has when combined with other drug use.
The possession and sale of hemp-derived products was legalized with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. However, the FDA has not created regulations for it due to the lack of research. For the most part, states have the power to create their own regulations for these products as long as no company makes false claims and all CBD products sold possess 0.3% or less THC content.
It is technically illegal for companies to infuse food and beverages with CBD, but it is a practice that is becoming more common.
There remains a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to CBD, and many people desire to know more about its effects on woman who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Is It Safe to Use CBD While Pregnant?
In a time when your collective symptoms consist of moodiness, nausea, pain, swelling, and more simultaneously, is it safe to use CBD as a remedy? Unfortunately, experts advise against this practice based off of test results where CBD was given to pregnant animals.
Although no in-depth study on the effects of CBD on a developing fetus exists yet, the FDA has been collecting data that shows the potential harmful side effects that are associated with using CBD while pregnant or breastfeeding. Based on what we know so far, there is reason to proceed with caution.
When high doses of CBD were given to pregnant animals in a test, it was found to cause problems with the reproductive system in developing male fetuses. It is also expected, based on research thus far, that CBD will be transferred in some capacity to babies through breastfeeding.
This can become a very significant issue if the CBD product happens to be contaminated even the slightest bit. There have been reports of CBD being contaminated with bacteria, fungus, heavy metals, and even pesticides. Obviously, these are all things you would want to avoid ingesting, yet alone your baby ingesting it.
Most of the time however, the “contamination” found in CBD is referring to a level of THC that is higher than the legal limit (0.3%). While this may not seem like a big deal, the effects can actually be severe for the fetus.
THC Use and Pregnancy
Marijuana use while pregnant or breastfeeding has many potential negative side effects. The U.S. Surgeon General has advised consumers that its usage may affect fetal brain development because the THC is able to enter the fetal brain through the mother’s bloodstream. The advisory also states that marijuana could increase the risk of low birth weight along with premature births.
THC can remain in breastmilk for up to six days after its last use. The THC found in breastmilk can affect brain development for newborns, and has been linked to hyperactivity and poor cognitive functions.
Key Facts to Remember
If you or someone you know is considering using cannabis while pregnant or breastfeeding, remember these key facts:
- Although CBD and THC products are legally sold in the market, the FDA has not approved these products. Only one prescription CBD drug has been approved so far and comes with its associated risks and side effects.
- The FDA advises against using any cannabis products while pregnant, including both CBD and THC.
- Before taking any new supplements (especially when pregnant or breastfeeding), you should always talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Although CBD and other cannabis products may seem like a good remedy for symptoms and side effects associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding, it is not recommended that you use them. The FDA still lacks a clear understanding of all the potential negative side effects, and even less research has been done on the benefits that it could have for a fetus.
If you are looking for pain relief when pregnant, it is best to consult with your doctor. They will be able to provide you with most accurate and up-to-date information on different medications and can help you find what you are looking for.