Is CBD Safe to Use While Pregnant or Nursing?

Are any CBD products approved by the FDA?

Although CBD products may be permitted in many US states, the FDA has not yet authorized any OTC CBD products.

Currently, there is only one FDA-approved CBD-containing drug on the market, Epidiolex, which is used to treat three different types of epilepsy.

As noted above, CBD doesn’t produce the “high” THC does. Although you might assume that makes CBD safe to use while pregnant, experts still advise against it.

The amount of research on CBD and pregnancy is extremely limited, and the majority of studies so far have used animals. Plus, the results of these studies have prompted some concerns.

For example, an older 1986 study suggests that exposure to CBD during gestation or the day after birth affected sperm count and testicular function in male rats, but there isn’t any recent data to back up this claim.

A 2019 study also suggested that fetal exposure to cannabinoids could affect immune system development and possibly weaken the body’s ability to defend against cancer and infections. That said, the study referred to cannabinoids in general rather than specifically focusing on CBD.

The authors of the study also pointed out that cannabinoids primarily function by interacting with the body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors. But they went on to say that THC and CBD can also bind to other receptors, which might have other health or developmental effects throughout pregnancy and nursing.

Future studies may shed more light on potential dangers of consuming CBD while nursing or pregnant.

Additionally, some medical experts have expressed worries that women who are expecting or nursing might unintentionally use contaminated CBD products.

With CBD’s growing popularity, products are now very simple to find. Depending on where you live, you might have even noticed some at your neighborhood grocery store.

Of course, not all CBD products are created equal in terms of quality. Third-party lab reports demonstrating that the product has been examined for contaminants, such as mold, pesticides, and heavy metals, are a sign of a high-quality product.

Plus, some CBD products may include THC in trace amounts. These THC traces can still get into a nursing infant.

THC is strongly advised against while nursing or pregnant as evidence suggests it may:

Of course, it’s crucial to keep in mind that, even though these studies do find an association, that doesn’t constitute absolute proof. Additionally, they don’t take into account things like potency or usage frequency.

Also keep in mind that CBD may result in a few side effects, such as:

CBD can also interact with certain medications. In general, you should consult your doctor before using CBD even if you are not currently pregnant or nursing.

These side effects might not seem particularly concerning, especially if you’re dealing with pain, ongoing morning sickness, or lack of sleep. But once more, the scarcity of research is one of the main worries regarding CBD use during pregnancy.

In short, experts don’t know enough about how CBD could affect fetal health and development, and what they *do* know has prompted some concerns.

It is undeniable that pregnancy can result in significant physical discomfort. While other symptoms, such as pain, anxiety, and insomnia, can linger throughout pregnancy, other symptoms, such as nausea, occasionally (though not always) goes away after a few months.

It’s best to discuss any symptoms you have with your healthcare team as well as any concerns you may have about pregnancy-safe medication.

Your care team can assist you in locating secure treatments and DIY remedies to help relieve discomfort brought on by pregnancy. Keeping them informed of your symptoms can also assist them in spotting early symptoms of more severe health issues.

That goes for mental health symptoms, too. Even though you might prefer to avoid taking prescription antidepressants while pregnant, you shouldn’t ignore the signs of anxiety, depression, or other emotional distress.

A therapist can support you and advise you on pregnancy-safe treatment options.

Although you might be tempted to use CBD to alleviate the aches and pains of pregnancy, experts currently advise against using any cannabis-related products while pregnant.

More advice on safe alternatives to treat medical and mental health symptoms during pregnancy can be obtained from your healthcare provider.

Breanna Mona is a writer based in Cleveland, Ohio. She writes about health, lifestyle, and entertainment and has a master’s degree in media and journalism.

Last medically reviewed on October 15, 2021

All of the women found that 2-3 puffs of THC-rich marijuana (~20% THC, 1% CBD) was helpful to reduce or prevent vomiting and reverse weight loss They would dose once more, using a total of 1-2 grams of marijuana per day, after the effects from inhaling small amounts of the drug wore off after 2-4 hours. It appears that the patients chose similar doses on their own rather than following the researchers’ recommendations.

A recent report by two Israeli researchers, Gideon Koren and Rana Cohen, in the Journal of Cannabis Research details the cases of four pregnant women with severe morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum).

In one instance, “HG [morning sickness] started at 4 weeks with up to 70 bouts of vomiting a day, necessitating repeated hospitalizations” was how it was described.

There are no obvious developmental issues in the babies, who are now up to 4 years old.

The authors are adamant that they have not established that cannabis is safe to consume while pregnant, but their research does demonstrate the possibility of treating severe morning sickness with THC-rich cannabis.

Keep Notes on Your Doses and Progress

Making notes on your dosage and how you react to it throughout the course of treatment is one of the best actions you can take when introducing a new supplement or medication into your health regimen. This will make it easier for you and your doctor to understand how CBD or another supplement is performing (or not performing).

  • What dose of CBD did you take?
  • How did your symptoms feel today?
  • Were symptoms improved after taking the CBD?
  • Did you experience any side-effects?
  • Which CBD product did you take?
  • Marijuana for Morning Sickness?

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