Can CBD Be Taken During Pregnancy?

In the field of natural wellness, CBD is gaining more and more attention and interest. However, many women are questioning the possible implications of using CBD during pregnancy. In this article, we will examine whether it is advisable to take CBD during pregnancy and delve into the safety and precautions to be taken regarding the use of CBD during this delicate time.

Taking CBD During Pregnancy

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in the hemp plant, known for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and calming properties. These characteristics have sparked interest in using CBD as a natural remedy for various ailments and conditions. However, the situation changes when it comes to pregnancy.

Although CBD might be considered an option for alleviating symptoms such as anxiety, nausea, or pain, it is important to know that specific scientific research on the use of CBD during pregnancy is still limited. Consequently, many health experts recommend completely avoiding the use of CBD during pregnancy to ensure maximum safety for both the mother and the baby.

Taking CBD During Breastfeeding

Breast milk is one of the most effective ways to transmit active ingredients to the newborn, making it crucial to maintain proper nutrition. But why do many women choose to take CBD after giving birth? The answer lies in the sedative and relaxing properties of CBD, which make it a valuable aid against insomnia. Insomnia, in turn, can lead to postpartum depression, which affects about one in ten women. Even in this context, some women choose to use CBD. However, scientific research on the effects of cannabis on the human nervous system is still ongoing.

In 2015, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) published guidelines regarding cannabis consumption. Although they acknowledge the therapeutic properties of cannabis, they highlight the lack of sufficient data to clearly define the influence of CBD on the baby during breastfeeding. Therefore, it is advisable to be cautious when consuming CBD during breastfeeding and always consult your doctor for specific recommendations.

Ongoing Research

Since the beginning of this year, some researchers from the Universities of Catania, Teramo, and Chieti-Pescara have been investigating the effects of CBD during pregnancy thanks to a project funded by the Ministry of University and Research. Despite CBD being perceived as safe, its use during pregnancy and breastfeeding is discouraged by U.S. health authorities.

The research project, titled “Maternal exposure to the non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid cannabidiol: a multidisciplinary and longitudinal approach to assess its impact on maternal behaviour and progeny neurodevelopment,” aims to better understand the mental health risks associated with the use of CBD. The consequences of using CBD on the mother and the neurological development of the offspring will be analyzed, also evaluating whether the use of CBD can mitigate the negative effects of THC. This multidisciplinary study will provide new insights into the role of the endocannabinoid system in brain development and could help improve current therapeutic approaches.

Positive Effects of CBD During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

In addition to its antiemetic properties, CBD has shown various beneficial effects that could theoretically benefit pregnant women. Among these, the anxiolytic properties of CBD can help manage anxiety and stress often associated with pregnancy, as discussed earlier regarding the calming properties of CBD.

Possible Negative Effects of CBD During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Cannabinoids are lipophilic, meaning they tend to accumulate in fatty tissues. This allows them to cross the placental barrier and reach the developing fetus, as well as be excreted in breast milk, affecting the infant during breastfeeding. Although not conclusive, scientific literature suggests that taking CBD during pregnancy may be associated with low birth weight and delayed fetal development, as well as potential interference with the baby’s brain development.

A U.S. study has shown that high doses of CBD administered to pregnant animals caused reproductive system problems in developing male fetuses. Furthermore, based on what is already known about CBD, it is expected that some amount of CBD will be transferred to infants through breast milk. It is also known that there is potential for CBD products to be contaminated with substances that may pose a risk to the fetus or breastfeeding infant, including THC.

Given the number of unknowns and the known effects of CBD during pregnancy, it is advisable to seek alternative natural solutions to address insomnia, stress, and anxiety as the first option. Activities like yoga, meditation, or reading a good book can be very helpful.

So, is it advised against taking CBD in any form during pregnancy?

Less Safe Options,,,

Vaporizing and smoking are two common methods for taking CBD: vaporizing involves inhaling heated vapors, while smoking involves the combustion of the product. However, it is important to be cautious. Although vaporizing may reduce exposure to some harmful chemicals produced by combustion, both methods involve inhaling compounds that might not be safe during pregnancy. A 2015 article published by the NCBI discusses the risks associated with vaporizing, emphasizing the importance of avoiding both smoking and vaporizing.

… and Safer Options

As an alternative, many expectant mothers prefer taking CBD oil, a more practical, discreet, and safer choice since it does not involve inhalation. Currently, there is an ongoing legislative debate to define the regulations regarding the use of CBD, with a recent restrictive decision that has been appealed to the TAR (read this article to learn more). The direction of the new law is not yet clear, but it is essential to stay informed about regulatory changes to ensure the safe use of CBD during pregnancy. CBD teas represent an alternative for consuming CBD more safely.

Can you eat hemp seeds during pregnancy?

Absolutely yes! Hemp-based foods free of cannabinoids are completely safe for both the mother and the fetus. Hemp seeds, in particular, are a superfood with incredible health benefits. According to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), pregnant or breastfeeding women can consume them without any concern.

Factors to Consider Before Using Light Cannabis During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

The endocannabinoid system, a complex network of receptors and neurotransmitters, is crucial for maintaining bodily homeostasis, that is, the balance and health of bodily functions. This system has functions that vary from the embryonic period to adulthood and old age. During pregnancy, the endocannabinoid system plays a significant role in embryo implantation, uterine growth, and even childbirth. Any substance interacting with this system could have significant effects.

In newborns and children, the endocannabinoid system is different from that of adults. In newborns and children, the endocannabinoid system is different from that of adults. In newborns, it is essential for the formation of new neurons (neurogenesis) and their connections (synaptogenesis), processes that should not be altered by exposure to cannabinoids like CBD. Moreover, the quantity and distribution of cannabinoid receptors in newborns differ compared to adults, and constant exposure to cannabinoids could alter these receptors, with potential implications for the child’s development.

Conclusions

The use of CBD during pregnancy is a complex topic that requires attention and awareness. Although CBD has many potentially beneficial properties, it is crucial to carefully evaluate the risks before using it during pregnancy and breastfeeding. In conclusion, we advise against the use of CBD products during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and they should not be used on infants. CBD products should be kept out of the reach of children. If in doubt, consult your doctor before using CBD.

This article is for informational purposes, based on ongoing research, and is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any disease or symptom. Its content can supplement but not replace the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition.

We encourage our readers to further explore this topic through our blogs, where you will find insights and updates on the latest research. Additionally, we invite you to discover our range of CBD products, designed to offer you the highest quality and safety.

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