With the popularity of CBD oil growing, the reported benefits of this have grown as well. Benefits include minimizing pain, nausea, anxiety, and insomnia, providing postpartum relief, and more – all common symptoms of pregnancy.
When nausea and aches hit, you may wonder if you can continue with your pre-pregnancy CBD routine. The overarching consensus is to avoid all CBD use during your pregnancy, and while breastfeeding. We’ll break down how experts arrived at this recommendation below.
Before you read on, we know numerous moms have used CBD oil throughout their pregnancy, and immediately following. And, due to the minimal traces of CBD that can be transferred through breast milk, and the lack of research available, this may be something you are actively considering using. If this is something you are contemplating, discuss it with your doctor or healthcare provider first to gather all the information and determine a plan.
What is CBD oil?
If you haven’t heard of CBD oil, you’ll hear about it soon. CBD oil doesn’t contain THC and doesn’t give you the “high” that most cannabis does. To make our CBD oil at Oregon Hemp CBD, we use a cold extraction process to refine our hemp flower into an oil form.
What are the risks associated with using CBD oil during pregnancy?
The use of CBD oil during pregnancy, or while breastfeeding, has not been widely researched and more research needs to be conducted. The research that is in place, is tied to marijuana products so experts believe CBD oil will have the same effects, despite the lack of specific research. Because of this, the FDA advises against using CBD oil during pregnancy. They cite this as a huge cause for concern because there is a chance, like marijuana, it could be dangerous to your child’s development. In general, CBD has known risks such as extreme sleepiness, liver damage, and harmful interactions with other drugs and the FDA worries that there are many more risks that we aren’t aware of quite yet.
When CBD was researched with pregnant animals, those animals had problems with the reproductive system of their developing male fetuses. It’ll take time to fully gather substantial research specific to CBD, but the FDA is looking to expand their findings and examine how similar the risks are to THC. The FDA worries that since THC can enter a fetus’ brain from the bloodstream of their mother, CBD could run this risk as well. Like THC, CBD could also have the potential of increasing the risk of your child having a low birth weight, premature birth, or even stillbirth.
What are the risks associated with using CBD oil while breastfeeding?
While some moms may consider CBD oil during pregnancy to combat pregnancy symptoms, new moms may turn to it to relieve stress or postpartum depression. Like during pregnancy, the use of CBD oil while breastfeeding is not FDA recommended. While breastfeeding, the FDA believes that CBD will inevitably be transferred to the baby through some quantity of breast milk.
The “pump and dump” method doesn’t work either because through other marijuana research, those cannabis products that were used days or weeks before breastfeeding, still found their way into breast milk.
The FDA is looking to research more about this topic such as to what extent does the presence of CBD in milk harms the baby or the mother’s milk production. The FDA is also looking at how THC affects a child while breastfeeding and is cautious that CBD may have those same effects. If a baby is exposed to THC through breastmilk, they can experience issues with brain development such as hyperactivity or poor cognitive function. And since certain medications can be passed onto babies through breastmilk, the FDA worries this could also happen with CBD.
The biggest risk with using CBD during pregnancy or while breastfeeding is that there is no research on the short-or long-term effects and it could affect your child’s brain development.
Has the FDA ever approved any form of a CBD product?
Many feel that because CBD is unregulated by the FDA, it is a red flag. Without the FDA’s regulation, there is much uncertainty around if CBD is safe and effective to treat diseases, what dosage is safe, how it works in partnership with other drugs, and other safety concerns or dangerous side effects.
Since CBD oil doesn’t need FDA approval to go to market., you then run the risk of purchasing CBD products that have been contaminated with harmful substances. This is another reason why you might want to stay clear of this while pregnant or breastfeeding. At Oregon Hemp CBD though, you can be sure our CBD oil is only the highest quality. All our oils are produced on our small family farm and are third-party tested.
Given the risks and limited research, we recognize this is a personal decision that varies for everyone. We, at Oregon Hemp CBD, are available to help you navigate our CBD oil collection when you’re ready to resume using our CBD oils.[Sources:]