Can You Take CBD Whilst Pregnant?

29th March 2019

‘A Special Time’

From baby showers to gender reveals, choosing names, and buying tiny outfits, pregnancy can be very special. Whether you’re a new mum or parent of three, it can also be a hard time. Nausea, chronic pain, and migraines are a few of the unfavourable symptoms. And, when you’re pregnant, it's not as easy as reaching into the cupboard to take painkillers. Instead, women have to tread on the side of caution, seeing their body as a temple for the months ahead.  

Could CBD be a viable alternative to traditional medicine or is it off the table for pregnant women?

CBD and Pregnancy, a Good Match?

What Does the Science Say?

CBD has a ‘favourably safe profile’, and when it comes to research, studies tend to focus on the effects of THC whilst pregnant rather than CBD. Research on CBD and pregnancy is, therefore, in its early stages, but there are some studies shedding light on the issue.

Considered to be a muscle relaxant claims suggest that the cannabis-derived compound could help women with contractions. This is based on research where synthetic CBD had been used on cells outside of the body. The 2010 findings concluded that CBD had a positive effect and eased oxytocin-induced uterine contractions. It was found to be as effective as pharmaceutical solutions.

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Supporting evidence for CBD’s safety is again found whilst denouncing THC throughout pregnancy. The research exposed pregnant mice to THC, CBD, and the lesser known compound -CBN. THC was found to cause issues related to implantation and development, the mice given CBD experienced adverse effects.

Effects of CBD on Pregnancy

More clinical research is required to be sure of the effects of CBD on pregnancy. Given the compound’s profile and medical value, CBD has the potential to treat pregnancy related health issues such as:

  • Nausea and morning sickness
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Inflammation and edema
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Constipation
  • Headaches

Presence of THC

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Whilst CBD’s presence during pregnancy stands undetermined we do know the negative role THC can play in expectant mothers. THC can risk the disruption of brain development and can interrupt the formation of the nervous system in unborn babies. It’s not a common substance consumed by women during pregnancy but small traces of THC (less than 0.2%) can be found in some CBD products. This does not mean CBD is off limits for pregnant women. CBD with no THC presence could still be a safe and viable option.

Should you Include CBD in Your Pregnancy?

CBD during pregnancy is a controversial topic. Research is still in its early stages and it cannot yet be said how it can benefit pregnant women. It is a case of the unknown rather than CBD being dangerous. Considering its safe profile and shortage of side effects it could be the perfect organic solution.

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