CBD and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

CBD and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

CBD and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

CBD is becoming a more popular choice for people looking for relief from various medical conditions. But what about pregnant women? Can they take CBD? And if so, what are the risks involved?

It’s commonly known that CBD benefits many conditions such as epilepsy, anxiety, chronic pain, but should you stop taking CBD if you get pregnant?

CBD is non-toxic in non-transformed cells and does not induce changes to your heart rate or blood pressure, and it doesn't affect your appetite either. But does this mean it’s safe to absorb CBD while pregnant?

In this article, we look at the findings of research, so you can make better judgement for yourself as to whether it’s ok to take CBD during pregnancy. But before we get going, let’s take a closer look so you have a better understanding of CBD.

What is CBD Oil and how does it work?

CBD Oil is derived from cannabidiol - one of more than 100 compounds found in hemp plant. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is another commonly known compound, but unlike THC CBD is not psychoactive and won’t get you high.

CBD Oil is made by extracting CBD from the hemp plant and diluting it with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or hemp seed oil. It is thought to be a natural remedy to many ailments, such as epilepsy, anxiety, and arthritic pain.

It does so by interacting with the body's Endocannabinoid System 2 (ECS). The ECS is made up of cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body and it helps regulate your mood, memory and pain. If you have a dysfunctional ECS, it’s though to trigger conditions like anxiety, depression, chronic pain and addiction.

Research suggests CBD helps regulate the ECS, which is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body. And with its benefits for things like anxiety and chronic pain, it’s thought that CBD could be a safe and effective option for pregnant women looking for relief from certain symptoms.

What are the side effects of CBD oil?

CBD is generally considered to be safe, but some people may experience side effects, such as fatigue, dry mouth, and changes in appetite.

These side effects are usually mild and temporary, but everybody is different so if you do suffer from any side effects, you should consul a specialist before taking any.

CBD Oil during pregnancy 

There’s no comprehensive research studying the effects of CBD and pregnancy, but US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises against it.

According to FDA research, they say ‘there is a significant cause for concern’. Their claim is backed by evidence of a 1986 research into the impact of CBD on the reproductive system of male offspring of maternal mice that were given CBD.

The findings of the FDA research warns pregnant and breastfeeding mothers against using CBD, saying the products could pose serious risks to the fetus or the baby through breast milk.

In 2018, the FDA approved CBD oil for treatment against severe epilepsy, but is yet to advance these treatments, even though tests are positive.

Is it OK to take CBD during pregnancy

So, is it ok to take CBD during pregnancy? I hear you ask. Although the evidence used by the FDA is a research conducted nearly 40 years ago, there’s no conclusive evidence to suggest it is outdated.

Therefore, we believe, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should avoid using CBD products until more is known about its effects on pregnant women.

Pregnancy and CBD

There are many proven benefits to taking CBD, but evidence for and against taking it while pregnant isn’t thorough enough.

Therefore, we at CBD Vendibles believe it’s always best to err on the side of caution when it comes to taking any medication, including CBD, during pregnancy.

The bottom line is that more research is needed before we can say definitively whether or not CBD is safe for pregnant women. Until then, it is best to speak with your doctor before taking CBD or any other medication while pregnant.

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