The global use of CBD has become a popular trend and a natural remedy for many health-related conditions in recent years including anxiety, stress, insomnia, pain and nausea. However, since CBD is mainly derived from the Cannabis Sativa L. plant, is it okay to consume it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding a newborn child?
WHAT IS CBD USED FOR?
CBD is used by those who seek a natural and holistic approach to dealing with many health-related conditions including stress, insomnia, anxiety, pain management including epilepsy, schizophrenia, Parkinson's diseases and multiple sclerosis.
IS CBD SAFE TO CONSUME DURING PREGNANCY OR WHILE BREASTFEEDING?
While you are pregnant, your body experiences many changes as it creates the perfect environment for the unborn baby, whilst at the same time developing many very uncomfortable symptoms, including hormonal changes, insomnia, anxiety and stress.
While there's not enough research on the use of CBD oil during pregnancy, medical experts recommend that it should be completely avoided. Studies illustrate that consuming marijuana during pregnancy can lead to premature births and other health conditions for the baby.
POTENTIAL HEALTH RISKS FOR YOU
There is clear evidence that smoking cannabis during pregnancy can lead to many health conditions such as mental health. However, if you have been using cannabis from a young age, you are more at risk of developing mental health issues due to the effect of THC on your developing brain.
POTENTIAL HEALTH RISKS FOR YOUR BABY
THC is known to cross the placenta during pregnancy and this can negatively affect the development of the unborn child. As such, the baby may be at an increased risk of;
- Being born prematurely
- Being born with a low birth weight
- The baby may be experiencing learning, behavioural and mental health issues later in life
If you are pregnant, planning on becoming pregnant or are breastfeeding, we strongly recommend that you stop using all CBD or cannabis-derived products. However, if you are suffering from any of the health conditions mentioned herein we recommend that you seek professional advice from your medical practitioner or family doctor who may be able to recommend better-suited alternatives.