Can I Use CBD Hemp Flower While I’m Pregnant?

Although CBD Hemp flower has suggested health benefits, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that women who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy should not use cannabis or any of its byproducts, including hemp-based products. 

If you are pregnant and still want to use CBD oil, the best thing to do is to discuss it with your doctor. They can offer other, pregnancy-safe ways to improve your symptoms and advise you of all the potential risks and side effects of CBD oil — both for you and the baby. Below, we take a closer look at using CBD oil while you are pregnant. If you have any further questions, consult Cascadia Blooms or your doctor.

Why Do Women Take CBD Oil During Pregnancy?

Before we dive into the possible risks associated with CBD during pregnancy, it should be noted that some suggested benefits include

Relief From Nausea and Morning Sickness

Clinical evidence suggests that CBD can effectively suppress nausea and vomiting, both symptoms commonly encountered by pregnant moms. As a result, some pregnant women have turned to CBD to reduce morning sickness during pregnancy.

Anxiety Suppression

Pregnant women often experience high levels of anxiety during pregnancy. Anxiety can occur as a result of work or home-related stress, hormonal imbalance, or other factors. When taken in low doses, CBD has been shown to decrease anxiety. It can help women who suffer from anxiety during and after pregnancy.

Insomnia

Insomnia largely occurs in the first and third trimesters. Causes include urinary frequency, low back pain, nocturnal cramps, fetal movements, and restless legs syndrome (RLS) or periodic limb movements of sleep. CBD oil relaxes the body and can help some women sleep better during pregnancy.

What Are the Possible Risks of Using CBD Oil While Pregnant?

It is important to remember two things. First, there is no comprehensive or conclusive research on CBD and pregnancy. Second, the CBD hemp flower industry is unregulated. Therefore, many of the claims of CBD hemp flower consumption during pregnancy are largely based on risks associated with marijuana consumption, as both marijuana and CBD originate from the same plant. 

CBD Product Contamination

Some CBD products contain heavy metals, pesticides, and molds. These products can reach into the placenta and eventually the fetus. As such, they can affect the fetus’ development throughout pregnancy. Therefore, medical professionals advise against using products that contain these types of chemicals.

Exposure to Marijuana

Exposure to marijuana could disrupt normal fetal brain development and increase your risk of giving birth to a smaller or even stillbirth baby, although there is no data to suggest CBD oil alone carries the same risks. However, CBD products do contain low levels of marijuana. How dangerous these levels are to a fetus is inconclusive at this time.

Unknown Risks

One of the main concerns with CBD hemp flower and pregnancy is the unknown risk. The medical world currently doesn’t have long-term research as to what happens years down the road due to utilizing hemp extracts in utero. Any woman using CBD products should be aware of this and decide accordingly, preferably with her doctor.

Can I Use CBD Hemp Flower While Breastfeeding?

Researchers still don't know if CBD oil is safe to use when breastfeeding. Experts assume that some CBD is transferred through breast milk to nursing babies. For instance, breast milk can contain THC for up to six days after use. That means that any contaminants in the CBD might also be transferred to the baby.

It also means that all of the reasons you shouldn't use CBD while pregnant apply to taking it while breastfeeding. The truth is, there are far more questions than answers when it comes to CBD, especially for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Therefore, all medical recommendations are based on speculation rather than hard evidence. Again, consult your doctor before you decide to use CBD hemp flower while pregnant. 

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