Is CBD safe to use while pregnant or nursing?

Is CBD safe to use while pregnant or nursing?

November 25, 2018

Cannabidiol (CBD) is everywhere. The chemical compound, which can be derived from either marijuana or hemp, two species of the cannabis plant, has shown up in gummies, drops, sprays, lotions and even coffee. Hemp-derived CBD, with less than a 0.3 percent concentration of THC, has no intoxicating properties.

CBD is being used for everything from anxiety and pain management to treating epilepsy. Verified medical research has lagged behind the public excitement and adoption, but is slowly building a case for CBD as an effective treatment for certain maladies.

At the end of 2017, the World Health Organization publicly stated that CBD has no abuse potential, but stopped short of recommending its usage. In June 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first CBD-based drug, to treat epileptic seizures.

But is CBD safe to use while pregnant or nursing?

The truth is that, although CBD is not considered addictive and has no major side effects, not enough medical research has been conducted to determine whether it’s safe to use while pregnant or nursing.

An August 2018 issue of Pediatrics found that cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, can be passed from a pregnant woman to a fetus.

“There’s still a lot we don’t know about how marijuana affects a baby’s rapidly developing brain,” said Mary E. O’Connor, M.D., co-author of the Pediatrics report.

Marijuana usage among pregnant women is on the rise, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim that cannabis can lead to developmental problems and damage a baby’s health, concluding: “Based on what we know now, we’re advising women who are pregnant or nursing that the safest choice for their child is to avoid marijuana.”

Until there is more research on the effects on CBD during pregnancy and while nursing, the safest choice is probably to avoid it. Consult a medical professional if you’re pregnant or nursing and are considering using CBD or any other supplements.

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