Can I Use CBD During Pregnancy? ‘Cause Gummies Are LIFE. So you popped a Lord Jones CBD gummy last summer and things just got chill . You weren’t straight-up stoned, per se, but you felt More moms are turning to therapeutic products made with CBD, or cannabidiol, and some swear it helped offer relief while they were expecting. Here's what these moms—and experts—say about CBD during pregnancy.
Can I Use CBD During Pregnancy? ‘Cause Gummies Are LIFE.
So you popped a Lord Jones CBD gummy last summer and things just got chill. You weren’t straight-up stoned, per se, but you felt calmer and better equipped to take on the day. And ever since, they’ve been your savior through all the hectic moments that come with adulting. Now you’re pregnant and scared that your one crutch is no longer OK, and it left you wondering, is CBD safe for pregnancy??
Let’s rewind for a second. Cannabidiol (CBD) is commonly referred to as the non-psychoactive component to THC, aka marijuana, aka weed. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is what gets you high, while CBD gives you a calming vibe that helps tackle insomnia, body pain, stress and a whole host of other physical and emotional issues. Here’s the thing, though. We know that THC during pregnancy is a big no-no – that it leads to low birthweight and a whole host of cognitive deficiencies, but what about pure CBD?
The FDA strongly advises against the use of cannabidiol (CBD) as does the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which recommends that women who are pregnant, or even thinking about getting pregnant, avoid THC “and any by-products” at all costs. When it comes to CBD, it’s a question of your comfort and the comfort level of your medical provider. While many OB’s will undoubtedly err on the side of caution, Dr. Shamsah Amersi, a Los Angeles-based OB-GYN who’s been practicing for over 22 years, often incorporates holistic alternate care to help treat the whole patient and recommends CBD as an organic, natural, and possibly even a safer solution to many traditional treatment methods.
“There are a lot of symptoms during pregnancy and postpartum that are known to be ameliorated by CBD,” says Dr. Amersi. “For example, pregnant women often experience nausea due to morning sickness, pain, inflammation, swelling, muscle and back soreness, cramps, fatigue, stress, anxiety, and more. People use CBD for these conditions all the time. So why not do so while pregnant?”
The question of CBD continues post-delivery, too. We all know how beneficial CBD is on topical skincare products for hydration and its calming effects on sensitive, irritable skin. Well, there’s one entrepreneur looking to apply those same benefits to the family. Stephanie Pascarella recently launched Wash With Water, the first CBD skincare and sublinguals specifically crafted for mama’s self-care.
“Our topical CBD collection has been beneficial for so many women with skin condition changes, hormonal acne, dermatitis, as well as sensitive skin. CBD is one of most skin-loving ingredients in the botanical world in terms of hydration for the skin.” The sublingual line was designed with the purpose to provide solace in three major areas: sleep, stress, and self-care.
Dr. Meredith Grossman, an assistant professor in pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai advises her patients against using CBD on their babies and children. “Because there are no studies demonstrating safety of these products in babies and children, I do not recommend them,” she says.
The bottom line is, do your research, and once you’re done nursing, feel free to pop it, slurp it and smoke it ‘til your heart’s content. Because one thing’s for sure – between potty-training, preschool applications, toddler meltdowns and the general headaches of parenting, you’re likely going to need it.
“I want women to know there’s a space for CBD to play a big part in their wellness journey.” says Stephanie.
More Ways Kids Are Using CBD:
While research is still progressing on ADHD, for many diagnosed with this disorder, increased dopamine levels can often bring relief. Some treatments include raising dopamine levels in ways that can lead to burn-out over prolonged periods. On the flip side, CBD for ADHD has been reported to block the activity of gamma-Aminobutyric acid, which allows the body to increase dopamine levels and prevent possible burn-out naturally. A recent survey of people with ADHD using this method showed that 25% of patients felt relief using CBD for ADHD. As always, check in with your doc.
A retrospective study assessed the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of CBD as an adjuvant therapy, for problems in children with autism. Following the cannabis treatment, behavioural outbreaks were much improved or very much improved in 61% of patients. Anxiety and communication problems improved by 39% and 47% respectively. Disruptive behaviours were improved by 29% following the treatment. Parents reported less stress as reflected in the APSI (Autism Parenting Stress Index) scores, changing by 33%.
Studies suggest that CBD may be an effective treatment for children with hard-to-treat epilepsy. In assessing the theory, researchers often look at how many people have a 50% or greater reduction in seizures. A recent evidence review found that one in every 8 people taking CBD would have a 50% or greater reduction in seizures. A much smaller number (less than 1 in 150) would become seizure free.
CBD Oil for Pregnancy: How Moms Are Using It
More moms are turning to therapeutic products made with CBD, or cannabidiol, and some swear it helped offer relief while they were expecting. Here’s what these moms—and experts—say about CBD during pregnancy.
Maressa Brown is a seasoned lifestyle journalist, writer, and astrologer. In addition to being a regular contributor to Parents.com, her bylines appear on InStyle, Shape, What to Expect, Cosmopolitan, et al. She is the author of a forthcoming parenting title to be published by Artisan Books in early 2023. A graduate of Emerson College, she’s based in Los Angeles.
December 9, 2018
Touted for offering a bevy of benefits, from pain relief to stress management, CBD, or cannabidiol, is having a real moment. The component of either a marijuana or hemp plant is non-psychoactive, unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)—which only comes from marijuana—and is popping up in therapeutic products all over the internet and country. From drinking CBD mocktails as an alternative to wine to caring for sore muscles with a CBD salve or soaking in a tub with a CBD-lace bath bomb, moms everywhere are loving its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-psychotic, anti-convulsant, and antidepressant properties.
These properties are research-proven. Clinical research has shown that CBD, which is generally taken orally as a tincture or in an edible form, can be therapeutically useful for managing anxiety and depression, chronic pain, sleep disorders, and seizure disorders. There’s also clinical evidence that CBD can be effective in suppressing nausea and vomiting, both symptoms commonly encountered by expectant moms. So, it’s no surprise that some pregnant women are getting on-board with, or simply curious about, CBD use.
What Moms Say
Maggie Frank, a mom who is also the National Educator for PlusCBD Oil, says she’s seen the product “used by women during pregnancy to help with a wide range of complaints including morning sickness, stress and anxiety, sleeplessness, food aversions as well as the aches, pains and cramps that accompany pregnancy for many.”
When Frank herself was expecting in 2015, prior to joining the company, she says she suffered from hypermesis gravitum (HG), a condition marked by chronic, severe morning sickness. “I was getting sick 20-30 times a day, was unable to nourish myself or my baby, and was constantly flirting with dehydration,” she tells Parents.com. “The medicine typically prescribed for this has a slew of potential side effects, so I refused it. My symptoms actually got worse with each passing month, to a point where my doctor was recommending bed rest in the fourth month.”
That’s when she says she started researching and learned about CBD. She was so intrigued that she discussed it with her doctor who she says “didn’t have an opinion either way, other than it didn’t seem like it would be worse than the pharmaceutical’s risks, and we needed to figure something out fast.”
Frank says she started with 3 mg of PlusCBDOil Green peppermint spray, and got relief, the very first day. “It was like someone flipped off the switch that was making me feel sick at all times,” she explains. “I was once again able to move, sleep and eat without feeling the need to vomit. Even my over sensitivity to smells dissipated!” She says that over the course of her pregnancy, she also experienced a “reduction in stress and anxiety levels, better mood, more patience, better sleep, and less aches and pains.”
Like Frank, Jennifer Farris, a health coach, yoga instructor, and mom who gave birth to her son just this past September, attests to the benefit of CBD use during pregnancy. “CBD oils noticeably reduced my anxiety during pregnancy and made it easy to fall asleep,” she tells Parents.com. “They also helped lessen joint pain with all the changes in my body during pregnancy. I used Sunday Scaries CBD Gummies, and their products are third-party lab tested to ensure there are zero traces of THC.”
What the Experts Say
The fact is that many—if not most—ob-gyns who would express concern and hesitate to recommend CBD use during pregnancy, in part due to the existing body of research, which is limited and has stated that cannabinoids could be harmful to both moms and their babies.
“The concern with phytocannabinoid/CBD supplementation and pregnancy is due to the unknown,” Frank notes. “We currently don’t have long-term research as to what happens years down the road as a result of utilizing hemp extracts in utero. Any woman using phytocannabinoids products should be aware of this and make her decision accordingly, preferably with her doctor.”
Felice Gersh, MD, ob-gyn and founder/director of the Integrative Medical Practice of Irvine in Irvine, California corroborates that experts’ concern is related to lacking data and “the fact that production is poorly regulated in most states.” While that remains to be the case, she advises her pregnant patients to avoid using CBD.
That said, Congress is poised to lift a federal hemp ban this month, that, according to The Hill, “will for the first time allow lawmakers to develop and impose best manufacturing practices and standards for this nascent industry—policies that will ultimately lead to a safer and better-quality product for consumers.”
The social, political, and scientific turning of the tide may ultimately reshape experts’ take on CBD for expectant moms. In the meantime, women are definitely advised to work with their health care provider to create a safe, healthy treatment plan that is best for them.