Pregnant / Breastfeeding Women and CBD

A common (and completely natural) concern for some of our female customers is whether or not they can take CBD if they are currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

This is often because there is a whole laundry list of conditions suffered by expectant or post partum women that could stand to be improved by a dose of CBD, including:

  • swelling
  • body pain and discomfort
  • inflammation
  • hormonal fluctuation
  • morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum and general nausea
  • decreased appetite
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • mood instability

There are anecdotal accounts out there from many pregnant or lactating women that do suggest that CBD has helped them in these ways – and indeed a 2016 research review indicated that cannabis with a very high CBD ratio used during pregnancy to treat acute and chronic symptoms did not appear to cause any significant neonatal outcomes.

However, with access to cannabis having been limited for so many decades and research on these kinds of subjects therefore still in their infancy, there is understandably cause for concern and two very different opinions that exist on the subject.

Some people are of the belief that CBD will do more good than it could do any harm, while others are of course concerned about the lack of scientific evidence to support either side of the coin.

Ultimately the choice is not one for us to make or give instruction around, but is instead a personal decision to be weighed up by these women and their partners in consultation with their medical professionals.

Either way we absolutely advise any lactating or breastfeeding women to always consult with their doctor or obstetrician before making a call on whether to use CBD as part of their treatment plan, and how to work out their appropriate dosage if they choose to do so.

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