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cbd oil use during pregnancy

So what are people (read: not pregnant women specifically) using CBD for these days? “CBD oil for anxiety” and “CBD oil for pain” are common marketing promises touted by companies selling cannabis products. While science has yet to confirm that munching on CBD gummies will keep you zen, a study in the journal Neurotherapeutics does say that oral ingestion of 300 to 600 mg of CBD is a viable treatment for anxiety disorders. This cannabis compound is considered promising therapy for regulating anxiety because CBD may inhibit brain activity in the amygdala, also known as the fear center. “When you take CBD orally, the compounds will enter the bloodstream and interact with cannabinoid receptors throughout the body,” says Jodi Chapin, RD, a member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association and director of nursing with GreenNurse Group, a non-profit that provides education on medicinal cannabis.

Alternatively, CBD oil salves vow to mitigate muscle pain. Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Olivia Wilde, who have been raving about CBD as an alternative to painkillers, aren’t the only ones rubbing CBD oil cream onto their bodies. Chapin has noticed that patients bring their own CBD lotions to be used in massage during labor. “I have seen doulas use CBD-infused products as they massage the woman’s feet, back, abdomen and pulse points,” Chapin adds. “It assists with pain relief as well as relaxation.”

What Is CBD?

Unlike THC, however, CBD is not psychoactive and doesn’t cause negative mood side-effects, slowed motor-movement or addiction, according to studies. Our body actually produces its own version of cannabidiols, called endocannabinoids, to regulate the nervous system’s response to stress, sleep, metabolism and even ward against forgetting. “THC is the primary compound that directly interacts with this system in a profound way,” says Michelle Sexton, ND, assistant adjunct professor in the department of anesthesiology at the University of California San Diego. Some believe that CBD can also impact the endocannabinoid system by sending signals to the brain to help manage inflammation and anxiety, though the evidence is inconclusive in the scientific community.

Once cannabis leaves are dried and made into powder, a machine uses high-pressure carbon dioxide to extract the cannabis oil paste (much like peanut butter). It’s then further refined using ethanol to look like actual oil. CBD is an isolated compound that’s cousins with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is famously known for its “high” effect in recreational marijuana.

The use of medicinal marijuana has been in the news for quite some time, but the recent onslaught of CBD (short for cannabidiol) products—backed by celebs like Mandy Moore and Olivia Wilde—has made CBD oil the remedy du jour. It’s touted as the natural treatment for an impressive list of ailments like anxiety, muscle pain and nausea—symptoms that are all too common during pregnancy. With so many forms available, you can drop some CBD oil under your tongue (or in your coffee), snack on CBD gummies, massage achy feet with a CBD cream or even unwind with CBD bath bombs. But is CBD oil safe during pregnancy? Read on to hear what experts say about CBD oil benefits and safety issues for moms-to-be.

Far from considering it a natural treatment, the FDA advises against the use of cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and marijuana during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

Marijuana use during pregnancy, on the other hand, is more widely studied—and one of the most common substances picked up by expectant moms. She points to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which reported increasing rates of use during the first trimester across all age groups from 2017 to 2019.

Woman Taking CBD Oil

Undercooked eggs and meats, soft cheeses, high-mercury fish, hot dogs, deli slices, sprouts, unwashed produce, unpasteurized dairy products, junk food, kombucha, coffee, tea, caffeinated sodas, and alcohol. The lengthy list of no-noes for pregnant women just got a little longer, thanks to its latest (potential) addition: CBD products.

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February 8, 2021