Throughout history there have been countless women who have consumed cannabis during pregnancy. While smoking pot (or anything else) isn’t recommended during pregnancy, there are countless women who have turned to Mary Jane to help with the symptoms that come along with it.
THC Can Negatively Impact Pregnancy
THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, has shown that it can disrupt a fetus’ brain development while in the womb. While studies with pregnant women smoking are difficult to come by, there have been a few that have tried to measure the safety of using cannabis while pregnant.
One study showed that THC can impact the formation and function of neural circuits by targeting cannabinoid receptors. This can result in birth defects that affect the central nervous system. Fetus’ exposed to THC in the womb also have a negative effect on a baby’s birthrate.
What about CBD, though? CBD works differently than THC, yet still has amazing health benefits. Is it safe to use CBD when pregnant? Is it an effective medicine?
Using CBD When Pregnant
To start, CBD doesn’t get you high. This means mothers-to-be that don’t necessarily want a head change can use CBD without the psychoactive effects. This is one of the reasons it has shown to be so beneficial for children and is used widely amongst kids with epilepsy.
How exactly could CBD benefit pregnant women though?
For one, it relieves nausea. It’s also a natural painkiller and radically reduces inflammation. It’s also excellent for stress relief and reducing anxiety. If you’ve ever been pregnant before, you know that these are all very real side effects of those nine months that are supposed to be so amazing.
Being pregnant isn’t always fun. You gain weight, you’re moody, you puke. CBD can help relieve some of the more miserable parts of pregnancy in an all-natural way.
Because CBD is legal in all 50 states, anyone can use it.
How to Use CBD When Pregnant
Pregnant women interested in trying this all-natural, non-psychoactive compound of cannabis will find that lotions, oils, or capsules to be the most beneficial. While vaping CBD oil and even smoking flower are common methods of consumption, smoking anything while pregnant isn’t ever recommended.
Much like THC, using CBD while pregnant is still a highly-debated subject. While some content there hasn’t been enough research to determine if CBD is safe, others argue that it’s an excellent all-natural solution to remedy the often-uncomfortable side-effects that are common during pregnancy.
Did you use CBD while pregnant or know someone that did? We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.