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Can Pregnant Women Have CBD?

Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD oil, is an oil that is  extracted from the cannabis plant. Studies have found CBD oil can be used to treat pain, anxiety, depression, cancer symptoms, acne, high blood pressure, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis. Unlike many other treatment methods for these conditions, it has almost no side effects and risk of overdose is minimal to non-existent. Because CBD oil contains very little THC if any, it will not negatively impact your functioning or daily life because you will not get the “high” feeling. 

Is CBD Safe for Pregnant Women?

CBD oil therefore seems like a safe alternative treatment to many medical conditions. But is it safe for pregnant women? The short answer is that we do not know yet. While studies do indicate that CBD oil has many positive effects, no risk of overdose or addiction and no side effects, to date there has not been enough research conducted on its potential effects on unborn babies and pregnant mothers. And the research that has been done has produced some conflicting results.

The challenge here is that any research into a new medical treatment must be cautiously interpreted. If a study into the effectiveness of CBD oil on chronic pain management finds it’s not successful, but that study was conducted by a pharmaceutical company that specializes in strong, addictive pain relief medication, you should be careful when taking their results to heart.

The other and most significant challenge in medical research, is that studies cannot conduct tests directly on pregnant women, even with their consent. Within the medical scientific community, it’s deemed unethical to experiment on pregnant women through direct application of a drug because the unborn child cannot consent. This causes a bit of a dilemma in pregnancy research, as many potential treatments like CBD oil are not given the opportunity to prove their effectiveness with this cohort of patients.

Taking CBD While Pregnant

As with any kind of treatment, you should always consult your doctor before taking your health and safety — as well as the health and safety of your baby — into your own hands. If you’re pregnant or even breastfeeding, you should speak with your doctor about whether it’s safe and/or appropriate for you to take CBD oil. But remember that your doctor will be relying on the above, conflicting research in making their decision. The difficulty here is that most of the time, it will simply come down to your doctor’s opinion as to whether CBD oil is right for you, depending on what you are trying to treat and their views on the available research.

CBD oil being used during pregnancy is an exceedingly difficult area to explore. It’s hoped that in the future, more research will allow us to learn about the potential effects of CBD oil on unborn babies. Until then, talk to your doctor. They are best placed to determine whether it’s a good treatment option for you during pregnancy.


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