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Pregnancy is a trying time for every expectant mother. Morning sickness, nausea, back pain, headache, you name it - as exciting as it can be, pregnancy comes with a lot of side-effects that can really mess up your routine. Or worse - it can put you on bed rest for up to several months, depending on if and when complications arise. With all of that in mind, it’s no wonder that some women are looking at the medical breakthroughs in cannabinoid treatment (such as CBD oils) and asking - is it safe to use CBD during pregnancy?

Unfortunately, we don’t have many long-term medical studies available that look directly into the connection between pregnancy and CBD. Researchers are mostly hesitant to put pregnant women in harm's way, which is completely understandable. The studies that do exist focus mostly on cannabis-smoking and THC, which is a completely different beast from taking CBD tinctures or pills but gives us at least a general idea of how cannabinoid use can affect an unborn baby. 

Most of the evidence that supports CBD use during pregnancy is anecdotal - expectant mothers who either had a pre-existing condition that they treated with CBD and needed to continue or pregnancies with heavy side-effects for which regular medication did not work (or was too risky).

Before we go into what experts and users say about using CBD during pregnancy, we want to caution against any type of vaping if you’re pregnant, including CBD vaping! While we’re 100% confident that our premium CBD vape cartridges are safe for use by adults, we simply have no way of knowing how inhaling anything other than air might affect the unborn fetus. If you’re pregnant, we suggest giving your Kind Kart CBD vape pen a rest and looking at other CBD alternatives (such as pills and tinctures) if you decide to use it at all.

Why Would You Even Consider Using CBD if Pregnant?

There are several reasons why pregnant women might consider using CBD during pregnancy. 

The first thing that we have to clear up is that nobody uses CBD for fun. CBD is not like THC - it doesn’t make you high, loopy, or euphoric. It has considerable health benefits and it’s used by hundreds of thousands of people to manage real, life-threatening symptoms.

Some pregnant women are considering using CBD during pregnancy because they’ve been using it continuously before they got pregnant. Numerous studies show that CBD can help with many health conditions, including:

    • Chronic pain - especially pain stemming from inflammation, such as arthritis or gout, since it interacts with CB receptors in a way that minimizes the sensation of pain.
    • Anxiety and depression - CBD is an effective anxiolytic, and some studies even suggest that it can be used as a mild antidepressant.

 

  • Sleeping disorders - thanks to its anxiolytic properties, CBD can also be used to treat mild cases of insomnia.
  • Seizure disorders - currently, a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome can only be effectively cured by a medicine that has CBD as its only main ingredient.

 

  • Nausea and vomiting - CBD can help calm an upset stomach, reducing instances of acid reflux, nausea, as well as vomiting.

When you take a look at this list, what do you notice?

The vast majority of these health conditions come with symptoms that worsen during pregnancy. 

Expectant mothers can get very anxious - they get fidgety during the day, and lose sleep at night because their bodies are going through major changes. 

And don’t even get us started on nausea and vomiting - morning sickness is the staple of pregnancy so much so that it’s the first thing most of us ask about when a friend tells us they’re pregnant.

For some women with pre-existing conditions - or those who bear the full brunt of pregnancy side-effects - CBD treatment might be an effective way to manage symptoms. The problem with this is that we can’t say with absolute certainty that it’s safe for them to that - most ob-gyn’s won’t recommend CBD during pregnancy not because they know it’s harmful but because we still don’t have longitudinal studies that have been replicated and that prove 100% that CBD will not harm a pregnancy.

Until that happens, pregnant women are largely discouraged from using CBD products, even though those products might be the only thing that helps with their symptoms. 

Some, however, did decide to mix CBD and pregnancy and ended up giving birth to healthy kids that are growing up without any issues. Two of them decided to share their CBD journey with Parent.com - here’s what they had to say.

What Moms Have to Say About Using CBD During Pregnancy

In our first story, Maggie Frank - who has never previously used CBD - started experiencing heavy nausea during pregnancy. She tells the Parents magazine that she: “was getting sick 20-30 times a day, was unable to nourish myself or my baby, and was constantly flirting with dehydration”.

This condition, known as hyperemesis gravidarum is marked by severe morning sickness. Medication for it comes with a ton of side-effects, so Maggie refused it.

She started looking into CBD when her ob-gyn recommended complete bed rest in the fourth month of her pregnancy. After discussing a CBD option with her doctor, she decided to try it - especially since the doctor commented that the side-effects can’t possibly be worse than those of the pharmaceutical drug that’s usually recommended.

The first 3 mg CBD spray that she used brought instant relief. She was able to move again without being sick - she could eat and sleep without feeling the need to vomit.

Today, Frank works in a CBD company and says that a lot of expectant mothers reach out to her with questions about CBD and pregnancy, as well as using CBD while breast-feeding. She notes that her baby is completely healthy and checking all the boxes but still says that she recommends speaking with an ob-gyn before starting CBD therapy while pregnant. “The fact is that I needed to use CBD to control my nausea. I didn’t use it on a whim and don’t recommend doing so. However, if the use is indicated, then I can whole-heartedly recommend it.”

Jennifer Farris, a mom whose son just celebrated his first birthday, also used CBD during pregnancy. "CBD oils noticeably reduced my anxiety during pregnancy and made it easy to fall asleep. They also helped lessen joint pain with all the changes in my body during pregnancy. Of course, I ensured that I use CBD oils that contain no traces of THC”.

What Experts Say About Using CBD During Pregnancy

A lot of ob-gyn’s who were interviewed about CBD and pregnancy agree on one thing - it’s not that it’s necessarily bad, we just don’t have the data that shows that it’s safe.

According to Felice Gersh, MD and ob-gyn from Irvine, California, “it’s the lack of studies that we are concerned about, not poor outcomes. As things stand now, we have no idea what the outcomes are when it comes to using CBD during pregnancy.”

She also notes that the production of hemp is poorly regulated in a lot of states, and CBD manufacturers are not obligated to get their products certified by a third-party certification body. Until that remains the same, she advises pregnant women to avoid taking CBD supplements.

It’s important to note that, while we don’t have access to a breadth of studies, this doesn’t mean that no studies have been done. In a 2016 study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers found that CBD-rich cannabis used to treat acute symptoms did not result in any significant neonatal outcomes. In layman’s terms, CBD alone was not responsible for lower delivery weight, cognitive impairments, or anything similar.

In fact, according to Dr. Stuart Titus, Ph.D., CBD actually helps with the development and growth of robust brain cells (in a process called neurogenesis). He goes ahead to attest that he’s seen pregnant mothers do well on CBD-rich diets and went on to give birth to healthy babies. He notes, as we have noted already, that the reason for the medical community not to support the use of CBD during pregnancy lies in the lack of studies, not in any potentially harmful effects it might have.

Of course, Dr. Titus’ colleagues (and many of them) disagree and are quick to discourage pregnant women and nursing mothers from using CBD. Ultimately, this is a decision that you will have to make for yourself, and through consultations with your doctor and ob-gyn.

How to Use CBD During Pregnancy

Because the science surrounding pregnancy and CBD use is still in its infancy, if you do decide to use it, we recommend being sensible about it.

CBD dosages, in general, are not a hard science - they are merely guidelines. For example, you’re supposed to take 50 to 150 mg for insomnia. Or, 5 to 50 mg for depression. Of course, depending on their build and metabolism, most people experiment with the dosage before they find the one that works for them.

You should remember that the effects one experiences when they consume CBD oil vary from person to person. That’s why we have created this step by step process that should help you figure out when and how to take CBD if you’re pregnant.

 

  • Consult with your OB-GYN (and your doctor) - if you need to take CBD during your pregnancy, discuss it with your doctor first. You might be taking some medication that the CBD could interfere with so you definitely want to avoid that.
  • Start with an ultra low dose - As with any supplement you wish to take while pregnant, it’s crucial to start the dosage low and ease into it until you establish your tolerability. Just like microdosing, begin with the lowest allowable dose, just to get a feel about how it affects you during the course of a few days.
  • Monitor your progress - after you get accustomed to taking CBD, listen to your body and try to understand the effect has on you. If you feel comfortable, start upping your dose slightly every day until you reach a level that helps with your symptoms. Once you get to that level, don’t increase the dosage - stick with it for as long as your symptoms are not an issue.
  • Take only high-quality CBD supplements - As you want to avoid absolutely all contaminants, the best course of action is to take CBD oil isolate which has nearly only cannabidiol. The producer usually takes out terpenes, THC, and other cannabinoids before reducing the extract into a concentrate. As a rule of thumb, you should only take CBD oil product from a reputable vendor, and only CBD that has been certified by a third-party certification body.

 

CBD, Pregnancy & Breast-Feeding - The Final Verdict

If you're pregnant or a breastfeeding mom who needs to take CBD to treat various symptoms and health concerns, there’s no clear-cut course at this time. Unfortunately, no one can say with absolute certainty that using CBD during pregnancy is 100% safe.

However, what we can say is that most pregnant women who have used CBD during their pregnancy didn’t experience any problems because of it. Both them and their babies are doing well, and as far as current anecdotal evidence suggests, no harm was done. As always, we recommend that you do your research, consult with your doctors, and decide on the best course of action for yourself.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about CBD or CBD vapes, don’t hesitate to contact our customer support team here at Kind Kart. They will be more than happy to answer all your questions!

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