There is a lot of anecdotal evidence about the health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) – from relieving anxiety to reducing inflammation and pain. Folks who take CBD oil on a regular basis swear about its therapeutic benefits. It is not hard to imagine some women would wish to take it to deal with postpartum depression, anxious feeling, and aches associated with giving birth.
Is it safe to take CBD oil while pregnant and breastfeeding?
CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant. Although it is extracted from the cannabis plant, it does not produce mind-altering effects. CBD is non-psychoactive. This means that it does not change the user’s state of mind. Instead, it has numerous therapeutic benefits such as relieving depression, anxiety, and possibly postpartum depression.
While it may be useful for mothers experiencing postpartum depression, is it safe for babies? Can you take it while breastfeeding?
There is simply insufficient research to be certain. There are currently no scientific experiments performed on lactating mothers who take CBD or cannabis in general. This means that its effect on babies remains uncertain. The handful of studies done only show that it has varying effects on babies.
Tests on heavy marijuana users (not CBD users) show that there is a good chance for breastfed babies to test positive for the cannabis for up to 2-3 weeks. In an off chance that your baby tests positive for the drug, your pediatrician might report to the authorities. This is something that no mother wants to happen.
There are a number of promising studies being conducted on CBD, and it may improve our understanding of this compound and whether it is safe for breastfeeding mothers to use.
If you are pregnant of breastfeeding your child and you want to use CBD, it is important to consult a doctor for professional advice.
Infant Risk Center at Texas Tech University’s Health Science Center Founder and author of Medications and Mother’s Milk Dr. Thomas Hale said that consulting your physician is the best option for mothers facing postpartum depression or anxiety.
He noted that while CBD appears to be safe to be taken by lactating mothers compared with THC, little is still known about its effect on breastfeeding.
Currently, a lot is known about its anti-depressant properties of CBD. Although it is regarded as safe, more information is needed to improve our understanding of this compound.