Anytime a woman becomes pregnant, there’s always the need for her to remain cautious about what she puts in her body. With her carrying another life inside of her, anything she ingests is more than likely to affect not only her, but her unborn child as well. Just like there are many products out there in the system that that could bode well for the pregnant woman and her child, there are other substances out there that when ingested could spell trouble for both the woman and her unborn child. These substances could be anything from foods and over-the-counter-drugs to illegal substances.

Today, we will take a look at CBD, the role it could play in the life of a pregnant woman and whether or not it’s safe for the unborn child.

Cannabidiol, more popularly known as CBD, is a form of cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. CBD is growing in popularity today because of the many therapeutic benefits. It should be stated that even though a couple of researches have been conducted here and there about its, CBD as of yet doesn’t have the full backing of the FDA. and so isn’t recognized as a fully-fledged medicine. However, this hasn’t taken away the fact that it is seemingly working for people.

All over the world, there is anecdotal evidence showcasing CBD as the real deal. It should be noted that CBD is unlike THC, another popular cannabinoid responsible for the mind-altering effects that follow after using marijuana.

Many people use CBD for one reason or the other and most attest to the fact that CBD does indeed work for them. Pregnant women are no different in this regard. Many pregnant women have reported using CBD hemp oil to help reduce nausea and anxiety. Of course, at the moment there is little research out there to find solace in concerning CBD’s effect on the foetus but that shouldn’t entirely dissuade you from making the most out of the product. You may want to meet your doctor and discuss this with him/her. After all, CBD is considered much safer than using other cannabis products especially those abundant in THC.

What are the effects of CBD on a fetus?
We have already talked about how there are limited studies about the effects of CBD on the fetus. Lots of studies have been conducted on the cannabinoid THC and it has been found that use of marijuana by a pregnant woman can interfere with the proper formation of the fetus’s neuronal networks as well as cause problems with the development of the nervous system of the fetus. CBD, on the other hand, works very differently from THC and has left researchers thinking about the kind of impact it can have on the fetus.

A study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology on pregnant rats showed how CBD reduced the chances that memory and behavior problems would be developed in rodent offspring. Another study published in the Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research showed how CBD treatment on pregnant rats helped reduce inflammation significantly in their offspring as well as had a positive effect on the intestinal tracts of the baby rats. Though these findings hold a lot of promise for CBD as a form of future maternal medicine, we cannot conclude right now that they will do the same things in human babies as they did in baby rats.

The discussion about whether or not to use CBD whiles pregnant is a very controversial one. Is it safe? Well, there isn’t a lot of reason out there to doubt how safe it is but again then there also isn’t enough research out there to support claims that it’s entirely safe to use for pregnant women and their unborn children. Lots of people however argue that as long as CBD is totally free from any amount of THC, it’s okay to use. We ride on the shoulders of numerous anecdotal evidences of CBD helping to relieve the physical and mental strain of pregnancy that it is okay to use. It is of utmost importance however that you check in with your doctor before attempting CBD use.