Research has shown that the cannabinoid known as cannabidiol (or CBD) has the potential to treat a number of different medical conditions including anxiety, digestive troubles and even epilepsy. Since CBD is not psychoactive like THC, some proponents believe that it can be an excellent treatment for the number of different medical issues that often accompany many pregnancies such as morning sickness/nausea, pain, gastrointestinal discomfort and many others.
Unfortunately, to date there haven’t been any human studies specific to CBD’s effects during a pregnancy so there are still a lot of questions left unanswered about its viability as a safe medicine during this crucial time. If your are interested in using the compound yourself, please make sure you consult with your physician first and do as much homework on the topic as possible.
CBD and Pregnancy 101: What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, and it’s the second most prominent cannabinoid in the marijuana plant after THC. Unlike THC, however, CBD is non-psychoactive and, thus, doesn’t get users “high.” What CBD does provide is many of the medical benefits of cannabis, including:
Pain and inflammation relief
Stress relief and relaxation
Nausea and gastrointestinal relief
Seizure and tremor control
Cannabidiol is able to help with so many different bodily functions because it interacts with the body’s own endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS helps to promote homeostasis, or balance, in the body and plays a role in many functions including mood, immunity, and pain perception. In fact, the endocannabinoid system even plays a critical role in fetal development.
What are your thoughts on how CBD use may potentially affect a pregnancy? Do you agree that a significant amount of research is still needed on the matter?