CBD oil. It seems like everyone is talking about it. It’s on billboards and is being sold in your local health food stores, gas stations, and online. What exactly is it and is it safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
Research is still being conducted, but here’s what we know so far.
What You Need To Know
The FDA has not approved any over-the-counter CBD products. Without the research and approval of the FDA, it is difficult to determine the following:
- Symptoms or diseases CBD can be beneficial for
- How CBD interacts with other drugs
- What an effective dosage would be
- Potential side effects
The same is true for other vitamins and supplements found at health food stores, which are also not FDA approved. With no regulations, companies do not have to disclose what additives are in the product or what amount of CBD the product contains.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the cannabis (marijuana) plant. It does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), so it’s not psychoactive and will not make you feel “high”. CBD is sold in many forms, such as oils and edible products.
CBD has been claimed to help with a wide variety of ailments including:
- Mood disorders
While many CBD users report their symptoms are lessened or alleviated, research has yet to establish that CBD is, in fact, effective.
Always Consult With Your Doctor Before Using CBD Or Any Supplement
Even as research is being conducted to determine safety and efficacy of CBD, little to no research is conducted on pregnant women. This is due to the potential risk of harm with new product trials, so researchers are not willing to perform studies on pregnant women.
As with any medication or supplement, women should consult with their doctor about why they believe CBD could be beneficial. The doctor can then discuss the potential risks versus benefits with the woman, to determine the best treatment plan for her and her baby. Until more evidence is presented, it may be better to avoid CBD while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Again, it is important to speak with a medical provider before any supplements are used.