Are CBD Oils Safe During Pregnancy? We Look at the Facts…

One of the most common inquiries that our team gets is whether it’s safe to use CBD oil during pregnancy. And this is understandably so considering that pregnancy is a very important journey for both the mother and the growing fetus even though it comes with some unpleasant symptoms.

The short and simple answer to whether cannabidiol is safe during pregnancy is that there hasn’t been enough study or research of cannabidiol in pregnant women and it’s therefore difficult to ascertain its use and any known side effects to the fetus or placenta. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that expectant mothers would also be interested in consuming hemp oil.

This is because, as a non-psychoactive compound, cannabidiol interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the human body and encourages homeostasis. In adults who are healthy and not pregnant, research has suggested that use of hemp oil can be quite beneficial especially in the management and treatment of symptoms that affect most expectant mothers such as nausea, depression, pain, reducing inflammation, hormonal imbalances and anxiety.

While research conducted earlier in the year on the side effects and safety of cannabidiol found that hemp oil is quite favorable in healthy adults, there hasn’t been any scientific study that has focused on its use during pregnancy hence there are no known clinical studies that can prove its safety.

Need for More Research

Most of the study that has been done and published on cannabinoids and pregnancy has largely been focused on cannabis products that contain the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is a well-known psychoactive chemical instead of CBD oil. Research has shown that exposing the uterus to THC has potential adverse effects on the baby’s birth weight and increases the chances of your baby being admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) after delivery.

Still, there are recent studies that show that cannabis use poses no major risk in pregnant women and that there is a need for more research on the subject before the conclusion can be made. This is because marijuana alone hasn’t been known to increase the chances of preterm birth, stillbirth or any birth defects. However, we do not advocate for the use of marijuana in pregnancy as the aftermath may not be pleasant for your health and that of your unborn baby.

Some women who have used cannabidiol while pregnant have reported weaker and irregular contractions and this claim has also been backed up by one study that suggested that cannabinoids such as CBD decrease the uterine contractions. In addition, two separate preclinical studies were done about five years ago also did find evidence that consuming cannabidiol may influence the placental permeability. This means that foreign compounds are more than likely to pass the placental barrier and into the developing fetus.

But this isn’t enough to conclude the safety or non-safety of CBD products in pregnancy. In fact, research showing the consumption of hemp oil in pregnancy are pretty much non-existent, and there is a need for scientists to do more research. That said, it’s important for pregnant women to avoid ingesting anything they aren’t sure of as anything consumed may have a potential impact of the developing fetus. We also highly recommend speaking to your ob-gyn or physician before using any medication.