The internet is prone to often carry incorrect or conflicting information and advice. This is especially true in areas of traditional medicine as well as supplements such as CBD.
If you’re preparing for your baby’s arrival and hearing about the popularity of CBD at the same time, it is possible you may have turned to the internet for advice on the pros and cons of using CBD during pregnancy. A lot of the information can seem intimidating. Let us try and sort it out.
Expecting or Nursing Mothers and CBD
Even though the existing research on the impact of hemp-based CBD products during pregnancy is not conclusive, most medical experts advise avoidance.
The Food and Drug Association has published a statement strongly warning expecting and nursing mothers against the use of THC and CBD. Additionally, a similar set of guidelines has been released by the American Academy of Pediatrics when it comes to the use of Cannabis products while pregnant or nursing.
Is there a safe alternative? Introducing Hemp Seeds!
Hemp Seeds Potentially Risk-Free to Expecting or Nursing Mothers
Hemp seeds are the seeds of the Cannabis Sativa or Hemp plant.
When used with food, Hemp seeds do not seem to pose any risk to pregnant or nursing mothers. The FDA reported no concerns when it recently completed its evaluation of a number of different hemp seed ingredients.
Though it is possible for Hemp seeds to collect a minuscule amount of CBD given its proximity to other parts of the plant, the volume of CBD is so low to be almost negligible and poses no danger to pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.
What Benefits Do Hemp Seeds Provide for Pregnant or Nursing Mothers?
Hemp is different from CBD as it does not contain any cannabinoids. Therefore, unlike CBD products, Hemp is unable to treat medical problems like insomnia, pain, or anxiety.
However, research has shown Hemp to be of great help when combating constipation or improving heart health. Hemp seeds contain a pure, organic mix of proteins, fiber, antioxidants, chlorophyll, calcium, potassium, phospholipids, phytosterols, and enzymes among others. All of these are found in an easy to digest form.
From its hearty composition, it should be clear that Hemp seeds provide expectant and nursing women with essential proteins and fatty acids that are critical for fetal health and development. Fatty acids contained in Hemp seeds are also helpful in combating premature birth as well as postpartum depression. It also protects the heart and immune system and helps ward off inflammation.
Hemp seeds are also rich in calcium that is extremely helpful in the development of the baby’s bones, mineralization, and overall development. The potassium content in Hemp seeds helps expecting and new mothers with leg cramps, and magnesium helps in controlling blood sugar levels.
CBD products that are derived from Hemp and contain less than the prescribed .3 percent of THC are legal per federal law. However, certain state laws may still deem it illegal.
CBD products that are derived from Marijuana are illegal per federal law but remain legal under the laws of certain states.
It is advisable to check the appropriate state laws in case of travel. It is important to note that over-the-counter CBD products are not approved by the FDA.