Is CBD Safe When You’re Pregnant?

A close up view on the swollen stomach of a woman in the later stages of pregnancy, holding a cannabis leaf used for herbal pain

Is CBD Safe When You’re Pregnant?

Since the passage of Farm Bill 2018, research into the effectiveness of hemp-derived CBD oil in treating medical conditions has been underway. So far, it has been found to treat numerous medical conditions, including the ones brought on by pregnancy. The question is, what do we know so far about CBD for pregnant women and its effect on fetuses?

What is CBD?

Hemp and marijuana are two different types of cannabis plants. These plants contain active cannabinoids, of which there are more than 113.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the well-known psychoactive cannabinoid that exists in marijuana plants that gets people high. Hemp plants, on the other hand, do not contain high levels of THC. They contain cannabidiol (CBD), which is the cannabinoid that benefits health. Hemp-derived CBD oil does not have psychedelic or intoxicating effects.

CBD cannabinoids are similar to the endocannabinoid (ECS) hormones that our bodies create. This similarity is the secret to CBD’s ability to treat a large number of common ailments and chronic conditions naturally. In addition to alleviating pregnancy-related health woes, CBD oil can help boost the immune system, enhance sexual health, reduce inflammation, support ADHD, and control epilepsy seizures. It can also treat schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, and various other medical conditions.

Why do pregnant women desire CBD oil?

Pregnancy-related health problems severely disrupt a woman’s life. A pregnant woman experiences cramps, migraine headaches, joint pain, and back pain. And the misery doesn’t stop there.

Women get nauseated and throw up, sometimes up to 30 or 40 times a day . Women also do not want to eat sometimes. All of this can make women very tired. Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is the fancy name given to morning sickness caused by pregnancy. Extreme HG can lead to malnutrition and dehydration.

The first trimester brings on a drastic decline in sleep quality because of frequent vomiting, nausea, and urination on top of the annoying aches and pains. This chronic insomnia exacerbates the exhaustion caused by the HG.

Stress, depression, and anxiety can set in because of insomnia, raging hormones, and other factors.

Hemp-derived CBD oil is a well-known pain reliever that eases back pain, cramps, and headaches. It also effectively manages anxiety and depression, relieves insomnia, and it suppresses nausea, vomiting, and food aversions that are caused by pregnancy.

Is CBD safe to take during pregnancy?

Effects of CBD oil on fetus

The FDA is currently studying data regarding the effects of CBD oil on a human fetus, but no comprehensive research study has yet been done on it.

Animal study results cause concern, though. Male animal fetuses whose mothers had been subjected to high doses of CBD developed problems with their reproductive systems. Just as it’s known that THC inhibits growth, studies done on anandamide in-vitro showed restricted growth. Since CBD can increase the amount of anandamide, this raises a red flag about using CBD during pregnancy.

There is always a risk that you won’t get the quality of CBD oil that you think you are buying. It could be contaminated with too much THC or with some other substance that is known to be harmful to fetuses.

In adults, CBD has been known to cause harmful interactions with other drugs, extreme sleepiness, and liver toxicity.

Other precautions regarding hemp-derived CBD oil use

It is of the utmost importance that any CBD oil that you use:

  1. Comes from a hemp plant rather than from a marijuana plant
  2. Does not include more than a trace amount of THC

Safest application of CBD oil during pregnancy

CBD oil is available in edibles, vapes, tinctures, sprays, and topicals. The safest way to take CBD oil when pregnant is topically because no cannabinoid of any kind will enter the bloodstream through the skin.

What do conventional doctors say?

Doctors agree that marijuana, marijuana-derived CBD oil, and any other marijuana byproduct should be avoided during pregnancy because the THC in them leads to low birth weights in newborns. But doctors don’t agree when it comes to using hemp-derived CBD oil because not enough studies have been done on its effects on fetuses.

While some doctors would say that it is best to be safe than sorry, others would say that the oil couldn’t be any riskier than pharmaceuticals are. The FDA, however, strongly advises pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to stay away from hemp-derived CBD oil in addition to THC-containing products and any form of marijuana.

What should you do?

If morning sickness is causing malnutrition, dehydration, or other advanced problems, you will want to take either a prescription drug or CBD oil. You could read extensively on the subject of hemp-derived CBD oil. Since taking it topically is deemed safe, you could experiment with topical forms of the oil.

If topically administered CBD oil does not relieve you of all of your symptoms, you will no doubt consult your doctor. You might even get a second opinion. A doctor can prescribe well-documented, common drugs for what ails you. Of course, you should ask about the side effects of those drugs and then weigh the pros and cons of all of your options.


There’s no doubt that pregnancy can create havoc in a woman’s body, especially during the first trimester. Pregnancy-related pain, sickness, insomnia, anxiety, and depression will cause most women to seek relief.

Now that hemp-derived CBD oil is both legal and natural, lovers of natural forms of healthcare are curious to know whether it is safe to use when pregnant. After doing careful research regarding CBD for pregnant women and listening to what your doctor suggests, you will be equipped to do what is best for you and your unborn child.

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