by Christine Athens
The therapeutic benefits and safety surrounding CBD are overwhelmingly positive. Kids can take it; pets can take it, seniors can take it—but what about new moms? Is it safe for them to take CBD while breastfeeding?
CBD’s interaction with the human body is still an understudied phenomenon, despite its popularity. Because of this—and ethical reasons—there haven’t been any direct studies on CBD, nursing moms, and their babies. Of course, that doesn’t mean the subject is untouchable.
Read on to learn what science, the FDA, and the medical community are saying about CBD and breastfeeding.
Is it Safe to Take CBD While Breastfeeding?
The subject of CBD and breastfeeding is both a sensitive and complicated one. Being a new mom is hard enough without having to worry about needlessly endangering your newborn. Of course, there are plenty of reasons why a new mother would want to use CBD products, including postpartum depression, anxiety, insomnia, and pain.
All of the above, during normal circumstances—clinical depression taking the place of postpartum—can be safely remedied by taking CBD. After all, we do have an Endocannabinoid System that naturally produces cannabinoids. Some would even go as far as to argue that there are naturally occurring cannabinoids in breast milk. While this is true, it’s vital to understand that the endocannabinoids produced naturally in our bodies are not mirrored molecules of the cannabis plant’s phytocannabinoids.
At best, research suggests that a mother’s endocannabinoids play a crucial role in pre- and post-natal development. The “naturally occurring cannabinoids” found in breast milk are anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG), not THC or CBD. 2-AG, in particular, is critical in keeping newborns alive as it stimulates their suckling response and tongue muscle, allowing them to nurse and take in nutrients.
Anandamide, on the other hand, has a molecular structure that is similar to that of Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol. The same study that suggests the importance of 2-AG in fetal and infant development also mentions that anandamide levels lower during embryonic implantation. It’s also thought that high levels of anandamide during the early stages of pregnancy are related to miscarriages, but there are no conclusive studies to back up this theory.
Whether or not CBD will have any negative impacts on a fetus or an infant is still unknown. Therefore, its safety is still in question.
What the medical Community and FDA Are Saying
Does CBD get into breast milk? Yes. It’s fat-soluble and will be expelled through your breast milk. However, the CBD and breastfeeding controversy lies within the studies done on THC and breast milk, not CBD.
The lack of scientific research on CBD and nursing is what makes the entire concept ambiguous. It’s also why the medical community doesn’t support nursing moms using CBD products, although they do support the use of antidepressants that pose potential risks to infant development.
The FDA strongly advises against all cannabis products, but not for the reason you may think. The primary concern is the potential for CBD products to be contaminated with pesticides, bacteria, fungi, and heavy metals. There is also a concern for the trace amounts of THC within full spectrum CBD products, which can easily be avoided by using broad spectrum CBD products instead.
Considering All the Risks
The choices a new mother makes are personal, and the reasons for wanting to take CBD post-birth are legitimate. As of now, there is no comprehensive scientific evidence in favor of or opposition to taking CBD while breastfeeding.
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