More and more moms are turning to cannabis as an alternative way to deal with pregnancy discomfort and labor pains. Some of these women are from Portland, Oregon, like Megon Dee-Cave. She not only owns a CBD company but used CBD while in labor with her child.
Dee-Cave chose to use natural CBD oil over pharmaceutical medicines or an epidural for pain relief. CBD functions differently than THC. While THC is the main ingredient in marijuana that causes a psychoactive effect, CBD is non-psychoactive. Meaning it doesn’t cause a mind-altering state and it is legal.
It is found in a number of products that can be bought over the counter. CBD oil or pill form is the most common way to reap the benefits. There are also CBD-infused bath bombs, lotions, moisturizers, coffee, tea, gummies, sodas, and more. These items are said to be extremely calming and pain-relieving.
In addition to CBD, marijuana use, in general, is up in pregnant women overall. Marijuana has become legal in a handful of American states and has much less of a stigma than it once did. As a result, many are seeing marijuana as a natural way to not only relax but to relieve the discomfort of morning sickness or body pains or aches.
Still, marijuana for recreational use remains illegal at a federal level. Medical marijuana has long been used to treat many conditions such as chronic pain, nausea, insomnia, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and seizures.
As for Dee-Cave, she administered herself 35 milligrams and then a higher dose as the labor pains intensified. She gave birth at a center with midwives who legally aren’t allowed to give her the CBD. She gave herself a tincture with is highly concentrated CBD that has been heating for a long time over the stove with high proof alcohol.
The alcohol cooks burn off leaving a potent CBD liquid that is taken in small doses. A dropper should be used to add a few drops into your beverage of choice.
There have been no significant studies on the effects of CBD or THC on unborn fetuses. So really, no one knows how safe or unsafe it is for use during pregnancy. The official recommendation from doctors is to steer clear of marijuana, THC, and CBD. There are certain occasions where doctors may recommend it. This will happen rarely in cases of extreme nausea resulting in weight loss and/or risk of malnutrition.
Studies need to be done but it’s hard to potentially risk an unborn child to confirm or deny any issues. The use of THC or CBD during pregnancy will remain a personal choice.