Pregnancy is a complete journey, but after the baby comes, many mothers suffer from postpartum. According to CDC, one in every five women experience mental health challenges. The most common symptoms include insomnia, anxiety, and chronic pain.

All three result from insufficient sleep and significant shifts in hormones. Many parents have started taking an interest in cannabidiol to overcome such issues.

Cannabidiol or CBD is a compound sourced from wild hemp, a plant belonging to the cannabis sativa family.

But since hemp is also known for housing THC, a psychoactive compound also found in marijuana, many concerns surrounding using CBD during breastfeeding exist. Though most CBD products contain THC in trace quantities, i.e., 0-0.3%, its presence is a cause of worry. So, is it safe? Let’s find out!

Scientific Take on CBD During Breastfeeding

Currently, there is limited research on CBD while breastfeeding. In contrast, studies on THC prove that the cannabinoid enters the breastmilk, which means that its psychoactive effects also get transferred to the baby. Since CBD is also a cannabinoid, scientists believe that CBD will also act similarly. However, more studies are needed to get any conclusive results.

Still, based on the current data, using CBD while breastfeeding isn’t recommended. In one particular study, researchers found that THC content can stay in breast milk for up to six days after smoking a THC cigarette or consuming an edible.

Most CBD products also contain THC. Although it is in trace amounts, the effects it can have on infants are currently unknown, which makes its use very risky.

Since there is limited knowledge of CBD during breastfeeding, doctors aren’t too keen on parents using CBD products. However, many new parents have used CBD while breastfeeding without reporting any adverse effects. So, according to anecdotal evidence, CBD isn’t harmful. Still, more studies are needed to explore the effects of CBD on breast milk and infants.

CBD Edibles vs. CBD Topicals During Breastfeeding

Since CBD products are available in different forms, parents often wonder whether one form is better than the other when used during breastfeeding.

If you were to classify CBD products, they would fall into two broad categories. These include CBD topicals and CBD edibles.

CBD oil is one product that falls under both categories as you can consume it sublingually or add it to foods and apply it topically.

Other topical products include salves, creams, lotions, serums, and ointments, while edibles include gummies, capsules, and tablets.

According to studies, consuming CBD products makes them enter the bloodstream, which means they will also enter breast milk. The same goes for smoking CBD cigarettes. However, when topicals are applied, they do not enter the bloodstream and only interact with the receptors present on the skin. As a result, your breast milk may not be affected. However, the product may not produce the same effects you were hoping for in this case.

Some experts suggest that postpartum mothers can apply CBD salves to sore and aching muscles, scars, and nipples to benefit from CBD’s soothing effect. However, when applying to nipples, it is essential to completely clean the area before breastfeeding.

Still, it is better to consult your primary healthcare physician before using any CBD-infused product while breastfeeding.

Risks of CBD While Breastfeeding

There are many risks of CBD while breastfeeding. For starters, the main reason for concern is the presence of THC. Both full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD products contain THC. However, CBD isolates are free from even small quantities of THC.

But the problem with CBD isolates is that they do not produce the same effects as full- or broad-spectrum CBD.

We still don’t know how THC affects brain development in infants, so using CBD products with even trace amounts of THC may be detrimental to your little one’s mental and physical well-being.

According to studies, breast milk naturally contains cannabinoids. But these are naturally present in the body, and breast milk does not contain any artificial compound that manufactured CBD products do. Still, many believe that using CBD may stimulate your newborn’s appetite. However, it might impact their health negatively, mainly because the FDA doesn’t regulate CBD products.

Consequently, it leaves all product regulations to the manufacturers, which isn’t entirely safe. Additionally, CBD extracts from wild hemp can contain impurities from the plant itself, mainly when hemp isn’t grown organically.

In this case, pesticides and fertilizers are used, contaminating the plant with artificial chemicals and heavy metals. Under such circumstances, your best bet would be to purchase from a manufacturer that sells certified organic products and gets them tested by reliable third-party labs.

The Bottom Line

Though more research is needed to confirm the effects of CBD during breastfeeding fully, it is currently considered a gamble. But nothing is worth putting your child’s health and well-being at stake.

Doctors do not recommend using CBD while breastfeeding because of many concerns, the number one being the presence of THC in CBD products. Since THC is a psychoactive compound, it is considered highly unsafe for children, even in small doses.

The effect of CBD isolates requires research which, hopefully, might come forward in upcoming years. Though there is no definitive conclusion on whether CBD is safe for nursing mothers, it is best to steer clear of its use until more evidence comes to the forefront.

Still, consider opting for CBD isolates or products with organic certification if you must use CBD. And instead of using edibles, it is better to use CBD topicals, such as salves, creams, lotion, etc.

CBD During Breastfeeding: Is it Safe?

CBD During Breastfeeding: Is it Safe?CBD During Breastfeeding: Is it Safe?
CBD During Breastfeeding: Is it Safe?CBD During Breastfeeding: Is it Safe?
CBD During Breastfeeding: Is it Safe?CBD During Breastfeeding: Is it Safe?
CBD During Breastfeeding: Is it Safe?
CBD During Breastfeeding: Is it Safe?