Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating compound derived from the cannabis plant. CBD products are generally known as safe, natural remedies potentially treating common ailments, including anxiety, pain, and inflammation. CBD is also being explored as a potential treatment for more severe conditions like epilepsy and cancer. In addition, many people are interested in using CBD while breastfeeding. However, there is very little research on the safety of CBD for nursing mothers and their babies. In this blog post, we'll explore what is known about CBD and breastfeeding and some safe alternatives to consider.
CBD and Breastfeeding: The Research
Currently, there is very little research on the safety of using CBD while breastfeeding. One study published in the journal Pediatrics in 2018 looked at the transfer of Cannabidiol into human breastmilk. The study found that CBD did pass into breastmilk but at levels that were not thought harmful to infants. However, the study was minuscule (involving only 8 participants), so much more research is needed to confirm these findings.
Additionally, it's important to note that most of the research on CBD has been done on animals, not humans. So, while there may be some indication that CBD is safe for use during breastfeeding, we have yet to determine for sure. Therefore, until more research is done, it's best to err on the side of caution and avoid using CBD while breastfeeding.
Safe Alternatives to Consider
There are a few safe alternatives to consider if you're looking for something to help with anxiety, pain, or other common ailments while breastfeeding. These include:
Chamomile tea has long been used as a natural remedy for anxiety and insomnia. Chamomile tea bags can be purchased at most grocery stores. Steep one tea bag in hot water for 5-10 minutes, then remove the tea bag and drink as needed.
Ginger root has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to treat nausea, vomiting, and pain. Fresh ginger root can be found in the produce section of most grocery stores. To use ginger root as a treatment, peel, and slice one inch of ginger root, then steep it in hot water for 10 minutes. Remove the ginger slices and drink as needed.
Lavender oil has calming effects and can be used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Lavender oil can be found in health food stores or online. To use lavender oil as a treatment, add a few drops of oil to a diffuser or add 1-2 drops of oil to a cup of hot water and inhale the vapors.
While there is some evidence that CBD is safe for use during breastfeeding, more research is needed before we can say for sure. Until more information is available, it's best to avoid using CBD while breastfeeding. However, there are a few safe alternatives to consider if you're looking for something to help with anxiety, pain, or other common ailments while breastfeeding. These include chamomile tea, ginger root, and lavender oil.