I have terrible pregnancy itching. Should I try Cannabis?

I have terrible pregnancy itching. Should I try Cannabis?
I have terrible pregnancy itching. Should I try Cannabis?

There is no question that Cannabinoids are effective for pain and itch, However they are definitely not safe to use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. In fact, the FDA strongly advises against using marijuana, cannabis, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or cannabidiol (CBD) when you are pregnant or breast feeding. This warning does not matter whether the product is derived from the marijuana plant or hemp.

We are now seeing CBD-containing products everywhere. CBD can be found in many different products, like drugs, foods, products marketed as dietary supplements, and cosmetics. These products often make questionable health promises about CBD. THC taken by the mother actually crosses the placenta via the blood stream and slows the brain development in the fetus. It can also result in delayed fetal growth with the baby potentially being dangerously low weight at birth. There is also increase risk of fetal death and premature birth.

After delivery, THC is found in the mother’s breast milk even after 6 days after the mother has not been exposed.

Marijuana smoke is just as dangerous to the lungs as cigarette smoke and the second hand smoke from marijuana can effect your babies lungs.

As for CBD, it seems that CBD also is found in breast milk after use by the mother and can be transferred to the baby through breast feeding. Not only that but CBD can be contaminated with THC as well as other dangerous contaminants. These may include pesticides and heavy metals.

Until there are more studies as to the safety of these products, pregnant mothers and mothers breast feeding should avoid them. See you dermatologist if itching occurs during pregnancy as you may need a work-up to search for an underlying treatable cause. There are also good and safe treatments of itching if it continues during pregnancy


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