Despite their growing increase in both acceptance and popularity, the use of CBD and THC continues to garner plenty of controversy. This is especially true when the consumption of one or both is for a pregnant woman, as well as for minors. When it comes to the latter, many people argue that doing so can harm the unborn baby who can't do anything to protect themselves. But many pregnant women who use CBD and/or THC swear by it due to the many ways it helps them cope with pregnancy.
If you're pregnant and are tempted to go down this route, don't do it. A new study from the University of North Carolina revealed that using CBD or THC early on in pregnancy can negatively affect the fetus. Considering this is the absolute last thing you'd want to do, it's best to steer clear of both chemicals during pregnancy- not just early on, but all throughout it.
In what's considered to be the first study of its kind performed on mammals, researchers tested both synthetic and natural cannabinoids on lab mice. The amount of CBD administered was said to be in the therapeutic range for adult humans. Meanwhile, the lab mice's levels of THC were the equivalent of levels found in adult humans who've smoked marijuana. The study's results showed that the one-time exposure to cannabinoids early on in pregnancy can lead to growth issues for a developing fetus.
"The development of the embryo in this time period is very similar across all vertebrates. In this study we also test a synthetic cannabinoid in zebrafish that yielded similar growth deformations as the natural CBs. Having the same results across animal models reinforces our findings," explained Scott Parnell, who's a member of the UNC Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies.
In addition to this finding, researchers noticed that the effects of taking both CBD and THC appear to be quite similar to the effects found from fetal alcohol syndrome. The cannabinoid use in lab mice disrupted signaling between the molecules and cells that control both growth and development. Researchers believe that the fetuses of mice would be quite similar to human fetuses.
"It is concerning how little we know about the use of marijuana, its CBs, and products like CBD oil during pregnancy. We know that there is no safe period to drink alcohol during a pregnancy, and I think this research shows the same is likely true of marijuana use," Parnell added.
While more research will need to be done on the matter, it's best to steer clear of CBD and THC if you're pregnant. After all, it's best to be as safe as possible when it comes to keeping your unborn baby safe from any and all harm.