Can CBD help with breastfeeding?
- Cannabinoids naturally exist in breast milk, as a 2016 research published by the National Institutes of Health indicates(1). However, CBD is entirely fat-soluble, making it nearly impossible to accurately measure the CBD component in breast milk, which is also full of fats.
- According to the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), based on what the experts already know about CBD, some amount of CBD may be transferred to babies through breast milk.
- While there is no evidence that explicitly confirms the presence of CBD or THC in human breast milk, the data remain inconclusive about the potential interactions between CBD and nursing mothers and their babies.
- There have been no studies on the effects of CBD alone on pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, there have been studies done on subjects with prolonged exposure to marijuana. Thus, doctors are cautious about recommending the non-psychoactive CBD because of its close association with marijuana, and because of the lack of research around CBD alone.
- Meanwhile, the FDA continues to investigate reports of CBD products containing contaminants, such as pesticides, heavy metals, bacteria, and fungus, that may pose a risk to the fetus or breastfed baby.
We will need more research to be done in order for doctors to conclude if CBD is safe while breastfeeding.
Please note that at Avaqel, we test our hemp for mold and fungus prior to extraction.