Some women go through postpartum complications, and one of them is depression, which can not be confused with baby blues, a postpartum condition that involves worrying about not being a good mother and about accidentally hurting the baby. The symptoms of baby blues disappear alone and in a few weeks, unlike postpartum depression, which should be treated by a psychologist.
Today, we will tell you how CBD can help at this challenging time for mothers who have just had their child.
How to differ Baby Blues from Postpartum Depression?
As mentioned before, both conditions may be similar, but they can not be confused. Below, you can check the main symptoms of each one of them:
- Postpartum Depression: sadness, anxiety, loneliness; lack of hope or pessimism; feelings of guilt and uselessness; loss of interest in hobbies and activities; loss of energy; concentration problems; too much sleep or difficulty to sleep; irritability or restlessness; hunger or very little appetite; suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts; pains which don’t improve with treatment.
- Baby Blues: impatience, crying without reason, irritability, restlessness, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, sadness, anger, drastic changes of mood, feeling of not being a good mother, worry about hurting the baby, feeling numb, and feeling disconnected from the baby.
Besides observing the onset of these symptoms, it is essential to talk to your doctor and be sure which of the two conditions mentioned above you are going through.
Postpartum depression affects one in every nine women in the USA. Studies confirm that depression may differ from woman to woman depending on their social class, age, and ethnicity.
How Can CBD Help In The Treatment Of Postpartum Depression?
Researches over medical cannabis are growing, and some of them prove CBD might help you when it comes to treating this challenging condition. It is essential to remember that the many components found in cannabis react differently in the body. THC and CBD, for example, are the major cannabinoids found in cannabis. While THC is responsible for making people “high”, CBD is responsible for the medicinal benefits of cannabis, which decreases aches, nausea, vomiting, and others.
Thus, one of the ways CBD can help in postpartum depression is in breastfeeding, which may be a tough moment for mothers who suffer from postpartum depression mainly because they do not feel connected to their babies. According to this research, CBD oil has the potential to make mothers feel more confident about breastfeeding their children.
Another benefit provided by CBD is the ease of stress and anxiety, the main symptoms that bother mothers who suffer from postpartum depression, as we mentioned in this post. In addition to that, we have an article over the benefits of CBD oil, an agent which can naturally solve some postpartum depression symptoms.
It is of extreme importance to comprehend that research over the effects of CBD while breastfeeding doesn’t exist yet. It is known that chemicals ingested during marijuana use can be passed through breast milk, but there are no studies that directly show how consuming CBD oil, which is different from consuming “marijuana”, could affect a nursing baby.
CBD and Pregnancy: What Are The Possible Complications?
Struggles such as nausea, vomit, and pain are normal during pregnancy, but as a fragile human is developing within the woman’s body, psychoactive principles, like the THC found in Cannabis, are not indicated for pregnant women, since they can negatively affect the baby.
There is no detailed research on how CBD reacts in a pregnant woman’s body, but even the lowest percentages of the active ingredients found in Cannabis are not recommended for them. Studies confirm that mothers who smoke or eat cannabis absorb its chemicals, which cross the placenta and reach the fetus. Exposing the fetus to Cannabis components may impair brain development and increase the risk of the baby to get born smaller or even stillbirth. Beyond that, there is no research showing that CBD oil does not cause the same risks.
Moreover, don’t forget to always ask your specialist doctor about the use of CBD and other medications during pregnancy. Avoid self-medicating, since complications may occur with the baby or with you.
With all the arguments presented, we can conclude CBD may help mothers who are going through difficult times after pregnancy, but it is always essential to have a regular medical follow-up to avoid any adverse health effects.
Here at BAS we always seek to bring information and improve the lives of people who need medical cannabis treatment, that being our main purpose!