Pregnancy warning over CBD and THC products

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are being urged not to use any products containing CBD or THC by US health officials.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the proliferation of CBD products making “questionable health promises” may be a serious risk to expectant mothers.

The US Surgeon General recently advised consumers that cannabis
use during pregnancy may affect foetal brain development, because THC can enter
the foetal brain from the mother’s bloodstream.

The Surgeon General also advised that cannabis may increase
the risk of a newborn with low birth weight, premature birth and potentially

The FDA adds that breastmilk can contain THC for up to six days after use and may affect a newborn’s brain.

The FDA says CBD and THC may harm foetuses

An FDA statement reads: “There is no comprehensive research
studying the effects of CBD on the developing foetus, pregnant mother, or
breastfed baby. However, based on what we do know, there is significant cause
for concern.

“High doses of CBD in pregnant test animals have caused
problems with the reproductive system of developing male foetuses.

“In addition, based on what we already know about CBD, we
expect that some amount of CBD will be transferred to babies through breast

It adds: “There are many unanswered questions about the
science, safety, and quality of products containing CBD.”

The FDA is clamping down on companies illegally selling CBD products that claim to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure serious diseases such as cancer.

In August former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb warned that all CBD added to food in the US is still illegal.

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