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Postpartum

Depression& CBDUse?

By Sakina O'Uhuru, RN CNM LM RPA MS

Black Ash Cannabis endorses CBD oil for Postpartum Depression

CBD oil is a better solution while struggling with anxiety disorders as well as postpartum depression. Postpartum depression can occur following a normal healthy labor and delivery.

Postpartum depression can also occur following a traumatizing vaginal delivery, cesarean section, stillbirth or miscarriage.

 

About 14% of new mothers suffer from postpartum depression (PPD), per the American Psychological Association. However, a majority of women defer treatment. In addition, postpartum depression is 60% higher amongst African American women.

The weight of motherhood impacted by a complicated or traumatizing labor birth or postpartum period can become unmanageable. 

Postpartum Depression occurs in about 14% of moms but most go unreported and of those, less then half receive attention, therapy, or medication due to inconsistent reporting, screening, under-treatment, shame, blame, guilt etc.

 

CBD oil is a more suitable supplemental therapy for postpartum depression as it has significantly less side effects then the recommended antidepressants some of which may include addictive opioid medications. Opioid drugs can cause significant respiratory depression and can also cause seizures.

 

CBD offers greater bioavailability; this means it is much more therapeutically available. CBD oil is a shorter acting supplement versus the conventional anti-depressants that require several weeks of compliance before reaching a therapeutic bio-available level.

 

Most of the recommended anti anxiety/depressant medications have significant side effects that directly impact medication compliance. Some of those side effects include insomnia, dry mouth, dizziness, blurred vision, and weight gain.  Severe side effects can directly impact a new mom’s capacity to bond with her newborn.  Lack of bonding can ultimately impact a child’s psychological development and lead to a higher risk of psychiatric illness later in life.

In addition, these side effects can further intensify the depth of depression leading to a more stressful experience.  Responsibilities now become extremely challenging physically and emotionally particularly when there is lack of sleep. Insomnia, or lack of sleep, leads to lack of energy, attention, motivation, or desire to care for her newborn child. Lack of sleep can further complicate a woman’s ability to carry out activities of daily living. Insomnia can also negatively impact the bonding experience, and affect her ability to nurture herself or her baby.

This lack of connection is more of a risk for mom and newborn then the unknown effects or lack of research on unknown CBD effects to the newborn.

In fact, Studies now show that lack of sleep is directly related to a shorter life span.  Postpartum depression can create a debilitating cycle-a chaotic web of paralysis.  

 

What we know:

Cannabinoids are found naturally in human breast milk and contain the same cannabinoids found in the cannabacea plant these cannabinoids are necessary for physiologic (balance) homeostasis and human development.

It is important to remember that this is a naturally occurring sustainable plant grown with minimal attention.  The Hemp plant is a strong sustainable plant requiring minimal cultivation.  It is high in protein vitamins and essential fatty acids. Hemp contains high amounts of vitamin E and omega 3 & omega 6 fatty acids. 

 

CBD oil works on almost all of the neurotransmitters associated with depression and anxiety disorders.  Including serotonin, dopamine gamma-aminobutyric acid. The imbalance of most of these neurotransmitters have been shown to cause or have been associated with depressed moods anxiety and even schizophrenia.  

CBD has been shown to also lower stress by lowering cortisol levels in the body. Using CBD’s to control stress levels can help to control anxiety. 

 

CBD works with GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), a critical neurotransmitter found throughout our nervous system that helps relax the brain and calm the body. Known as a natural tranquilizer. GABA deficiency or imbalances can be found amongst people with depression, anxiety, panic disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. 

 

CBD is now regularly prescribed for children with seizures with no known side effects. In June, 2018 the FDA just recently approved the use of synthetic CBD, (Epidiolex) for the treatment of seizures in children. So how then would it be contraindicated for babies? We must also note, that cannaboid receptors are present from the early embryonic stage. Even when our embryos have only two cells, it still has cannabinoid receptors.

The 2015, statement made by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologist simply doesn't address CBD. Their statement consistently refers to marijuana NOT CBD. They state "There are insufficient data to evaluate the effects of marijuana use on infants during lactation and in the absence of such data marijuana use is discouraged"  Yet to date there are over 15,000 citations regarding the positive benefits of CBD in 2016. 

 In summary I suggest  and urge mothers, fathers, couples to exericise due diligence, research then make an educated decision. Just remember there is an underlying economic and political agenda attached to the prohibitive positions against cannabis/CBD use. This prohibitive position has impacted CBD availability and our access to this blessed plant. 

Remember whats good for our children is good enough for our babies. 

 

Children are our babies. Babies are our children. 

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