A Pregnant Pause
When you live and work on a hemp farm and happen to be six months pregnant, you’ve probably pondered quite a bit about cannabis, CBD and pregnancy. The prenatal books and birthing videos, opinions and judgments surrounding this topic can be overwhelming to say the least. The FDA says to avoid any cannabis use while pregnant while years of anecdotal evidence suggests that it may be okay to use for morning sickness and appetite stimulation.
This is our first child, you know, the over-protected-we-don’t-know-what-the-hell-to-expect born? My husband literally wants to turn our house into an “incubator” and keep me locked up for the next few months. Lucky for him, there was a national pandemic instead. But I am not the type of person to pause my life for anyone or anything, except for coronavirus (because let’s not be foolish), so finding my limits throughout this pregnancy has definitely been an adjustment.
My limits with burpees at Orange Theory fitness, limits with cheese, domestic travel, yoga poses, and of course my limits with cannabis, specifically CBD are obstacles to be discussed and modified for nine months of my life, – not the end of the world. Most of my inner circle has used or are currently using CBD products because it’s legal and “acceptable” since hemp does not contain high levels of THC, the psychoactive part of cannabis. So why question CBD with pregnancy? It comes down to a lack of research, because studies on pregnant women create liability that most research institutions are not willing to take on.
Here is what we know – there seems to be a hell of a lot of judgment out there today, especially towards women. That negativity is counterproductive and distressing. According to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology, and a study from the Netherlands stress is linked to preterm labor. If it’s between stress and a few sips of wine or a Mystic Harvest Farm ‘little buddy’, I am for the latter. Whether it is a yoga inversion, a cold turkey sandwich, or CBD tincture, next time your judgment sneaks up on you, take a long pregnant pause first because “As she has planted, so does she harvest; such is the field of karma.” – Sri Guru Granth Sahib