Moms and CBD: from Pregnancy to Breastfeeding to Raising Your Kids

Being a parent is hard. Certainly no one ever claimed it was easy! Every day on social media we celebrate mothers for their strength, their tenacity, and their ability to wear ten hats at any given time. But at the end of the day, when moms finally climb into bed, sleep may not come easy either. In the morning, patience and calm may not come easy. And the aches and pains that come with bodily stress, female cyclical changes, and childbirth may linger.

 

Finding relief and achieving balance is so important for moms (and dads!). In the last few years, as federal laws have changed around the U.S., women have turned to CBD for help. Our dosage specialists at Equilibria answer questions every day about pregnancy, breastfeeding, and postpartum depression. However, since every woman’s body and health goals are different, the answers are not always black and white. But we can help you navigate the gray!

 

Equilibria CBD and cosmetics

 

So why is CBD beneficial for women specifically?

 

Women’s bodies and CBD are the perfect pair. When taken consistently, CBD works within our bodies to boost a powerful system of receptors (called the Endocannabinoid System or ECS) that is responsible for internal balance and regulation. Female biochemistry is, by definition, cyclical — and often out of balance — which is why CBD’s regulating properties are so uniquely beneficial to women.

 

CBD is a natural product that can bring balance on multiple levels. 

 

Remember high school biology? One of the reasons CBD – and other cannabinoids including THC – can work so effectively is because we naturally produce similar chemicals within our bodies called “endo” (as in endogenous) cannabinoids. 

 

These endocannabinoids are naturally passed from mother to child during breastfeeding and are responsible for immune system health (basically keeping us alive as infants!). Over time and during stressful periods (like the often volatile transition to motherhood), our body’s endocannabinoids are depleted. 

 

So CBD and the other plant-based cannabinoids act as fill-ins for what our body naturally lost. Cool, right?

 

Women in our community count on CBD to bring all sorts of body systems (like our immune system, cardiovascular system, etc.) into “homeostasis” or balance, including:

 

 

Modern life is complicated and the struggle is real – especially for moms. CBD is a natural product that can bring balance on multiple levels.

 

Equilibria Relief Cream in hands

 

Can CBD be used when pregnant or breastfeeding?

 

Yes! We always recommend using topical CBD products that absorb into the skin (like the Relief Cream) rather than ingested products that are swallowed just to be safe. 

 

When rubbed on the body, CBD doesn’t enter our blood-stream and therefore isn’t transmitted to a fetus or nursing infant. But because of its natural anti-inflammatory properties, it can still bring powerful relief to those sore muscles and joints (and feet!) during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

 

What if I want to take CBD oil for sleep or calm?

 

Ultimately, there are more questions than answers when we talk about ingested CBD (like Daily Drops or Daily Softgels) as pregnant and breastfeeding women are always the last group to be studied in clinical trials. There’s very little data around pregnancy and nursing, so it ultimately comes down to personal choice.  

 

Equilibria Co-Founder Marcy Capron Vermillion and her dog, Leo, on the sidewalk

 

Equilibria’s co-founder Marcy Capron Vermillion plans to use it while pregnant and nursing and we have other members who choose to do so as well. However, the absence of data leaves us unable to fully answer the question for you (this is one of those pesky gray areas).

 

It ultimately comes down to personal choice. 

 

On the bright side, new CBD studies are published monthly so we are keeping an eye on it. For many women, it comes down to whether CBD is helping them reduce the amount of pharmaceuticals they’re taking. Some women decide it’s the lesser of two evils during pregnancy and nursing months, and some women decide to abstain. 

 

Once infants are weaned, the regulating properties of CBD can help a woman’s body and sleep cycles return to normal!

 

Equilibria Co-Founder Coco Meers and her son cutting apples in the kitchen

 

How can CBD help mothers who have young kids?

 

Equilibria’s other co-founder, Coco Meers, says CBD helps her be a more present and even-tempered mom. She used the opportunity to consult one-on-one with Maia, our (now) Head of Dosage Team, to find her personal dose. “I take (2) 10mg softgels every day, AM and PM (with an occasional 10mg dropper of oil during the day on PMS days, when traveling, etc) to reduce inflammation related to an auto-immune condition and help me feel more centered.”

 

When they’re pushing boundaries, I’m able to more calmly react and not get rattled.

 

Getting her dosage right was a game-changer. She says that in parenting, “I find I have a longer fuse when responding to those frenetic moments (bathtime, toddler tantrums, stressful drop-off!) Instead of escalating when they’re pushing boundaries, I’m able to more calmly react and not get rattled.”

 

It also helps her wind down and get some much-needed rest. “I’ve always been a good sleeper, but [with CBD] I find it’s easier to fall asleep and not let my mind wander.”

 

At work of course there are still stressful moments, but she says she feels “more steady and level-headed during the nuttiest of days.” Coco’s experience with CBD is why she is such a huge advocate for its powerful health benefits. She reminds us that with all that we balance as moms, CBD can be a secret weapon to help us manage our full plates with a little more calm.

 

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Equilibria Drops and Softgels with an eye mask

 

Equilibria is laser-focused on women’s health.

 

As you know, Equilibria is a CBD company founded by women, for women. All our product R&D and cannabis education efforts focus on applications of CBD for female wellness. But that’s not all that sets us apart from other CBD businesses.  A couple more things we’re proud of:

 

Personalized Dosage Service. Everyone’s biochemistry is different, and as with any changes to your routine, perfecting a CBD regimen requires patience and customization. At Equilibria, every member is assigned a personal Dosage Specialist who answers any and all questions, and provides personalized consultations on daily CBD routines.

 

High quality, medical-grade CBD batch after batch: Consistency and quality are really hard to find in this unregulated market. As a vertically-integrated bioscience company focused on therapeutic efficacy and consistency, we are very proud of our product. Whether you buy Equilibria or another CBD brand, always ask for lab reports. Look for a clean supply chain (single-sourced cannabis and organic farming with no heavy metals or fillers), and a robust number of cannabinoids and terpenes, (the plant’s therapeutic agents).

 

More than anyone else, we know the struggle of hard-working moms (and dads!) is real. We hope CBD products like Equilbria’s will continue to make a difference in the lives of women everywhere. And don’t worry – you’ve got this.

 

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