According to the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine, components of marijuana, including cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can cause brain and facial birth defects if used during the first trimester. The development of the embryo in this time period is very similar across all vertebrates. Having the same results across animal models reinforces the findings. Concerns over its safety, especially during tender times such as pregnancy, are mounting and more research is looking into its potentially adverse side effects. There is no comprehensive research studying the effects of CBD on the developing fetus, pregnant mother or breastfed baby. The FDA is continuing to collect and study the data on the possible harmful effects of CBD during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
Lightbulb Moment: Were you wondering why Cannabis was not granted GRAS status? This is just one of dozens of studies showing cannabis is not the miracle drug that social media likes to make it out to be. But cheer up, all drugs turn out to be two faced. They can help and they can hurt. The most important thing is to be aware of a drug’s limits.
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