Cbd oil for moms


Should I Try CBD? A Primer On What To Know & How TO Dose

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Women are no strangers to the marketing of miracle ingredients, from charcoal in our shampoo to kombucha in our face creams to jade in our vaginal eggs. But it seems like the latest cure-all to capture the attention of health and wellness aficionados is poised to make a more lasting impression. Yep, we are talking about CBD, pot’s straight-laced little sibling. These days it can be found in everything from eye serums to spicy meatballs, and it’s touted as a treatment for inflammation, anxiety, depression, hormone imbalance, insomnia, and low libido.

Considering that list, it should come as no surprise that CBD has surged in popularity with mothers. “Moms use CBD more than anyone I know to handle mood, stress, hormones, and to maintain optimal health,” says Jewel Zimmer, a mama of two and founder of Juna, a line of CBD oil drops.

But does CBD actually work? And if it does, is it safe (and do you swear I won’t get high?). We wanted to run a few questions by the experts and, more importantly, get the low down from some mothers who have tried the stuff. Read on for our CBD primer for moms.

What is it?—CBD is short for cannabidiol. It’s one of the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is another one. THC is the compound that gets people high. CBD does not. If THC is the unruly toddler, CBD is the babysitter. But that doesn’t mean it just hangs out and does nothing.

What Does is Feel Like?—For those of us who haven’t smoked pot in years (or ever), the idea of finding ourselves unexpectedly stoned while waiting in the school pick-up lane sounds like a nightmare. So, we asked moms who use CBD to tell us just what it feels like. Read their accounts below:
“It makes me feel relaxed at night so I stop doing things around the house. I try and drink it an hour before I want to be in bed asleep,” says Terra Andrews, mother of two.
“My body physically relaxes, the thoughts don’t race around my head as much, and I laugh more. But it’s really subtle, which I like,” says Jasmine Firchau, mother of two.
“I feel a sense of balance. Whether it’s my mood, pain, or anxiety, it seems to just relax my muscles and lift the heaviness I’m feeling,” says Diana Mariscal, mother of one.
“I like to describe the effects as calming my crazies. Imagine closing your eyes and deep breathing or practicing 15 minutes of meditation and feeling grounded after the pause. CBD offers a sense of calm to me, because truthfully, I struggle to sit down. A gentle relaxation without a buzz. It helps me focus on the matter at hand instead of getting lost in my long mental list of to-dos,” says Teresa Piro, founder of Can Can Cleanse and mother of two.
“I feel the same as usual. Maybe more calm?” says Audrey Bodisco, mother of one.
“What I notice personally with CBD is my body relaxing and returning to a more natural state,” says Mel McGraw, founder of Monk Drinking Botanicals and mother of one.

Does it Work?—While some marketers are spinning CBD as a healthy alternative to a glass or two of wine, few moms we spoke to use it that way. Because CBD doesn’t get you high, moms tend to use it throughout the day, versus hanging out with friends or pairing it with a meal. The women we spoke with used CBD to combat specific ailments, from muscle soreness to anxiety to postpartum depression—even the side effects of diabetes. This past June the FDA approved the first government-sanctioned medical use for CBD—a drug called Epidiolex that treats severe forms of epilepsy. Dr. Esther Blessing, an assistant professor at the NYU School of Medicine who is studying the use of CBD as a treatment for post-traumatic stress and alcohol abuse, told the New York Times that “CBD is the most promising drug that has come out for neuropsychiatric diseases in the last 50 years.” Meanwhile, the women we asked used CBD for a wide variety of reasons:
“I’ve been a T1 diabetic for 28 years, and after having my son, using an insulin pump became impossible due to skin sensitivity. This means that I have a really hard time managing overnight blood sugars. The dawn phenomenon is when blood sugars rise in the middle of the night, and for me that can no longer be tackled with an extra dose of humalog from my insulin pump. I’d heard many (perhaps apocryphal) stories about marijuana’s efficacy in lowering blood sugar. I absolutely hate being high, though, so it seemed like a difficult tradeoff. So, when CBD came on the market, I decided to give it a go. The results were immediate and quite shocking: whenever I take CBD oil before bed, my blood sugars are perfect in the morning,” says Elka Karl, mother of one.
“I was very skeptical. But it is really better than taking a Xanax. It just slows my brain down,” says Lindsey Stevens.
“Physically I am able to function and move on with my day, mentally it improves my life drastically and just takes the edge off of things. I notice that it reduces the impact of triggers, and helps me sleep and allows me to turn off all the noise in my head, especially after a stressful day,” says Diana Mariscal, mother of one.
“My pain has disappeared, my mood has changed, my hormones are more balanced,” says Lane Kennedy, mother of one.

Is it Safe?—A World Health Organization (WHO) report has found no adverse health outcomes for cannabidiol, a.k.a. CBD. You’ll also be safe from any legal issues as of December 2018. That’s when the federal government passed the Farm Bill, making hemp and its derivatives (including CBD) federally legal. CBD still isn’t FDA approved which limits how it can be produced and distributed, but there are no longer federal criminal penalties for possessing or using CBD.

That said, CBD is still a largely unregulated market, and according to Mel McGraw, cofounder of Monk Drinking Botanicals, a line of CBD-infused cocktails, “It’s hugely important for consumers to know that not all CBD is created equal. If cannabis/hemp plants are from uncontrolled sources, they could be contaminated with chemicals/pesticides, heavy metals, aflatoxins, or molds and bacteria. Certainly not something you want to consume.”

And moms aren’t always consuming just for one. Jewel Zimmer of Juna says that she gets lots of questions from women about if CBD is safe when breastfeeding. Her response: “The answer is that no studies have been done on humans but in animals CBD was safe for mama and baby up to 8000 milligrams per day for a 150 pound female, which doesn’t come close to the 5-10 mg micro dose we recommend for daily balance. It’s also important to note that breastmilk is full of naturally occurring endocannabinoids—cannabinoids our bodies produce naturally—and vital for proper development.”

And while CBD hasn’t been studied in relation to (human) breastfeeding, cannabis—with THC— has, to mixed results. The InfantRisk Center warns that cannabis exposure via breast milk or in utero may cause long-term changes to a child’s mental health and behavior. However, the center also notes, “We do not know much about the transfer of the active ingredient in marijuana into human milk, nor how much gets to a breastfeeding infant.” A study is currently in process to find out more.

Until then, may we suggest the only tried-and-true method for the toughest parenting quandaries? Go with your gut.

CBD Curious? Here are ten products we are loving right now.
*JunaPut a few drops of this high-quality CBD oil in you morning coffee to mellow the jitters.
*Vertly—CBD infused lip butter, body lotion, and bath salts to melt away what ails you.
*DosistSleek little vape pens specially formulated and pre-dosed for predictable results.
*Saint Jane BeautyA beauty serum with 19 all-natural ingredients, including CBD.
*Lord JonesOne of the earliest entrants into the luxury cannabis market, this respected brand offers everything from gumdrops to body oil, all wrapped up in pretty little packages.
*Plant Magic Elixirs—Can Can Cleanse has added a line of fresh tonics containing CBD—we love the spicy Lemon Ginger option.
*Monk Drinking BotanicalsThese tiny tonics are a great non-alcoholic cocktail alternatives. Pour over ice and enjoy 20 mg of CBD blended with ingredients like ginger, maple, and rosemary.
*Wildflower CapsulesCBD, Curcumin, and Ginseng make these little pills incredibly popular.
*Sunday Good Bath BombsBath bombs may seem like proof that we have hit peak CBD, but soaking in the stuff is actually pretty chill-inducing for mind and body.
*CannukaThese balms and body creams combine CBD and Manuka honey, which originates from the Manuka bush in New Zealand—part of the Tea Tree family.

What You Need to Know About Using CBD During Pregnancy and Motherhood

Recently, I was spinning my toddler around in the living room, attempting to be the “fun mom,” when a painful pinch in my back put a sudden stop to the spinning. It was the second incident since my 38th birthday when I felt age starting to creep into my body. Maybe you’ve also experienced similar moments – like when you wake up with injuries from sleeping or pinch a nerve from something simple like lifting your baby out of their crib.

To help my back, I decided to try some CBD balm and was amazed that it did quickly ease the pain. CBD is popping up everywhere – in mascara, in candles, in lattes – so it’s hard to have NOT heard about it. But not knowing anything about it, I thought it was related to pot and had to Google “CBD” so I knew what I was actually using on my body.

As it turns out, CBD can be an incredibly useful tool in your parenting toolbox.

To learn more, I spoke with Coco Meers, CEO of Equilibria, a company founded by women for women providing awesome CBD products for female wellness (they even have a subscription box!). And, now I know even more about the benefits of using CBD in motherhood. Equilibria offers premium organic, full-spectrum CBD products, and all of their research and development in cannabis education and support focus strictly on applications of cannabis for female wellness. Basically, they know their stuff and have the lab reports to prove it.

So, I was happy to speak with an expert on the subject to answer some common questions – and address misconceptions – about CBD.

The reported benefits of CBD include being a potent anti-inflammatory, as well as helping to calm anxiety symptoms, relieve pain, and more. But what I didn’t know was how the regulating properties of CBD are perfectly matched for the way our female bodies work.

With new CBD products entering the market every day, it’s important to know what to look for – and look out for – when considering CBD during pregnancy, motherhood, and beyond.

Here are answers to some common questions about starting CBD for moms.

Why should mothers consider using CBD? What common struggles of motherhood can it help to address?

Beyond the inflammation and pain benefits, CBD is renowned for helping improve anxiety and sleep conditions. We juggle so much as mothers and multi-faceted women, CBD brings calm to the many overwhelming moments.

Meers shares, “CBD helps me be a more present and even-tempered mom. I find I have a longer fuse when responding to tough conversations and stressful 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.”

Many mothers struggle with sleep, especially when getting back into a “normal” routine once infants are sleeping on their own. For many, CBD improves sleep quality and duration so mom can be her best self tomorrow.

With all that we balance as moms, CBD can be a great secret weapon to help us manage our full plates with a little more calm.

Is it legal and will it make me feel “high”?

Confession – this was the first question I googled.

Yes, it’s legal in all 50 states.

No, it won’t make you “high” because CBD is required to have less than 0.3% THC. A marijuana plant, on the other hand, contains more than 0.3% THC, the compound that creates the mental “high.” Marijuana plants are federally illegal, with legalization growing on a state-by-state level.

CBD will often create a “relaxed” sensation, so Equilibria first recommends trying their products before bed.

How does CBD specifically benefit women?

Equilibria’s mission is to “help women attain homeostasis.” Remember ninth-grade biology? Yeah, me either. What I learned, though, is that “homeostasis” is the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements. First of all, I love the term “relatively stable,” especially in describing that elusive internal balance we’re always trying to attain as moms. “Relatively stable” seems somehow more attainable than “balance.”

If biology is your thing, you can go deeper into the science of CBD in this super informative Facebook video from Equilibria Cofounder Marcy Capron Vermillion, but here are the basics:

  • Our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids, including when we breastfeed! Meers says that is what helps CBD work so effectively within our bodies. “We produce our own ‘endo’ (as in endogenous) cannabinoids that are depleted over time and during stressful periods – as in early motherhood,” Meers said. CBD includes “phytocannabinoids” (made from plants) and is effective because it mimics our endo-cannabinoids.
  • According to Meers, “When taken consistently, CBD works within women’s bodies to boost a powerful system of receptors in our body responsible for balance and regulation. Female biochemistry is by definition cyclical — and often out of balance — which is why CBD’s regulating properties are so beneficial to women.”
  • Benefits of regular CBD use can include hormonal regulation (mood stabilization during PMS and menopause), inflammation management (menstrual cramps, endometriosis, autoimmune and other types of arthritis), and mental health support (sleep promotion, calming and centering benefits).
  • Every woman’s body and wellness goals are different, so your CBD routine should reflect that! Finding balance can take some experimentation, which is why Equilibria assigns a Personal Dosage Specialist to every member to help guide you through one-on-one consultation and ongoing check-ins.

What CBD products are safe during pregnancy and while breastfeeding?

With little research available, we can’t yet answer this question.

Understandably, pregnant and breastfeeding women are always the last group to be studied in clinical trials, so there’s very little data around CBD while pregnant and nursing. It ultimately comes down to personal choice.

“CBD, when used topically, can bring incredible relief to pregnant and nursing moms,” says Meers. “When rubbed on the body, CBD does not enter our bloodstream but can still bring powerful pain relief to those sore muscles and joints during pregnancy and breast-feeding. However, right now, there are more questions than answers when we talk about ingesting CBD.”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists opposes any use of marijuana and its byproducts while pregnant or breastfeeding, but most of the research is focused on the negative effects of THC and not on CBD produced from industrial hemp plants.

Any industrial hemp plants, like Equilibria’s organic farm-to-home CBD, must have less than 0.3% THC or they are categorized as marijuana plants.

Before beginning any CBD regimen, it’s important to have a conversation with your doctor. CBD can interact with certain prescriptions, so keeping an open dialogue with your doctor is key. But, as Meers tells us, “We find that the medical community is more and more open to CBD and overall cannabis research.”

What should I look for – and look out for – in CBD products?

As per FDA guidelines, CBD is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or ailment. However, Equilibria offers the most premium organic, full-spectrum CBD from their exclusive bioscience partner in Colorado. CBD is not yet regulated by the FDA, but Equilibria is pushing for federal regulation of industrial hemp for consumer safety.

As Meers told us, “Because CBD is not yet regulated, some suppliers and brands are cutting corners and offering less expensive, less efficient, and potentially dangerous products to consumers. If CBD becomes regulated, others who are putting profit before results will be required to improve their practices.” So, it’s important to keep these things in mind as you’re considering CBD.

Other important things to keep in mind as you’re considering CBD:

  • Check the Source. Currently, Colorado has the strictest CBD regulations, making it the safest state to source from. Equilibria partners with an organic farm in Colorado, so the company knows the complete supply chain of their strain of CBD, down to the person who picked the flower.
  • Be Wary of “THC-Free.” While CBD must have less than 0.3% THC, “THC-free” products are actually negative because those all-important cannabinoids need a tiny bit of THC for your body to read and react to it.
  • Dosing Takes Time to Learn. It can take about seven days to tell if your daily dosing is correct, and Equilibria offers Personal Dosage Specialists to help figure out your personalized dosage plan and meet your goals.
  • It May Cause Drowsiness. CBD is used to treat insomnia, so be warned if you are already overtired from middle-of-the-night feedings, as CBD could make you more tired.

What’s next in CBD for women?

Research and more research.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the only CBD product currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration is a prescription oil called Epidiolex approved to treat two types of epilepsy.

With CBD’s popularity, new research studies are being done every day, including upcoming research on CBD during pregnancy and menopause by the National Institute of Health. So, hopefully, we’ll have more information in the next couple of years. Equilibria is consistently sharing the latest research, and all their product research and development efforts focus on applications of cannabis for female wellness.

One new application Equilibria is going to be launching are vaginal suppositories – the most direct route to get CBD into your bloodstream, bypassing your liver. Are you intrigued? We are too!

Our readers can try Equilibria at a discount — use code theeverymom to save 20%!

This post was in partnership with Equilibria, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board.

8 CBD Products That Can Help Moms Beat Stress, Dry Skin, Sore Muscles & More

From time with friends to glasses of rosé, we all have our go-to fixes for stress-related ailments. Now, more and more people are turning to products made with CBD, or cannabidiol.

As a mom, you know probably better than anyone that being severely stressed out is a fast-track to feeling unwell. The more you have on your plate, the higher your risk of getting headaches, having trouble sleeping, battling anxiety, etc. From calling a friend to pouring a glass of rosé, we all have our go-to remedies for stress-related ailments. But there’s a relatively new game in town that’s only getting more and more buzz: therapeutic products made with CBD, or cannabidiol, which could potentially relieve a bevy of every day wellness concerns.

CBD comes from either a marijuana or a hemp plant. Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol)—which only comes from marijuana—CBD is non-psychoactive and therefore, won’t get you high. But a growing body of research has proven that CBD has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-psychotic, anti-convulsant, and antidepressant properties. There’s certainly confusion about the legality of CBD. CBD products derived from marijuana version are only available in states that have legalized the plant, while those that come from hemp are easy to find online and in stores nationwide. And of the latter, there are options that could do wonders to bolster your wellness.

Here, CBD products that may be particularly beneficial for moms.

1. Bella Bomba de Bango

If you can manage to sneak in a soak, these Italian Rose-scented bath bombs ($20 at ShopCelebrateBella.com) aim to take to take baths to the next level with hemp-derived CBD oil and other essential oils for a seriously relaxing time in the tub. The line, which features massage oil, bath salts, and a CBD tincture, was created by a mom named Krista Whitley whose daughter Bella suffered from extreme eczema for her entire life.

2. Eva CBD supplements

Made with hemp-derived CBD, this line blends the active ingredient with herbs and other plant-based ingredients in supplements that support sleep, focus, pain relief, energy, and mood. Lots of reasons moms might want to reach for one or all formulations! Bottles of 30 capsules go for $49.99 on EvaCBD.com.

3. ViPova tea

ViPova emphasizes that their black teas—which come in a range of flavors from chai to English Breakfast—are absorbed readily, maximizing impact and effectiveness. They’re also available in all 50 states.

4. Charlotte’s Web Hemp Extract Oil

The company’s original product ($149.99 for 30mL at CWHemp.com) comes in two flavors—Olive Oil and Mint Chocolate—and is meant to counter normal, everyday stress and supporting recovery from exercise. You just mix it into your tea, smoothie, or coffee.

5. Herb Essentials body products

From perfume to body lotion, Herb Essentials products look like the kind of fancy products you could get at an uber-modern, high-end spa, but they’re all infused with Cannabis Sativa seed oil and are legal nationwide. The company explains on their website that “Cannabis Sativa seed oil has the ability to stimulate your skin’s natural oil production to reach the right balance that keeps your skin clean and protected and hydrated at the same time. This balance needs to be adjusted constantly as you move through life. Through hot and cold, dry and humid. Through pollution, parties and the day after. Through experimental diets and all-nighters.” Sounds like the perfect remedy for any mom who’s been up with her L.O. for nighttime feedings!

6. Pure Kana Tinctures and Topical Ointment

Fans of these CBD tinctures ($52-$139 at PureKana.com) swear they help with everything from menstrual cramps to anxiety. They come in a variety of flavors like Vanilla Mint. Pure Kana also makes a topical ointment ($80 for 4 oz.) to address muscle soreness and pain.

7. Mary’s Nutritionals Transdermal Patches

These transdermal patches ($10 per patch at MarysNutritionals.com) re fairly foolproof, offering a steady, gradual release of CBD over 8-12 hours.

8. Feals

This subscription service offers premium, unflavored, pure CBD made from cannabinoid extract and coconut MCT oil at three different strengths (600 mg, 1200 mg, and 2400 mg). Try the “Feals Flight” ($20 at Feals.com) to find out which one suits you best.