Mother’s Day is around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than to dive into health topics for the mom and
baby duo? Turns out, hemp and CBD has a long history of supporting the health of expectant mothers, new mamas and new arrivals. Let’s look at the most powerful ways this miracle plant can provide good health for growing babe’s and their mothers.
This may come as a surprise, seeing as the cannabis sativa plant has been under attack in recent decades (the War on Drugs is another story…) but hemp (the heirloom variety of cannabis) has been a huge part of our diet and everyday life for centuries. Prior to World War II, a huge portion of animal feed was hemp based, and cannabinoids would work their way up the food chain into the human diet. Hemp seed oil and milk was a staple for many. Following science’s revolutionary discovery of the Endocannabinoid System, we now understand how important these cannabinoids are for cellular communication and regulating body systems. Since the aggressive banning of hemp cultivation, CBD deficiency in the body has become a concerning cause of disease to many health researchers. Studies have linked CBD intake directly to healthy pregnancies and fetal development, so getting enough cannabidiol in the diet of expectant mothers is a key part of insuring a healthy pregnancy. CBD intake has even been linked to avoiding preterm labor.
Topicals made from cannabis seeds or extracted oils are extremely helpful in promoting skin elasticity. Applying these lotions or balms can be a lifesaver when it comes to stretch-mark prevention during pregnancy, and can help skin quickly heal and tone after birth.
Hormonal changes that occur during and after pregnancy can lead to lactose intolerance. For some, drinking hemp milk can be a perfect solution. Hemp milk contains the same calcium levels as cow’s milk, as well as high levels of vitamin B-12, which can be important in preventing postpartum depression. Some breastfeeding mothers even report seeing an increase in their own milk production after switching to hemp milk!
Okay, there are a lot of factors that go into the development of intelligence, but we do know for a fact that Omega 3 fatty acids are one of the most important nutrients for healthy brain development in utero. Omegas 3, 6 and 9, all of which are found in hemp, and the high protein level in hemp seeds are hugely beneficial for the baby’s cognition development.
Of course, there are many benefits to the world’s mothers and children that cannabis can provide not listed above (hemp’s potential as an environmentally friendly fuel source that could eliminate the air contaminants sometimes found in breastmilk, hemp fabrics that would provide clean and safe clothing for young ones, etc..). As awareness of the deeply healing wellness this plant can bring spreads and becomes less stigmatized, we hope mamas and babies reap the benefits.