While little research is being done on CBD for morning sickness (Hyperemesis gravidarum), CBD can help treat the systems. As we understand that CBD relaxes the body, providing the user a sense of calm, these benefits can carry over as alleviation of morning sickness.
More than 50% of pregnant women experience morning sickness. Morning sickness refers to the nauseous feeling women may experience during the first trimester of pregnancy, which is a result of the increased hormones within one’s body.
Morning Sickness (Hyperemesis Gravidarum) symptoms include:
- Persistent excessive vomiting (more than 3 or 4 times a day)
- Unrelenting, severe nausea
- Rapid heartbeat
- A decrease in urination due to dehydration
- Maternal weight loss or failure to gain weight
- Headaches and confusion
Studies published as early as the 80’s suggest that CBD has minimal side effects and is overall safe for consumption. Nevertheless, consumers should be made aware of any known, potential drawbacks of something you are putting in your body.
Considerable evidence demonstrates that manipulation of the endocannabinoid system regulates nausea and vomiting in humans and other animals.
Preliminary findings show that CBD activates 5-hydroxytryptamine-1A or simply 5-HT1A. This is a monoamine neurotransmitter, also known as Serotonin. When the neurotransmitter is activated, it results in reducing nausea sensation. Researchers note that CBD reduces nausea as well as vomiting significantly.
Why Choose CBD (Cannabidiol)?
Nausea is regulated by cannabinoid receptors’ network in the body. CBD activates serotonin neurotransmitters, thereby relieving nausea. Serotonin is found in the human central nervous system, in the GI system, and in our blood. It is responsible for the regulation of some body functions and abstract things that include sleep, mood, perception, appetite, and hormone production. For someone with morning sickness, those body functions are placed under extreme pressure. Using CBD can help regulate the body functions to maintain normal levels.
How does CBD affect heart rate?
In a randomized crossover study, a single dose of cannabidiol reduced blood pressure in healthy human test subjects. While this single dose was 600mg CBD has been shown to regulate cardiovascular function in hypertension. While THC can cause an increase in anxiety along with a rise in your heart rate CBD helps decrease anxiety and maintain a healthy heart rate.
Dr. Ranga Krishna said “The way I describe the effect to patients is simply that they will likely find renewed appreciation for daily activities, majority of people self-medicating, or prescribed CBD are utilizing it for Anxiety, or Pain (based on my experience); when reduction is found in either of these the default reaction for someone who’s been exposed daily too it is an improved mood, thus little things even like taking walks in the park, or taking naps are suddenly more pleasurable.”
In conclusion, while there are no current studies on how CBD affects morning sickness (Hyperemesis gravidarum) directly, we do know that CBD helps with various symptoms that a pregnant woman may experience. Discuss options with your doctor before starting any treatment or taking any medications, and like always, please do your research before trying CBD.