Here’s the introduction to an interesting piece published by Cannigma..

Many people use cannabis to help with depression. But is it safe or effective when you’re a new mother?

This article examines the evidence, how to maximize the benefits of cannabis, and explores the risk factors.

moking cannabis — or worse yet tobacco — is bad for moms and their fetuses or babies. Many medical professionals may also automatically caution against even using cannabis in non-smokable forms during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

While emerging research is showing that cannabis may be effective in managing the symptoms of depression and other mental health disorders, research into its use for PPD remains largely unexplored and unpublished about.  Here’s what we know.

Postpartum depression (PPD) is not included as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis in any US state and much of what we know about whether or not cannabis can help treat PPD is anecdotal. Some women who chose to use cannabis for postpartum depression say they did so because standard prescription treatments did not help and the side effects from pharmaceutical treatments were intolerable.

Turning to cannabis as an alternative has helped many new mothers overcome insomnia, anxiety, loss of appetite, stress, isolation, use of more addictive substances as self-medication, and other issues associated with PPD1.

One common reason that cannabis is not recommended for postpartum depression, however, is that the THC and other cannabinoids in cannabis do pass into breastmilk2.

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