Posted on

Cbd oil for labor

Can You Take CBD For Labor Pain?

Description: Over the years, doctors use epidurals and pain killers to help combat labor pain. And since CBD is a potent pain killer, it is safe for labor as well. CBD oil for labor pain, yay, or nay?

To begin with, labor pain types are characterized by two kinds of sensations—visceral and somatic pain. Visceral pain is when the pain is present in the abdominal section of the body. For example, appendicitis or gall stones may lead to feeling this kind of pain. Visceral pain causes cutting or burning perceptions in the afflicted area.

Somatic pain, commonly described as a cramping pain, is when you can feel unpleasant sensations on the skin, tissues, muscles, and joints.

Labor occurs in three stages, each accompanied by a more intense painful sensation than the previous stage. Visceral pain occurs in the early stage of one and two, while somatic occurs late on stages one and two. The third stage is during baby delivery. Labor pain begins as tolerable and then advances into intense and unbearable pain.

For labor pain relief medication, doctors use physiological relief, physical relief, inhalation analgesia, opioids, regional analgesia, or complementary solutions. An example of a physiological remedy includes hypnosis. The physical pain relied on medication includes acupuncture, while inhalation analgesia use inhalants to reduce pain perception. Morphine is a common opioid, and regional analgesia is a common epidural. Complementary therapies include underwater births and aromatherapy.

As seen, pain relief in health care is taken seriously when it comes to managing labor pain. The real question is, can CBD be used as an effective pain reliever?

Our cannabis consultants at Quantum 9 know CBD has amazing benefits, now let’s see the benefits of using CBD during labor.

How CBD Can Help During Labor?

CBD oil for labor pain is and continues to be very successful for pain relief. It helps some women with induction during the labor process. Also, CBD oil aids excessive bleeding and instigates lactation by fastening milk production when the baby arrives. Lastly, CBD oil eases other labor pain symptoms like vomiting and nausea.

Within the first stage of labor, the mother feels waves of aches in her lower abdomen and lower back. This is what we described above as somatic pain. This aching is quite similar to cramp pains during monthly menstruation. After a while, these contractions (waves) intensify. CBD use during the first stage can numb the aching, leading to a smoother labor process.

CBD initiates a decreased production of oxytocin-instigated myometrical expansion and contraction of abdominal muscles. So, this lowers contraction pains.

In addition to labor pain, there is evidence that CBD can boost a woman’s fertility. During pregnancy, CBD helps with morning sickness and better sleeping patterns. As you can see, CBD is useful throughout a woman’s pregnancy, all the way from conception to delivery. That means that a CBD dosage from CBD Shelter provides significant help to moms who are trying and expecting.

Our cannabis consultants at Quantum 9 hope to see individuals accept the use of CBD and THC products for pain relief.

CBD Products That Can Help Ease Labor

CBD Shower Bombs

To begin with, CBD bath bombs help with labor induction, pain relief, and relaxation. These bombs are mostly spherical and contain sweet-smelling essential oils for a more calming effect.

In order to use the CBD bomb, you simply drop it into the bath and let it dissolve as it releases its’ benefits. Mothers are advised to soak in the tub for about half an hour for the maximum effect. These CBD shower bombs contain a very low dosage of CBD, posing no danger to both the mother and the baby.

CBD Topical Oils and Creams

These options are best for massaging the mother’s lower back and abdominal area for the most beneficial effects. They usually consist of small dosages of CBD. These creams are also applied directly to the vagina to reduce tearing during natural childbirth.

To find out how CBD oil helps with pain relief, check out this article our cannabis consultants wrote about the science of CBD.

CBD Candles for Aromatherapy

Lastly, lighting up a CBD candle in the same room as the mother in labor helps with pain management. As she inhales the candle’s aroma, she takes in the beneficial CBD vapor, which helps with the pain.

Is CBD For labor Pain Safe?

Mothers in labor are at a very vulnerable state and stage in their lives, so CBD for pain relief needs to be done correctly. So, what strength of CBD oil should mothers use? First, the CBD dosage needs to be low. Secondly, the way you use CBD oil is important. For example, candles, shower bombs, and safely prescribed pills are all safe CBD products. Avoid smoking CBD at all costs.

CBD health benefits are immeasurable even for women in labor, but one thing must be adhered to. The administration of these remedies must be supervised and advised by a doula, midwife, or doctor. Self-diagnosing your treatment is highly discouraged.

A few things that help mothers stay in the safe zone as they fight labor pain while using CBD are:

  • Getting the product from a trusted seller
  • Using the product for its intended use
  • Minimizing exposure
  • Using small dosages
  • Never do it alone, have someone by your side.

Take Away

Labor pains are excruciating, so any safe method possible is encouraged. Indeed, there are other remedies, but CBD has the least side effects in comparison to other ways. It is all-natural and is the least invasive method for pain relief. However, mothers who want to give it a try must get a consultation from their obstetrics.

Do you have any questions? Let us know in the comment section below.

Author’s Bio: Rae Hudson is a midwife who uses CBD products like shower bombs, candles, and topical creams for her clients. The results she gets before and after the usage of these products is commendable. And so Rae advocates for their use even in hospitals with the mother’s consent, of course.

Mothers In Labor Are Using Cannabis To Manage Pain During Birth

Do THC and CBD have the potential to be effective birth aids? A growing number of mothers and mothers-to-be seem to think so.

With cannabis legalization and use on the rise, mothers are beginning to consider the potential for CBD and THC as useful birth aids and delivery pain medication for their babies in place of Pitocin, epidurals and other traditional birthing drugs.

When Kelley started to feel contractions, she dropped a “bath bomb” in her tub and slid in, letting the warm water and the THC and CBD from the cannabis mixed into the bomb relax her body and hasten the arrival of her child, as midwives have reportedly been doing in the delivery of babies for centuries.

“As old witch warriors, this was our go-to way to help during labor,” Kelley explained via phone interview.

A mother of three, she is committed to passing on what she has learned about using cannabis to manage pain during birth: according to her, It works and it works well.

Bath Bombs and Tinctures for Relief, her company based out of the Humboldt, CA area, promotes using CBD in conjunction with THC to ease pain and speed up contractions. The “bath bomb” she used in her labor is an item her company makes and sells. Ingredients include essential oils, baking soda, Epsom salts and of course, CBD and THC. “There are others on the market”, Kelley explains, “but we make ours specifically for pregnant mothers.”

Kelley’s CBD and THC bath bombs aren’t the only game in town, but she insists that when it comes to labor pain, they are a game changer. Image courtesy

Kelley also endorses using CBD tincture on the laboring mother’s cervix and is living proof of the ointment’s value. “I basically infused cannabis oils with both THC and CBD into olive oil and added vitamin D and E and started to use it during transition to help reduce tearing and pain. I didn’t feel the ring of fire and [my infant son] was out super fast, with 8 minutes of pushing.” Kelley’s son’s birth was her 2nd successful VBAC (vaginal birth after Cesarean).

This is noteworthy, as many hospitals now have anti-VBAC rules to discourage mothers from trying for VBACs, citing maternal risks including a ruptured uterus, which has about a 1.5 percent chance of happening, and can be fatal. Ironically, Pitocin, which is often used to induce labor, is thought to potentially lead to a C-section due to it speeding up labor so much; the contractions then put stress on the mother and baby and require emergency surgery to get the baby safely, quickly delivered. Mothers that are now opting to use CBD and THC not only to manage pain, but often in the place of Pitocin, as in Kelley’s case, are raving about their experiences via the internet and whisper networks.

Hemp vs. Cannabis: Sourcing CBD

Across the country in North Carolina, Sarah Ruiz, a certified integrative nutrition health coach and mother of one (with another on the way), also endorses CBD oil in pregnancy and labor. On her website,, she writes, “I am considering trying CBD oil for natural labor pain management in my next labor. It has been shown to reduce pain and even has a relaxing effect on oxytocin-induced uterine contractions.”

She feels confident that it is a safe option for pain management. “People don’t think twice about taking hemp seeds or hemp oil, which is what CBD oil is derived from,” she elaborated in an e-mail exchange. “If it helps mothers to avoid drugs, including the epidural, then I think it is a wonderful and safe alternative.”

Sarah recommends mothers consume CBD oil closer to the due date and then take more when going into labor. She recommends only using high-quality CBD oil, such as Purium, a brand which she is a proponent of and sells via her website, and advises that mothers use a combo of CBD and low amounts of THC.

“It is widely thought that full-spectrum CBD (CBD with THC) is more therapeutic than CBD isolate (CBD alone). The legal limit of THC in the US is .3% and that amount is not enough to be psychoactive. [Purium] has only .04% THC in the last 2 lab reports.”

Mother Sarah Ruiz, owner of, is confident that CBD and THC are safe, effective labor pain treatments and plans to use them in her upcoming baby’s birth. Photo courtesy of

Meanwhile, more and more mothers are coming forward to praise the new-old knowledge of cannabis’s incredible birthing benefits. In a mom chat group entitled ‘Ganja Mamas’ on the parenting website, one mom anonymously shared, “Just had my baby at a birth center without a [sic] epidural…During 24 hours of contractions, I was taking droppers of cbd oil (500mg) to ease pain and anxiety…THC didn’t take the pain away, but it may have helped.”

Another mother, Ruth DiTulio, admitted to using homemade CBD distillate pills during her labor. “After almost 24 hours of labor and at only 6 cm dilated, I decided to try to get some rest and took 4 of the pills. I woke up soon after in full on transition and it progressed quickly… he was out within two hours.”

Glowing reviews like these may leave expecting mothers wanting to know more, especially when, according to the CDC, about 33 percent of them will have an unexpected emergency C-section birth. More common medicines like Pitocin, fentanyl, and morphine are common birth aids, and all have a ghastly assortment of side effects associated with them, ranging from fevers and headaches to stomach ulcers or nerve damage.

CBD is mostly legal across the U.S., though the rules can get confusing due—CBD sourced from cannabis is not legal everywhere, but CBD derived from hemp is. However, doctors and some midwives are reluctant to endorse or use it in birthing, and those who know that their patients used it suggest they not tell anyone to prevent a visit from Child Protective Services (CPS). This leaves mothers like Ruth afraid to even talk to their medical teams about it. “I kept it a secret from my midwife because I didn’t want to be viewed poorly,” she explained. CBD yields best results for pain management when used in conjunction with THC, but THC is not legal in every state and can be used to create biased cases.

Weighing the Risks

When CPS investigates a mom for using THC or any drug, they can take the baby away for a mandatory 72 hours. Kelley, who has experienced some pushback from within her community for being a mother working in the cannabis industry, is no stranger to CPS visits. “It totally messes up bonding and is a complete waste of taxpayer money. Nothing has ever happened with a kid who was exposed to THC and now has a brain problem. Show me the case.”

In addition to pain management during labor and delivery, pregnant moms are also considering CBD and THC for symptom relief, such as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), an uncommon, very severe version of morning sickness. Kate Middleton brought some attention to the plight when suffering from HG during her world-famous pregnancies. Maybe she, too, should have considered toking a jay, or chilling in a tub with a bath bomb. HG can cause women to become dehydrated and malnourished. CBD and THC offer therapy for such conditions without harmful side effects to the mother and rare, if any, side effects to the fetus during pregnancy. One study reported that cannabis can reduce oxygen in the blood flow, which could affect the fetus.

When High Times attempted to contact several OB-GYNs and midwives to get a professional medical opinion on using CBD and THC while pregnant or during labor, there was repeated red tape to navigate around. Inquiries were redirected or referred to supervisors numerous times, resulting in a dead end or no returned call. There was an admitted lack of knowledge of the laws, and plain old-fashioned bias against the use of cannabis. No doctor we spoke to would go on the record about using CBD and THC during labor. One anonymous OB-GYN might have been answering for most doctors when he stated, “I don’t know much about cannabis at all.” A labor ward nurse practitioner we briefly spoke to on a call to a delivery ward in the Philadelphia area said sternly, “We don’t tell our patients to use cannabis”.

Research Needed

With cannabis becoming legal in more and more places, it’s only a matter of time before the medical industry begins to re-consider investigating it as invaluable labor pain medication. In the meantime, mothers are taking their health into their own hands and treating themselves to bath bombs, cervical ointments, tinctures, distillate pills and more, hoping one day, some brave doctor will stand up for laboring women. It’s not only a legalization issue, it is a women’s rights issue. All mothers deserve to explore healthier, safer options for delivery with their medical team, including CBD and THC.