Updated: Mar 5
I’m officially a little over 1 month postpartum. My life has literally been shaken up over the past few weeks with changes in my everyday balancing with a newborn. Functioning in a state of delirium from sleep deprivation has become very familiar, but no one ever said that growth and change would be comfortable. It’s in those moments of being uncomfortable in which we learn the most. It’s partly why I decided to put my physical limits to the test by incorporating my hemp-derived CBD tincture into the laboring and birthing of baby Rayne. It was my choice of pain management during the labor, giving me permission to reclaim my human experience of giving life without intrusive medical procedures or stigma associated with alternative plant medicines. I questioned what I've been taught about what birth and labor look like. Here is my story...I chose to have an at home water-birth with midwives from Portland's @almamidwifery while incorporating CBD (Cannabidiol) into the birthing and laboring process. I was not interested in facing scrutiny from Child Protective Services infringing on what was supposed to be a happy and joyous time in my life. Most hospitals would not allow for this medicinal interference. My main concern was what happens if I am tested and my toxicology report comes back positive for THC? Focus. Breathe. Believe. While in a trans state of mind, these words remained on the fore front of my psyche during labor. I was 6 hours in of unforgivable contractions when I decided to dose myself with my CBD tincture at 35 mg to start. Using CBD during this pregnancy was not a foreign concept. I've subsided my pregnancy related symptoms during the months prior using both cannabis and CBD. I had found that my CBD tincture helped my migraines subside in a matter of 15 mins. I went from tears of pain to clarity and being able to function enough to make dinner for my family. The goal was to enjoy my pregnancy and not be miserable throughout the experience.
During this pregnancy I experienced nausea, migraines, insomnia, mood-swings, and cramping. I treated these symptoms using these methods: CBD vaping, CBD/THC pre-rolled joints, CBD/THC salves, CBD/THC glycerin tincture, CBD products from Oracle Wellness Co. My preference of consuming varied from sublingually, inhalation, and by topical application. 20 minutes after the dose, I noticed that my contractions began to shorten and that the pain was not as intense compared to the 6 hours prior. Finally some relief! I trusted my body to operate purposefully in bringing a healthy being into the world. 10 hours into labor I had no real concept of time but the sun was setting, candle light lit the room, and I was completely in my element of goddess energy to deliver baby Rayne. Fully alert and "en caul" she arrived at 5:29 pm. 7 lbs. 8 oz. 19 inches in length. January 15th, 2019. Due to unforeseen circumstances, actual footage is not available at this time.
It's important to note that there is a difference between hemp-derived CBD oil, also known as cannabidiol, and marijuana products that can get you "high." That's because while CBD is an extract from the marijuana plant, it's molecularly different from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana and hemp plants). Dr. Stuart Titus, Ph.D., a leading researcher in the field and the president of Medical Marijuana, Inc., told Romper.com in a previous interview that "CBD is a molecule that helps with neurogenesis, the development of healthy brain cells," and that he's observed pregnant women thrive on cannabinoid-rich diets (and go on to deliver healthy babies). https://www.romper.com/p/cbd-oil-pregnancy-what-the-studies-say-about-this-trendy-treatment-might-surprise-you-15513293 ****Please note that I am not a trained midwife, doula, OBGYN, or physician and I do not hold a medical degree. The information shown here is not intended as a replacement for information coming from healthcare professionals. It is also not meant as a replacement to information and facts coming from medical practitioners. Before obtaining any type of product or using any information, you must seek advice from your doctor and ask them about the risk of complications or interactions. Use all information at your own risk.****