Updated: Jan 8
Intentional integration of cannabinoids and terpenoids into birth related pain management to reclaim my human experience. This is liberation of motherhood and a radical testimony to plant medicine. Meet my daughter, baby Rayne.
Feb. 28th, 2019
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 rituals while balancing with a newborns needs. 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've heard so many horror stories from mothers who had hospital births that ranged from epidurals leaving long term damage to unnecessary C-section surgeries.
After the discussion of my intentions with my partner, I chose to have an at home water-birth with midwives from Portland's @almamidwifery while intentionally 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? I will not allow for my children to be stolen from me over a plant.
Focus. Breathe. Believe. ...While laboring, I was in a deep trans, a meditative state of mind, these words remained on the forefront of my psyche during labor. Enduring 6 hours in of unforgivable contractions without medication, I decided to dose myself with my Oracle Wellness Co. CBD tincture at 35 mg to start. Using hemp-derived CBD during this pregnancy was not a foreign concept to me. I previously had used this medicine as a natural and safe pain management alternative to subside my pregnancy related symptoms during the months prior using both full spectrum cannabinoids and CBD isolation. I discovered my Oracle Wellness Co. CBD tincture aided in my migraines subsiding 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 Formula 003/004, CBD oil Formula 005 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 managed to climb into my water birthing tub with the help of my midwives. 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 femme 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.
Although planned, 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 cannabis products that can provide a "high-psychoactive" effect. That's because while CBD is an extract from the cannabis plant, it's molecularly different from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis 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).
****Please note that I am not a trained midwife, full circle doula, OBGYN, or physician and I do not hold a medical degree YET. 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.
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Totality of the Evidence Suggests Prenatal Cannabis Exposure Does Not Lead to Cognitive Impairments: A Systematic and Critical Review
Background: Despite limited data demonstrating pronounced negative effects of prenatal cannabis exposure, popular opinion and public policies still reflect the belief that cannabis is fetotoxic.
Methods: This article provides a critical review of results from longitudinal studies examining the impact of prenatal cannabis exposure on multiple domains of cognitive functioning in individuals aged 0 to 22 years. A literature search was conducted through PsycINFO, PubMed, and Google Scholar. Articles were included if they examined the cognitive performance of offspring exposed to cannabis in utero.
Results: An examination of the total number of statistical comparisons (n = 1,001) between groups of participants that were exposed to cannabis prenatally and non-exposed controls revealed that those exposed performed differently on a minority of cognitive outcomes (worse on <3.5 percent and better in <1 percent). The clinical significance of these findings appears to be limited because cognitive performance scores of cannabis-exposed groups overwhelmingly fell within the normal range when compared against normative data adjusted for age and education.
Conclusions: The current evidence does not suggest that prenatal cannabis exposure alone is associated with clinically significant cognitive functioning impairments.
This work was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA; Grant number DA037801 is gratefully acknowledged).
READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON THE STUDY HERE.
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