Pregnant women or new mothers who are breastfeeding are being advised not to consume increasingly popular products that contain a chemical found within cannabis plants.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued its first ever safety advice on CBD (cannabidiol) products, which are produced using a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant.
CBD has become popular in the treatment of pain, muscle soreness or spasms, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, anxiety and insomnia.
It can be found in a range of products such as oils, balms, sweets, bakery products and drinks.
A growing number of celebrities – including Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston, and Gwyneth Paltrow – have all extolled the benefits of CBD products.
Healthy adults are advised to think carefully before taking CBD, with the FSA recommending no more than 70mg a day, unless following a doctor’s instruction.
In addition, those who are pregnant, breastfeeding or taking any medication are advised not to consume CBD products at all.