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Can Marijuana Be Harmful During Pregnancy?

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You’ve probably heard about marijuana being used in limited quantities during pregnancy without it being harmful to the baby itself. There is a strong study out there that suggests just that. After all, it sounds reasonable. The first couple of weeks are usually accompanied with nausea and stress, and it’s only logical to soothe your condition with an organic product instead of a pharmaceutical drug. It makes even more sense after you check out all the pro-arguments that go in your favor, one of them being the study mentioned above.

Recently, researchers announced that marijuana could no longer be consumed as a harmless drug, especially during the first couple of weeks of pregnancy, when the embryo’s brain is in early stages of development. There is a strong possibility that the psychoactive chemicals present in high potent weed available today can have a negative effective on the development of the embryos brain. Keyword being may, but still, if there is even the slightest chance of the baby being affected buy it – nobody at their right mind should be smoking it during pregnancy.

Marijuana Became Too Potent

Back when cannabis was acceptable to smoke by pregnant women (somewhere around the time Dr. Melanie Dreher made her epochal marijuana research), weed wasn’t that potent. You didn’t have Super Lemon Haze available on the shelves with its 23% of THC, there was no newbie vs. experienced strains. Most strains had up to 10% of THC and that was fine. However, with bioengineering came hardcore strains and that’s what researchers claim might present a problem to pregnant women around the world.

Synthetic Cannabis

Furthermore, as a byproduct of cannabis enhancement, synthetic cannabis called Spice was born. This is a product that doesn’t contain any THC but merely mimics the effects of marijuana by inducing light-headedness and somewhat replicates the high that you get from smoking low potent marijuana. It contains no medical benefits and it can have negative effects if consumed in higher doses (those effects being nausea and vomiting). Still, as with high potent marijuana, Spice can have the same negative effects on the embryo’s brain in those early stages of development when the mother may not even be aware of her pregnancy. Do not take Spice during pregnancy!

Studies Became Outdated

The thing is, most studies that suggested cannabis is safe to consume during pregnancy came out between 1960-s and 1997. From 1997 onwards, highly potent cannabis strains emerged and the number of studies that dealt with the effects cannabis can have on pregnant women and embryos rapidly decreased. That is why its difficult to find a reliable number of studies that speak in favor of not doing weed while you’re pregnant.

Real Difficulties That Need To Be Further Researched

In addition to that, a couple of recent studies also show that children whose mothers consumed high potent cannabis during pregnancy may develop anencephaly, attention deficit disorder, neurobehavioral difficulties, depression, stress, etc. Some of it sounds a bit far fetched (such as depression and stress, which can both be symptoms that don’t necessarily need to be directly associated with cannabis use) but others present a serious health risk.

Do you think women should smoke, vaporize or consume marijuana during pregnancy?

Courtesy of the fine folks at the Medical Marijuana Blog

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  1. proudpotsmoker on

    have you noticed the marijuana smokers here are doing no personal attacking, no criticism, no harsh words or abuse? and you people who think you are all holy have the right to judge? why don’t YOU look at YOUR scewed thinking, and pick the twig out of your own eye before pointing out the splinter in someone else’s. don’t be a jerk. ps, I am 5 months pregnant with my second and smoked daily through both pregnancies and have had beautiful healthy experiances, and I myself, am comfortable with that. you may not be, and that is YOUR choice. that does not make ME wrong.

  2. you are an ass. I if you wer in the shoes of a lot of other women you might not respond so dramtically harsh. you havnt had real anxiety if you think this way, and that my friend, is what is sad. you don’t enjoy the best things if you havnt been through the worst. no one is perfect. I myself am a smoker and limit my use, however continue to smoke during pregnancy and am having a safe, beautiful, and healthy pregnancy. I excersize, I eat healthy, I meditate, and I SELF MEDICATE, with a plant…not a drug. armotherapy if you will. you’re a bitch.

  3. First off don’t smoke if you’re trying; both you and your boyfriend. You should also relax your mind and not stress over getting pregnant or anything that can interfere with a calm mind. I recommend you taking folic acid 3 months prior to becoming pregnant. You should alSo refrain from smoking anything when you’re pregnant. Smoking while pregnant causes low birth weight.

    Reference: I am a nurse.

  4. HyacenthTrauna85 on

    you don’t FALL pregnant, you BECOME pregnant. God I wish ignorant people would stop using that phrase…maybe if it were the 1700’s…but it’s 2013!

  5. What about when it comes time to have your baby? And they test it and it
    Comes out positive for THC? I have my med card and have HG, and dabbing is the ONLY way u can eat, work, or even sleep without throwing everything up. I just don’t want to loose the baby to
    Child services because it’s the only thing keeping me out if a hospital..

  6. I am a mother of 2 with a thrid one on his way,i hav been an active smoker for 12 yrs. Sure when I got pregnant I decreased my intake drasticly but didn’t stop. My kids are perfectly healthy and so very smart. What does concern me is all the non natural checmically produced food they have us eatting where is the research on that. Vaccines questionable, baby powder shampoo and so on everything we consume is harmful, where are the studies for that. Live natural, plain and simple.

  7. yes doctors do. There is NO evidence of MJ being harmful…..but there is plenty of evidence of all the benefits from it…..not enough ppl read or research things these days i swear

  8. your name says it all FML…..why would anyone get two shiits about about what someone named FML has to say? stop being so obtuse and learn about things before you speak you moron

  9. Wow this is such a negative and NASTY post ffs mom of 3 read some goddamned research or at the very least grow a heart woman…jesus with that tone and language id hate to have been a child of yours…..this post makes you seem just about as close-minded and unsympathetic as a person can be. Seriously.

  10. agreed weed has nothing to do with not getting pregnant i have smoked weed everyday mostly all day long since i was 14 and a few months ago i started trying to get pregnant and now i am 4 weeks preggo

  11. Many people who use marijuana to manage stress and anxiety would otherwise be on prescription drugs for that. I had to go off my anxiety medication while pregnant with my daughter and suffered panic attacks throughout the pregnancy because of it. Marijuana would have been a welcome respite but at the time I did not know enough about the drug to try it during pregnancy. The idea of “sucking it up” is extremely uneducated and dangerous as that sort of shaming can lead to severe depression, which has mental and physical effects during and after pregnancy.

  12. weed has nothing to do with it, i’ve smoked 3 or 4 years and am now pregnant… go to a doctor have them check you.

  13. I’m 53 and like in my 20s enjoy weed’ not all the time but occasionally. When I was pregnant I stopped all drugs. This mind set that you need it to calm nerves and keep calm is really sad. Suck it up ladies, it’s anxiety learn to deal with it through excersize and healthy methods, oh I am sorry is that too much WORK. Today’s society is so full of excuses it’s really sad. Live and let live though, if you want to take a chance with your unborn child than you deserve anything that befalls you but stop using lame excuses. Grow the ?@$&$ up!

  14. Truthspeaker on

    And somehow you, without knowing her or her kids, think that even though it’s a “logical fallacy” to say her kids came out fine that YOU have the KNOWLEDGE and the POWER to say that there MUST be some kind of damage done to her children? Would she have been better off taking pharmaceutical drugs that have only been being studied for a few decades, or consuming a plant that’s been around for a million fucking years?

  15. SPD is a bugger but cannabis tinctures, and chamomile tea help to calm the little ones down. Also as you well know the occupational therapy so they can get their proprioceptive input!

  16. I have crohn’s disease and had horrible morning- all day sickness when i was pregnant. I smoked potent indicas under the supervision of the doctor, then switched to Zofran for nausea in the last three months. After a while it got me higher than the pot so I went back to that. It was such a shame that my crohn’s wasn’t diagnosed until AFTER my pregnancy, because we would have employed different strategies for diet and pain management. By the grace of God though, my son came out fine and at birth his apgar scores were 9, they didn’t give out 10’s at the hospital in which he was born. This has to be the most ignorant scare tactic article I’ve ever seen. Even supposing its true, why no evidence to back up his claims?

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  18. Marie Magdalene on

    We right damaging our babies brains just by the chemicals breath in that the government is intentionally killing us with by releasing in the air. and they want you to think every little mistake you May have made during your pregnancy is the cause of your child’s birth defect or whatever. I think everyone’s born how they’re supposed to be. we all have fuckin problems with our brains. to pinpoint marijuana and blame it on that is just fuckin stupid. I trust marijuana over any mad-made product any time any day. at least I know God put that plant here for a reason. I also see it as sacred and think that a fetus that is exposed to it will turn out to have some type of close spiritual connection to God later on in life cuz of the effects it has on the brain. but guess what that doesn’t mean I’m smoking 24-7 cuz I’m a dumbass and think that’s gonna help my baby. installed MODERATION as with everything. and it’s your choice anyway. and especially Don let dimsighted people tell you you’re an unfit parent for choosing to smoke for whatever reason you do during pregnancy. most people smoke during pregnancy for a reason- mine being extremely horrible morning sickness and not being able to eat. what should I starve myself instead because marijuana might harm the fetus? Frickin idiots dude I swear. I’d like to see you come give me a lesson in parenting. I can guarantee your judgment on anyone for that reason proves that you’re not happy with the way toured parenting.

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