I get sent e-mails quite often dealing with marijuana use while someone is either pregnant, or breastfeeding. I am by no means a doctor, so the best I can do is send people links to studies and let them take them for what they will. There are not a ton of studies out there dealing with this specific issue, but all of the ones that I have read state that there is no link to issues when a pregnant or nursing mother uses marijuana. The American Medical Association recently announced its desire to include warnings on all recreational and medical marijuana products related to consumption while pregnant or nursing. Per The Cannabist:
Warning: Marijuana use during pregnancy and breastfeeding poses potential harms.
That message would be written on medical and recreational marijuana products and posted wherever they’re sold if the nation’s most influential doctors group has its way.
The American Medical Association agreed Monday to push for regulations requiring such warnings. The decision was made based on studies suggesting marijuana use may be linked with low birth weight, premature birth and behavior problems in young children.
Critics say evidence of harm is weak, but while advocates agree that more research is needed, they say erring on the side of caution makes sense.
What do TWB readers think? I personally don’t have a problem with the warning. Like the last sentence of the excerpt said, erring on the side of caution is good. I’m sure there are others out there that feel that this is overkill, and that until a link is confirmed that this is unnecessary. To me, that sounds like a ‘tobacco industry approach.’ I don’t think that the warning needs to be put on there because I believe that the warning is absolutely necessary. But I do feel that there is not really any harm with having the warning on there. It would be different if the word ‘potential’ wasn’t included.