Is it Safe to Smoke Weed while Pregnant?

A woman smoking weed while pregnant.

If you are one of those many women who are wondering if Is it safe to Smoke Weed while pregnant? You have come to the right place. In this article, we are going to talk about everything you need to know about smoking weed and pregnancy.

So let’s get into it.

Marijuana Industry is rapidly growing in the United States. As of 2021, 37 states have legalized the use of medical marijuana and 19 states for medical and recreational use. According to a study, more than 20 million people in the United States use marijuana regularly, and a large chunk of this population is Women.

At times, these women want to get pregnant or might get pregnant and the biggest question that comes into their mind is if they should quit using marijuana or continue using it.

While researching for this article, I came across a lot of medical papers related to this topic, and after going through them, I realized that a lot of studies on cannabis use while pregnant are either inconclusive or very limited.

Most of the studies are mainly based on the consumption of weed through smoking only. Nowadays, people consume marijuana through various means that include edibles, vaping, massage oils, and more.

Considering all these factors, if you are expecting, you would want to acquire all the information that you can get in this matter to make a better decision that is right for you and your child. There are 2 sides to every coin and we will look into both.

This being said, if you want To understand whether it is safe to smoke marijuana, you have to first understand the effect of smoking weed during pregnancy.

What are the Effects of Smoking Weed While Pregnant?

While smoking marijuana has its benefits and drawbacks. For a pregnant mother, cannabis consumption may lead to certain effects, like:

  • It may help you provide ease in Morning Sickness, Nausea, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, and Vomiting.
  • Smoking too much weed or getting too high will cause impairments in judgment, As you are carrying another life the chances of getting into an injury may increase.
  • Smoking will also cause less oxygen to reach your blood which leads to less oxygen reaching your child which may cause certain issues in growth.

Certain research, also warns that taking cannabis in other forms will also be harmful, As consuming weed in the edible form will also have a good chance of getting too high which may lead to injury, and the main component of weed, THC can also cause trouble to child’s growth. 

Vaping Weed is particularly harmful because No Vaping devices are FDA approved and any Vaping product can also lead you and your baby to the risk of getting exposed to harmful chemicals.

The Food and Drug Administration Association warns people against using any Vaping product regardless of the substance.

The Cannabis consumption by the mother could lead the child to certain risks like:

  • Premature Birth
  • Smaller size and low weight at Birth
  • Problem with brain development
  • Stillbirth

There has been no study to determine if cannabis use by pregnant women may affect their child in later life.

One of the studies that evaluated the risk on children on marijuana use my mother during pregnancies was Premature Birth, but when they properly evaluated the test subjects in-depth, they found that most of the women with premature birth were also using tobacco, thus it can be said that the premature birth of the baby may be caused by tobacco use which we surely know is harmful to mother and child in pregnancies.

If you look at the marijuana effects during pregnancy, objectively. The Risks outweigh the benefits, and this puts pregnant women in a tough spot especially those that rely on Marijuana for medical purposes like nausea, pain, difficulty sleeping, stress, anxiety, fatigue, and more, but still consumption of weed during pregnancy is very popular among Women.

According to research done in 2016, more than 18% of pregnant women under the age of 24, has tested positive for cannabis use and the current numbers are supposedly so much more, and many such women made this decision because they believe that marijuana is better than using other pharmaceutical medications that may be more harmful to them and their baby. 

Smoking weed while Breastfeeding

There is also very limited research available on the effect of smoking weed while breastfeeding, but experts say that the main component of Marijuana I.e. THC, can reach the baby via breast milk. A recent study has found that THC can stay in your system and be secreted into breast milk for up to 6 days from last consumption. As a newborn baby’s brain is still forming, the THC from breast milk may affect brain development.

Some research also suggested that Women who consume weed tend to be slower and lazy, and can face trouble nursing their newborns. So experts do not recommend smoking marijuana while breastfeeding.

Nowadays, there are so many strains of marijuana available and some of them may be helpful in pregnancies. According to a study, People from marijuana dispensaries were recommending certain strains of weed to pregnant women, but according to medical experts there are insufficient data on any strains to determine if smoking them or is safe during pregnancies and breastfeeding, and due to the absence of such data, Medical experts warns against using cannabis during pregnancies altogether.

Any pregnant woman seeking marijuana use should consider consulting with a good medical professional and if you are lucky, they may prescribe you a low THC marijuana. but be aware bringing the fact to the public, because marijuana is still considered as a Schedule 1 substance by DEA, and testing positive for Schedule 1 substance during pregnancies causes the agencies and child protective services to involve which leads to criminal charges against mother that could be really bad, but even though cannabis is classified in this category there are relatively rare cases of marijuana use by pregnant women that leads to prosecution and indictment.

All these arguments against the use of Cannabis during pregnancy seem solid and it might be better for a woman to quit marijuana if she is pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or breastfeeding, but I did come across a story that will tell the difference.

There was this woman who had a very tough childhood. When she reached a certain age she decided to join the US Army and even went on several missions overseas, When she came back she had developed PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), Anxiety, Depression just to name a few. Her problem came to a point where just getting out of bed was a challenge. She used to suffer constant episodes of PTSD and even had trouble eating and sleeping. She consulted various doctors for it and they prescribed pills, and when she was on those pills, her mind became slow and foggy and when its effect wears off, her trauma comes back.

A friend of hers suggested that she try marijuana. At first, she was hesitant because of the social stigma but she had nothing to lose so she did. The weed helped her more than she expected,  Her trauma receded and all her mental problems started to decline at a rapid pace. Eventually, her life moved back on track.

Later in the years, She got married and became pregnant. She consulted with her doctor for the use of cannabis during pregnancy, and her doctor stickily advised her to quit using it. and despite her doctor’s advice, she continues to use marijuana during pregnancy and delivers a healthy baby, who turns out to be perfectly normal.

This is just a one-story, many women despite what society and medical experts say continue to use weed during pregnancy, and with recent changes and legalization of marijuana in recent years, the number of these women is also growing.

Final Thoughts:

The research on marijuana use in pregnancy and breastfeeding is very limited and despite the fact, the medical experts try to be on the side of caution and warn against using it in any form. Although there is certain research that proves that marijuana use in pregnancy can be harmful in certain ways, there’s still so much room for a deeper understanding. 

Ultimately, it’s your decision as a woman. You have to consider the risks and make a decision based on what you feel is right for you and your baby and if you looking for an alternative to Cannabis, Try CBD

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