Smoking Marijuana While Pregnant

The topic of smoking marijuana while pregnant is a complex one. There is a lot of conflicting information, making it difficult for pregnant women to know what is safe and what is not.

This article will explore the current research on marijuana and pregnancy. In addition, we will look at the potential benefits and risks of using marijuana during pregnancy.

May You Smoke Marijuana While Pregnant?

There is no clear answer when it comes to smoking marijuana while pregnant. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) states that there is no evidence that smoking marijuana while pregnant is safe or a potential risk for both the mother and the baby. Therefore, they recommend avoiding marijuana while pregnant. 

A pregnant lady holding her tummy.

Some women swear by the benefits of smoking marijuana while pregnant and say that it has helped them deal with morning sickness, pain, and other pregnancy-related issues. However, there is some evidence that smoking marijuana may increase the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, and low birth weight. In addition, some sources have also linked smoking marijuana to an increased risk of cot death (sudden infant death syndrome).

Cannabis is the most common illicit drug used throughout pregnancy in the United States. An estimated 2-5% of pregnant women use marijuana during their pregnancies. There are many reasons why pregnant women might choose to use marijuana. For example, some women believe that marijuana can help relieve nausea and vomiting, a common pregnancy symptom. Others believe that marijuana can help to ease pain, anxiety, and depression.

The risks of smoking during pregnancy are much more significant, so it may not be the best option. However, different ways of consumption may be much safer, such as edibles.

May You Use Edibles While Pregnant?

A few marijuana muffins with a cannabis leaf on top.

When you infuse marijuana with food items, it is known as edibles. Consuming marijuana through edibles is one of the safer ways to go during pregnancy. There is no clear evidence on the safety of edibles during pregnancy, but there is less risk associated with them than smoking marijuana.

One of the benefits of using edibles during pregnancy is that they take longer to display effects. It means that it is less likely for a pregnant woman to experience a “high” from edibles. Therefore, this may be a safer option for pregnant women worried about the potential risks of smoking marijuana.

A cannabis infused chocolate with a weed leaf on top.

Using marijuana edibles still gives you the benefits such as morning sickness relief or helping with depression. However, to confirm these benefits, more research is needed. In addition, it is essential to note that marijuana edibles can be potent, and you should consume them in moderation.

Strains for pregnant ladies

If you want to give cannabis a try, then the marijuana strains are another factor that plays a significant role. You want to find strains that are CBD dominant. Here are a few that may work for you:

  • Harlequin: It is a CBD dominant strain with a 5:2 ratio of CBD to THC. This strain is perfect for pregnant women as it has minimal psychoactive effects.
  • ACDC: It is another excellent CBD dominant strain that is also low in THC. It makes it a good choice for pregnant women and people that are sensitive to psychoactive effects.
  • Cannatonic: This strain has a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC, making it a good choice for pregnant women. It is also low in psychoactive effects, making it a safer alternative.

It’s important to note that it is still risky even though these strains could help you. So, before baking your next batch of weed goods, we recommend consulting your doctor and exploring alternatives.

Using cannabis after giving birth

You can also use cannabis after giving birth. Postpartum cannabis use can help with healing, insomnia, and anxiety. However, you may want to consider using an alternative to smoking as it is not the best way to consume cannabis if breastfeeding. 

A lady holding her new born baby.

You can pass marijuana to the baby through breast milk. The amount of marijuana passed to the baby will depend on several factors, including the amount of marijuana the mother consumes and how often she breastfeeds.

Conclusion

So, what does the science say about cannabis use during pregnancy? The verdict is still out. Some studies suggest that there may be some risks associated with using marijuana while pregnant. Still, other studies indicate that cannabis may have some benefits for both mother and baby.

Until we have more definitive answers, it’s probably best to err on the side of caution and avoid using cannabis while pregnant. However, many mothers find that using cannabis can help manage postpartum pain and anxiety after giving birth.

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