It is the year 2017, and the marijuana industry is growing rapidly across the country. A question I have been asking myself recently is, “Will smoking weed harm my baby during pregnancy?”. I just recently found out I am 6 weeks pregnant, and up until I received this unexpected news, I have stopped smoking. I mainly chose to stop because the research and studies done still remain unclear if weed is actually harmful for a fetus. My doctor recommended me to stop due to the raised carbon monoxide level in the bloodstream (which is caused by smoking in general). The raised carbon monoxide levels can have a negative affect on the baby’s growth. especially during the 5 and 6 week period, which is when the spinal cord and other organs begin to develop. Other than that, studies are unclear on the actual affects weed itself has on a fetus. However it is known that while consuming edibles THC does in fact reach into the baby’s bloodstream as well as yours. But once again the research is not clear on the actual affects of using marijuana.
I believe in pro choice. I know moms that smoke weed and I know moms that choose not to. Another important factor to consider, is that there are dispensaries now. So unlike before, weed can come in contact with many different things that could potentially be harmful, depending on the dispensary. The way the cannabis is grown and prepared is essential. Whatever herbicides or additional ingredients that may be added will also be consumed by your baby. So my thought is, if you know your sources and trust the growth and preparation process, then it is completely the mothers choice to make the decision to smoke or consume the lovely Mary Jane.
Marijuana has an insane amount of healing properties. And it has been considered as medicine to many indigenous cultures around the world for centuries. We all know that it helps ease pain and regain appetite for cancer patients. It also has a certain chemical that prevents cancer from spreading. It prevents blindness for people who suffer from glaucoma (when used before the disease has escalated to that level). Weed also of course decreases anxiety and suppresses nausea. And studies show that it decreases the progression of Alzheimers Disease! To conclude I feel it is important that more research and testing is done to fully reach and understand the medical benefits of Marijuana. Don’t let ignorance and biased doctors sway or put fear in you. I plan to do more research as a first time mama. Check out this link if you want to learn more about the health benefits of weed! http://www.businessinsider.com/health-benefits-of-medical-marijuana-2014-4/#it-can-be-used-to-treat-glaucoma-1
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