Dangers Of Using Cannabis During Pregnancy


There are all sorts of things that women have to give up when they get pregnant. Alcohol, cigarettes, shellfish, but what about cannabis? That is a question that has become more and more prominent as cannabis legalization sweeps the world. Women mainly choose to smoke cannabis while pregnant to alleviate morning sickness. It can also help those who are getting severely anxious about the impending little one. Despite knowing that cannabis can help these symptoms, young mothers rightfully question whether getting lifted is safe for their baby.




Despite legalization being quite recent, there have been some studies that provide a bit more information on the outcome of smoking cannabis while there’s a bun in the oven. The problem with the available studies is that the data has been gathered from questionnaires in a time of prohibition. That means that lots of women who do use cannabis might not feel comfortable divulging that information.

For example, a study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that the number of pregnant women who had reported smoking within the last month doubled (from 2-4%) from 2002 to 2014. This could mean that legalization makes pregnant women smoke more, or it could mean that pregnant women simply feel more comfortable sharing now that cannabis is becoming more widely accepted. That being said, there are some factoids out there about babies born by women who use cannabis, but we should remember that we are dealing with statistics that are not based-off medical data and research.

Some of the research shows that babies born to mothers who use cannabis once to twice a week are more likely to be born prematurely, with smaller heads, and/or have a lower birth rate. This is based on conclusions from researchers who looked at 24 different studies on the topic of smoking cannabis while pregnant. The same article shows that after being born, children who were subject to THC in the womb may have a lower memory retention. Which lead us to conclude that smoking cannabis while pregnant isn’t the safest bet without further research. However for severe anxiety and nausea, especially in the first few weeks of gestation, it may be a viable option for mothers not looking to turn to pharmaceuticals. In any case, any expecting mother should be consulting with their doctor on all health and medical questions around pregnancy.

November 26, 2017

by Cara Wietstock

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Cara began working in the retail cannabis industry of San Francisco, CA in 2011 and continued in that sector for years. In 2015 she put down her budtender hat and dedicated herself to writing full-time. Her passion for the written word and deep respect for the healing properties of the cannabis plant fuel the passion in her posts.


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