Can You Use Medical Marijuana During Pregnancy?
May 2, 2014
Categories : Medical Marijuana
Pregnancy is the time when you care diligently for your body because you are supporting a new life. Use of alcohol, tobacco and even coffee is frowned upon.
Medical marijuana is an entirely different factor that researchers have tried to study for many years. Marijuana is simply a plant cultivated for hundreds of years. Even with hybrid varieties grown everyday, medical marijuana is not laced with any drugs or chemicals, unlike harmful cigarettes or alcohol. Should you use cannabis during pregnancy? Negative stigma and skewed results in unrelated experiments often scare people away from the benefits of medical marijuana during pregnancy.
Eating, vaporizing Or Smoking Cannabis
Because many women go through nausea early in their pregnancy, eating a cannabis-laced cookie or brownie is not an option. Most pregnant women using medical marijuana smoke it in joint form or vaporize it. The THC molecule reaches the brain quickly through smoking because it travels rapidly into the bloodstream using the lungs as a distribution center. On the other hand, consuming medical marijuana requires a waiting period for the active molecule to move through the digestive system's absorptive walls and into the bloodstream. We strongly recommend not to smoke during your pregnancy! Vaporizing is the most healthiest way to use medical marijuana.
Nutrition As Top Priority
With morning sickness plaguing most pregnant women, medical marijuana reduces nausea and vomiting symptoms. A calm digestive system allows the mother to eat nutritious foods to nourish the developing fetus. Women who consisting vomit are slowly starving the fetus of critical elements and vitamins for healthy development. A severe form of morning sickness, called hyperemesis gravidarum, may endanger the baby's life while forcing the mother to seek medical attention through intravenous feeding in a hospital setting. Simply using medical marijuana increases your appetite and allows you to retain the food for digestion.
The Developing Fetus
Medical marijuana is not linked to shorter gestation periods or in utero development problems. Mothers that do have issues during the pregnancy are often affected by environmental issues, such as poor health care in a low socioeconomic region. Lack of prenatal care and healthy foods, along with preexisting medical problems, contribute to fetus development issues. Medical marijuana is not a causal factor for any abnormalities, including Down's Syndrome.
After Birth Effects
Children born to medical marijuana patients have no physical differences from babies born to other mothers. Birth lengths may be slightly shorter compared to children born from non-medical marijuana users, but these lengths are also affected by genetics and other environmental factors, such as stress on the birthing mother. Less than two-tenths of an inch difference was observed between birth lengths in one study. Head circumference, weight and physical agility were comparable between all the newborns, making the birth length difference questionable when it comes to cause. After about 30 days of life, all babies showed normal development signs regardless of marijuana exposure.
Cognitive and physical tests were performed on medical marijuana children and a control group to see if the stimulating plant had any negative effects. Children as young as one year old did not show any major differences between abilities based on previous medical marijuana exposure. As children grew older, tests were still given to see if any other effects were possible. However, researchers reach a fork in the road at this point because intelligence at three or four years old is also influenced by caregivers and environment. Children testing poorly on cognitive tests were usually from low socioeconomic areas that did not have exposure to educational toys or electronics. Medical marijuana cannot be the sole cause for lower cognitive skills because the environment plays a key role.
Research regarding childhood cancer has many skewed results because of marijuana stigma. For example, parents that have a child fighting cancer want to find a definitive cause for the disease. By surveying mothers, they may exaggerate their use of medical marijuana to find a way to explain the disease. If you ask mothers with cancer-free children about their medical marijuana use, they are inclined to answer that they used none at all. They do not want to appear like a bad mother by answering honestly about the use. Cancer's causes are numerous, including family disease history, chemical exposure and the mother's age. Medical marijuana cannot be pinpointed for causing cancer.
Medical marijuana opponents make research development difficult for honest doctors looking at concrete answers. Based on research for over several decades, medical marijuana is safe for pregnant women to use. If negative stigma and bureaucratic hurdles dissolve in the future, doctors can implement new tests to further prove that cannabis is a safe alternative for pregnant women.
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