Some mothers are choosing to use cannabis during pregnancy to combat morning sickness – claiming it’s less dangerous than prescribed drugs.
Last week, the American Medical Association suggested that cannabis products should be labelled, ‘Cannabis use during pregnancy and breastfeeding poses potential harms.’
Relatively few human studies have been carried out into the effects of smoking cannabis during pregnancy.
Cannabis advocates draw attention to a Jamaican study which suggested that there was no difference in the behaviour of babies who had been exposed to cannabis after a few days.
America’s National Institute on Drug Abuse says that more research is needed to separate cannabis use from other factors, but says, ‘Human studies have shown that some babies born to women who used cannabis during their pregnancies respond differently to visual stimuli, tremble more, and have a high-pitched cry, which could indicate problems with neurological development.’
This week, several unnamed mothers spoke to Vice.com about their choice to use cannabis during pregnancy.
One said, ‘I had morning sickness and I know that it’s normal for women to lose weight from it, but I just really didn’t like the idea of my baby going without nutrients, so I did smoke to help with my appetite and to make sure I wasn’t throwing up everything I ate.’
Another said, ‘I was initially against the idea of it, mainly because of the stigma surrounding smoking while pregnant. However, after three weeks of keeping almost nothing down and craving a sandwich… I smoked for the first time. Just a couple hits. I sat back, ate half a sandwich, and it didn’t come back up! I think I napped after. I smoked a few more times after that because I was still puking almost every 20 to 40 minutes during weeks four through 15 and had lost about 20 pounds. When I smoked, I could eat and nap. It helped keep food down and was better than Zofran. Honestly a life saver.’