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Mellow Moms: A Look at Medical Marijuana Use During Pregnancy

A pregnant woman cradles her belly as she considers using the medicinal aspects of marijuana.

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Mellow Moms: A Look at Medical Marijuana Use During Pregnancy

My 7-month-old daughter knows how to party. Get her around people, and she immediately puts on her social face, cracking up on sight. People are amazed at how interactive she is, how mellow and at ease she can be, rolling with the flow like B is for Bob Marley. She’s sat through independent film screenings, hangs out backstage with bands and could be a poster girl for “chill.”

I often wonder if my wife using cannabis during her pregnancy might have something to do with it.

When that big red plus sign first appeared on the stick, we immediately hit the bookstore for literature on cannabis and pregnancy. We learned that little research exists on the subject, and what does exist is surprisingly benign, and even positive.

One of the most positive studies I came across was done by Melanie Dreher, Dean of Nursing at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, published in 1994 in the American Journal of Pediatrics.

Dreher studied Jamaican women during their entire pregnancy and into their babies’ development, some who smoked cannabis during gestation and others who abstained. Unlike similar tests in the U.S., the mothers only smoked pot and did not use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. Though Dreher expected to see adverse birth weights and negative neuro tests in the babies of marijuana smoking mothers, there were no negative differences found whatsoever.

What researchers did notice, however, was that the babies of the toking moms tended to socialize more quickly, made eye contact sooner and engaged easier. This tendency was most prevalent in the babies of the heaviest smoking moms. In fact, babies of the heaviest cannabis using mothers tended to be even more socially responsive and autonomically stable at 30 days than their matched counterparts. They showed a higher quality of alertness and had more robust motor and autonomic systems. They were also less irritable, needed less outside facilitation to organize and had better self-regulation.

Overall, babies of tokers were judged to be more rewarding for caregivers than the average bee at one month of age.

“Our testing showed that the children of women who used ganja had better alertness, stability and adjustment than children of women who didn’t use ganja,” Dreher said in an interview with Cannabis Culture. “This was measured at the age of one month. We measured children again at four years and at five years of age, and found that there were no apparent deficits in the children of marijuana-using mothers. In fact, in many ways, they were better off than children of non-smoking mothers. The ganja-using mothers also seemed better off than non-users.”

Dreher’s research isn’t the only pregnancy study that will leave mom tapping her bottom lip with a vape pen. Other research shows that babies who test positive for THC have nearly twice the chance of survival. Cannabinoids are also naturally present in the breast milk and work to induce babies with the munchies to get them to eat.

And that’s just the tip of the Volcano…

What do you think about pregnant women using marijuana? Tell us in the comments below!

Learn more about marijuana use during pregnancy in Issue 11 of Cannabis Now Magazine, on stands June 2014.

95 Comments

95 Comments

  1. e-cigarette

    September 10, 2015 at 7:47 am

    This doesn’t mean that if you feel the urge to smoke and you do that you have a weak will.
    The atomizer is basically a filiment which burnms the liquid and
    changes it to vapor. I think it really depends on each individual, soo
    in order to find out what the best ways to stop smoking
    are, one needs to consider each method for its advantages and disadvantages.

    • Rachael

      December 9, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      1st pregnancy – I stopped smoking when I found out at 8wks. I was very ill and lost 20lbs, had gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.
      2nd pregnancy – stopped smoking for the purpose and majority of the duration of it. It was more pleasant than the first. The last two weeks of my pregnancy…I got staph on my face, pulled my back, and my lung partially deflated all within 3 day period. I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t sleep. The hospital offered me MORPHINE, and sent me home with an Rx of hydrocodones, antibiotics, and muscle relaxers. Needless to say I was a bit uncomfortable at the thought of taking them and did some research about the effects of marijuana on the fetus. At that point….none!! I smoked, relaxed, and got some much needed sleep. Of course…..I was in TEXAS, and my baby was drug tested. A lady from cps was at my door three days later inquiring about everything. I told the truth, and was only allowed to keep my kids as long as I was being monitored with them….24/7 because I was considered a danger to them and neglectful. I had to attend classes, most of the others were also in for marijuana. I was the only one who still had my children, some had been working on getting them back for 6months. I was the lucky one. Now I found out I am pregnant with #3. We have moved to Colorado and I am a medical marijuana card holder pre-existing to the pregnancy. I have tried to stop smoking for the third but have had severe nausea and pain. I am terrified at this crossroads. I personally feel that the pain and discomfort will be more detrimental to my growing child than the effects of thc….if the current reports are even accurate.

  2. Nicole

    July 22, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I am 15 weeks, 3 days. I’ve been smoking for 5 years and didn’t stop when I found out I was pregnant. Something inside me just felt that it wasn’t bad…I have a medical card, and I’ve told my doctors at the pre-natal clinic I smoke everyday. At first, I was so nervous to tell them! Thinking they would drug test me a bunch (I live in Humboldt County by the way..) and try to help me stop…but they didn’t say anything at all!!! They just kept asking what I do when I’m stressed out and I told them the truth… That was such a big relief. I have horrible anxiety and depression so I feel that it is really necessary to continue my marijuana medicine! Plus the fact that I still have morning sickness even at 15 weeks…in the beginning it was so bad I lost weight and didn’t like the way my body looked or how useless I felt at work so I got even more depressed. I was smoking pretty heavy. This is my first pregnancy and reading everyone’s experiences about having smart children definitely relieves me! I have a great feeling I’m going to have a very smart kid who will be very mellow and happy…especially cause my weed smoking! I’ve read the Jamaican study.., and it’s amazing.

  3. Ashley

    May 14, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    What if I have my medical marijuana card? Would cps still get involved? That doesn’t seem right to me it is my privacy and my baby, of course I would never jeopardize my baby’s health but I have previous medical conditions (not harmful to the baby)that I use MMJ for, they can’t interfere with that can they? I never even thought about that, I was looking this up because I am more concerned with my baby’s health and what (if any) possible negative effects might exist from vaping/smoking/eating MMJ… Thoughts would be MUCH appreciated! I’m a first timer and I can’t just go ask my doc!

  4. alyssa

    April 21, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I was just wondering who has had to deal with cps For marijuana use during pregnancy? What was it like? I heard for marijuana use they are not as harsh on you like they would be for cocaine, herion, etcis that true?

  5. D

    March 31, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    When I got pregnant with my daughter I was 130 pounds 7 weeks into my pregnancy I was 119 pounds and deathly I’ll, I couldn’t hold anything down not even water. My doctor prescribed me promenthazine earlier on but it did not work but would at least put me to sleep. Prior to finding out I was pregnant I was a heavy smoker. When I was throwig my guts up and my doctor also threatened I may have a condition and have to be hospitalized (that played in my mind) anyway I was vomiting really bad I remember how one time I was super nauseous and was suffering from a hangover I remembered how smoking weed took me nausea away and helped me finally eat and keep it down so I did some research and came across this exact article fifteen mins later I picked me up a sack of weed and smoked and of my god I felt 110% better I was no long nauseous and I could finally eat!!!! I couldn’t tell my doctor what was up with the sudden change but man smoking really helped I still had days where I was sick throughout my entire pregnancy but I felt like weed saved my life! And my daughter came out in perfectly perfect health thank god. She has always been adavanced and is in the gifted program she rarely gets sick and is a very happy chill child.

    • ryder

      October 28, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      are you in ca? did they end up drug testing your baby? I heard they drug test every baby after birth. do you know if that’s true? im in riverside ca. 35 weeks and in the same boat as you were

  6. Katrina

    February 28, 2015 at 10:53 am

    My only concern is I am an OR resident and by the time I deliver marijuana for recreational use will be LEGAL so in that situation will I even have to deal with all the hospital/cps politics?? Cigarette smokers don’t…

  7. Katrina

    February 28, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I took zofran for morning sickness until the recent recent law suits started. I was a heavy smoker until I found out I was pregnant. Even though we were using fertility drugs I stopped once I got pregnant. I then started using again a few times for nausea and once it stopped I again quit smoking. Once I was 11 weeks I had consistently high blood pressure and my OB discussed pills with me.
    This is when I decided cannabis the best way. I had been stripped of my diabetes medication and blood pressure medication (which was actually for acne). Since using cannabis again my cravings are actually for healthy foods that are good for growing baby and my blood sugar. I prefer to enjoy this pregnancy and he excited for my baby’s arrival rather than on pills stressed out and sick.

  8. Lisa Prosser

    February 27, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    I had Hyperemesis Gravidirum with both of my pregnancies, and smoked through both, everyday, from 2 weeks after conception when the symptoms started, right up until delivery. And I still threw up at least once a day, first thing in the am, and sometimes later. I could never hold down water, Nevermind pills they tried to give me to help. Both of my boys were delivered at full term, above average birthweight, and both are gifted. My younger son even more so than the older. Classical piano, gifted program and ranked nationally in math; my 9 year old has wanted to be a marine biologist since he was 5. Neither of my boys gets sick with colds and flu’s, we are incredibly healthy. Compared to cigarette smoking and alcohol drinking while pregnant, which have well documented physical, emotional and mental repercussions, I can not find a single thing wrong with my boys and their health or development. I would not change my decision to smoke while pregnant, and would do it again for mine and my baby’s health, if I were to become pregnant with the same medical issues. Good luck to anyone who makes this choice and is faced by adversity, my heart goes out to you.

    • kalonie

      April 27, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      hey I just quit im 34 weeks and I have the same thing you have I tried all the medications from hospitals and my OB and they didn’t work my question is did they drug test you and youre newborn and did they call cps on you when you gave birth im from long beach cali and don’t want any problems with cps but weed really helped me and my baby I lost 25 pounds from this pregnancy and weed stopped me from loosing the weight and stopped the nausea

  9. Heather

    February 27, 2015 at 6:52 am

    I smoked pot during all 4 of my pregnancies right up until the morning of delivery, except for my second. I stopped smoking with him one month prior to delivery. Oh my goodness, compared to my other children he is a crazy boy! He’s always on the go, my others are super chill! None of them have any issues with delays either. I wish they would legalize it in NY already.

    • Brittney

      February 16, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      I live in Kansas and this is my first pregnancy. I’m 6months and a week today. I smoked heavily before I found out. I quit cold turkey when I found out at 5weeks. I started to smoke a bowl a day around 10weeks due to nausea. I plan to stop 90 days prior to delivery due to me hearing they test baby’s poop before they leave the hospital. I’m so nervous they will try to take my baby away. I don’t smoke cigs, drink or use any other drug. I have some edibles I wanna eat but I question if it’s worse to eat them compared to smoking. Any comment are helpful!

  10. Jess

    February 27, 2015 at 12:48 am

    It’s sad that so many mom’s have to be scared of CPS, an agency that is supposed to protect children from abuse. These mom’s are just trying to find a better, healthier option for their pregnancy and life related problems than proven unsafe, even deadly pharmaceuticals. In essence, protecting their child from harm. Great job at your first parenting decision, prego tokers!

    • Amber

      October 5, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      Unfortunately in Pennsylvania it is considered child abuse if you ingest cannabis during pregnancy. I was honest with my doctor about my cannabis use and she kept on insisting I quit and take Zoloft for my depression.I have a major problem with taking pharmaceuticals during pregnancy and my instincts tell me cannabis is safe but now I am forced to quit because my doctor has reported my cannabis use to children and youth services in which if I continue to use cannabis in my pregnancy I could be charged with child abuse.

  11. mama of three

    February 26, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    I just had my son back in sept smoked before durring and still do.i told them i was using thc to calm the nausea and headaches he was born with it in his system they brought child services in they had to do five home visits completed three and closed the case. Told me that as long as one parent isnt high when the children are home and its not in their sight or reach its not an issue. We are medical legal in NH.

    • hannahgreen

      June 6, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      Just curious why they tested you child for thc? Is that a routine test done in NH. We live in NH and are expecting soo.

      • JJ

        June 15, 2015 at 8:36 pm

        I live in NH. They tested her because she openly admitted to using during her pregnancy. They only test if there is suspicion or if someone admits to using.

  12. Michele Erickson

    February 26, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    I smoked during my 3 pregnancies and drank quite a bit with my first. The other 2 kids are really smart. My 8 year old is currently in second grade and is on a fourth grade reading level. My 5 year old is wanting to do more things like her brothers. I say to y’all expecting to smoke up and let your babies brain develop strong.

  13. Maria

    October 26, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Has anyone in ca ever had there newborn taken away at birth because they smoked when they were pregnant? I am around 33 weeks and have stopped smoking and have been extremely sick.

    • Hannah

      January 12, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      Have you found any info yet on the CA laws? Currently in the same situation. I have never been this sick in my life, and weed is the only thing to help.
      Good luck with everything!

      • Melissa

        January 27, 2015 at 2:52 pm

        SAME HERE – i have bipolar/depression/anxiety and use weed instead of prescription meds (i gained over 50lbs while on the meds, and felt like a zombie) and have found that it’s been one of the best things to happen to me. I am 30 weeks pregnant and popped for THC my 1st trimester bloodwork – the dr didn’t seem overly concerned, but did mention that CPS could be brought in if i popped again when i go in for delivery. I am sick as hell, struggling with anxiety and depression now, and worried how that all is affecting my baby. I’m curious to find out WHAT exactly the repercussions would be if i tested positive during delivery (i mean, what if i have one weak moment and break down just ONE time because i just cant hang anymore?) I work full time for family and run our business, we don’t struggle to put food on the table or keep a place to live. My boyfriend and I don’t drink, or do anything harder than weed but it’s frightening to think someone would feel i’m not a sufficient parent because of it. Anyone with information for 2015 CA laws or procedures I would LOVE to discuss this further!!!

        • aimee

          February 22, 2015 at 9:51 pm

          I smoked throughout my pregnancy and find everything in this article to be absolutely true. I have private insurance through my employer and a drug test was never mentioned or ever an issue. Me and baby came home together. Have a friend on MediCal and drug testing was never an issue for her either (she is a non cannabis user but just using her for reference re:MediCal).

          my now 10 month old was exclusively formula fed, is extremely social, very smart, super mellow – literally cries for nothing – sleeps through the night and eats over 40 foods. Our pediatrician is always amazed at how he progresses from appointment to appointment.

          Good luck ladies!

        • MaryJayne

          February 23, 2015 at 12:19 pm

          I am in the same boat and I worried to death what’s going to happen! Please anyone with reliable info please respond.

          • MaryJayne

            February 23, 2015 at 12:34 pm

            I am 12 pregnant, I just did my lab work and was surprised by a urine sample as well…I believed it was only for culture not a chemical test. Received a phone call from my ob within an 1/2 hour of the test. He was concerned with the THC in my system. I was shocked!
            I didn’t consent nor was I tested during my last pregnancy!
            My doc advised me to quit as he was concerned about the possible effects to my baby. As most of you know there are not many reliable studies on Marijuana and pregnancy.
            I have been very nauseous and suffering headaches that will not go away..doc offered chemical nausea meds or Tylenol with codeine prescriptions…I ask how can these meds be ok and a natural herbal med not be? This is absurd!
            Here take these pharmaceuticals but no THC. We don’t get any kickbacks from weed companies.

          • CEE

            February 26, 2015 at 9:40 pm

            I just had my baby in October in Berkeley CA i told my DR. From thr start i ate it because i would get sick all she told me was it’s best to stop but if i didn’t to use the least amount so when i had my baby everything was all good some lady came in gave me some information about breastfeeding and mmj and that was it. Hope all is well!

      • Nicole

        February 27, 2015 at 10:30 am

        If you have government insurance they will most likely test your baby once he’s born. Make sure your house is clean and put all paraphanilia away. CPS will most likely be called and a case worker will come to interview you at the hospital. They will also want to visit your home, before the child is released with you. (Nerve wrecking and dramatic, I know) They do these things so babies who test positive for opiates and amphetamines have a fighting chance of not being raised in an abusive home. I get that. But since marijuana is still classified as a dangerous drug they take the same precautions. When your CPS worker comes, tell them you were nauseous and scared not eating had a more negative effect on your unborn child than marijuana. Show all your concern for your baby. If you’re honest they’ll see that. After visiting your home, if it’s clean, they will close your case. Good luck 😉

  14. Janis

    September 30, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I just want to thank you guys for standing up for what you believe. Right on!

    I do not think Marijuana is bad during pregnancy.

    But SMOKE is.

    So Vape it up or Eat it up (:

    Peace.

  15. Donna

    August 24, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I didn’t smoke marijuana or cigarettes nor did I drink while I was pregnant with my daughter and she was born 7, almost 8, weeks early and started having seizures at the ages of 7, now she’s 13. My daughter was a very hard baby with being premie and sick and RSV by 3 months. It was a tough first year with her. Although I did smoke cigs and marijuana with my son and he was only 17 days early and was a healthy happy baby. Didn’t get sick hardly at all and is growing like a weed, lol. My fiancé and I are trying to get pregnant again but he doesn’t want me to smoke no matter what research says. I just don’t know what to do. I’m trying to convince him to do the research but he’s stubborn 🙁

  16. Amy

    July 29, 2014 at 6:07 am

    I suffer Hyperemesis Gravidirum aka extreame vomiting while pregnant.
    We were starving to death but the dehydration was going to get us first.
    Was the most horrific thing I ever went through
    It was so bad I wanted to die and thought of my baby as a “parasite” inside me eating me alive.
    It was like having gastro the entire pregnancy
    The fed me pills that didn’t help much, I tried natural remedies and would like to shove crackers up people bottoms who suggest them!!! Lol
    I found those studies online and they honestly saved our lives. I went from sleeping on the hospital emergency floor with an iv in my arm or my toilet floor to managing to keep food and fluid down.
    It worked and to the haters go jump.
    Open your mind and see that it is medically a wonder drug that the drug companies, society and government have poisoned you against.
    Wake up and don’t be a sheep.
    Do some research.
    Some of us need it.
    My daughter is exactly what the studies suggest.
    Do I touch it now. No

    • Sar

      January 21, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      I thought I was reading something I wrote when reading this post. This is my story. I also have HG. I never thought of using mj during pregnancy as an option.
      I lost more than 10% of my body weight.
      I was in the ER twice in less than a month for dehydration.
      I could not keep anything down, some days including liquids.
      All three medications were completely debilitating; migraines and all. I needed to take medication for my medication. –I generally am against any pharmaceuticals and have a very healthy lifestyle.
      I haven’t been able to work (even from home) for more than 2.5 months now.
      It’s only been a few days since I tried it and it sincerely has drastically changed where I was. This has been such a blessing and I wish it could be documented in somebody’s research.

  17. maeghen

    June 16, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks to severe vomiting and being an all around pregnant mess, I have smoked through two pregnancies and have two wonderful bright children. I’m always being told how bright, funny and independent my 6yo is and asked if my 15 mo is always so quiet and playful. My second child is also still nursing. I’ll take a natural herb over synthetic big pharma chemicals in my fetus any day.

    • Glo

      July 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      I am going to ask you since you are the most recent comment, but this goes for all mothers in the forum who said they smoked during their pregnancies…

      I have read a lot about how it is fine for baby and so on, but what about the legal aspects of it, especially in states that have no marijuana legalization at all?

      I hear that after the birth they test the baby in the hospital for substances… did this happen to you? What about your doctor? Were you honest with him about smoking marijuana? Did you stop smoking in the last few weeks before you gave birth?

      My friend uses marijuana to control her depression and anxiety and she is very worried about her upcoming pregnancy (she is trying to conceive now). Also, it is likely that she will be using Medicaid to pay for the birth and whatnot. Does that increase her chances of a call to CPS if she or the baby tests positive for marijuana?

      • mom

        October 27, 2014 at 6:55 am

        I smoked threw my entire pregnancy (even the day they were born) with both my children. They took urine samples from them because i tested positive for marijuana but some how with both babys they did not test positive!! How this is possible i do not know, i have tried to find info on it but theres not much. I have found other women say the same thing. A social worker spoke to me with one of the babys and explained why he was tested and said that if he had tested positive they would have done an investigation to see if i was a fit parent.

  18. Jocelynn

    June 9, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Im currently 5 weeks pregnant and was scared to smoke, for i have been an avid smoker since i was 12 and this being my first pregnancy i wasnt sure if it was dangerous. But reading all these positive comments i will continue smoking. Its been rough this last week and a half havent had an appitte at alllll..(which im scared because its not the nausea that makes me not hungry) im not hungry whatsoever. But now that i hear its okay im thinking about rolling up now and eating a nice meal. Phewww whay a relief

  19. Renée DeMarco

    June 8, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    I smoked throughout all my pregnancies cuz I had no appetite & when I forced myself 2 eat I’d get violently sick & throw up everything I ate. My ob/gyn waa becoming increasingly concerned especially when I also started bleeding. My ob/gyn couldn’t legally come right out & tell me 2 smoke weed but he REALLY hinted that he heard about some soon 2 b mothers that smoked something besides cigarettes that really helped them. He waa absolutely right I got his hint & started smoking weed which I was so happy he hinted this cuz I wasn’t enthused about having 2 stop smoking 4 9 months anyways but after I started smoking I got my appetite back & I didn’t get sick anymore so I started gaining weight that was much needed & I also stopped bleeding. I now have 3 healthy kids all thanks 2 smoking during my pregnancies.

  20. momof3

    May 31, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I am on my third pregnancy currently and this is the second time I have smoked while pregnant. My last time was with my son, who is incredibly intelligent for a 4 year old. I constantly hear compliments about how hilarious and social he is. He is smart, funny, handsome and has a memory you wouldn’t believe. This second time around I was not smoking when I found out I was pregnant. I had not been smoking for nearly a year. But about 8 weeks into my pregnancy I starting having severe teeth and gum pain. I was taking in excess of 8 tylonol a day to combat the intense pain. The dentist could not do anything for me because I was pregnant and the doctors told me there wasn’t much I could do either but taking that much tylonol was dangerous. I got the idea to try smoking one night when I was laid out in bed crying because I was in so much pain. I smoked and 10 minutes later the pain was gone. I have continued to smoke since then, am at 23 weeks and have had zero problems with pain. It also has helped tremendously with my nausea. I don’t see anything wrong with using this MEDICATION to help through pregnancy. In fact, because of how intelligent and perfectly normal my son is I would say any one who believes they need it for one reason or another should have the right to do so without persecution.

    • mia

      May 22, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      was he/she born healthy?

  21. jay

    May 25, 2014 at 3:17 am

    My mother smoked pot occasionally while pregnant with me. No problems whatsoever. I was an honor student in college and am very social. Fast learner and have been quite successful in life. I am an avid pot smoker and grower.

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  22. rob

    May 23, 2014 at 10:31 am

    as long as ur vaporising it or cooking it, using zero tobacco.. the child shouldnt have access to smoke

  23. mj

    May 23, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Hi, I’m 4 months pregnant and was a regular pot smoker before I knew I was pregnant. I quit cold turkey for 7 weeks. For those seven weeks I spent most of my time in the rr vomiting and the rest of my time sleeping. I could hardly eat or even drink water. I lost 15 pounds. I missed 49 hours of school. I tried every remedy online, in books, pills from my doctor , but Nothing helped. Finally after having a 2 day migraine and no food for days because it wouldn’t stay down I took one hit. My migraine instantly went away Then got very hungry suddenly :). I smoke now if I’m nauseous which is usually in the morning and sometimes at night. I’m able to function normally, take care of my living 5 year old, continue to go to school, eat healthy and enjoy life again. So far according to my doctor my baby is fine. If my mom hadn’t smoked with me and all 7 of her children I might be a lil more concerned for the health of my baby, but we are all fine. This ad is comforting to me in so many ways because what I find now are what “may” happen with no proof.

    • Åse Butt

      May 23, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      Think about what kind of hell your newborn have to go trouhg! All the bad things you experienced when you stopped smoking your newborn child will experience when its born, and its much worse for a newborn then for you thats is a grown-up!!! I hope you feel ashamed of yourself!!!!

      • Madmademmim

        May 24, 2014 at 9:27 am

        And what exactly are the withdrawal effects? Nothing.. Marijuana is a psychoactive drug that only effect the mind not the body. It’s not heroin or any other crazy drug ur thinking of. If your gonna start insulting someone over the internet on something you know absolutely nothing about, educate yourself first, and then you can put in your ” smoking pot is bad for some fuckin reason I don’t know”.

      • Baller Supreme

        May 25, 2014 at 1:36 am

        Like the babies are going through withdrawals? Ya i hear that. Usually when people consume the the Devil’s lettuce (joints, bongs, “blunts”, or the most popular method, intreavaneous injection) the dope penetrates the brain and causes massive damage. I’m talking about the deaths of hundreds to thousands of neurons each hit! That rapid loss of information and cognitive ability is what causes that dreadful “high”. I feel for somewhat sorry for them though, but you know what they say! “Can’t help an addict, only an addict can help themselves”

        • aBizzle Hizzle

          May 29, 2014 at 10:38 am

          bullshit right there lol

        • Hope

          June 28, 2014 at 9:34 am

          Where in Hell are you getting your information from? Nixon? I used Cannabis through both of my pregnancies and gave birth to two extremely happy, healthy babies. They both have way higher than average IQ’s and neither of them suffered any ill effects. They were born in 1967 and 1974. I still use Cannabis and after 50 years, I have not had any negative effects either. So, before you go spitting out your negative comments that have no truth to them whatsoever, do your research. Maybe then you won’t look like such an idiot.

        • Alaina

          October 18, 2014 at 3:57 pm

          Ummm…who shoots up weed? Lmao….this has got to be the most ignorant comment I’ve ever read in my life

        • Amber

          November 22, 2014 at 11:46 am

          injection? lmfao… please.

        • April

          May 23, 2016 at 2:36 pm

          Bahahahahaha!!!!! This comment made my day!

      • sjp

        June 9, 2014 at 10:12 pm

        There is no withdrawal from marijuana!

      • ORRN

        June 15, 2014 at 5:30 pm

        You are an ignorant douche!Before you start insulting and judging people you have never met get you facts straight. You are a prime example of the dumbing down of the human race. It’s just shameful!

      • Amy

        July 29, 2014 at 6:18 am

        Do u know what Hyperemesis Gravidirum is?
        Do u know that 1 in 3 babies die because of it?
        Do u know that the mothers suffer serious health issues from the drugs the doctors prescribe ect?
        Did u know pot is the best medicine for it?
        Have you done your research on the side effects, spoken to your doctor?
        I have. I smoked it. It saved out lives.
        I am not ashamed and proud of it.
        I didn’t respond to the drugs I was prescribed.
        I was told to abort or face serious complications
        Breaking the law to save our lives was the best section I have ever made.
        My child is exactly what the Jamaican studies suggest.
        Do u know what the studies suggest and where to find them?

  24. its just me

    May 22, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    All this actualy makes me feel much better i didnt know i was pregnant and when i did i was smoking and looking at the test i was like”omfg” wat am i gnna do if they test me i feel fine “dose my bby feel fine?” Yes i feel fine nd my bby is fine getting bigger and. stronger ! So why should it bother them? When im a good mommy and im happy ,relax ,loving?

  25. Pie

    May 22, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Using cannabis while pregnant literally saved both the lives of my daughter and myself. I got pregnant 6 short weeks after an emergency open heart bypass. I was on 27 freakin prescriptions for my heart, spine, insomnia, and fibromyalgia. Most of them extremely dangerous. I stopped taking everything except my vitamin and one medicine that was actually too dangerous to the baby for me to stop using due to withdrawal,and I maintained my usual cannabis consuming habits. They thought I was crazy, trying to control such a severe heart problem and the enormous added stress from pregnancy with herb. But half way through they saw all of tests and vitals had actually improved passed what they were while on their surplus of prescriptions. I got better and better. Your chest doesn’t heal for a full year after open heart surgery. Mine healed with no complications or pain in a few months. My blood pressure stayed stable the entire time, including during a natural delivery. She was born 11 months after my heart surgery. Not one complication. She’s constantly smiling and laughing, engaging in everything around her. She’s 11 months old now and walking, talking, repeating things I say to her. I’m still not on a single prescription. Still consuming an ounce a week. Still stable.

    It’s criminal that THIS experience, this story is considered taboo. Thanks to this PLANT a precious child is alive, and I’m fortunate to be alive beside her.

  26. Lisa

    May 22, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I had my first child almost 16 years ago and did not smoke, I was sick for the whole 9 months and lost weight for the first 7 month by the time I had my daughter I had gain a total of 3 lbs. We did not have another child for 12 years and I was almost 40. I had been smoking daily for the past 15 years. I worked 2 jobs and I knew I just could not be sick again for 9 months. My husband and I talked about it and looked online for info on the subject. I found story after story from women who had nothing but positive information. SO we decided to continue because he was afraid that my depression and anxiety would cause more stress on me and the baby and would be more detrimental. I had a perfect pregnancy and a beautiful healthy little boy who is now 3 yrs old. He is very smart and social. I don’t know if my Dr even check my urine for THC, if she did she never said anything and neither did my hospital. I had my son 5 weeks after I turned 40 and the Dr said I was the healthy 40 yr old she had ever worked with. My daughter who I threw up with every day and stayed high stress suffers with ADD and OCD and a social introvert, just FYI.

  27. Jessie

    May 22, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    i think its one of the best things a pregnant lady can do.. i just had a new born and yes i did smoke myself.. to me it i had less puking slept better and i could eat.. me personally have to smoke just to eat.. cause if i barely eat.. lucky if i even have one meal..

  28. Mary Frym

    May 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Wished it was Legal it is far pass time this country would be OUT OF DEPT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Caroline brack

    May 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Education , SIMPLE !!!! Governments around the world planned the PHARMACUITICAL ,DOCTOR SCAM , many years ago !! Along with this they also planned all negative advertisements and talk of cannabis !!!! They have made millions by keeping pot illegal , NOW it’s time to educate people on medicinal purposes of cannabis !!!! From anxiety to morning sickness to more profound illnesses . Cannabis is stronger than cotton and has many benefits all round !!!! STOP THE STIGMA !!!!

  30. wonder drug

    May 22, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    It’s funny, all through my teens and early 20’s my friends started having kids and I know they smoked during pregnancy and got looked down on for it. But if you look at people who had kids that didnt smoke and compared to the others who did, the ones who did, their kids are very smart, social, athletic, hilariously funny and zero health issues. The ones who didnt smoke, their kids have asthma and hearing problems, attitude problems, learning disabilities. Big differences.

  31. christy moore

    May 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    My kids are 20&23 smoked throughout both pregnancies both born perfectly healthy no colic great kids to this day not even an ear infection one graduated salutatorian the other 6th in her class so id say NO PROBLEM

  32. Nikki

    May 22, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I am pregnant currtently almost sixteen weeks! The whole thing has been really rough especially since I am working two jobs and getting married this summer. My anxiety has been awful as well as my depression. I cannot take clonopin because it is not safe during pregnancy. I have found smoking has helped a lot with all these problems including morning sickness. It is hard to go to work when your head is stuck in the toilet, or puking into a cup while driving. My fiance has asked.me to stop but if I don’t I will be so stressed out and unable to sleep I could literally go into a seizure. I believe caanibis to be more helpful and far less dangerous than the pills I take for depression including cigs. I do not believe that it will harm are child and everything is looking good. Although I have reduced my smoking it has been a great friend to help me through sickness and stress!!

  33. Lisa

    May 22, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    I am a 53 year old Mother of 4 adult children. I have smoked since I was 15 years old. I smoked a joint every night after I put my kids to bed. Smoked during pregnancy. My sister in law also has 4 adult children 1 set of twins.
    My children have children. Her children have children. They were all 8 exceptional! Dr.s marveled at bow healthy my children were. They did well in school. No we never told a sould. Go ahead take something in a pill. I’ve always had ADHD have wrangled my children my brothers children and MULTIPLE others that broke my heart! This mistreatment I’ve seen of children of alcoholic parents, successful parents, kranksters PLEASE ! I’ll match my parenting skills w anyones !

  34. Keyla

    May 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Hi,
    My name is Keyla and I am a new mommy! I have a 9 month old baby girl! I found out I was pregnant at 5 weeks! I couldn’t eat anything because I couldn’t keep it down the first few months! So I started smoking to help me have the munchies because I wasn’t gaing weight. I was scared and read about smoking while being pregnant. I was scared but it actually helped! I’m now fully breastfeeding and have been since she was born. I have been smoking only weed and less than a joint a day a day and she is healthy and smart and as beautiful as ever! I enjoyed reading this, it makes me feel better about smoking lol

    • Mandlenkosi Rob

      May 22, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Good for you,I still dont understand why is it so hard to legalize weed here in South Africa if it helps so many people.There is no fatality that I know have been caused by ganja but when it comes to the legal stuff(alcohol) there millions dying through out the world…congra on your healthy birth giving 🙂

  35. sam

    May 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I am trying to figure out just how much the hospitals test after the baby is born. I actually cut the hospital out of all of this just a week ago. I’m nearly thirty weeks and I have a midwife. But, the chances and risks that there are, what is the likelihood that hospitals test the placenta? I’ve heard about it and it terrifies me, but I’m also scared to quit the planned month ahead of time because my moods get so low and I can’t sleep without it…

    • Christina

      May 22, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      I am a card holder in Michigan -where it is medically legal. And when I had my baby ( 10 mo. now) I had CPS sicked on me IN THE HOSPITAL, they rushed in and said I had admitted to smoking marijuana and I told them I did no such thing, I admitted I was a card holder and using the medible hard candies so I could eat( both my Drs knew and didnt have a problem with it at all). They also said I tested positive for benzos-WHICH WAS WRONG- it was the antibiotics THEY gave me in my IV that gave the false positive . IM telling you this because even without the THC I wouldve STILL had CPS on me for the false test results that was THEIR FAULT for not double checking before calling CPS on me.The politics can be a nightmare, but the actual effects for me have never been bad. 7 kids, smoked with all of them, and they are all ( 5 adults) functioning, intelligent, social people. In Denver a midwife recommended smoking for nausea.

      • Michelle

        May 23, 2014 at 6:59 am

        In Canada they only test for hard drugs. I wish I had of known BEFORE I opened my mouth… Nothing came of it. But word to the wise. Don’t say anything. The local children’s aid was called and I had to explain my hereditary nerve damage (no cure) and still barely squeaked out if trouble. The worker said its best to not say anything that they only test hard drugs. You could call your hosp and ask anonymously.

      • Keke

        December 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm

        I live in Michigan and I can’t keep nothing down. I’m 2 months and I just dont want cps getting involved because I want to try to smoke to help with the nausea and vomiting. This is my first child and I don’t know what to do?

    • Nika

      May 22, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      That’s exactly what I’m goin through. I’ve been smoking my whole pregnancy and I’ve had to quit almost 4 weeks ago. I’m almost 34 weeks, it’s been the hardest thing, my appetite is pretty much gone, I’ve lost weight as a result and my mood is shot to shit. I don’t have a choice tho because I’ve pretty much been threatened with cps getting involved if its in my system when he’s born. Better to be safe than sorry. It does suck and it is hard but you can do it 🙂 good luck

    • AMom

      May 22, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      You could always tell them u need ur placenta ur beliefs for life call for u to be buried complete or u don’t go to the Lord above ….my friend did this with her gallbladder I believe cuz that’s what she believes …..to each their own hope this helps you in the future

  36. Suzanne Baker

    May 22, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Well, 31 years ago babies were not tested for thc so I smoked moderately during my 2nd pregnancy. We passed a joint watching Saturday night wrestling while timing my contractions. My birth experience was fantastic 3 hours of labor no narcotics. He was such an easy baby, so mellow and easy going. He is my middle child, was very popular in school, was my funny child, could even make the teachers laugh. Today he is still funny as all get out and is a very mellow peace loving productive man.

  37. mommy of twins

    May 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I smoked and stopped had a m/c. Conceive again continued smoking had a healthy pregnancy no high blood pressure no gestational diabetes, went full term delivered a big healthy 9lbs 8oz baby girl, who is now 15 on a 24month education level, has a vocabulary of over 40+ words. Loves people don’t met a stranger. And she’s one if the happiest toddlers you’ll met. I’m now 14 wks with twins, horrible morning sickness only thing that works is cannabis. It helps with so much.

    • Christina

      May 22, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Ask your Dr about Zofran, if you still have nausea. SOmetimes smoking didnt help me, made it worse.These little pills melt in your mouth and I only used a half each time. But I DID smoke to be able to eat , * after the nausea was controlled

      • Alicia Armstrong

        May 23, 2014 at 8:40 am

        Well, if you’ve ever looked at the side effects for Zofran, nausea and vomiting ate on that list… what are the side effects of marijuana? Hungry, happy, and sleepy; do not drive or operate machinery. Rx are not always better…

        • Tiffany

          May 23, 2014 at 11:30 am

          I use a combination of Zofran and cannabis. Neither work without the other. My morning sickness is just too strong for either one to work independently. Zofran shuts off the nausea, and cannabis helps my desire to eat because I have none.
          So I agree with Christina, Zofran may still help you, especially if your extremely sick. If you experience side effects then it’s just not the right perscription for you.

          • Nicole

            July 22, 2015 at 9:51 pm

            Zofran causes heart defects! PLEASE do not take Zofran ever again during pregnancy !!!!!!!

  38. L Hayes

    May 22, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I too smoked with both my girls… now aged 31 and 24…my oldest was in the gifted program in elementary school and graduated with honors! My youngest had a hard time… but because she had an absent father that lived a mile away… not because of toking! I would have never admitted that I smoked during pregnancy.. even 5 yes ago…because if the negative stigma that was begun 20 yrs before I was born! For God’s sake ban cigs… I’m so physically and mentally addicted to them I can’t quit even though it is literally killing me 🙁

  39. julie

    May 22, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    My doctor quietly encouraged me to continue to king during my 2nd pregnancy since my anxiety was so bad and I refused to have the recommended glass of red wine at night. My son was 3 weeks early, nearly 8lbs, happy, healthy, beautiful. 15 years later, he’s a 6’5″ honor student who everyone adores. I don’t regret toking during my pregnancy at all.

  40. tator

    May 22, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I lost my kids over smoking ganga, and they are making me go to CRC which is costing me 200$ I have a million hoops to jump through before they give my babies back. I don’t do any other drugs, or drank while pregnant. Just smoked gangs. Why is it OK to smoke ciggs while prego, but not pot. BC its illegal? That’s horseshit!!! It makes no since to me. I know a pill head who had Cps called, and they found the pills, she has her kids. 🙁

    • Panama21

      May 22, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear that hun. I agree the system is fucked up how they are putting you through all of that. Marijuana has only helped so many people incl myself but it’s still illegal.

  41. Nita

    May 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I had no choice but to smoke during my pregnancy with my son. I was so sick most of the pregnancy that I was unable to even keep down simple water. I tried everything the doctor gave me, even tried other natural remedies, only to get sick again. I smoked and was able to eat and not be bed – ridden. Today, my son is 6 years old and has no development issues and is one of the most socially developed kids in his class, as well as one of the most intelligent (this is according to his teacher & principal & his martial arts instructors). I applaud research on this subject & ask that all expectant mothers be more open-minded to this natural for of medicine. It works.

  42. First time mommy

    May 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I am currently 4 months pregnant with a healthy happy baby. I would be in the hospital on an IV drip because I couldn’t eat (still can’t) without blazing. My family and many people are telling me that my baby is going to come out special or how so many nice people like to say “retarded”. I’m so fed up with peoples shit, my grandmother and uncle think that I’m a discusting person for smoking it while pregnant. I know where and who my stuff comes from. I know how it’s grown and I’m really tired of people telling me that I should just smoke cigs cause it’s safer…which is bs and 100% not true. I’m just really feed up and don’t know what to do. Obviously I’m going to continue using during my pregnancy and after. I’ve been a heavy pot smoker for about 4 years now, I use it to help my depression and anxiety. In my country weed is not frowned appon but still not legal :/ Canada is a strange place. The US got it legalized and we are still waiting in Canada for it to be legalized. How do you Handle the critizem?

    • Hope

      June 28, 2014 at 10:09 am

      You are doing what you know is right and don’t let anyone dissuade you. Your baby will be better off than you can imagine. I blazed through 2 pregnancies and delivered both naturally. They were both happy, healthy and very socialized babies. Please don’t listen to the idiots who are feeding you all the negativity. You will be just fine and so will your baby!

  43. Michael Anderson

    May 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Be careful admitting that you smoked during pregnancy online. I wouldn’t be surprised if the fascist start sending working class mothers to jail for it. Solidarity and safety my cannabis comrades! <3

  44. Sara Jean

    May 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I had 2 healthy birth weight babies, being a toker. Toking eliminated morning sickness, which was a big plus. I also know of a lady who delivered twins who were both over 6 lbs…unusual for twins. Her OB/GYN stated that because she was toking, that she had a better appetite than her abstaining counterparts, resulting in the normal birth weight babies.

  45. baby mama

    May 22, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Wonder if the sames studies apply for breastfeeding and toking??????

  46. Angela Propst

    May 22, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I had no choice but to smoke during pregnancy…I was sick the entire time and could not eat if I did not smoke..ppl put me down about it but would my kids be alive today if I did not eat for 9 months??? At their birth I was told I was a bad mother and even threatened to have them taken away…My daughter is now 6 and very smart for her age, my son is 4 and just as smart…

  47. Caroline

    May 22, 2014 at 9:35 am

    I used marijuana during both my pregnancies and both my children (5years &6mnths) are healty and normal, my oldest’s teacher is ltelling me how smart and above average she is! And my yoingests daycare said.he is an absolute delight, my obgyn even told me the only issue.he had with me smoking during my pregnancies is the simple fact that it is illegal!

    • Terri Bennison

      May 22, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      I have smoked all my life. I smoke during preg, even ablunt on the way to the hospital. My kid is awesome, very mellow kid. No health problems.. pot helped me from being sick, no morning sickness.

      • Nicole

        July 22, 2015 at 9:55 pm

        I’m just worried that blunts aren’t really healthy during pregnancy because the paper isn’t good. Maybe stick to joints and pipes only..cleaning your pipe often 🙂

  48. vanessa

    May 22, 2014 at 2:25 am

    I always wondered if I got pregnant how would I stop smoking, im glad more and more studys are showing that cannabis is a powerful and beneficial flower!!!!

  49. Peter

    May 22, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Before i read the studies about this, i was against it. But like in many other cases, medical cannabis helps people.

    The propaganda and misinformation we have been fed over the years and decades are showing to be in almost all cases false.

    But still unless in medical emergency youngsters should not use pot. Research show that cannabis can have bad affect on the development on teenagers. But for adults cannabis is in most cases harmless. Smoking tobacco or any herb and inhaling in the lungs is not good for people, so that should be avoided. But vaporizers and edibles(if made correctly) are better. Cannabis used now and then does not have negative affects.

    Only right move is to legalize it.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmBHnk78Q_4#t=141

    • jim

      May 22, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      what negative effects is it shown to have on teens? ive been researching cannabis for years and have seen no solid evidence of harm to teens from the use of cannabis. there is structural changes to the brain but again there is no hard evidence of it being a bad thing. if it was a bad thing then the government would be on it like white on rice and blabbing it over the media. believe me they have been looking for that since the shaffer report.

    • ricky

      January 26, 2015 at 6:10 am

      My girlfriend is 8 months labor and burning did help. now the pain is too great. edeibles and safe doosages f0r pregnancy. help. please

      • Nicole

        July 22, 2015 at 9:58 pm

        Whatever works for her is what she needs:) a few hits of a joint or some good tasty 60 mg chocolates (honestly doesn’t matter how many mgs as long as she feels good) the more relaxed you are the easier labor is on you and your baby! Listen to relaxing music often too, I’ve heard that helps with labor.

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