HERBALIST DEBATE: Pot & Pregnancy
For thousands of years, many women across the globe have used marijuana during their pregnancy for various reasons. However, today pregnant women who use cannabis can be threatened with losing custody of their newborn, or even worse, be charged with child endangerment or abuse. The misinformation of pot and pregnancy makes it easy for critics to claim it is unsafe to consume cannabis while pregnant. If smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol are unsafe, then cannabis must be no exception, right? Wrong.
According to a 2009 study conducted by the University of Bristol in Great Britain, infants whose mothers consumed cannabis while pregnant showed no negative developmental difference in comparison to infants who weren’t exposed to cannabis in the womb. A year prior, The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine performed similar research and found that children whose mothers smoke marijuana while pregnant perform better on psychomotor tests and physical evaluations, than those who don't.
More research proves that marijuana does not negatively affect the growth and functionality of babies in the womb. In 1992, Dr. Melanie Dreher conducted a study entitled Prenatal Marijuana Exposure and Neonatal Outcomes in Jamaica: An Ethnographic Study. This study proved that infants whose mothers used marijuana showed better physiological stability at 1 month. Also, children of mothers who heavily used marijuana during their pregnancy were more socially responsive and were more autonomically stable at 30 days.
The research is out there to prove that marijuana is not harmful to child development yet people are still misinformed. Knowing all of this information now, how do you feel about women using marijuana while pregnant?