Updated: Feb 1, 2020
Pregnancy is no joke. Pregnancy is not always fun and pregnancy does one hell of a number on a human being’s body.
This is THE number one question I receive as a doula and advocate.
It’s also the one I can’t answer definitively one way or the other. So much of the answer depends on specific information on each client and their history. There’s always risk involved with medicating to alleviate signs of illness or even to obtain a personal state of homeostasis.
If your illness is one of which there is no cure or your medication needs are incredibly specific, your risk: benefit ratio would be no different during pregnancy.
The risks associated with use and pregnancy do not seem to be life-threatening.
By saying this, don’t assume CannaDoula doesn’t acknowledge them. Of the main concerns noted were low birth weight, pre-term (but not premature) live birth, and cognitive and behavioral issues in adolescence and other dangers. While most of these issues could be connected to factors including plant therapy, most of the studies are poorly designed and need to be studied with outliers accounted for before a correlation to marijuana use can be determined. Until then, we rely on the extremely powerful social evidence becoming more available every day. As more come out of the "closet”, the proof of its awesome medicinal properties become hard to refute.
It is such a multi-functional plant that has healing properties beyond our current scope of understanding. Federal prohibition has done its job to impede the progress of research from medical science professionals. Until then, we trust patients to prove to us this plant is medicinal and of use in fertility health, mental wellness and of course, pregnancy.
In what ways?
Let's take a look at a comprehensive list of symptoms associated with pregnancy and see if an edible, tincture, massage oil or bowl would alleviate them:
Abdominal Achiness Abdominal Itchiness Appetite, Increased Backache During Pregnancy Backache, Postpartum Bloating Bloodshot Eyes, Postpartum Bloody Show, Passing of the Mucous Plug Bowel Movements, Postpartum Discomfort Breast Engorgement Breasts Tenderness and Change Breasts, Leaking (Colostrum) Breasts, Leaky (Postpartum) Cervical Dilation and Effacement Cervical Mucus Changes Chloasma/Mask of Pregnancy Clumsiness Cold and Flu Symptoms Constipation Contractions (Braxton-Hicks) Contractions, labor
Diarrhea (Pre labor) Diarrhea During Pregnancy Early Pregnancy Symptoms Edema (Swollen Ankles and Feet) Energy, Increased Exhaustion, Postpartum Faintness, Dizziness, Light-headedness Fatigue Fecal Incontinence (Postpartum) Feet, Increased Size Flatulence Food Cravings and Aversions Forgetfulness Gums, Bleeding and Sore Hair Loss, Postpartum Headaches Heartburn or Indigestion Heightened Sense of Smell Hemorrhoids HYPERHIDROSIS (TOO MUCH SWEATING)
Implantation Bleeding Incision Pain, Postpartum Insomnia/Difficulty Sleeping Leg Cramps Linea Nigra Metallic Taste (Dysgeusia) Migraines Nasal Congestion and Nosebleeds Nausea (Morning Sickness) Nipples, Sore or Cracked, Postpartum Pelvic Discomfort and Pressure Pelvic Girdle Pain Perineal Soreness, Postpartum PMS Symptoms Protruding Navel Restless Leg Syndrome Rupture of Membranes Saliva, Excessive Sciatica Shortness of Breath
Skin Changes Skin Discolorations Snoring Soreness, Postpartum Stretch Marks Sweating (Postpartum) Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction Tingling Hands (Carpal Tunnel) Urinary Incontinence Urinary Incontinence (Postpartum) Urination, Difficulties With (Postpartum) Urination, Frequent Vaginal Bleeding (Postpartum) Vaginal Discharge Vaginal Spotting or Bleeding Varicose Veins Veins, Visible Vision Changes
Pregnancy is no joke. Pregnancy is not always fun and pregnancy does one heck of a number on a human being’s body. That isn’t to say these symptoms are not worth every moment in order to create and sustain life, but struggle love isn’t cute romantically and it certainly isn’t when it comes to how we survive life’s events and experiences.
Struggling to live isn’t living, and every pregnant person should be living their best life!
Earlier I mentioned having flowers while pregnant. The flower has its place in every consumer’s lifestyle. As such, Cannadoula suggests reducing marijuana flower use during pregnancy and that clients reduce their inhalation of marijuana flowers. Worth mentioning in this section, there seems to be a lot of cross-references with tobacco use in study participants, pregnant and not pregnant.
Tobacco products have been studied for decades with conclusive evidence that tobacco use during pregnancy increases the likelihood of pregnancy term labor and or low birth weight. If this sounds familiar, it’s because they are the same risks research has associated with use during pregnancy.
I can’t help but think that these two issues; tobacco use being co-occurring and the similarity of some of the risks attributed specifically to another plant consumption. For thousands of years, it has been used by pregnant people (logistically, all consumers of the past cant be male...) with no major upcurve in pregnancy and birth-related illnesses or developmental problems besides the ones also attributed to that second substance scientists can’t seem to remove as an outlier...
We are a culture used to medicines being pushed to us with very little scientific research, so how does this happen? If a drug has 5-10 years of research, it can be approved by the FDA quickly for consumer purchase. Yet hundreds of years of recorded history involving use and no notable negative side effects thus far. It’s more than enough for the countless pregnant people sick (literally) and tired (LITERALLY) of navigating their birthing year without it being the best year of their life! These findings also make it crystal friggin clear that it seems to be up to the public (professionals, consumers, public officials, and entrepreneurs ) to carry on collecting anecdotal evidence along with sound and unbiased scientific research funded independently if possible.