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myth busting: Answers to Common questions

 
 

You can’t believe everything you read or hear about marijuana. Unless, of course, you read it here.


Is marijuana safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?

There are some foods and medicines you can’t use while pregnant or breastfeeding because they might harm the baby: the same goes for marijuana. No matter how it’s used, if you use marijuana while pregnant or breastfeeding, THC gets passed to your baby. There is no known safe amount of marijuana use while pregnant or breastfeeding.


It’s legal, so doesn’t that mean it’s safe?

Just because marijuana is legal does not make it safe. Using marijuana during pregnancy or while breastfeeding may harm your baby, just like alcohol or tobacco.


It’s natural, so doesn’t that mean it’s safe?

Not all natural substances or plants are safe. Lead, tobacco and poisonous berries are great examples. Marijuana contains THC, which may harm a baby.


What about using it for medical reasons?

A doctor can recommend marijuana in special cases, helping you determine whether the benefits are greater than the risks. It is unsafe to use any medicines while pregnant or breastfeeding that are not recommended by a doctor. Talk to your doctor about safer choices that do not risk harming your baby.


Don’t cannabinoids occur naturally in your body?

Some cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids, occur naturally in the body and in breast milk. These endocannabinoids help your nerve cells communicate better. However, THC from marijuana is much stronger than your natural endocannabinoids. THC can upset the natural endocannabinoid system in your body. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should not use marijuana to avoid any risks of THC.


Can I use it to treat my nausea?

The THC in marijuana may harm your baby. Talk to your health care provider about safer options to reduce nausea that do not risk harming your baby.


Is it still harmful if I vape or eat it instead of smoke it?

If you consume marijuana, you are consuming THC, which is passed to your baby and can cause harm.