Marijuana is Helping Women Fight Morning Sickness

A recent survey found that the amount of women using marijuana to treat morning sickness is increasing. It is well known that cannabis can sooth upset stomachs and is being used to help cancer patients going through chemotherapy treatment.

It may be a rather controversial statistic for many people that will worry marijuana consumption might affect the fetus negatively. More research must be conducted before anyone can know for sure how cannabinoids could adversely affect an unborn child, but perhaps cannabis is a reasonable solution to an age-old challenge women have been facing.

From 2009 to 2016, marijuana use among pregnant women increased from 4.2 percent to 7.1 percent researchers found using a database of about 318,000 pregnant females from a California health care system. Those 18 and younger increased use from 12.5 percent to 21.8 percent during that time. Pregnant women ages 18 to 24 increased use from 9.8 percent to 19 percent.

Findings from a January study published in JAMA also found marijuana use among pregnant women rose from 2.37 percent in 2002 to 3.85 percent in 2014. The January study, which used data from the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, also found younger women, those between 18 and 25 years old, are most likely to use marijuana.

Some pregnant women are turning to marijuana to treat morning sickness, Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, wrote in an editorial published online with the January study. Pregnant women should avoid using marijuana or other cannabinoids because “there is cause for concern.”

While some studies exist, not a lot is known about marijuana’s effects on an unborn baby. Research cited by the Centers for Disease and Control shows pregnant women who use marijuana could put their child at risk of low birth weight and developmental problems.

Women have been contending with pain and discomfort having to do with child birth forever, and if marijuana can offer relief without creating larger problems then perhaps it is the solution women having been searching for. How do you feel about women using marijuana to treat morning sickness?

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