The side effects of cannabis prohibition means less scientific research is conducted, but also causes patients to withhold their cannabis use from medical professionals. This also applies to pregnant women who may be using cannabis to cope with ailments during pregnancy.
One recent study surveyed cannabis use among women and pregnant women. Among pregnant women between the ages of 12 and 17, 14 percent admitted to using cannabis within the past 30 days, compared to 6 percent of non-pregnant women in the same age group.
“Those numbers are very distressing,” said Nora Volkow, an author of the study and director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
“Teenagers who get pregnant are the ones at greatest risk of having poor [pregnancy] outcomes, and then on top of that, you have the effect of teenage women smoking marijuana while they are pregnant.”
The results of the study inspires multiple theories as to why young pregnant women are using cannabis.
“Sex, drugs, and rock and roll go together for a reason,” said Stuart Gitlow, an addiction psychiatrist and former president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. “People do them as a method for rebelling outside the parameters of what they are supposed to do.”
But Gitlow also speculated that a lack of awareness may cause teens to use cannabis as a “natural” remedy for pain and morning sickness.
“That is unfortunate because it implies that it is safe,” he said. Yet nothing could be farther from the truth.”
Another theory is that this particular age group faces many obstacles during pregnancy that adult women do not. Parenthood is the leading cause of teen girls dropping out of school, and results in fewer women graduating from college. Although sexual education and access to birth control has helped teen pregnancy rates go down, the social stigma can cause mothers to hide their pregnancy, isolating them from medical professionals. “Being pregnant often has a really strong influence on a woman’s life,” said Roshini Zachariah, a physician in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Washington. “They may think, I want to do everything right for my baby.”
The legalization of cannabis at the state level has accelerated in recent years, with one in five Americans living in a state where marijuana is legal. While a multi-billion dollar industry has developed in response to legalization, public health awareness has yet to catch up, partially due to the lack of peer-reviewed research caused by cannabis prohibition.
The job of medical professionals will be to find a way to effectively counsel patients without jeopardizing their privacy, nor risking the physician’s license. Parents who have administered medical marijuana risk a visit by Child Protective Services and risk losing custody of their child.
“It highlights the importance of educating the public on measures that could protect the newborn,” said Volkow.
In states with a thriving cannabis industry, tax revenue collected from the sale of cannabis is often used to fund public health awareness campaigns. “I’ve always said we need to start treating marijuana like the drug it is, not the drug some fear it to be,” said Colorado Rep. Jonathan Singer, who has helped shaped his state’s cannabis legislation. Colorado’s “Good to Know” campaign focused on educating new users as well as pregnant women about responsible cannabis use.
Since the day you were born, Mom’s life was never the same when it came to priorities. Keeping you happy and healthy were always at the top of the list. This Mother’s Day, give her the ultimate treat yourself day with delicious cuisine, comfy pillows, and all the weed she could want.
A whopping 78 percent of Americans buy greeting cards on Mother’s Day and a staggering $21.4 Billion was spent on this holiday last year. Cards are great, but mom deserves more! Here are some ways to have a high flying Mother’s day for you or that special lady in your life.
Get Her A Cannabis Cookbook & Make Dinner
There are many cannabis chefs producing an array of cookbooks you can find online and in some book stores! My favorite book has a recipe to make your own cannabis infused coconut oil with a crock pot. Moms love crockpots. With all the information and education on proper dosage to strain pairings!
Have a Lifted Garden Party
Instead of the traditional planting flowers in the garden, help your mom get her green thumb going with prepping beautiful cannabis flowers in arrangements. Some Cannabis Florists are available to do classes or private in home sessions to beautifully arrange a bouquet that will surely turn some heads.
Do An In home Cannabis Massage & Spa Day
Believe it or not there are massage therapists that will come and give you a healing cannabis massage in your own home. Better than breakfast in bed and without the drive to the spa. Might as well create the full on spa treatment with a DIY Cannabis Spa Experience to really show your mom how much you appreciate her.
Get Inspired and Do a Cannabis Craft-ernoon
Fall into a Pinterest hole and check out the simple and fun crafts you can do from making your own CBD Salve to your own Lube! WE know, you don’t want to think of your mom using lube, but you had to get here some way! You could also go to a painting class or a sewing class that incorporates cannabis. There are many events solely aimed for the stoned crafter.
Have a Themed Brunch
We know you have been to brunch and saw the cannabis themed brunch from Coachella this year, but what about having your own? You can include some cannabis essentials like hemp tea or a cannabis paired menu with a hybrid strains like Gorilla Glue #4, Bruce Banner, or Blissful Wizard. You can even make some infused cock tails with the cookbook you got earlier! Nothing says, “Thanks Mom!” to me, like some delicious food and a tasty J.
You Can Never Go Wrong With A Card
I remember whenever I had nothing else to give my mom I could always make her a card and she would be as happy as if it was a ruby. The ultimate Mother’s Day card comes with a place to light up with the lady who brought you into this world.
Mother’s Day is here and nothing goes better with Moms than big beautiful bouquets of fresh flowers. If you haven’t started thinking about what to get the life-bringer in your family yet, the good news is you’ve still got time. This year, instead of a mushy card and half-assed box of chocolates you picked up on your way out of the grocery store, get her something she really wants.
Like a smaller, more pungent floral arrangement called cannabis! If you’re lucky enough to have a mom or wife that enjoys relaxing with Mary Jane at the end of a hectic day full of adult responsibilities, this idea should be a no-brainer. However, I realize that the remaining 92% of us that don’t have mothers or wives that toke, this will backfire horribly.
In either case, we can all celebrate Mother’s Day a little early by enjoying some aromatic strains that smell of flowers and mom’s home cooking. Since they only get one stinkin’ day a year to be appreciated for raising (or marrying) our sorry butts, below are the top picks for the most floral and Mom-worthy strains to help celebrate all that they do.
Floral Strains for Mom on Mother’s Day
This 50/50 hybrid beauty will leave your house smelling of sweet berries, light diesel, and pepper. Load some of this pungent pot into your pipe and pretend that mom is in the kitchen cooking your favorite childhood meal and accidentally dropped a whole nug on the burner and whoopsies! You’d better get in there and help her clean up/inhale that mess, young man!
If your mom ever caught you smoking weed in the basement in your filthy room that she asked you to clean TWICE, I’ll bet she wouldn’t have been so mad had you had some Lavender Jones fired up instead.
No other strain smells more floral and mom-approved than this one. When flame hits her effervescent foliage, Lavender Jones lights up a room with a wondrous lavender aroma that any mother would be sure to love. However, if your mom figures out you didn’t bring her “lavender soap” after all, you’re on your own my friend.
Open a jar of this lime-green spectacle on Mother’s Day and someone is guaranteed to ask: “What kind of flowers are those?” Now- you can either tell them straight-up that you’re about to get baked in Mom’s honor or you can simply reply: “Roses?”
Most OG Kush fans describe its aroma as extremely floral with a hint of rose. After all, what better way to show mom you care than by bringing her “green roses” on her big day, right? It’s a surefire way to being the favorite child once again!
With a name like “Skunkberry”, you can bet your sweet cheeks that this strain is going to dazzle your nostrils. These flowers will make mom think that you stopped off at Orange Julius and had a delectable triple berry Julius made just for her. Boy, won’t she be disappointed!
Regardless of which strain(s) you choose, make sure your matriarch knows how much she means to you and promise to give her a call once in a while, slacker.
With more efforts being made to research marijuana, a study at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is underway to investigate the effects of marijuana use in pregnant mothers.
Assistant Professor Torri Metz, MD was recently awarded a Child and Maternal Health Pilot Grant by the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, which will be used to develop a questionnaire for pregnant mothers focusing on their use of marijuana.
Doctors typically discourage use of marijuana during pregnancy, along with other substances that pass the blood brain barrier. This recommendation is somewhat speculative since there is limited data to support their advice.
“If you look at the literature now, you find very mixed results,” Metz said.
“About half of the studies say there is an association between marijuana use and adverse outcomes; about half say there is no association.”
Metz’s specialty is in high-risk pregnancy, and she performs obstetrics duties at University of Colorado Hospital.
As marijuana continues to be legalized at the state level, patients seem more apt to report their use to physicians.
“I am seeing more and more self-reported marijuana use in the clinic,”
“I don’t know if this is a reflection of women using more marijuana or of the women being more willing to tell us about their use.”
In addition to the questionnaire, researchers will interview pregnant mothers, who have consented to the study, on their use of marijuana and compare it with tissue samples taken from the umbilical cord. The combined data will be used to create a method of gathering data for future studies. This baseline process will help determine if marijuana has an effect on premature births, hypertension in pregnant mothers (which can lead to preeclampsia), stillbirths, and other complications.
“These are the obstetric issues we face every day and we don’t understand the impact of marijuana use on these outcomes,” said Metz. “I want to change that.