An Unlikely Medication For Morning Sickness: Marijuana
Last week, a horrible stomach bug hit our household, and after I spent a day puking, I wandered down into the kitchen, where my husband had been wrangling the kids solo.
“Man, I hate puking,” I said to him. “It gives me flashbacks to being pregnant. I don't think I can ever eat bacon again.”
(Side note: That was a lie because I will always be able to eat bacon.)
He nodded in sympathy. “It must be worse when you're pregnant, huh? Like, even when you puke, it's not a relief? I think feeling like you have to puke is the worst part.”
Would you look at that, ladies? A man who gets it. Morning sickness — all day and night and in between sickness, really is the worst. There is no relief, and that constant feeling of nausea, puking at all hours, and never having any relief whatsoever is like a form of torture. It's a wonder that humans exist at all, truly.
I tried lots of remedies for morning sickness and had a lot of success using peppermints, but there's one morning sickness remedy that I admit I was shocked to hear existed:
Honestly, I can totally understand wanting to try anything — anything at all for some relief from morning sickness during pregnancy. But Mary Jane? I'm just not so sure about that. But the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists notes that marijuana is actually the #1 illicit drug used during pregnancy.
Increasingly, marijuana use among pregnant women is turning into a remedy for morning sickness — especially for women with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), a condition of severe, severe morning sickness that can lead to dehydration and other serious complications. And for some women with HG, marijuana may be one of the only treatments that actually helps reduce nausea.
Although the ACOG recognizes that the evidence is not completely clear on how marijuana affects a pregnant woman and her fetus, the studies that do exist prove that marijuana should not be advised for medical use during pregnancy. The ACOG reports that many women actually believe marijuana is totally safe to use during pregnancy.
But it's really not.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse lists all kinds of horrible effects of smoking marijuana, such as breathing problems, increased heart rate, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and birth defects in a developing baby. Their website states this clearly: “Resulting challenges for the child may include problems with attention, memory, and problem-solving.”
Would you try marijuana for morning sickness?