Seven in ten dispensaries in Colorado recommend pregnant women use marijuana for morning sickness – but a physician with the Christian Medical Association says that's bad medicine.
Researchers at Denver Health, the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the Colorado School of Public Health, and the University of Utah contacted Colorado dispensaries last year and found 69 percent of them recommended marijuana for expectant mothers with morning sickness. (See related research report)
"Marijuana is very dangerous to take during pregnancy," warns Dr. David Stevens of Christian Medical Association. "The College of OBGYN and the Academy of Pediatrics both say it shouldn't be used."
According to Stevens, it's dangerous to use marijuana during pregnancy because about 10 to 30 percent of the active drug in marijuana gets through to the baby and the babies are much more vulnerable to chemicals and toxins during pregnancy.
"The other reason is this is illegal in 14 states," he adds. "It's considered child abuse. Mothers can have to undergo mandatory drug treatment, they can lose custody of their children – in one state, they actually face criminal charges."
Stevens says mothers need to realize as well that they shouldn't use marijuana during breastfeeding because it passes very quickly through the breast milk into the child's system.
The study used a "mystery caller approach," with at least one researcher claiming to be a few weeks pregnant and asking for recommendations. Of the 465 Colorado dispensaries that were contacted, 400 responded.
In a related news report, The Denver Channel points out an employee contacted at one Colorado dispensary said, "Technically, with you being pregnant, I do not think you are supposed to be consuming that – but if I were to suggest something, I suggest something high in THC."