Marijuana Facts

Marijuana Facts

Some women use marijuana to ease common side effects of pregnancy, including nausea or trouble sleeping. However, there is no safe time for marijuana use in pregnancy – not even a bit. If you experience nausea, have trouble sleeping, or other side effects, your doctor can help you find a safe medication or other ways that will work more effectively than marijuana.

The safest choice is to avoid all types of marijuana at all times when pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

More Facts about Marijuana Use and Pregnancy:

  • Using marijuana is just like cigarette smoking. It can have a large impact on baby’s growth, cause preterm labor, anemia, or admission to the hospital. Marijuana use can also lead to behavioral problems in babies and young children.
  • Marijuana can affect your baby’s brain development. Marijuana is categorized as a hallucinogen. It can cause long-term changes to the baby’s brain. Marijuana use while pregnant has been linked to anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, and lower test scores when an exposed baby becomes a teenager.
  • Medical marijuana is never prescribed during pregnancy. It is just like any other medication you are prescribed outside of pregnancy: some medications are not safe during pregnancy. Your doctor can help you find a medication safe for use during pregnancy.
  • Doctors don’t recommend using CBD oil in any dose while pregnant. CBD oil has the same characteristics as marijuana without the high. Because it is a relatively new substance, we don’t know what the effects are on an unborn child or baby.
  • Just because marijuana is natural doesn’t mean it’s safe. Just because something is natural, it does not mean it is safe for use during pregnancy. Anything that has a strong effect on mood, a health condition, or a symptom has risks. Marijuana is not FDA approved for use during pregnancy.

The bottom line: marijuana isn’t safe for you and your baby while you are pregnant.

Quitting marijuana is just like anything else you may have tried to stop: it’s hard at first, but there are tools and resources to support your journey. First, contact your healthcare provider. Your provider can help you create a Plan of Safe Care to help you quit using.

For support, assistance and resources, call 2-1-1 NH, the statewide portal which connects New Hampshire residents to the most up-to date resources, including family support and addiction related resources. 2-1-1 NH is staffed by specially trained Information and Referral Specialists to help you navigate a plan to reduce your harm and begin quitting for good.