Cannabis, also known as weed, pot or marijuana, is the most used drug in the United States and United Kingdom and is used by a whole range of demographics. Considered a ‘safer’ drug, this means that people often underestimate its detrimental side effects and strength which can lead to people using it in a variety of unsuitable scenarios that make it even more dangerous. For example many people will drive while high among other foolish practices. Obviously someone who smokes pot regularly will find their judgement impaired and this will contribute to such behaviour.
While weed is not physically addictive, the ‘psychoactive’ substance in the mix (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) can be psychologically addictive due to the ‘pleasant’ effects it causes. People refer to the effects of this substance as making them ‘high’ which then results in altered states of consciousness, euphoria, relaxation, joviality and others. However as any user will know it is not without its detrimental affects either and it can also result in feelings of nausea, increased and uncontrollable hunger, hallucinations, paranoia, anxiety, trembling, restlessness, insomnia, lethargy and others.
Due to the psychologically addictive nature of the drug along with the perception of it as being less harmful, many pregnant mothers even will continue to smoke marijuana despite these side effects. This is a big mistake however and is actually harmful for the foetus and potentially dangerous for them both.
What you need to be aware of, is the fact that a foetus gets all of its vital foodstuffs and nutrients from the body of the mother. In other words what you eat is what they eat, so if you are smoking marijuana, so too is your foetus. You wouldn’t give pot to a 10 year old, so you certainly should not allow an unborn infant to get high.
At the same time, smoking weed can interfere with the foetus’ blood supply and starve them of oxygen. This can lead to all kinds of types of damage, including brain damage in severe cases. Often though it will simply result in the baby being born wit h a particularly low birth weight and small size. This then further puts the child at risk and leaves them susceptible to other conditions such as jaundice, infections and more. It has also been linked to cases of ‘sudden infant death syndrome’ whereby the child dies for seemingly no reason (this has been linked to all kinds of other conditions such as sleep apnea but is as yet not fully understood). Weed also kills brain cells, and while a healthy infant should replace those, it is certainly not something you would choose to occur in the womb and something that would not under healthy normal circumstances. Furthermore smoking weed also exposes your child to all of the other additives used in a spliff. These include things like tobacco which can cause heart problems and again limit the body’s ability to transport blood and oxygen.
Studies have shown that exposure to all of these drugs can lead to developmental issues in later life – as one might expect. Children who were exposed to weed in the womb on average will reach their developmental ‘milestones’ (such as speech and walking) much later than those who weren’t. This then starts them off at a severe disadvantage in their education. Furthermore these children might exhibit jittery shaking and restlessness. Correlations have also been found with many diseases and disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, leukaemia, autism and others. They also showed on average worse memory, judgement and social interaction skills.
Many people are very defensive when it comes to smoking weed and it is not hard to find communities of people online, and in the real world, who will viciously defend the use of marijuana – even while pregnant. Such individuals cling to the fact that very little has been proving regarding any permanent negative effects of cannabis and that contradictory evidence exists. However such people are largely deluding themselves and anyone who’s had a friend they have seen become addicted to marijuana will know how severe the negative affects can be. It is only to support their own delusion and protect their ego that these people are so keen to defend against cannabis and try to convince others.
At the end of the day though, if you can not give up marijuana for nine months for the sake of your child then this is a clear sign that you already have a problem. Furthermore, while you can not prove the negative effects or weed, nor can you disprove them, and it is certainly not worth risking your own child’s health.