Originally Posted by pixiewytch
If it was legal and it helped me to relax then I would do the research and consider it. Even though my kid might not be taken away, "might not" isn't enough to keep me from being paranoid about it, especially in the government climate we live in today.
I'm not sure what your comparison was about man made chemicals and toxins. Were you talking about alcohol or something else? I know plenty of people like myself who drink homegrown or organic ale. I can't imagine that being as deadly as drano or antifreeze. Maybe I'm confusing what you are talking about.
No no, I certainly wasn't trying to compare alcohol or pot to draino or antifreeze. My only point there--and perhaps it was badly worded--was that you can't rely on the absence
of a study to prove something's harmless. In other words, think of some risky, dumb thing to do, like drinking draino. There's no study to show that that's harmful, right? So why can't we all drink draino during pregnancy? Because we use common sense to know that it isn't safe. Even though there's no study saying so. So, a pp was saying that no study shows that smoking pot during pregnancy is dangerous. Sure, but there are no studies on pot, period, because it's illegal. The absence of a study showing that it causes harm doesn't mean that it's harmless--only that it hasn't been studied. Does that make more sense?
It may be true that pot is completely harmless. Heck, it may be that pot is beneficial. But--here's the thing-- we don't know that.
There's no way to know whether it's harmful, neutral, or beneficial to the fetus. And in the absence of any hard data, you have to use common sense. Smoking anything
is bad, due to the carcinogenic (cancer-causing) compounds produced by the incomplete combustion. So, even if pot was totally harmless, smoking it would still be a bad thing. Maybe putting it in brownies or something would be better. But, we actually don't know that pot, even in brownie form, is harmless. It's a psychoactive compound which readily crosses the placenta, and we don't know how it interacts with the fetal brain. So, my thinking is that it's probably safer to avoid it during pregnancy.