Originally Posted by ShamrockFaerie
Marijuana is different from other drugs. I use it theraputically for morning sickness and athsma. In doing so, I am taking a risk. But it was an educated medical decision based on the dangers of malnutrition and steroid therapy associated with athsma. I made the decision based on alot of research. Still, if and when the tox screen is performed, I have no right to stop it, and I will have to explain to a generally ignorant social worker that using MJ doesn't make me a junkie or an unfit mother. This is just simply the way it is in my state.
Grow up, people.
Um... um.... I"m sorry, but I'm about to rant a little bit.
NO studies have ever shown marijuana is safe during pregnancy OR FOR ASTHMA!!! While it is a mild bronchodilator, there are SO many other medications that are better than that for it, without the side effects. If you smoke it, how can you claim that you're doing more damage than good, via the tar and other carcinogens that are in the smoke? I can't believe the attitudes of people that think because something is "natural" it is safe, or justifying their drug use that it's been proven safe when it most certainly has not been. It's really sad, in my opinion, that you think it has- this emphases the denial and attitudes that are going to ensure true beneficial medical marijuana laws are never passed. It's one thing to have HG and use marijuana (preferably as the legal, controlled drug Marinol) as a last resort- it's another thing to subject your baby to a potentially dangerous drug due to normal/crappy morning sickness. (perhaps I'm wrong- perhaps you have been in the hospital for a month with an IV- but I'll assume you haven't since you didn't mention that.) I fully support the controlled, scientific testing of marinol for people with HG, which is far, far away from randomly smoking marijuana for morning sickness.
But, the real issue I have here is with the asthma. Asthma drugs have been tested for pregnancy- I know, I"ve had serious chronic asthma for most of my life, I"m a scientist, and I've looked into this like noone's business. If your asthma is so mild that marijuana helps it, it should be completely treatable with a *low-dose* steroid inhaler, that HAS been shown to be safe, or even a low-dose albuterol inhaler if it is that mild. Safe unlike whatever the heck you are breathing into your lungs now. I'd love to know what "studies" you've looked at that claim normal-dose steroid inhalers are not safe. But this is not the forum for that. We can start a separate thread on asthma medication if there's interest.
The issue of informed consent for a tox screen is a different issue than the safety of drugs. Tox screens are important because *people lie about taking drugs*. It can affect the treatment you get at the hospital due to drug interactions and the like. I agree with a previous poster that drug abuse should be seen as a medical, and not criminal problem. I also think there are appropriate uses for medical marijuana (without ever smoking it as to avoid the negative side effects of that form of ingestion.) But- one of the biggest problems I have with the whole Mothering scene is the lackadaisical attitude about *smoking* marijuana, which is a drug just like ANY OTHER DRUG, except it isn't regulated or controlled, and if you do anything other than grow your own, you really don't know what is in it. I see nothing more hypocritical than someone who is into natural pregnancy/parenting practices, who, say, tries to buy organic food, avoids caffeine, refuses many vaccines, etc (categories I myself fall into), - but who then for some reason thinks marijuana is okay due to.. what- some sort of social factor? That it's a plant?! That mothering ran an irresponsible article about it?! I would really love to truly understand the hypocrisy of why this happens. Natural does not imply good or safe! Everything is a chemical! Sometimes I blame the lack of critical thinking that comes about due to the dismal state of teaching science in school.. but that's getting cynical, now, isn't it.
Asthma is such a critical issue during pregnancy, especially. I know the tone of my post is that of irritation and craziness, but that's because this issue, and the ignorance I see on here, makes me irritated and crazy. It *is* difficult to find true answers to questions about the safety of drugs during pregnancy, especially if you don't have the access to medical literature or the experience to be able to determine whether a study was performed and analysed correctly- perhaps the biggest issue. I suppose being 36 wks pregant myself, I get really protective of children in general, and when I see obviously incorrect assumptions, it makes me upset. I left the vac. boards on here when someone claimed their serious, untreated asthma was safer than an inhaler, and that asthma or otherwise compromised levels of oxygen to the baby have *never been shown to cause birth defects*. What do you do against that level of willful ignorance?! Oye vey. It really breaks my heart.
I think a good exercise is to say.. if you think you're really at the point that you would take marijuana for something in pregancy.. would you take coke? (from a natural plant source!) Would you get drunk? (oh, so natural! Grapes and yeast!) Would you take X? (not addictive! not shown to cause birth defects.. because it's never been studied!) Peel away the natural, happy hippieness of marijuana and treat it just like any other drug... and I think the attitudes around here would be different.