Morning sickness during pregnancy is the worst. You feel hungover all day (because of course it doesn’t just happen in the morning) and you didn’t even get to enjoy the fun the night before. Understandably, you’re probably looking for anything to help ease this terrible feeling you can’t seem to shake during your first trimester. There are plenty of natural remedies to choose from if you can’t afford or don’t want to take the medicinal route of Digles, or Unisom and B6. But what about marijuana? Can marijuana help with morning sickness? And more importantly, is it safe even if it potentially could help?
Doula and childbirth educator Jessica Daggett tells Romper, “It is believed that marijuana can help with nausea. However, hospital emergency departments are seeing an extreme increase in patients (pregnant and not) coming in with what’s called ‘Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome,’ which is believed to be caused by excessive marijuana use. So, one may believe they’re treating nausea/vomiting with marijuana and landing themselves in the ER with further abdominal issues. So the science is lacking, but we see potential error in that belief that marijuana helps with morning sickness.”
Daggett adds there isn’t a whole lot of information to give a crystal clear picture of whether or not it’s 100 percent safe to use marijuana while pregnant. “What we do know is that THC affects brain function, and when a pregnant mother consumes anything, including THC, it’s transferred via placental blood to the fetus. So we can confidently say the fetus is affected, we just don’t know how strongly or in what ways.”
Dr. Jordan Tishler, a Harvard physician and cannabis therapeutics specialist with more than 23 years of experience, agrees there’s not enough research on marijuana use and its safety while pregnant yet, but the studies he has seen shows some not-so-great potential side effects for your baby. “About half of the studies show dramatic harms associated with cannabis use during pregnancy, including decreased fetal weight and decreased school performance in later childhood. However, the other half of the set of studies seem…