Discuss what is known about cannabis use among moms, touching on the effects of cannabis during pregnancy and postpartum depression.
We are in a time when the age old stereotypes of lazy stoners consuming cannabis just to get high have been replaced with everyday people, upstanding citizens of our communities, consuming cannabis as a valuable medicine. This includes the quickly growing and already huge demographic of cannabis consumers that you call Mom. Cannabis and moms is a common combination, and for good reason.
There are certain experiences that are exclusive to the rights of motherhood, with pregnancy being one of the most obvious. If you’re pregnant, there are physicians who argue on both sides of whether or not consuming cannabis during pregnancy has positive or negative side effects on the baby’s cognitive development. However, there was a systematic review of several research studies focused on cannabis use during pregnancy, published in just May of 2020. The researchers concluded that the evidence from all the research studies reviewed showed that prenatal exposure to cannabis does not lead to cognitive impairment. Though this suggests consuming cannabis while pregnant may not be harmful to your baby’s cognitive development, more concrete research is needed to determine the exact effects of cannabis during pregnancy.
One major benefit of cannabis for moms is in the treatment of postpartum depression. Affecting up to 15% of all mothers, several of these mothers report cannabis being effective in treating some of the side effects associated with postpartum depression. One mother told The Atlantic that cannabis helped her during a period of postpartum depression, during the first year after giving birth to her daughter. Consuming cannabis helped ease her stress and feelings of being constantly overwhelmed. She was so impressed by how effective cannabis was, she was inspired to create her own cannabis product to help other moms going through similar experiences.
Cannabis has also been shown to help ease menstrual pain and other symptoms of the female reproductive cycle. A survey from Australia found cannabis and hemp to be the most effective in reducing pain caused by endometriosis. This is promising for mothers who experience severe or even mild menstrual pain. Pain during sex after pregnancy is also commonly reported by new mothers, and is another reason moms are turning to cannabis. Cannabis is said to decrease pain levels, allowing sex to be more enjoyable.
On another note, moms are typically the primary decision makers when it comes to healthcare in their households. They make a majority of the decisions when it comes to the health of their children, partners, and other family members. Everywhere you look online or in the news you can find articles about moms who made the choice to treat their child with medical cannabis. This authority over choosing how your children’s medical conditions are treated creates quite the purchasing power for moms in dispensaries.
The spread of cannabis legalization has not only reduced the stigma around those who consume it, but it has also made other types of cannabis products more easily available. Products that make keeping cannabis use more discrete, and less potent than just smoking cannabis flower, make it much easier for moms to consume these days. For moms who want to keep their cannabis use under wraps, you can consume discreetly using products like a vape pen, edibles, oils, tinctures or topicals. All of these are great options for moms wanting to take advantage of the medical benefits of cannabis, and not wanting to smoke the place up.