Did marijuana save the life of one woman’s unborn child? We know that weed has helped millions of people in the past. It miraculously lessens the pain and other symptoms for cancer patients going through torturous rounds of chemotherapy but is it safe for expectant mothers to smoke, too?
One mother says not only is it safe but her special pot brownies saved her pregnancy. The mother is Melissa Vaughn, a 37-year-old stay at home mother from the Boston area who believes that her special pot brownie recipe is the sole reason why she has her baby today.
Click the next slide to see why she decided to use marijuana during her pregnancy.
10. Inside One Unique Recipe
Vaughn’s brownie recipe consisted of Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie mix and pot-infused butter. At the time, she desperately needed another option to get rid of her horrendous morning sickness. She tried everything she could think of to fix her hyperemesis, which is said to be a severe case of morning sickness.
Click over to slide 8 to see how Vaughn turned to marijuana.
9. The Deathly Illness
Her morning sickness started in the fourth week and got worse as the weeks went by. Of her symptoms, Vaughn said, “I would constantly vomit. I couldn’t keep any food down. I couldn’t keep any water down. I was totally incapacitated, in bed, unable to function. And I lost 12 pounds in seven days.”
8. The Benefits Behind Tokin’
After trying multiple medications that left her worse off than she was before, her husband Nick started reading up on marijuana and its medical benefits. To Melissa’s surprise, she wasn’t the first person to try it. “I talked to my friend’s neighbor, who is a midwife, and she said that that was the only thing that got her through her first trimester.”
Head on over to slide 6 to find out an interesting new study that crushes naysayers.
7. It Wasn’t Smooth Sailing
It wasn’t smooth sailing. Smoking a joint made her cough, which in turn made her throw up but afterward, she didn’t have any symptoms. She decided to remedy this by trying an edible. For Vaughn, she had to nail down the balance between the Betty Crocker mix and the strain of weed she bought from her friend. “I figured out how I could curb nausea but not feel like a stony-pony.”
6. Edibles Halt Morning Sickness
Although this story may raise a few eyebrows, Melissa’s story isn’t unique by any means. According to a study by JAMA, women are turning to edibles to halt their morning sickness and other severe conditions they experience during pregnancy. Weed also cures anxiety and depression in some pregnant women.
Click to slide 4 to find out why it’s a big secret.
5. The Big Secret
That said, there is a secrecy within this group of women who decide to use marijuana to curb their illnesses. This could be attributed to the stigma around marijuana, especially when it comes to pregnancy. Additionally, a new study by Marist Poll said that only one in five Americans agree that it’s okay for pregnant women to use marijuana.
4. The Stigma Behind Weed
Vaughn believes that it’s simply a lack of information about this use of marijuana during pregnancy, which might cause additional stigma. “It’s one of those things where it is still so hush-hush, because you don’t want people to look at you like you put your child in danger. I was more nervous about the pharmaceuticals than I was about the marijuana.”
Click to slide 1 to read about the sudden risk Vaughn was hit with.
3. Some Medical Professionals Disagree
That said, there are some medical professionals that strongly disagree with the use of marijuana. According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, pregnant women are “encouraged to discontinue marijuana use.” It’s said that some offspring are hindered by the use, and can result in low birth weight and impaired neurodevelopment.
2. One Doctor Found The Study Reassuring
However, Dr. Shayna N. Conner from Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis has published a report of 31 cases where pregnant women used marijuana. Of the research, she concluded that there was, “not an independent risk factor for adverse neonatal outcomes after adjusting for confounding factors.” In the end, she called her study “reassuring” despite not being able to perform a randomized controlled trial.
1. The Unexpected Twist
While weighing the pros and cons of using marijuana might have been nerve wrecking for Vaughn, she said that the risk was taking an alternative route. “[it seemed like] less of a risk than the defects associated with the other pharmaceutical drugs. You had to do your research and decide which risk you were willing to take.”
As for Melissa Vaughn’s baby? She had a healthy baby boy. That said, there was a legal risk Vaughn hadn’t entertained until she arrived at the hospital. When she told her doctor that she used marijuana to curb her illness, he had to record the information in her file. When her baby boy was born his meconium was tested for levels of THC. Although the test came out negative she still had to visit social services.
Fortunately, all turned out well and it was worth it for Vaughn. “I was getting to the point where it was starting to get dire for him too. Marijuana’s what saved my pregnancy, basically.”