Marijuana: Should You Use it or Lose it as a Parent?

The fact is, we just don’t know all of the effects of marijuana use during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and early childhood. But we DO know that no amount of THC has been proven safe for a developing child. While the transition may be challenging, experts suggest taking a break from marijuana during this time. First 5 San Joaquin is here to connect you to the support you need.

Effects of Marijuana whilte Pregnant or Breastfeeding

Pregnant women

Brain

Research shows that marijuana use could be linked to developmental problems that may not be noticeable until later in childhood, such as lower IQ and learning disorders.

Parent holding baby

THC can be passed to your baby through breast milk, even after quitting marijuana, as it slowly releases over time.

Cigarette

Second-hand marijuana smoke has many of the same chemicals as tobacco smoke which are harmful to your child.

Scale

Using marijuana increases risk of low birth weight.

First 5 San Joaquin is here to connect you with the support you need for a healthy pregnancy and beyond!

Help is available if you need support
to stop using marijuana while you
are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Asian woman holding baby

Call 2-1-1 or talk to a trusted
expert from the community
like your local WIC
program, OB/GYN or
pediatrician
for resources
and support.

Asian woman holding baby

Call 2-1-1 or talk to a
trusted expert from
the community like
your local WIC
program, OBGYN
or pediatrician
for
resources and
support.

Marijuana and Home Safety

All forms of marijuana use, such as dabbing, vaping, lotions applied to the skin, and edibles could present the same risk as smoking.

Edibles
It’s easy for kids (or adults) to mistake harmless treats like candy or cookies for ones that contain marijuana. Be sure to keep any edible marijuana out of reach for young children. If you can’t tell the difference between a sweet treat and an edible, neither can your children.

Edibles take longer than smoked marijuana to have an effect — usually 30–60 minutes after being eaten. Unknowing children might not feel the effects immediately and eat large amounts of their favorite sweet treat, leading to an overdose.

Emergency Help
If you think a child may have consumed edibles or any form of marijuana, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. If you think a child needs immediate medical help, call 911.

FAQs

QUESTION

Cigarette

Marijuana is legal, doesn’t that make it safe?

ANSWER

Cigarette

While it is legal, marijuana may still be harmful to the health of your child while you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

QUESTION

Leaf

Marijuana is natural, doesn’t that make it safe?

ANSWER

Leaf

Even though it’s a natural product, marijuana may still cause potential health concerns for your child while you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

QUESTION

Medic

What about using it for medical reasons?

ANSWER

Medic

It's important to talk to your doctor about using marijuana while pregnant or breastfeeding. There may be safer options that pose less risk to your child.

For Service Providers:

To help pregnant and breastfeeding moms understand the impact of marijuana use, and to promote awareness and access to services, providers can utilize our downloadable materials here:

Weed Free Baby