I'm a mom, and I smoke weed.

I'm a mom. I also have a Medical Marijuana card. 

yay me.

I believe in the simplicity of Marijuana because it is a PLANT, grown from the earth. I believe the good Lord gave us Marijuana to help get through the aches and pains of life with a higher, natural quality of life.


My hope is a place for moms (whether for recreation or medical purposes) can come together and grab info, stories, support, advice, quotes, etc. 

"From 1850 to 1942, marijuana was listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia as a useful medicine for nausea, rheumatism, and labor pains and was easily obtained at the local general store or pharmacy. Marijuana was first severely restricted as a recreational and medicinal drug in the U.S. by the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. The law did not prohibit marijuana use but imposed such a heavy tax that legal sale and use became nearly impossible" (Booth, 2003).


I know moms who have smoked or vaporized marijuana during pregnancy and say it does in fact help with pain and nausea and has no harmful effect on their babies. I've heard from many of my mommy friends that when they've used MJ* during pregnancy their children often are very bright, intuitive and thoughtful, and they have such a better pregnancy all-around. (*vaporizing is recommended rather than traditional smoking)

I first read of Dr. Melanie Dreher's studies of moms who smoke marijuana in Jamaica-"Arguably the study most often cited on the subject is Dr. Dreher's work from Jamaica which examined the birth weights and early development of babies exposed to cannabis compared to non-exposed infants." The study can be found here.

Do most people KNOW that marijuana was listed as a "USEFUL MEDICINE to help nausea and labor pains" in the United States until 1942?  


Why is it illegal now? 

A heavy tax law in 1937 made the legal sale nearly impossible, and according to the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy (2009), MJ was made illegal in 1970 under the Controlled Substances Act, listing marijuana as a "high potential for abuse and no acceptable medical use." I believe the devil wanted it out of the hands of the people who believed in true peace within themselves and this Earth. I could be wrong, sure. But those of us who only 420 and know Jesus...well there's something about Mj that leads us to Him. 

In fact the Bible says:


God said, "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth.…To you it will be for meat." … And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:29-31) The Bible predicts some herb's prohibition. "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times, some shall … speak lies in hypocrisy … commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (Paul: 1 Timothy 4:1-3)

The Bible speaks of a special plant. "I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more." (Ezekiel 34:29) A healing plant. On either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare 12 manner of fruits, and yielding her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Revelations 22:1-2) A gift from God.

Cannabis was used 12 ways: clothing, paper, cord, sails, fishnet, oil, sealant, incense, food, and in ceremony, relaxation and medicine. For so the Lord said unto me, "I will take my rest and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs. For afore harvest, when the bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks and take away and cut down the branches." (Isaiah 18:4-5)

Alcohol is the only drug openly discussed in the Bible, so it must serve as our reference. Wine is drunk during religious occasions such as Passover &emdash; the Last Supper of Jesus and His disciples. It remains a sacrament in modern church services.
Jesus began his public life by miraculously turning water into wine at the Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-10) when the reception ran out. The Bible distinguishes between use and misuse. It says, Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. (Proverbs 31:6-7) but Woe unto them that … follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them! (Isaiah 5:10)
~ Bible passages courtesy of equalrights4all.com ~ 


"Current supporters of medical marijuana believe the drug has significant medical value for patients who suffer from AIDS, glaucoma, cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and chronic pain. Several studies have been published to support and document this belief" (Chapkiss & Webb, 2008). 


I should also state that I don't always smoke marijuana in a typical fashion. I "smoke" with a vaporizer. Vaporizing/Vaping is much healthier and a more natural way to get THC if you can manage the initial investment ($100-$200) for a good vaporizer. 

When vaporizing you're not burning the plant to inhale, so carcinogens are diminished 80-90%. Vaping also saves money because you need far less and your Mj will last longer. When you traditionally smoke it burns up and depletes rapidly. In the photo on the right, you can see the middle section is "vaporized Mj" and is not as drastically changed from it's original state.   


Vaporizing?
From http://www.vapornation.com website:

"Designed to reduce your consumption while receiving the same effects!  Vaporizing can cut the tar and carcinogens up to 80%-90%. Think what that can do for your health?  Da Buddha Herbal Vaporizer-Electric Candle will save you money! Its just that simple. You will vaporize 1/3 to 1/2 of what you currently smoke now. This is not bull, its real. Combustion destroys around 50%-60% of the active ingredients. Because vaporizing does not do this, it's like having twice as much tobacco!"



Pregnancy?
When I was going through pregnancy, I had a lot of questions on whether or not it was actually okay and safe to use marijuana. We found Mj helped with increasing and maintaining a healthy appetite, keeping nausea away, and helping to unwind and relax. I felt better. I felt happier. Marijuana is a life-helper I think in a lot of respects


It's also inexpensive. Depending on the quality, can cost anywhere from $60-$100 per month. It costs even less if grow it, which my medical card allows. 


I know many find a great appeal in alcohol. It makes "things fun." But, does it? Don't most women usually get super depressed, call their ex or mom or best friend sobbing about life... and men just get into accidents or fights, moreso?

All too often, alcohol is a life-ruiner, making people angry, abusive...


"During the temperance movement of the 1890s, marijuana was commonly recommended as a substitute for alcohol. The reason for this was that use of marijuana did not lead to domestic violence while alcohol abuse did
(Booth, 2003). 





Some people yoga. Some people drink tea. Some people puff. 


MJ is not addictive and has no withdrawal symptoms. 





"The psychoactive side effects of THC in small doses include loss of inhibition, elation, and a distorted sense of time. (Marijuana) can also cause increased visual sensitivity and heightened imagination" (Booth, Cannabis: A History, 2003).  



Heightened imagination!?? Oh no!!! "Elation?!" Sounds awful. 

It's not easy being a mom. Being a mom is a wonderful and very important full-time choice. Being responsible for little HUMAN BEINGS... it can get stressful. Everyone has their history, their own trials in life. Most of us moms share a common goal - to get these little people through this unpredictable life as safely and lovingly as possible. 

I have to agree with the author of "I’m a Mom and I’m Stoned Right Now" (2012): 

"I'm not getting all crazy, hanging out of limo sun roofs, smoking weed off of hookers... I tend to ride out my buzz by giggling with my family, eating dinner, doing the dishes, putting the baby to bed and watching an episode of Friday Night Lights."


Marijuana brings relief. An unexplainable (yet) welcomed relief. No side effects and no "addiction" except to the warm, happy, uplifted feeling afterwards. I couldn't explain it 5 years ago, but now I know and I want to share the word with other moms out there. Mj is like the pluses of alcohol and pills without any side effects, and a happier more genuine feeling. I've had everything except hard drugs, and I can tell you I only use Mj. I don't know if the Lord will forgive me...but I choose to believe, that even the Bible truly tells us about this miracle plant... 

I use Mj and I will recommend vaping Mj to all moms who do so responsibly and happily  : ) 


XOXO,
Medical Marijuana Mom



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References:


Booth, Martin. 2003. Cannabis: A History. London, England: Doubleday.
Chapkis, Wendy and Richard Webb. 2008. Dying to Get High: Marijuana as Medicine. New York, NY: New York University Press.
Helmenstine, A. Marijuana Facts: Information about Marijuana and THC. Retrieved from: http://chemistry.about.com
Jezebel. I'm a Mom and I'm Stoned Right Now. Retrieved October 21, 2012, from: http://jezebel.com
Additional reference articles
U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy. “Marijuana Facts & Figures.” Accessed: February 10, 2009.World Drug Report 2008. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Accessed: December 2, 2008.

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Additional: 


Abel, Ernest L. 1980. Marijuana: The First Twelve Thousand Years. New York, NY: Plenum Press.
Leggett, Ted. “Why Should We Care about Cannabis?” United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Accessed: November 29, 2008  

Robinson, Rowan. 1996. The Great Book of Hemp: The Complete Guide to the Environmental, Commercial, and Medicinal Uses of the World’s Most Extraordinary Plant. Rochester, VT: Park Street Press.