We are wrapping up week 4 of the Holistic Cannabis Consumption: Pregnancy, Childbirth, & Postpartum Online course. This has been my favorite week so far, like the icing on the cake for a holistic, painless, blissful birth. There are many methods and frameworks for childbirth education, and beliefs on pregnancy vary based on the culture, society, and even families we are born into. Our childbirth education courses are holistic, meaning they center the mind-body-spirit of the birthing person, as well as taking into account other bioecological systems and how they impact cannabis choosing parents, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx parents, LGBTQ parents, teen parents, millennial parents and their babies.
In weeks 3 and 4, we talked about cannabis in supporting the mind-body-spirit during pregnancy and childbirth, but we also focused on incorporating methods of harm reduction and other traditional and ancient methods of supporting pregnancy and childbirth and minimizing risks. Many of these practices can be incorporated throughout pregnancy to prepare for a natural childbirth, with/without the aid of cannabis. These practices also boost our body's natural hormones and neurotransmitters that naturally support the stages and phases of childbirth. A healthy flow of these chemicals are vital to having a painless, blissful birth, providing harmony to the birthing person and homeostasis to both mom and baby. These natural pain relieving, and bliss properties are what we call The Big Three of Holistic Birthing.
Learn specific ways to increase the natural production of these chemicals throughout the stages and phases of birth, as well as other holistic, and traditional approaches to preparing for childbirth in the Holistic Cannabis Consumption: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Postpartum online course.
Next month, we are introducing a new course focused on holistic and traditional comfort measures for natural birthing, emphasizing The Big Three of Holistic Birthing--
Comfort Measures for Holistic Birthing
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Harm reduction, as defined by the Harm Reduction Coalition, is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use, or specific activity. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use alternative substances.
The Cannabis Doula uses harm reduction to incorporate a spectrum of strategies, from our S.A.F.E. strategies for cannabis consumption and tracking and managing use, to examining cannabis quality and cessation to meet cannabis moms, or cannabis choosing families where they are, addressing the conditions of and for their cannabis use along with the cannabis itself.
The Cannabis Doula considers the following Principles of Harm Reduction central in supporting women and families who choose cannabis:
• The Cannabis Doula accepts that licit and illicit cannabis consumption is part of our world, our society, and our culture and therefore chooses to work to minimize any potential harmful effects or misinformation rather than ignore or condemn it’s use.
• The Cannabis Doula understands that cannabis is a complex and multi-faceted plant and it’s use encompasses a continuum of behaviors from abuse or misuse to total abstinence, and acknowledges that some methods of consuming cannabis may be safer than others.
• The Cannabis Doula establishes that the well-being and quality of the individual, family, and community life is the criteria for successful interventions and policies, not necessarily cessation of cannabis use.
• The Cannabis Doula calls for the non-judgmental, non-coercive provision of birth and family support services and resources to families of color who use cannabis and the communities in which they live in order to assist them inbecoming informed cannabis consumers.
• The Cannabis Doula urges communities to work together to Shatter The Stigma associated with cannabis use during pregnancy and any policies that may have resulted from the stigma and led to discriminatory practices such as nonconsensual drug testing of women and babies at childbirth.
• The Cannabis Doula moves to ensures that women and birthing families who use cannabis, and have traditionally and historically consumed cannabis, routinely have a real voice in the creation of programs and policies designed to serve them.
• The Cannabis Doula affirms that birthing people themselves are the primary agents in reducing the harms of their cannabis consumption, and seeks to empower women to share information and support each other in strategies which meet the conditions of their cannabis use.
• The Cannabis Doula recognizes that the realities of racism, class, poverty, social stigma and isolation, past trauma, sex-based discrimination and other social inequalities—including the War on Drugs, cannabis propaganda and misinformation-- affect both people’s vulnerability to and capacity for effectively seeking cannabis education and care to reduce harm.
• The Cannabis Doula does not attempt to minimize or ignore the real and tragic harm and danger caused by the War on Drugs and cannabis prohibition to Black and Latino women, men, children, and families.
The Cannabis Doula believes that women who use cannabis during pregnancy deserve evidence based information, support, and care in their consumption and all women should have the option of choosing medical cannabis to support them during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.
We work from a psychoeducational intervention model and harm reduction framework to assist families in making informed decisions on cannabis.
To book a workshop at your birth center, hospital, or dispensary contact Melanie firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is It Safe or Not? Using Evidenced-Based Information to Make Informed Decisions about Cannabis Use During Pregnancy
"Is it safe or not?" A question I'm repeatedly asked from moms, doulas, nurses and dispensary staff as I've made it increasingly known that I support birthing people and women who decide to use cannabis during pregnancy, childbirth, and while breastfeeding.
My answer to that is usually: Well, it depends. Whether cannabis is safe for birthing people largely depends on the quality of the cannabis that they are consuming, their method of consuming, and other factors as well, such as whether they live in a legal state, or a state that at least recognizes cannabis as medicinal, and has decriminalized cannabis to some extent.
Other factors that play an important part in whether cannabis can be considered safe for a mom are her doctor's attitudes toward cannabis, the hospital/birth center's policies and attitudes surrounding testing positive for THC upon giving birth. All of these thing can impact the health and safety of moms who consume cannabis. Moms who choose to consume cannabis risk having their family reported to Child Protective Services, and many women have had their children removed from their homes, in states that have legalized cannabis and states that have not yet legalized.
It is important to know that cannabis has been used to support the uterus, and reproductive health and wellness of birthing people and women since the very earliest known uses of the cannabis plant.
In many countries across the world, many women in communities of color still consume cannabis during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum as not only a cultural tradition and norm, but because cannabis has been used for generations to aid in birth,
So much of our ancestral connection to cannabis use during birth was lost in communities across the United States as the prohibition of cannabis AND the outlawing of traditional midwives and Granny Midwives became widespread in the 1920s and 30s. Women and families still secretly consumed cannabis, but without the knowledge and support of the Wise Women who cultivated and crafted cannabis preparations for their community.
Cannabis is the most consumed illicit drug by pregnant women, according to ACOG and WHO. Whether or not you believe cannabis to be safe during pregnancy, we MUST talk about harm reduction, safe access, and cannabis education for families.
Can cannabis be safely used to pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum?
In order for that to happen, we must come to an agreement to shatter the stigma that is associated the cannabis use by mothers--and really focus on evidence-based information as it pertains to cannabis and reproductive health. More research needs to be done, of course, but there is enough information available to parents and care providers that provides knowledge, data, and insight as to how cannabis can benefit the birthing process, as it always has.
The FDA recently released a warning for women against consuming cannabis during pregnancy, stating the "FDA strongly advises against the use of cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and marijuana in any form during pregnancy or while breastfeeding." This comes as more CBD products are being marketed to support women with pain, anxiety, and morning sickness, and more mothers are opening up about their consumption and success with cannabis.
The FDA further stated that "there may be serious risks to using cannabis products, including those containing CBD, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding."
One risk that they discuss is the amount of THC present in breastmilk ("six days") after consumption. This amount is actually a small fraction of a percentage, and very little compared to other drugs that women are prescribed during pregnancy and reach the baby through breastmilk, or through the placenta.
The FDA went on to say "This THC may affect a newborn’s brain development and result in hyperactivity, poor cognitive function, and other long-term consequences." Which is misleading because while THC can affect a newborn's brain development (THC is a neuroprotectant), long term studies of cannabis use showed no long term effects in regard to hyperactivity or cognitive function. The only reliable long term study of cannabis use during pregnancy was the work of Dr. Melanie Dreher and collegues, which notes more benefits to cannabis than long term harm, including higher functioning newborns.
Popular pregnancy websites like What to Expect, also lean toward the FDA's warning due to the possibility of low birth weight or premature babies being born to moms who use cannabis, which is largely a myth.
Most research that drew these conclusions failed to look at confounding variables, such as a mother's tobacco or alcohol consumption, access to education and prenatal support, as well as stress and other factors known to lead to low-birth weight babies and unhealthy pregnancies--like racism.
Current research also makes a lot of assumptions about cannabis based on the race of the mother, usually African American. Black women and mothers are most often victims of the stigma associated with cannabis use during pregnancy and risk having their children taken or otherwise criminalized for their consumption. After researching the uses of cannabis during pregnancy in communities of Black women all over the world, you may come to find that it is a cultural norm to use cannabis in Black and Indigenous communities. A cultural norm that is not talked about, one that is hidden due to prohibition, the stigma and the racism that keeps Black birthing traditions outlawed,
It is important to note that while making these sweeping claims about the possible negative effects of using cannabis or CBD while pregnant, the FDA also states that "There is no comprehensive research studying the effects of CBD on the developing fetus, pregnant mother, or breastfed baby."
So, while I would like to lean on the recommendations of ACOG, WHO, and the FDA, they've been known to make recommendations that DO NOT have the best interest of women and families of color.
These organizations rely on the financial support of Big Pharma, who also rely on Ob-Gyns to push their medical interventions, all the while taking advantage of the fear of women and birthing people who need support during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.
I will note that some of their concerns about cannabis use during pregnancy is valid. I specifically address the need for cannabis education and harm reduction for cannabis using moms because of the dangers of ingesting toxins/heavy metals, mold, and bugs that may be present in poor quality cannabis, improperly grown cannabis, cannabis grown illegally or stored without proper knowledge and care. This is why cannabis education, like Interpening, can be especially useful for moms in helping to reduce harm and determine the quality of their medicine, and guide them in properly consuming cannabis.
The Healthy Cannabis Consumption: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Postpartum workshop and training presented by @TheCannabisDoula aims to help moms and doulas improve their knowledge and caregiving with cannabis by providing evidence-based research, resources, and various cannabis remedies to support the birthing person--allowing parents to make informed decisions about their cannabis consumption, without the stigma, fear, and judgement.
As Black women's reproductive health is at risk, I believe that we should take ownership away from these organizations in deciding what is safe for our bodies, and instead make our own decision, for the collective health of ourselves and our communities. In most cases, pharmaceutical drugs (opiods, narcotics, steroids, etc) are not safer for birthing people than cannabis. We have to be bold, knowledgeable, and confident in moving the conversation along with or without the recommendations of these organizations.
My responsibility is to women and birthing people, especially women of color, who have traditionally used cannabis during pregnancy and childbirth, for generations.
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I want to take you back to a moment that you may have heard me mention. A moment that was traumatic for me. When I was offered and refused narcotics (opioids) for the severe pain I experienced from having stitches for third degree lacerations, after what was a beautiful and unplanned precipitous homebirth with my first son. I was in labor and gave birth in less than an hour, which is not uncommon for moms who use cannabis throughout pregnancy. Quick & easy, pain-free birth. However, I spent my first two days as a new mother in a maternity suite at the nearest hospital barely able to move, walk, or use the bathroom without pain. My pain was not from giving birth. In fact, my birth was exhilarating. I was in pain largely due to a mean ass OB who violently sutured me up and was even more violent and dismissive toward me for refusing opioids, pitocin, and IVs ( plus vaccinations and all other newborn interventions lol). Truth is, I planned for a natural water birth at the birth center that I was receiving care and when I called them to tell the midwife I was in labor, she told me to call her back because I “was a first time mom and we usually have long labors” smh. So, I had my baby 30mins later, on daddy’s couch and ended up in the maternity suite for aftercare.
Anyway, I’m particularly critical of hospitals, for reasons unbeknownst to me but I can say is probably due to generational trauma which is why I had no plan to give birth there. I’ve often come to find that the people who work in hospitals are only following orders and protocols that are largely outdated, not evidenced-based, and in complete opposition to what’s best for mama and baby, and often times rooted in racism and classism. How unfortunate for most doctors and nurses who really think they are helping people. (DISCLAIMER: I love good doctors and nurses who advocate for their patients, and who go above and beyond these hospital protocols like the good doctors at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital, whose doctors are well-known recipients of the Harper Avery/Catherine Fox award for excellence in medicine...a little Grey’s Anatomy humor to lighten this up a bit? 😊)
So yesterday, I was going through some old paperwork and found my discharge papers from this hospital experience. I often like to look over my discharge papers to see if I’ve missed anything that I didn’t know or see prior. In this packet, I find listed all the medications that the nurses gave me and the medications that they use commonly in maternity suites. And what do you know, oxycodone was listed as being given to me twice, two different dosages. Strange, I thought. I know I declined, repeatedly. I made it clear that I was breastfeeding (and that I was a doula and I knew the effects of narcotics on nursing babies and mamas) so why is this listed? Did they give me oxycodone without my permission? I don’t fucking know. But I do know that moms who are on Medicaid are prescribed opioids more often and I was receiving Medicaid at the time. Did they list it just to get money from Medicaid on my behalf? I don’t fucking know. But I do know that something ain’t right. So I did more digging.
Opioids are commonly prescribed to pregnant and breastfeeding women in spite of the known negative risks, including opioid withdrawals in newborn babies, issues breastfeeding, and the list goes on. According to the FDA, severe and persistent pain that is not effectively treated during pregnancy can result in depression, anxiety, and high blood pressure in the mother. But are opioids the solution to the pain that women experience in pregnancy and postpartum? Hell fucking no, is the answer to that. We have to be real honest, our country is facing an opioid problem. This we know, but we’ve never stopped to think about about how this crisis is impacting pregnant women and babies, the most vulnerable in our communities. And the reason we haven’t done so, is because these drugs are making hospitals lots of money. There is a reason doctors are prescribing opioids. There is a high chance that once a patient fills their opioid prescription, they will continue to refill their prescription. Opioids are highly addictive. Do they work to eliminate the source of the pain? Or do they just numb the symptoms related to the pain temporarily? Big questions, that we already know the answers to.
Black mothers are dying. We need safe alternatives. Like yesterday.
*sounds trumpet* Thankfully, queen cannabis has our back. Cannabis, in its various forms of consumption, is a safer alternative to common pharmaceutical medications found on maternity suites. Yup. I told you Cannabis was used traditionally for women, right? From pain, to blood pressure, hemorrhoids, itching, cracked nipples, infection, digestion, constipation, and the list goes on. I’m supporting mothers who are no longer interested in being misinformed by care providers who have invested interested in pharmaceutical companies. For moms who are interested in natural alternatives that have no negative side effects on their babies or their breastmilk. For moms who choose cannabis, the possibility of healing all of the changes that come with motherhood—physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally, cannabis is truly promising.
For more information or to learn about cannabis alternatives to common medications used during pregnancy and postpartum, contact The Cannabis Doula to schedule a consultation. I provide clients with education and research to help inform your doctors and family about the benefits of cannabis, I provide support and tips to avoid negative interactions with Child Protective Services, and importantly, I provide cannabis caregiver services to help families learn to prepare cannabis medication including topicals, tinctures, infused oils, edibles, capsules, and more that can be used to aid moms from pregnancy to postpartum and beyond.
Everything has a Black history. Like most other things, Cannabis history has been largely distorted based on who writes the books and the laws. Cannabis has been a part of Black culture since the time of our ancient ancestors, and the racially motivated prohibition of cannabis and the War on Drugs continues to stifle the growth of Black families and communities for generations.
Is cannabis the answer to the rising maternal mortality crisis?
After my beautiful surprise of a home birth with my first son, Messiah, I was rushed to the nearest hospital where I had to get stitches for third degree lacerations (including what I know now as the Husband Stitch) and where I spent the first two days postpartum. It was ridiculous. We barely ate or slept the entire time. My first shower and trip to the bathroom was a horrible experience in a sterile, cold environment with nurses coming in and out every two hours. What I remember most from that experience is when I asked the nurses/doctors for pain medication, they told me the only two options I had were, Tylenol or Oxycodon. I was in a lot of pain and I knew that Tylenol would be of little help. I was in so much pain, not from giving birth, but from these stitches that the OB violently sutured. I knew from childbirth education classes, that narcotics interfere with breastfeeding and bonding, and isn’t safe for the baby. So I couldn’t understand then why a highly addictive narcotic was being offered to women immediately after giving birth.
Our body’s works really hard after birth regulating hormones, contracting the uterus, producing breastmilk, releasing the placenta, allowing us to love on and care for our babies. If women are given addictive drugs at such a sensitive time, the risk of dependency is so much greater! I’m thankful that I knew better, that I knew to look up the names of the drugs they offered me, and that I was able to deny them even though I was in so much pain and even after being repeatedly offered the narcotics. Still, however, I suffered in pain and in silence after giving birth for a long time because I refused harmful pharmaceuticals.
This shocking reality is why I advocate for cannabis consumption during postpartum, especially. Cannabis works by binding to receptors in our body and alleviates the cause of pain, it doesn’t numb the pain like synthetic chemicals. Plus, there are no side effects. Safe cannabis consumption is important for pregnant & nursing mothers and we deserve access and education for natural pain relief to aid any discomfort related to pregnancy and childbirth. Traditionally, cannabis in various methods of consumption was used to induce labor, to speed up a stalled birth, for a faster and easier birth, and to stop hemorrhage, as well as treating symptoms related to postpartum depression and psychosis.
So to answer the question, can cannabis be used to address maternal mortality?
For me and more many other families who choose cannabis,
the answer is yes.
Exactly a month ago, I sat in the doctor’s office with my fiancé and our two sons, as a woman I’d just met told me that a biopsy and ultrasound of my thyroid and neck was suspicious of thyroid cancer. I smiled. Surely, she’d made a mistake. A week prior, I had brought in a CT of my neck from three years ago when I had first noticed the lumps there. I thought it was due to swelling from having several wisdom teeth extracted and thought nothing more of it. Until now. The lumps are still here. Not painful, but somewhat noticeable. Still, I thought maybe it had something to do with giving birth or breastfeeding. Afterall, our body’s change so much & postpartum thyroiditis is a thing.
So I went to Johns Hopkins, I scheduled an appointment with otolaryngology. The surgeon did a scope of my throat and didn’t notice anything unusual. After viewing my CT scans he tell us that we should probably prepare ourselves for The C-word. “I see it all the time, I’m not worried. If it is cancer, don’t worry, we can have a small surgery to remove the thyroid. It’s the common procedure in this case,” He says and gave me the information for an endocrinologist, who apparently only took clients seven months out. With his referral, he assured me, I’d get an appointment the next week.
So here we are, sitting in a small examine room, as this woman, the endocrinologist, tells me, in otherwise perfect health, the one thing that I never imagined would change my life forever. She goes on and on about the surgery, the 4 week recovery, and the radioactive iodide that would follow. Plus, the hormone pills and lifelong doctor visits after that. The entire time, I’m smiling, half listening trying to keep Mars and Messiah entertained. Completely unbothered by the news. In fact, I thought and still think, the whole thing was hilarious. Serious, but funny, and sad in the way providers attempt to plant fear in patients in order to get their consent to thousand dollar surgeries and treatment plans even though natural healing and cures exist. So, I just smiled.
Before now, I’ve used cannabis to treat self-diagnosed anxiety, depression, and maybe PTSD. Nausea and insomnia, and whatever else. But I never really considered myself as a cannabis patient. I gained cannabis knowledge and experience in the Industry with the humble intentions of inspiring others to use cannabis to heal themselves! My use of cannabis has been mostly recreational with medicinal benefits. Now, everything is different.
When I told the doctor of my intention to use medical cannabis, his response was the generic response that most doctors are required by hospital protocol to give, as to be expected. I will be using cannabis to treat thyroid cancer. I’m currently in the process of becoming a medical cannabis patient in my state. While I know there is a lot of fear, and shame, and whatever else associated with cancer, and with cannabis use, that often leads people into fear based thinking—I am excited for the opportunity to use RSO, a highly concentrated cannabis oil, along with other herbs (plus an alkaline vegan diet, fasting, and exercise) to heal my thyroid and my body, mind, & spirit. & most importantly, to share my journey—because clearly my throat chakra is all fucked up!
Surgery, especially removing such an important organ as the thyroid, is not an option for me and will never be the best choice, regardless of what Western medicine diagnoses. While I know many people are unaware of the healing power of herbs and of cannabis, especially in killing cancerous cells and improving thyroid function, I’m conscious! Healing is a natural, mind-body-spirit phenomenon so I’ll be healing and balancing naturally. “How can you heal if you’ve never healed?” the universe asked me, in the midst of my shame and embarrassment. So, I’m healing. & happy.
I’m grateful. I was challenged originally with whether or not to tell people. I was crippled slightly due to the fear of shame and embarrassment. People tend to plant their worse fear onto others and often neglect evidence based information in the process. There are so many people who, would never question their doctor, their diagnosis or treatment and even asking for a second opinion is blasphemous. For them, there is nothing to research, no alternative to consider because “whatever the doctor says, goes.” I’m not one of those people. I don’t ever want to put on a facade like everything is perfect and these moments aren’t challenging but my happiness is absolute, not relative. I’ve had far worse moments, and have overcome triumphantly a whole lot of shit that many people should never live through. I’m not interested in being an advocate for surviving cancer or fighting cancer in any traditional sense. Surviving, fighting, and treating cancer is not healing or curing it! I also don’t want to be quiet about the fact that more people (young, black, and women) are being diagnosed with cancer and dying from carcinogens in our environment and in our foods while cures like cannabis, are being suppressed and stigmatized, especially in Black communities.
Becoming a medical cannabis patient will make me a better caregiver! I’ll be crafting my own medicine, herbal infusions, and edibles to heal MY body. I hope to be transparent throughout this entire time, to aid in my healing. I’ll be sharing my journey here, and doing videos and demonstrations via patreon. I’ll be hosting educational workshops and events to elevate cannabis healing and break the stigma associated with cannabis. Join me!
How are you using cannabis to heal?
I receive a lot of questions about women using cannabis for pregnancy and postpartum related symptoms and for menstrual cramps, body aches, etc. from mamas, doulas, and midwives. There is a lot of misinformation on the internet, so it is no wonder so many women are shy about their consumption. Most of the cannabis industry is marketing its products to young, single males when it’s actually mothers who make and influence the health decisions for everyone in her familiy. I am confident, however, that more research is being done on the benefits of cannabis on women’s health and thus more education will follow.
Nevertheless, here are THREE important things you need to know (there’s more):
1- There is not sufficient research to prove the benefits or harm of cannabis on pregnant women and/or on her unborn baby! However, there is medical evidence that has proven that even when the fetus is as tiny as two cells, it has an endocannabinoid system with receptors that binds to cannabinoids present in cannabis, such as CBD, to promote the growth and function of other body systems. Many pregnant women who have used cannabis during pregnancy have gone on to birth healthy, full term babies. In places like Jamaica, for example, women have reported heavy use of cannabis during pregnancy with no complications or side effects. The other research that does exist, is highly flawed.
2- If you are considering using cannabis while you are pregnant, talk to your doctor or midwife. If you do use Cannabis and you are pregnant, practice safe consumption. If you choose not to, that's great. Don't shame other women for their choice, opinion or thoughts about using cannabis while pregnant, especially if you lack proper information.
3- Many women have experienced relief from common pregnancy concerns such as pain relief, nausea, insomnia, hormonal and mood imbalances, the list goes on. People who are pregnant and are unable to take prescription medication to manage their mental health, also use cannabis to treat depression and anxiety. It's often the healthier alternative. Keep in mind also, that using cannabis requires making an informed decision, like many other decisions that women have to make during pregnancy and it is important to talk to your doctor. If your doctor is not aware of your consumption and for whatever reason does a drug test on you and your baby, the situation may not end well. However, if you are informed, and practicing safe consumption: a registered patient, using organic cannabis, medicating with an appropriate strain and application then there would be no reason for a doctor to suspect child negligence or drug abuse.
If you need assistance talking to your doctors about safe cannabis use during pregnancy and postpartum, I offer this service to my birth doula clients and to people interested in becoming registered medical cannabis patients. It can be a pretty intense conversation, especially when your provider isn't supportive (or informed) and it's good to be prepared with factual information about cannabis void of the stereotypes and misinformation often directed at Black mothers. To learn what cannabis strains, products, and methods of consumption work best for you and your lifestyle, schedule a consultation with Melanie Julion, HCHD.
The Cannabis Doula, a CTU Certified, Hyno-Birth Doula & Childbirth Educator