I read some of these posts and came to the conclusion that ignorance is bliss! We are supossibly living in the country (USA) that freedom of press and speech is a const_tutional right, but is frowned upon once in action. The media and government is allowed to say whatever they wish and it is the right way, but once a civilian speaks out they are to be shuned, almost a social feather and taring. Right now with MJ busts of co-ops and dispenseries the contraversary of MJ is being brought up once again. You ask for research, and shall never fully receive your answer. There's two sides and can both be 'proven' as the right answer. In the end, its all up to your personal choice,YOUR decision and experiences is your research.
I also was an avid 'researcher' when I found out I was pregnant (8 weeks in). I literally made myself a crazed, hormonal woman in trying to find out what to do, what not to do, what to eat, if I could smoke, how much, if I had a gla__s of wine would I hurt my sunshine growing inside, all these questions, and I only got answers saying 'no NO no! Don't! Can't! NEVER!' Almost as if to live in a bubble until the childs eating solids, then they have to live in a bubble and you can go back to chocolate, caffine, alcohol and smoking. I finally threw out the books, blocked the parenting sites and went with my own intuitions, cravings and came out having a healthy and amazing pregnancy.
I made the personal choice to smoke occasionaly until quiting in my 4th month. My son weighed 7lbs 10oz, healthy as can be, and latched on great right after birth, impressing all the midwives! He was also way calmer and instantly resonsive to voices (normally doesn't happen til 2 months). My son is almost 3 months and I began smoking when he was about 1 1/2, smoking only about 3 times a week. He is also way ahead of all the milestones! He can already roll over both ways, front and back, respond to emotions and voices, sit up alone, bear weight on legs, sleep through the night, giggle and laugh. I am not being dramatic either. He's doing things at a 5-6 month milestone. I'm not being selfish, I actually think I am helping, instead of pumping my body with 'man-made' drugs for a cold, or headache, or any pain, a hit or two and I feel better. Its herbal. If the government said that ginsing or cinnamon causes brain defects in infants of b/f mothers, there would be a frenzy of people saying 'how?, why?, no!' And soon enough a mother would be shuned if she had a cinnamon roll or ginsing tea during b/f. Which is totally outrageous!! Herbs and spices are used as medical remidies and are natural, way better than synthetic meds that become addicting.(Oxy, vic)
I grew up with hippie parents but they had to quit cause of illegalization and my father was diagnosed with cancer in tumor form, from the chemo he lost teeth enamel, hair, appet_te and emotional distance. Once he started smoking again the tumors shrunk drastically, and he gained weight back, quit chemo and became healthier than before. I thank MJ for that.
If people self medicated the pharmisutical companies would perish. Don't you see all the commercials of meds aka drugs being recalled or side effects being ten times worst then what it supposibly is treating! Its rediculous! Sorry I am rambling about MJ in general, I just feel strongly about people saying its bad and wrong when its saving lives way better than any man-made drug, just cause its man-made don't make it right or safe.
Now b___stfeeding and smoking marijuana..
Most likely in our history our ancestors (neanderthals) smoked or injested herbs, including MJ that made our bodies evolve in self producing hormones to help with nutrition,including thc that is already present in b___stmilk from this evolving, to help with appet_te and urge of cravings. So adding only a small amout (total of about .03 %) of thc would do no drastic amount of harm to a developing child. And about the comment that explained the brain developement and effects needs to further advance on education of their own comment to realize that we only know less than 10% of the functioning of the brain. Therefore the effects that MJ could be helping that other 90%, actually making our future generations better! Use a stoners brain and think what if!? Think of possiblities instead of facts. Its been proven that facts can change. So right now you might have these facts, but in 10, 20 or even 100 years you will be wrong. Look at the growth and acceptance of MJ in the medical field in the last 20 years. Doctors are realizing its safer to use.
Again I think it all comes down to own preference and experiences to make a decsion .