THC = “The Heavenly Cure” ~ How Medical Marijuana Cured My Morning Sickness & Nearly Saved My Life

I am a 32 year-old, wife and homeschooling mother of five children with baby #6 on the way.  With each previous pregnancy my morning sickness got progressively worse and the vomiting more violent throughout the day and night, to the point where the nausea completely immobilized me for nearly 12 weeks straight, but thankfully eased up after the first trimester, so I was expecting this one to let up around that time too. Well, nothing could have prepared me for the never-ending, nine-month nightmare that was ahead in the days to come, continuing on as the unrelenting, excessive nausea and vomiting persisted with no hopeful end in sight.  For some women, the physical and mental torture of this illness often leads to termination as they believe there would be no other way to survive.  Early on in this pregnancy when the tummy torture continued far beyond three months, I figured out that I have Hyperemesis Gravidarum (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperemesis_gravidarum) and actively searched for a cure. I tried every imaginable natural remedy under the sun (ginger chews, sea bands, preggo pops, herbal supplements designed to soothe stomachaches, B6 & Unisom, ect.) only to find little or no relief. Plus, I really want to know who had the bright idea of creating a cure for nausea in a pill form?  Good grief!  Anyway, as you can imagine, having five children along with a home to manage full-time, it is not an option for mom to be laid out, curled up in bed all day or profusely bowed down to the porcelain puke bowl.  With mom out of commission, my children would undoubtedly suffer from neglect and the home would be a chaotic, miserable place to be. 
 
My “morning-noon-&-night” sickness was unbearable for everyone in the entire family, especially my poor hard-working hubby who felt completely helpless since he really couldn’t do much to relieve my suffering and the bulk of the burden was placed on him. Smells, tastes and textures were beyond unbearable as I could hardly keep anything down at length.  Simple voice vibrations or footsteps on the floor often sent me hurling towards the bathroom and lengthy phone conversations created chaos for my condition from merely talking too much.  At night I couldn’t lay down next to my husband in bed (on a memory foam mattress, nonetheless) due to the slightest movement of his presence, nor could I even have a blanket covering my belly because of the tendency to throw-up from the light pressure. Ultimately, I just gave up the hope of having a restful night’s sleep since my body went into breakdown mode every 2-3 hours demanding food and forcing me awake with fierce pain in my abdomen. To avoid this anguish every night I resolved to a 3:00am bedtime or later to minimize the midnight madness which set my whole day in a vicious cycle of sickness.  The brutal hunger pains would come on so strong sending me from zero to 60 in an urgent quest to find food or face disaster. The sensitivity in my stomach was so intense that it virtually crippled my ability to walk around my house, go down the stairs, drive my car or do any other minor movement beyond ten steps. Often I threw up blood from the rawness of my throat, until I learned to chew my food better and eventually switched to an essentially liquid diet. The extreme force from the frequent gagging caused me to pull my ribs multiple times, making it even more painful to puke.  My poor sweet children who were taking care of me couldn’t even run up and give me a hug because of my inability to be touched for too long.  By the end of my pregnancy the enamel on my teeth had been eradicated so much from the acid coming up that a space in-between my two front teeth began to form.  The lowest point in which I hit rock bottom was when I slipped on my own vomit and fell flat on my back in a mad dash to the kitchen sink trying to avoid making a mess. Eventually we just scattered trash cans around the house to prevent another accident for when I couldn’t make it in time.  The only plus side of this whole pregnancy was that I gained 25 lbs less than I usually do, but I would have easily traded the extra pounds just to feel good and keep food down.

My family was in turmoil and getting desperate, so desperate that I began to abandon my hope for a “natural” remedy and started seeking Big Pharma for relief even though I distrust their drugs with a passion.  I tried a sample of Zofran, but it didn’t do much to help ease my affliction, and the experimental nature and the unknown side-effects of the drug concerned me so I continued to search for alternatives.  My interest peaked when my research led to a pharmaceutical product called Marinol (Dronabinol), a widely available anti-nausea prescription drug on the market with the active ingredient of synthetic THC, the compound found in cannabis.  Although personal testimonies from patients using this drug claim it’s not as effective, neither has the safety of using Dronabinol during pregnancy been established, it has been esteemed as an effective pill among physicians.  So the question in my mind was, if synthetic THC was so great according to the FDA and can help relieve nausea and vomiting, why not just try the real thing?   
 
Truth be told, I have smoked pot nearly my entire adult life off and on, minus all the years I was pregnant because of the expectation to “be healthy” and refrain from certain substances in fear of harming the unborn baby. Although I did drink caffeine regularly   and wine on occasion with no worries, I guess the strong stigma in society that “drugs are bad,” especially during pregnancy, led me to refrain from smoking marijuana on a consistent basis.  Of course, most people don’t see a stigma attached when it comes to prescription drugs heavy-laden with harmful chemicals because they are “legal” and given by “doctors” despite the numerous negative side-effects.  But for some irrational reason using a natural-grown herb is dangerous and harshly frowned upon in our culture – doesn’t make any sense.  Luckily for us, medical marijuana became legal in our state which was a great way for my husband and me to responsibly utilize the benefits of this medicine while finally eliminating the “criminal” element of buying in a back-alley.  Plus, being able to purchase from a regulated dispensary provided us with an impressive variety and selection of the finest herbal remedies available on the market which allowed me to experiment in finding the most effective method in treating my specific condition.  
 
Back tracking a little…Once we first found out the “surprise” of expecting the blessing of baby #6, we soon began to dread the first trimester tribulation of terror, not knowing it would persist nine months all the way till the end.  Right off the bat, as my husband saw my suffering and felt so hopeless that he couldn’t make it better for me, he suggested that I smoke a little weed when needed or eat some edible cannabis throughout the day to soothe the sickness.  After all the failed attempts from other remedies, I finally gave it a try.  Initially, I started to eat the edibles, but this was challenging since the nauseous feeling makes eating undesirable and it often takes up to an hour or so to feel the effects. As the sickness rapidly occurred more intensely, I desperately decided to take a few puffs one evening, despite my hesitation to smoke……And miraculously, much to my great surprise, the nausea disappeared instantaneously within 30 seconds or less.  Words cannot express how ecstatic I was to discover the true benefits of THC = The Heavenly Cure. Turns out that I wasn’t alone, as I researched this more I discovered many other expectant moms suffering from extreme nausea and vomiting who found relief in this phenomenal plant as well.  
 
The next time I saw my midwife (who has 30+ years experience and has delivered over 1,000 babies), I asked what her thoughts were about Zofran and Marinol vs. real THC just to confirm what I already knew.  Without hesitation she didn’t approve of the prescription meds, but candidly told me that she often tells her moms to eat a “pot muffin” in the morning to help with nausea, and she also carries other edibles for moms who may need it during labor to help with pain and anxiety before delivery. In addition to that, she suggested that if I needed immediate relief that it would be okay to take a few puffs, but she did lean against eating too many pot brownies because of the high sugar content.

After getting over the guilt and experiencing tremendous benefits, I began to use THC as needed in various forms with nearly 100% success in relieving the suffering ignited by Hyperemesis Gravidarum, with the only apparent side-effects of being happy, hungry, hopeful and best of all not hurling my guts out every hour – it was heaven sent, indeed!
 
My children noticed instant improvement in my mood, appearance and demeanor, and they all were thrilled to have mommy in a “happy” mood, as was my dear hubby. He has been so amazing through this process and undoubtedly was overjoyed to see me revitalized and functioning.  One of my daughters even made a comment one morning shortly after my “magic muffin” kicked in saying, “Wow mommy, you look so much better, I can tell because you’re moving around and you’re smiling.”  So throughout each trying trimester I consumed this natural grown herb that worked in miraculous ways for me. For the most part I was able to manage my illness well enough with a strict eating schedule (small bites every 2 hours even through the night), a high protein diet combined with eating my mini “magic muffins” made with “hash infusion oil” (http://www.drjshashinfusion.com/contact.php) for long-term (2-3 hour) relief, taking cannabis tincture and smoking in-between for immediate action.  This was effective enough to reduce my vomiting to once a day allowing me to hold down enough food and nutrition so I wouldn’t lose too much weight and could function semi-normally with the occasional “hard day” where I struggled to maintain.  On the nights I was able to get some rest, it worked well as a sleep aid and at times the effectiveness allowed me to attend social events with friends and family as long as the time was strictly limited.  
 
Unfortunately, at 32 weeks my condition rapidly spiraled downward one day as I apparently got bacterial pneumonia (probably from having my face in the toilet all the time), and couldn’t get my vomiting under control for the life of me.  I was pale and ready to pass out, headed towards virtual collapse when my husband walked in the room to find me hunched over a trash can in dire condition.  He then made the split decision to rush me to the hospital. The excessive loss of fluids caused my body to go into shock and pre-term labor requiring me to be on an IV and strictly monitored until my condition stabilized. Of course all the constant commotion, poking and prodding because my veins were drained, the rapid contractions, lack of food and my medicine, along with the nice-n-tight fetal monitor elastic bands strapped around my belly only aggravated my sickness even more. I needed to eat, but I couldn’t even keep a tiny bite jello or apple sauce down and the cafeteria food resembled prison waste, or at least it seemed that way as it rapidly returned to the toilet bowl. 
 
Since improvement was grim, my fluids and potassium levels were dangerously low, blood tests still had to be done and I needed to be on antibiotics, I was admitted through the night in an effort to give modern medicine a try to help me recover.  That’s when the real nightmare began as the next 48 hours would prove to be the single most traumatizing and torturous event in my life. It was the time when I learned that the hospital is no place for sick people to be comfortable, rather it’s a place that makes you want to die.  The anguish worsened especially through the darkness of night, alone as I watched the clock slowly tick by under the cold florescent light, accompanied with the hourly intrusion from the nurses bathed in ***** house perfume coming in to stab me with more needles. 
 
All I could do was drink buckets of water, only to have buckets of water come right back up, and uncontrollable buckets of tears flowed down as the excruciating pain and desolation took control of my soul.  The only solution the staff had to offer was some saltine crackers and to pump me full of the maximum doses they would legally allow of the anti-nausea meds, Zofran and Phenergan, but it barely helped take the edge off my misery.  The vicious round-the clock vomiting continued without ceasing and so profusely I was ready to beg for a c-section, risking the pre-term health of my baby just to end the insanity of the agony I was in.  I truly felt like I wanted to die, while my worried husband was at the house alone with our five children preparing to tell them that mommy wasn’t coming home.  Well, I didn’t know what the outcome would be, but I knew for certain I was not going to stay another night in that sterile living hell of a hospital cell.
 
By sunrise the third day I was finally able to compose myself enough to eat some runny cream of wheat cereal and keep it down long enough to have an urgent word with the doctor (who was already aware of my medical marijuana use) about going home. I became even more desperate to take matters in my own hands when the nurses blew out all my veins and couldn’t get another IV in my arm to replenish the magnesium levels needed for discharge.  They told me I would have to be admitted another night unless I could swallow two vitamins which seemed hopelessly impossible after the dreadful night I just had, but I had to at least try. When the doctor arrived I told it to her straight about how my morning routine works by taking a bite of my “magic muffin” before getting out of bed so my stomach could be settled long enough for me move around and manage my sickness throughout the day.  I told her I had one in my purse and if I had any hope of swallowing those pills and getting home, I needed to eat it.  Knowing the medicinal benefits of cannabis, she agreed off the record to let me take it, but not before stressing the hospital policy that they cannot prescribe medical marijuana nor allow patients to take medicine from home.  So officially the doctor said “no” while nodding her head “yes” saying that she wasn’t going to go through my purse or look back as she left the room so I could do what was necessary for me to recover.  Her approval gave me comfort, even though I wasn’t going to comply if she refused to agree.  Since the cocktail of anti-nausea meds maxed out and failed miserably, I was going to eat my muffin regardless of what the hospital staff had to say, so I took a bite and eagerly waited for it to take effect. Much to my expectation, within 30 minutes my desperate need for relief became a reality, I was revived back to health and my life felt restored. Next, I ordered some soup for lunch, took those stupid vitamins, kept them down and was up and about moving, smiling, showering and singing praises that I felt so fantastic.
 
That night I went home and rejoiced with my family about my rapid recovery and we all celebrated as hope and health were restored.  I maintained my marijuana regiment, ordered pizza, ate an entire piece without incident, and was able to keep food down for three whole days before my tummy became upset again.  From that point on, I was able to manage my condition to where my days were bearable enough to keep me out of the hospital and allowed me to carry my healthy, alert 8 lb. baby boy to term and deliver him in the comforts of our home with my midwife where we planned for his birth. He couldn't be more perfect.  Within 12 hours after my son was born, the sickness finally subsided and I was able to hug and squeeze all my children again, and return to my husband as loving and affectionate wife.
 
From the extensive research I found, smoking cannabis, using it as a tincture or eating edibles while pregnant has little to no detectable negative effect on an unborn baby, although studies are not conclusive, concerns in the medical establishment are not high in the slightest.  What we do know for sure is that malnutrition, excessive weight loss, dehydration and hospitalization are definitely not good for the mom-to-be or a developing baby in the womb which is why medical intervention of some kind is absolutely necessary for survival. While most pharmaceuticals are often risky and experimental at best, the facts remain consistent throughout the dawn of civilization that THC has tremendous positive effects for relieving chronic nausea and vomiting, and I strongly recommend it for pregnant women (and others) that are desperately in need of finding a cure or at least short-term relief.  
 
Predictably, medical marijuana during pregnancy is still a subject surrounded by a lot of controversy and criticism, especially in certain circles of people, but for me personally, it has allowed me to manage my condition enough to fully endure and survive my pregnancy, and be the kind of joyful, caring, attentive wife and mother my family needs and deserves (with strict limitations on my mobility, of course).  My husband and I are thankful that having Hyperemesis Gravidarum happened on baby #6 as this experience has been enough horrendous hardship for us to call it quits, get fixed and definitely make this our last child.  My only regret is that I didn’t discover this morning sickness “miracle herb” sooner, but I am committed to raising awareness and helping other expectant mothers who are seeking the truth in healthy, alternative and extremely effective remedies to relieve their pain provoked by pregnancy.
 
 
 
 

MMmomof6 MMmomof6
31-35
7 Responses Sep 14, 2011

I seriously thought I was the only one. This is my first and it seriously makes me want to get fixed after I give birth. I'm only 19 and I started getting sick around 7 wks and I'm now 15 wks and I have been sick every single day, until I started using THC again. It's seriously a life saver.

Thank you so much for posting this! I am at my wits end I've been sick for about 2 months non stop and I can't take it anymore. I smoked pot when I was in high school a lot but none since I was in my early 20's and I hadn't even considered this until I kept stumbling on articles. I am hesitant to take medications because I'm worried about birth defects (like that medication everyone said was safe in the 70's but wasn't at all) anyway my question is 1. What was your Magic Muffin recipe? 2. How much can you / should you take to still function normally? I can't be walking around my office stoned. Again thank you so much for this article.

Thanks for such a well written an honest account of your experiences with cannabis during your illness. It's such a relief to find other Mums who are clearly not reckless irresponsible criminals that have done the same as me. I couldn't agree with you more, the risks to baby and Mum without any medication is far worse. When I became pregnant I developed HG almost immediately and within three days was taken to hospital and put on a drip, my experiences in hospital were similar to yours, the food, the atmosphere was unbearable, I was put in a mixed ward, the smell of excrement was rife and in the end they put me in my own room as they could see everything was triggering the vomiting. I was sent home three days later with two anti emetic pills, needless to say they were gone in the first few days, the sickness never left me, I had no appetite, drinking water made me sick. I researched and found out that it was highly probable that Charlotte Bronte had died from the condition, that worried me, it worried me more the effects that the lack of nourishment would have on my baby. Cannabis was a miracle cure for me too, though its not just the THC that helps, you need the other active ingredient cannabinoids, for too much THC is the part more likely to induce anxiety etc, I can't imagine being able to buy it legally and have a choice of the best variety, here in England I am still a criminal for using cannabis, even though like you it saved my baby. My main worry about being forthcoming in this country especially is the argument that it has had a detrimental effect on my son. The truth is he is super smart, perfect and was born highly alert, I know everyone thinks the same of their kids, but seriously he is really smart beyond his years and looks like a cherub sent straight from somewhere special, it worries me though that however much I see that, and everyone else that meets him, that if I was to be open about my cannabis use in pregnancy I would be dubbed irresponsible and that people would assume it had an adverse effect on him, I wish the uk was as progressive on medical cannabis use as the us, do you ever have problems with people making assumptions about your child?

Thank you. I too have suffered terrible HG, with it being worst in my second pregnancy than it was in my first. I am now 7 weeks pregnant (early days) and fell sick a week ago. 3 days ago I started eating cannabis (only read about it being used for morning sickness about 6 months ago) and the result has been truly amazing. It immediately released a huge band of tension (very very tight) that went around my body at the Stomach level, which eased the intense nausea feeling, and then I started slowly being able to eat and keep food and drink down. Each day I have felt better and better, and I rest better at night too without the intense nausea and pain associated with it. HG is psychologically traumatic indeed. I feel it's pretty analogous to dying a slow death from starvation, while eating and drinking are simply not possible to relieve it.

Love your testimony it makes me smile and think that we all should grow weed for health medication and food.Go for hemp oil and seeds blended in water to feed all the energy you need to stay in good shape. Thanks again.

Wonderful and informative post!