Marijuana: What about Babies & Children?

I think everybody can agree that medicinal marijuana can be helpful for those suffering from many kinds of disease.  The relief from pain and the healing properties of many CBD’s are certainly a move in the right direction. 

Right now, we are going through a learning period where some states allow marijuana from being OK for recreational use to some states that allow only medicinal use and some states not allowing any form of marijuana. 

One major side effect of marijuana is the second-hand smoke issue for babies and children.  The greatest use of marijuana is smoking use, followed by edibles and the least was vaporizers. 

Studies have shown that even low concentrations of THC (the psychoactive ingredient) can cause developmental problems for children and can impact the brain and cause problems with attention, motivation, memory and possible IQ issues. 

Dr. David Beuther, a pulmonologist,  states “there is no reason to believe that it is any safer than tobacco smoke exposure” pointing to the research showing marijuana smoke in rats is just as bad as tobacco smoke or worse.  Dr. Beurther goes on to say “second-hand smoke will put children at risk of viral infections, asthma, and other respiratory illnesses.”  It could even increase the risk of developing chronic conditions like heart disease and stroke, later in life. 

A study in Colorado among parents using marijuana, urine samples were collected from their children.  Those samples revealed 46% of the children had detectable levels of the marijuana metabolite tetrahydrocannabinol carboxylic acid (COOH-THC) and 11% had detectable levels of THC. 

It is amazing to note that 84% of the parents stated no one ever smoked marijuana inside their homes yet the children tested revealed that over 50% of them had detectable levels of marijuana in their urine. 

When asked if somebody else smoked marijuana in the home while the children were present, 52% said there was no smoking when children were home, 22% stepped outside or smoked in another room or another floor. 

The reality is that smoke, either cigarette or marijuana smoke, stays on your clothes.  If you live in an apartment, townhouse or condo, that marijuana smoke penetrates common walls through vents, light switches, including open windows or smoking on a patio below yours! 

Being a non-smoker, when I go to visit one of my dear friends, who have a child, and walk into their condo, it stinks of marijuana and they both don’t smoke!  It is all coming from the downstairs condo.  The only solution for them is now is they are forced to move!

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