Soon after Amy Smith* started thinking about having a baby a few years ago, she wondered what she’d do about her marijuana habit.
Smith had deployed twice with the US Army, and had returned from Iraq with severe post-traumatic stress disorder. At one point, her doctors at the VA had her taking 22 pills to help her sleep and quell her depression and anxiety.
Then she discovered marijuana. Smith went off all the prescription medication and began self-medicating by smoking cannabis. “It was amazing — how it helped me get out of bed. I wasn’t terrified of being at the grocery store anymore. I wasn’t on the verge of losing my mind.” (A resident of Utah, the drug only became legal for medical use this November.)
In 2014, Smith became pregnant with her first child. And after Googling studies about the risks, “dancing around the topic”