On many mornings, with a few puffs of pot – and one cannabis-laced chocolate-covered blueberry in the afternoon – Richelle has been able to stop the severe nausea that has accompanied her third pregnancy.
The regimen not only ended the constant vomiting, but the San Jose mother can now finally eat an entire cheeseburger – and keep it down.
“The medical field frowns on pregnant women using marijuana,” said the 27-year-old bookkeeper, who lost 30 pounds early on in her pregnancy because of her condition, called hyperemesis gravidarum, which also causes dehydration.
“But I possibly would not have kept the pregnancy without it,” said Richelle, who is now in her 25th week and asked that her last name not be used because she does not want to be publicly attacked for her beliefs.
After two decades of allowing its medicinal use, California is now one of eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana for people 21 and older. Public health officials, however, say the implications surrounding its consumption by some people -…