Now, how does marijuana typically impact the body? Medically, smoking marijuana can cause a significant increase in your heart rate. It can also increase bleeding, lower blood pressure, slow reaction time, cause dizziness and shallow breathing. It may result in mood changes, short-term forgetfulness or temporary memory loss, random thinking, and difficulty in thinking or problem-solving.
Differing opinions exist regarding whether it is safe to introduce marijuana’s effects into the body of a woman who has taken abortion-inducing medication. Although they are rare, complications may occur with a medication abortion; for example, excessive and dangerous bleeding. The majority of the medication abortion process takes place at home rather than in a medical office. For that reason, it has been suggested that it’s important to remain alert throughout the process in order to identify and take action on any potential problems.
In spite of the unknowns, since each part of this equation – abortion pill and smoking marijuana – has its own effects, you should speak to your medical provider before mixing the two.
Last but not least, we must not neglect the issue of legality. The State of Illinois is one of 28 states (and Washington, D.C.) which allow for the legal use of medical cannabis; however, this is only within the context of a number of restrictions and requirements. Its use is restricted to those who have been diagnosed with a qualifying debilitating condition, and a Physician Written Certification Form is required for a Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Card to be issued. In most cases, it is granted for a long-term or on-going condition. Neither pregnancy nor abortion is on the list of qualifying debilitating conditions.
Although this article does not give a definitive answer, we hope that it has provided you with some points to consider. Beyond “smoking marijuana after the abortion pill,” what else might you be wondering or asking about an unplanned pregnancy?
- How do I get information I need about the options before me?
- What are the differences between the abortion pill and a surgical procedure?
- This isn’t something I want to talk about with just anyone. Where can I safely and confidentially explore my alternatives?
- Are there things I should be asking that I haven’t even thought to address yet?