Secondhand cannabis smoke can be harmful

When Becky told me she was pregnant, I was both happy and terrified.

I have long wanted to be a father, and was excited to finally have the chance.

I was also scared that I wouldn’t be strong enough to handle the job! That very night I quit smoking cigarettes, and removed all the bottles from the liquor cabinet. Becky didn’t ask me to quit drinking, just to hide the bottles so she wasn’t tempted! She did ask me to quit smoking, though, and that included both the cigars I loved, and the cannabis I relied on to relieve stress. Becky explained how secondhand smoke, even the smoke from marijuana, could hurt the baby. I guess I was dumb, because I assumed if I just went outside to smoke cannabis that would be okay, but Becky corrected me. Secondhand cannabis smoke generates tiny little particles that stick to your skin, your hair, and your clothes. You know how some people just reek of marijuana smoke all the time? That’s because the tiny marijuana smoke particles are sticking to them. Although we can’t see the particles with the naked eye, they can easily transfer to a baby when you touch them. For an adult the marijuana particles don’t matter, but for a delicate baby it can really harm them. The only way I could figure to keep getting high while still being a responsible parent was to switch over to cannabis edibles. I have never really liked cannabis edibles before, but for my baby I am going to make them work for me!

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