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Experts Shocked To See Rise In Pregnancy Pot Use

by | July 25, 2019

A recent study has revealed that marijuana use during pregnancy is on the rise.

Published in JAMA Network Open, and conducted by Kaiser Permanente Northern California, the study examined drug use both during and prior to pregnancy.

It took into account the usage habits of over 270,000 women in California, prior to the legalization of recreational marijuana, but did not differentiate between those who smoked, consumed edibles, or were using the drug in another way.

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The number of women who reported using marijuana in the twelve months prior to conception was 12.5%. The number that reported using marijuana while pregnant was smaller, at 3.4%.

This usage still alarmed experts.

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Expert Concerns

“No amount of cannabis use has been shown to be safe during pregnancy,” research scientist and the report’s lead author Kelly Young-Wolff told NBC.

“We do know that cannabis crosses the placenta and reaches the fetus.”

She added also that cannabis use during pregnancy also been associated with low birth weight.

Dr. Nancy Goler, another senior scientist who worked on the report, has called for more research in the face of changing accessibility.

“There is an urgent need to better understand the effects of prenatal cannabis exposure as cannabis becomes legalized in more states and more widely accepted and used,” she told Medical Xpress.


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