New study reveals more pregnant women are using marijuana

A woman lights a cannabis joint

Women who participated in the study were asked to self-report their marijuana use in a survey and undergo urine testing. They admit that "researchers don't know a lot about what the effects might be" and "the research is in progress", but say "most experts advise pregnant women not to use marijuana", in part because "many of the chemicals in marijuana (in particular, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC) can pass through a mother's system to her baby and can negatively affect a baby's health". Over that same period, the extent of pregnant ladies matured 18 to 24 utilizing cannabis ascended from 10 percent to 19 percent.

The study's authors said toxicology results show higher levels of marijuana than women disclosed in the survey, indicating women were under-reporting their marijuana use.

The jump is even more significant among younger women: For pregnant teens (younger than 18), cannabis use climbed from 12.5 percent to 21.8 percent. In aggregated 2002-2012 data, 14.6% of United States pregnant adolescents reported past-month use. "So I think the idea that use is rising is just because of the greater legal exposure to marijuana that women have today versus 20 years ago". A total of 3.3 percent of women older than 34 also reported to using the drug during their pregnancy in 2016, an increase from 2.1 percent in 2009.

For the examination, specialists inspected information on more than 279,000 pregnant ladies who were dealt with at Kaiser Permanente offices that did general screening for maryjane use as a component of standard pre-birth mind.

While studies on pregnant women who use marijuana have been limited, the researchers state that prenatal use of marijuana may impair fetal growth and neurodevelopment.

Medical marijuana was legalized in California in 1996, and doctors say some patients use marijuana to self-treat the nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy or to stimulate appetite.

While the letter does not discuss any potential problems from pot use during pregnancy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises pregnant women to avoid it.

But data on the actual effects of using marijuana during pregnancy is still unclear.

Recreational marijuana use is now legal in eight U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The study adds that prenatal use may increase even more in 2018, after recreational use of marijuana is set to become legal in California.

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