Pot-smoking on the rise among United States pregnant women

28 December, 2017, 01:09 | Author: Otis Hoffman
  • A woman lights a cannabis joint

A study of mothers-to-be in California found an increase in marijuana use especially among younger women.

The study notes that marijuana is "the most commonly used illicit drug during pregnancy", adding that use of the drug has been increasing. From 2002 to 2014, the prevalence of self-reported, past-month marijuana use among United States adult pregnant women increased from 2.4% to 3.9%. According to the research published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, "the prevalence of self-reported, past-month marijuana use among U.S. adult pregnant women increased from 2.4 percent to 3.9 percent".

According to the CDC, doctors caution that marijuana's effects on a fetus are not clear but it could include low birth weight and developmental problems.

"Pregnant women or women contemplating pregnancy should be encouraged to discontinue use of marijuana for medicinal purposes in favor of an alternative therapy for which there are better pregnancy-specific safety data".

The legalization of marijuana may have contributed to the increase in use found by the study, KABC reported. The women were treated at Kaiser Permanente facilities that had screening for marijuana use as part of standard prenatal care. However, there is insufficient data on link between marijuana use and fetal development.

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One expert says it might be because of the increase availability of legal marijuana in recent years.

In spite of its wide use, the new research suggests that pregnant women are still aware of some stigma against them for partaking in a toke or an edible.

As it turns out, the research remains unclear as to just how little a pregnant woman could drink without harming her child.

"Then there's the other group who take a more pragmatic view of pregnancy".

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