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More Pregnant Moms in California Getting High

More Pregnant Moms in California Getting High

The study was published December 26 in JAMA. This trend mirrors what's going on in society at large: In just the last few years, regulations and attitudes toward marijuana have undergone a seismic transformation. Among women who screened positive for marijuana use, 55 percent failed the lab tests but denied drug use on the questionnaires.

"Tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabinoids (in marijuana) are known to affect how neurons migrate, and there is a lot of neuron migration as the fetus develops", Goler said. Unfortunately, studies show some pregnant women are smoking pot to ease morning sickness, and health officials are warning the trend could pose unknown problems for babies.

It was also discovered that pot-use among girls under 18 in the coastal state increased as well, climbing from 9.8 percent to 19 percent. The percentage of women who revealed that they used marijuana in pregnancy, and those who had positive urine tests has increased, which means that in general, the non-pregnant population could be using it, meaning that using marijuana has became more normal, at least in California.

In women ages 25 to 34 years old pot use rose from about 3 percent to about 5 percent.

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"In California, medical marijuana was legalized in 1996, and prenatal use may further escalate in 2018 when recreational marijuana is available legally", the Kaiser team noted. A 2013 study published in Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey researched the effects of marijuana use on lactation, under the guise that marijuana will soon become more widely available in the US, and didn't find conclusive evidence to support treating marijuana and tobacco use the same way.

Moreover, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has come out against marijuana use during pregnancy. They asked these women to fill out a survey. But there is no evidence that this is a safe practice, and women who are thinking about using medical marijuana while pregnant should check with their doctor and consider the research before they use the drug. "Definitely, more research is needed". "The brain develops through the whole pregnancy, so there is no safe window".

Long-term pot use has been associated with increased risk of premature birth. "We recommend (pregnant women) stop immediately".

Prior U.S. studies had suggested that marijuana use was on the rise in pregnancy, "however, [those] studies are limited to self-reported surveys", Young-Wolff's group noted. The same 2015 study references the growing body of research on marijuana and developing fetuses, and says some studies show marijuana use during pregnancy causing neurodevelopment issues like hyperactivity and poor cognitive function.


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