Study says more pregnant women are smoking marijuana for morning sickness

28 December, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
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Numerous chemicals in marijuana, like tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC, could pass through a mother's system to her baby. In aggregated 2002-2012 data, 14.6% of United States pregnant adolescents reported past-month use.

"Our study is important because it addressed key limitations of prior studies by investigating trends in prenatal marijuana use using data from a large California health care system with gold standard universal screening for prenatal marijuana use", Goler and Young told Reuters.

The new research from Kaiser Permanente suggests that women know that their doctors would not approve of their marijuana use: Less than half of the women that tested positive for marijuana copped to using it when asked in a survey.

The researcher said the amount of marijuana consumed and how often a person uses it is a factor.

A growing number of pregnant women are using marijuana, and the habit is expanding fastest among teens and young adults, a USA study suggests.

Pregnancy in adolescents has been linked to increases in behaviors such as drinking and marijuana use, and pot use could have a disproportionate effect on the increase seen among teens in the study because the adolescent participant group had fewer members than the adult groups. The age ranges of the sample included females aged 12 to 17 years (1.4 percent), 18 to 24 years (15.8 percent), 25 to 34 years (61.6 percent), and more than 34 years (21.2 percent).




Additionally, "we were unable to distinguish prenatal use before versus after women realized they were pregnant", Young-Wolff wrote.

One expert said the rise may be attributed to the increased availability of legal marijuana in recent years.

Use of the drug, found to impair an infant's brain development and function, is on the rise with pregnant women of all ages.

A new study published Tuesday in the weekly Journal of the American Medical Association says that more pregnant women are using marijuana.

Californians voted to legalise recreational use of the drug in 2016.

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