NO TOKE! More pregnant California moms smoking pot

28 December, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Samuel Hayes
  • Study: More pregnant women smoking pot

Use among women between the ages of 18 and 25 almost doubled during that time, from 9.8 percent in 2009 to 19 percent in 2016.

Researchers observed a sample of pregnant women in California and saw a 3-percent increase in use form 2009 through 2016.

Broadening the scope, CNN noted a separate study published in JAMA that revealed an increase in the use of marijuana among pregnant women across the US had increased from 2.37 percent in 2002 to 3.85 percent in 2014.

Additionally, "there are insufficient data to evaluate the effects of marijuana use on infants during lactation and breastfeeding, and in the absence of such data, marijuana use is discouraged", according to the recommendations.

Dr. Yasmin Heard, a neuroscientist and director of addiction treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan, says prenatal marijuana exposure can impact fetal development.

Some of the sharpest increases in marijuana usage were among pregnant women under the age of 18 and between the ages of 18 to 24 years old.

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The researchers found that the prevalence of marijuana use, based on self-reports or toxicology results, soared among all age groups, but the biggest rise was among those 24 and younger.

The study also reported an increase in pot usage among older pregnant women ages 25 to 34.

In many states, medical marijuana can be prescribed for treating conditions including severe nausea and pain - both of which may affect pregnant women - but the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends women stay away from weed if they want to have a baby.

Medical use of marijuana is already legal in California, which was one of the first states to legalize marijuana for that use two decades ago.

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. However, on a federal level, it is still illegal to possess, use, buy, sell, or cultivate marijuana.

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