Dangers of Cannabis Use During Pregnancy May Be Overblown, Two Studies Suggest

Randy Robinson | Merryjane.com | June 1, 2020

Pregnant moms smoking weed remains a contentious topic, but two recent studies found that many of the indicators for birth defects in babies occurred at the same rates among cannabis-using moms as they did among moms who didn’t consume.

Two recent studies found no evidence that children born from cannabis consuming mothers showed higher rates of certain birth defects, compared to children born from mothers who abstained from cannabis use during pregnancy.

The first study, published last month in The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine and conducted by researchers at UCLA’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, looked at data from California hospitals between July 2016 to December 2018. They found an increase in cannabis use among pregnant moms, from 6 percent to 11 percent, after the state began legal recreational weed sales on January 1, 2018. 

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