Number of pregnant women using marijuana rises
- Author: Santos West Dec 28, 2017,
Dec 28, 2017, 0:25
Among women 18-24, marijuana use climbed from 9.8 percent to 19 percent.
Citing lack of data on the health affects of cannabis use on pregnant women, the researchers "investigated trends of prenatal marijuana use from 2009-2016 using data from a large California health care system with universal screening via self-report and urine toxicology". Nineteen percent of women 18 to 24, and 22 percent of teen moms screened positive for marijuana at eight weeks gestation.
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 USA had increased from 2.37 percent in 2002 to 3.85 percent in 2014. In aggregated 2002-2012 data, 14.6% of U.S. pregnant adolescents reported past-month use.
Worryingly, if women are not reporting their marijuana use in their medical records, their doctors are unable to counsel them about the risks of using marijuana, or what alternative reliefs for symptoms like nausea might be available.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that some research shows that the effects of marijuana exposure could be long lasting, with marijuana-exposed children more likely to show gaps in problem-solving skills, memory, and the ability to remain focused. "California legalized medical marijuana use in 1996, so they have grown up with the idea of it not only not being illegal but being a medical therapy", Dr. Horsager-Boehrer told CNN.
They also say that "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".
Citing studies, the ACOG warns that "children who were exposed to marijuana in utero had lower scores on tests of visual problem solving, visual-motor coordination, and visual analysis than children who were not exposed to marijuana in utero".
Maryjane use in pregnancy might be on the ascent to a limited extent in light of the fact that the authorization of restorative pot has influenced individuals to think about the medication as less risky, notwithstanding amid pregnancy, said Barbara Yankey, a general wellbeing analyst at Georgia State University in Atlanta who wasn't engaged with the examination. A total of 23 states have laws that allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes to some extent.