Maternal Use of Marijuana


A recent review published in Academic Journal of Pediatrics and Neonatology examined maternal use of marijuana during pregnancy and lactation.

This is a very good mini-review reporting research documenting the effects of marijuana use during pregnancy on brain development.

In Colorado, more than twice as many infants hospitalized for bronchitis were found to have THC in their urine, highlighting a growing health concern.

Recommendations from the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine include counseling mothers to reduce or eliminate marijuana because of the possibility of longer-term neurodevelopmental effects.

Five conclusions are presented based on recent public health reports from Colorado, Washington and Oregon, including that THC is present in the breastmilk of women who use marijuana.

One unresolved public health issue cited is what level of parental marijuana use constitutes child endangerment.

The expanding availability of legal marijuana in various forms, as well as increasing THC concentrations in cannabis products, underscores the need for prevention and intervention for females of reproductive age by medical, public health and educational specialists.

Rising perceptions that marijuana is less harmful than other substances among youth and adults associated with cannabis legalization may increase use among pregnant women adversely affecting fetal, infant and child development.

Read the entire article here: https://juniperpublishers.com/ajpn/AJPN.MS.ID.555580.php

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