More Pregnant Mothers in California Are Using Pot

A woman lights a cannabis joint

Smoking marijuana was on the rise among pregnant women in California, a study showed.

The study, from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), notes that from 2009 to 2016, pot use among expectant mothers jumped from 4.2 percent to 7.1 percent. Over that same period, the extent of pregnant ladies matured 18 to 24 utilizing cannabis ascended from 10 percent to 19 percent.

There was one important caveat to the survey: Urine samples were taken at eight weeks of gestation, so pot use might have occurred before numerous women realized they were pregnant.

A new study reveals that more pregnant woman are turning to the use of marijuana.

For the examination, specialists inspected information on more than 279,000 pregnant ladies who were dealt with at Kaiser Permanente offices that did general screening for maryjane use as a component of standard pre-birth mind.

However, the study notes that some of the patients who did not say they used marijuana on their questionnaires, later tested positive on a cannabis toxicology test, leading researchers to state their data was "likely" underreported.

Barbara Yankey, a researcher at Georgia State University, told Reuters marijuana use may be on the rise because of the recent legalization of its recreational use "has made people think of the drug as less unsafe, even during pregnancy".

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding should avoid the drug because the effects of marijuana on unborn and newborn children are not well known.

"Think about marijuana use from [the study participants'] perspective, especially in Northern California", said Dr. Robyn Horsager-Boehrer, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas, who was not involved in the study.

"There is an increased perception of the safety of cannabis use, even in pregnancy, without data to say it's actually safe", said Dr. Torri Metz, an obstetrician at Denver Health Medical Center who specializes in high-risk pregnancies, according to The New York Times. A total of 23 states have laws that allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes to some extent.

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