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Jun 13, 2017 12:10 PM

Are There Any Long-Term Effects of Cannabis Exposure During Pregnancy?

The use of cannabis during pregnancy is a highly disputed topic among marijuana scientists and gynecologists. The latter often associate in utero exposure to marijuana with a negative impact on offspring. In order to achieve a new level of understanding, researchers conducted a literature review of the existing studies on the long-term effects of cannabis exposure during the prenatal period.

The findings of the study carried out by the scientists from the University of Maryland and the Virginia Commonwealth University was published in the journal Preventive Medicine.

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Though we would like to believe that cannabis is a versatile remedy that can help us cure any disease, the general picture is not so ideal. Unfortunately, there are some restrictions in cannabis use, one of them being pregnancy.

According to this scientific review, there is not enough evidence to conclude that the use of cannabis by pregnant women has long-lasting adverse effects on the brain of infants. The scientists discovered that there was no significant difference between children who were exposed to cannabis during the prenatal period and those who did not.

A previous literature review published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology last year, also found that cannabis use during pregnancy could not be the only reason for low birth weight in infants.

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A study review prepared by researchers at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology revealed no negative impact of marijuana on pregnant women and their children, but scientists still insist on further investigation of this issue.

Moreover, a 2016 UK cohort study investigated the impact of in utero exposure to alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana on educational performance in teenagers. The findings revealed that marijuana exposure did not lead to long-lasting effects on the brain of the fetus, while the exposure to tobacco or alcohol were associated with the risks of detrimental influence on educational abilities in teenagers.

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With the marijuana legalization being on the rise in the U.S., there are a lot of controversial topics that need to be discussed. Marijuana use while breastfeeding is one of them. Can a mother continue to use marijuana while breastfeeding an infant? Is it harmful to a child to be exposed to marijuana? What are the real risks (if any) of smoking marijuana while breastfeeding?

The recent study published in Preventive Medicine does not confirm the theoretical statement that the use of cannabis negatively impacts neurological development in offspring.

According to the study, the legalization of marijuana in the majority of American states provides pregnant women with a legal opportunity to consume the substance. However, there still is too little relevant information on the long-term influence of cannabis on offspring.

An increasing number of mothers-to-be are choosing cannabis for reducing the negative symptoms of pregnancy, such as nausea, vomiting, and weight loss.

Analyzing the human data of four prospective cohorts, the researchers found that there is no long-term difference in the brain functioning of the children who were exposed to cannabis during the prenatal period.

Nevertheless, the scientists outlined the importance of further investigations on this matter, as pregnant women should minimize the risks they expose their children to during prenatal period. The researchers advised encouraging mothers-to-be to decrease or stop the use of marijuana during pregnancy.

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