(Mirror Daily, United States) Marijuana is one of the widely spread and used drugs among consumers all around the world. Studies certify its popularity. It is common even among pregnant women. Now, what do scientists have to say about this habit of future moms?
Marijuana can be consumed by smoking or mixing the drug in your food. It is also used for medical purposes, but consumers are addicted to the euphoric state it causes to them. A recent study has investigated the effects of the drug on pregnant women and it seems that it doesn’t affect the baby. What’s more, alcohol and regular cigarettes do more harm to both the mother and the fetus than cannabis.
Previous studies showed that American adults tend to smoke marijuana more than they used to back in the early 2000s. In addition to this, a percentage of more than two of the pregnant women admit to consuming the drug.
Doctors analyzed the effects of marijuana use on both the mother and the babies. According to the research, consuming the drug doesn’t lead to birth defects, miscarriages, or delivery complications. However, doctors don’t exclude the possibility of the babies developing certain disease when they grow up. What other studies prove instead that is alcohol and tobacco that are indeed more damaging for expecting moms than weed.
Specialists are also concerned about pregnant women being administered medical marijuana.
On the other hand, doctors know that this study doesn’t stand as strong evidence. They still don’t recommend using any drug, especially during pregnancy. Specialists suggest that future moms should be extremely careful about their diet and about the products that get into their organisms. They should only consume products which have beneficial effects for both themselves and their babies.
There are two types of women who use marijuana when they are pregnant, namely those who take the drug deliberately, although they acknowledge their condition, and those who take the drug in the early stage of pregnancy when they don’t know they are expecting a baby.
Additional research will reveal more information on the subject, and specialists will be able to find appropriate solutions. However, marijuana is legal in some parts of the United States.
The new study on the effects of marijuana use on pregnant women was published in Obstetrics & Gynecology on September 8.
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