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 March 13, 2016

Marijuana PregnantThere are not a lot of studies out there that deal with marijuana and pregnancy. It’s a very touchy subject. However, it’s something that definitely occurs, and I think that it would be better to take an objective approach to the issue instead of trying to keep it taboo like many cannabis opponents would prefer. There are a lot of unfounded claims on anti-cannabis websites ran by cannabis opponents. Whenever someone looks for something more objective, most roads lead back to a study that was conducted in 1991 that looked at Jamaican children who had mothers that consumed marijuana during pregnancy. The abstract of that study is below:

This research provides data on the development of 59 Jamaican children, from birth to age 5 years, whose mothers used marijuana during pregnancy. Approximately one-half of the sample used marijuana during pregnancy and were matched with non-users according to age, parity, and socioeconomic status. Testing of the children was done at 1, 3, and 30 days of age with the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scales and at ages 4 and 5 years with the McCarthy Scales of Children’s Abilities. Data about the child’s home environment and temperament were collected from direct observations as well as from standardized questionnaires. The results show no significant differences in developmental testing outcomes between children of marijuana-using and non-using mothers except at 30 days of age when the babies of users had more favourable scores on two clusters of the Brazelton Scales: autonomic stability and reflexes. The developmental scores at ages 4 and 5 years were significantly correlated to certain aspects of the home environment and to regularity of basic school (preschool) attendance.

A lot has happened since 1991, and considering that a big part of the 1991 study involved the home environment, there are a number of reasons why there needs to be a newer study. The University of Colorado announced recently that it would be launching a study which will look at children born to mothers that admit to using marijuana during pregnancy. Mothers have been using cannabis while pregnant for various reasons and in various ways for many decades. However, recently more and more mothers are admitting to it as the taboo surrounding marijuana use in general continues to erode. Per The Denver Channel:

Researchers a the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus will ask new mothers to take a questionnaire about marijuana use.

If the patient consents, researchers will also take a sample of the umbilical cord upon delivery to determine if the mother did use marijuana through pregnancy and to what extent.

“Although physicians tell women they should not use marijuana in pregnancy, it is difficult to provide them with data to support the recommendation,” researchers said.

For better or worse, there needs to be solid information out there for pregnant mothers to use to educate themselves. No one benefits from putting their heads in the ground on this issue and just refusing to talk about it. I’m very interested to hear what the study has to say, and to hear more about what methodology is going to be involved. As more information is released, I’ll make sure to cover it.

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  • Charles hammer

    these a- holes will regret it some day when the people rise up and step on them like cockroaches .

    • saynotohypocrisy

      If they have a conscience, and some of them do, they are going to hate themselves when they realize how much suffering they have caused to innocent people by letting their irrational hatred of rec cannabis get the better of them and lead them to ban a crucial medicine.

      • PeedNUrGenePool

        There’s no conscience….only money.

  • saynotohypocrisy

    Unless thousands of years of pregnant women using cannabis has missed something, they are not going to find any problems and the contrast with the drug that causes fetal alcohol syndrome is going to be extreme. It should be one more nail in the political coffin of the alcohol supremacist bigot thugs.

    • PeedNUrGenePool

      Unfortunately, there’s a new alcohol supremacist bigot thug born every day. We will always have to keep up the fight against the forces of darkness that want to control us.

      • saynotohypocrisy

        Nah, not born, you have to be raised or otherwise influenced by bigots to become a bigot..

  • rockstar

    Im all for research and ending prohibition but i hope there isnt alot of women using cannabis, or alcohol or tobbaco whilst pregnant. Give the kids the best start in life that you can.

  • Shannon Ross

    My husbands mother smoked marijuana all through-out the term and he is normal.

  • Mike Flynn

    Doctors have a moral and legal obligation to help and not harm patients. Patients and parents have a right to make choices about health and healthcare and to make the least harmful choice. And doctors have a right and a duty to provide them with the honest information, without bias. Or, they would in a free society. The United States is not a free society.

  • Kelly IznoturBitch

    I’d lOve to get in on a study I’d relocate for the right information to be provided for the future generations