More pregnant women, especially young ones, are using marijuana

Joy Montgomery
December 28, 2017

The study analyzed data from 280,000, gathered from 2009 to 2016.

Some of the sharpest increases in marijuana usage were among pregnant women under the age of 18 and between the ages of 18 to 24 years old.

In many states, medical marijuana can be prescribed for treating conditions including severe nausea and pain - both of which may affect pregnant women - but the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends women stay away from weed if they want to have a baby. The largest increase in use was found in subjects younger than 18 years of age to 24-year olds.

While marijuana effects on a fetus aren't clear, doctors do caution women that smoking could lead to lower birth weights and developmental problems.

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug during pregnancy, and its use is increasing, according to a letter published Tuesday in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA).

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Pot usage among the women in the under-18 age bracket went up from 9.8 percent to 19 percent over the study period.

And with younger women, it appears mother tokes best. "From 2002 to 2014, the prevalence of self-reported, past-month marijuana use among US adult pregnant women increased from 2.4 percent to 3.9 percent".

On January 1, 2018, marijuana will become legal for recreational use in California, making it easier to buy for anyone over 21 there.

California was the fist state in the USA to legalize medical marijuana in 1996.

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