Cannabis: the Fetal Position
Cannabis exposure during pregnancy could have adverse effects on brain development – but where is the data to prove it?
Jonathan James | | Quick Read
The negative consequences of tobacco smoking during pregnancy are widely acknowledged and supported by evidence. Equivalent studies for cannabis smoking, however, have been historically lacking, and most published studies have provided conflicting or difficult-to-interpret results. With the number of expectant mothers choosing to take an occasional puff rising across the US [2.37 percent in 2002 to 3.85 percent in 2014 (1)], the rationale to conduct such studies has never been clearer.
Heeding this call, Daniel Corsi and Mark Walker conducted a study of over 600,000 pregnant women in Ontario, Canada, and were able to demonstrate a significant association between cannabis exposure and the probability of preterm birth (2); the rate of preterm births doubled from 6 percent to 12 percent with exposure. We spoke to Corsi and Walker to find out more.
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