Red Flags for Fetal Brain Development
How does THC exposure during pregnancy affect dopamine signaling in the fetal brain?
Jonathan James | | Quick Read
A new study adds weight to existing evidence that using cannabis during pregnancy may impair fetal brain development. Male rats whose mothers were exposed to THC during pregnancy showed extensive changes in dopamine function and were more susceptible to the effects of THC in pre-adolescence (1). Administering pregnenolone, a drug that inhibits downstream CB1 receptor activation, to the offspring appeared to reverse these changes. We spoke with one of the researchers involved in the study, Miriam Melis, to learn more.
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