Study says more pregnant women are smoking marijuana for morning sickness

28 December, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Leticia Riley
  • A woman lights a cannabis joint

"In aggregated 2002-2012 data, 14.6 percent of US pregnant adolescents reported past-month use".

Overall, there was an increase in cannabis use among study subjects, from four percent to seven percent, over the seven-year period.

The research published Tuesday involved only certain women in California, according to CNN.

More than 20 percent of pregnant teenagers tested positive, and 19 percent of expectant mothers between 18 and 24 had used marijuana while they were pregnant.

The study suggests that more women tend to use marijuana sometimes to sooth anxiety and morning sickness.

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The publication said, however, that the data are limited and come from self-reported surveys and "likely underestimate use due to social desirability bias and underreporting".

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

The legalization of marijuana may have contributed to the increase in use found by the study, KABC reported.

California became the first USA state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996.

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

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