Cannabis and Pregnancy



With the legalization of marijuana, its use has become more widespread and accessible. A new market for cannabis products has exploded, and it can be consumed in many ways. This ranges from cookbooks to ads regarding the various uses of CBD oil. There has been evidence to show that cannabis products can be used in the management of certain medical conditions including conditions shaped by chronic pain. With more states decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana, it is important to learn about the potential risks posed by cannabis products, so that we can all stay safe!



One area of research that has recently grown is the use of cannabis products during pregnancy. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently published an article entitled “Association Between Self-reported Prenatal Cannabis Use and Maternal, Perinatal, and Neonatal Outcomes” by Corsi et. al. that studied the effects of cannabis products on pregnancy. Researchers found that cannabis exposure was linked to an increased risk of preterm birth (birth before 37 weeks).1 Preterm birth comes with many complications, including immature lungs, heart problems, and an increased risk of infection (to name just a few).



Women who used cannabis products were more likely to have babies who were born too small for their age and babies who were more likely to have to spend time in the neonatal ICU.1 The study also found that women who used cannabis products were at greater risk of placental abruption, a serious bleeding complication that can be very dangerous for both the fetus and the mother.1 Based on these findings, it is safe to say that cannabis exposure during pregnancy puts mothers and their babies at greater risk of complications.



At MDLingo we believe that knowledge is power – so if you’re pregnant or considering becoming pregnant and use cannabis products, know the risks!

Bridget Matsas

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