Although marijuana is legal in many states, it might not be a good idea for pregnant women to use it.
Here are 7 facts pregnant women should know about marijuana:
- It is the most abused drug used during pregnancy. Most pregnant women don’t report its use until after delivery which statistically means 18%.
- It is legalized in 33 states (or 67%) in the US for medicinal purposes and 11 states and Washington, DC for recreational purposes.
- Marijuana is absorbed in fat which means it can enter the brain, usually remains in the body for approximately 20 to 36 hours and 4 to 5 days for “heavy” users
- The human brain and nervous system have receptors that can attach to a part of marijuana called a cannabinoid and affect its development.
- There is an associated risk of stillbirth but that could also be associated with the effects of cigarette smoke
- Infants of mothers who smoke marijuana weekly were less than 5 pounds
- “Medical Marijuana” cannot be prescribed for pregnant women because it is not regulated or evaluated by FDA therefore there is no information regarding dosing, formulation or how it’s delivered.
- Bottom line: Medical and recreational marijuana is not recommended during pregnancy or in breastfeeding mothers.
Bottom line: Medical and recreational marijuana is not recommended during pregnancy or in breastfeeding mothers.
Resource: ACOG Committee Opinion No. 722
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