Cannabis Use in Pregnancy Can Lead to Children Health Issues

Cannabis Use in Pregnancy Can Lead to Children Health Issues

Cannabis use is on the rise in the US, and statistics have shown that it was the most widely used substance in the world in 2018. 

Although it has many benefits for various medical conditions, cannabis has also been linked to memory issues, depression, and anxiety — though more research is needed for detailed results.

What is even more important, though, is that you may experience negative effects even if you haven’t consumed cannabis yourself. 

More precisely, a study done in 2016–2018 on children aged 9–11 showed that the potential consequences include sleeping issues, impulsive behavior, and difficulty keeping focus. 

When following up with those children two years later, scientists found that their condition has not improved. 

They’ve concluded that if one consumes cannabis during pregnancy, there is an increased chance that their child will struggle with anxiety and depression during adolescence. 

As this period is generally considered the most challenging for a developing child, these symptoms may make them more vulnerable to substance use and unlikely to meet social expectations. 

This is why researchers suggest additional screening and closer analysis of young adolescents.

What makes this information even more worrisome is the fact that the use of cannabis among pregnant women has increased during the pandemic — from 6.8% to 8.1%. Unfortunately, some sources claim this number could be even higher, as this only includes the reported cases.

Women may use cannabis to reduce nausea, pain, and stress during pregnancy. However, this can also lead to slow fetal growth, reduced weight of the child at birth, premature birth, and an increased chance of stillbirth.

For these reasons, scientists discourage the use of cannabis during pregnancy.

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