It has been widely reported that marijuana can treat morning sickness, so it isn’t surprising that more women are resorting to cannabis to ease the symptoms of morning sickness during the initial stages of pregnancy. Researchers have found that the number of pregnant women turning to cannabis is higher than it ever was.
The study published in the JAMA journal found that the number of women who use cannabis to deal with morning sickness has more than doubled from just 3.4 percent in 2002 to 7 percent in 2017.
These findings were obtained after analyzing the data collected during the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The researchers specifically considered the data provided by 4,400 pregnant women as well as 133,900 women who weren’t pregnant.
The study participants had responded to questions regarding their pregnancy status and other questions about their cannabis use habits, if they used cannabis.
This study reveals that women use marijuana for various reasons, both medicinal and recreational. More specifically, the number of women who used marijuana daily or almost daily grew from 0.9 percent to about 3.4 percent.
Notably, the number of women who used marijuana during their first trimester of pregnancy shot up from 1.9 percent to 5.3 percent while those who used the substance during their second trimester rose to 2.5 percent from 0.6 percent in 2002. A similar increase was seen regarding marijuana use during the third trimester (a growth from 0.5 percent to 2.5 percent in 2017).
The researchers noted that while lots of women are turning to cannabis during pregnancy, only a small fraction of those women did so after getting a recommendation from a doctor.
The study also revealed that doctors are uncomfortable recommending marijuana for pregnant women in states where medical marijuana is legal. This reluctance is largely due to the shortage of research on the effects of prenatal marijuana exposure.
In fact, NIDA (the National Institute on Drug Abuse) says the use of marijuana during the first and second trimester of pregnancy has been linked to low birth weight and length, as well as other developmental problems.
The study’s authors emphasized that there is an urgent need to screen all pregnant women for marijuana use and intervene appropriately when risks are detected. The researchers also called for more research to be done to document the effects of marijuana use during pregnancy so that decisions can be made using concrete information on the subject rather than simply asking women to err on the side of caution and abstain.
Analysts think that the cannabis industry, including participants like Choom Holdings Inc. (CSE: CHOO) (OTCQB: CHOOF) and ChineseInvestors.com Inc. (OTCQB: CIIX), agrees with the researchers on the matter of research-based recommendations regarding cannabis use by different demographics.
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