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420 with CNW — Study Explores Why Individuals Use Marijuana During Pregnancy or While Lactating

A new study has found that people who use marijuana during lactation or pregnancy use it to manage pre-existing conditions such as insomnia and mental health conditions, as well as pregnancy-related symptoms, including nausea and vomiting.

Dr. Meredith Vanstone, one of the authors of the study, stated that their findings didn’t resonate as much with evidence on motives for marijuana use that have been identified in nonpregnant populations, which proposed that reasons for the herb’s use during lactation and pregnancy were unique.

Vanstone explained that the reasons for the herb’s use that had been provided by the study’s participants closely resembled those cited in research on the use of medical marijuana, noting that most participants used the herb to manage more than one symptom. These reasons included to manage nausea or boost appetite, for sleep, and to control muscle spasms and pain as well as manage depression and anxiety.

For their study, the researchers recruited 52 individuals from Canada, one of whom identified as nonbinary. Each individual who was recruited had used marijuana prior to their pregnancy. At the time of their interviews, 22 of them were breastfeeding while the remaining were pregnant. Every individual was asked to give reasons why they used cannabis, with researchers finding that these reasons changed when some became pregnant. For instance, some stopped using cannabis due to health reasons, guilt and social stigma while others stopped out of fear of harming the fetus.

Those who continued to use cannabis after finding out that they were pregnant discussed their motive as associated with managing symptoms of conditions that existed prior to the pregnancy, as well as pregnancy symptoms. The researchers found that after giving birth, the reasons some participants gave for using marijuana changed again to closely resemble the motives they gave for using the herb before they became pregnant.

The study’s findings have implications for clinical practice, which include counselling of lactating and pregnant individuals on the possible harms of using marijuana and alternative approaches. In the conclusion, Vanstone noted that it was important for doctors to understand that individuals who use marijuana during pregnancy often did so because they recognized the benefits of marijuana for controlling various symptoms. Vanstone highlighted that there existed an opportunity to help pregnant individuals find alternatives that were safe for both the mother and the child, while looking into the benefits that these individuals derived from marijuana.

The study’s findings were reported in the “Canadian Medical Association Journal.”

As more information becomes available regarding the reasons why various categories of people consume the marijuana products made by companies such as Red White & Bloom Brands Inc. (CSE: RWB) (OTCQX: RWBYF), policymakers will be in a better position to enact laws that are relevant to the present and future generations.

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