NO TOKE! More pregnant California moms smoking pot

Faith Castro
December 28, 2017

The study suggests that more women tend to use marijuana sometimes to sooth anxiety and morning sickness.

The proportion of women there who used marijuana in some form while they were pregnant almost doubled between 2009 and 2016. The largest increase in use was found in subjects younger than 18 years of age to 24-year olds.

Though little clear evidence exists on the effects of marijuana on developing human fetuses, animal studies have revealed that it may disrupt brain development.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, more pregnant women in the Golden State are smoking pot than ever.

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"Of concern" to the researchers was that fact that marijuana use was particularly common among younger pregnant women. For women in the 18 to 24 age bracket, marijuana usage spiked from 12.5 percent to 21.8 percent in that same period.

Media reports noted that the time span of the study coincides with increased marijuana legalization in California, and the US, and may be indicative of a continuing trend, as recreational legalization in California is scheduled to take effect on January 1.

Despite the uncertainty of how the drug affects the body, California will legalize recreational marijuana for adults over the age of 21 beginning January 1.

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