COVID Brings Increase in Cannabis Use Among Pregnant Women

According to data published in JAMA last month, prenatal cannabis use increased by 25% during the pandemic over prenatal cannabis use during the 15 months before the pandemic. The study involved over 100,000 pregnancies in Northern California. Prenatal cannabis use is associated with health risks, including low infant birth weight and potential effects on offspring neurodevelopment. The study concluded that clinicians should educate pregnant women about the harms of prenatal cannabis use, support women to quit, and provide resources for stress reduction.

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