Marijuana Use During Pregnancy Could Harm Baby

    January 27, 2014
    Tina Volpe
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A recent study has shown that using pot during pregnancy could harm a fetus’ brain development.

It states that THC, the ingredient most active in marijuana, can interfere with brain cells and how they are wired. The study was performed on mice as well as brain tissue from human fetuses, finding that the formation of connections in nerve cells in specific parts of the brain, such as the cerebral cortex, can affect thinking skills and memory formation.

“Our advice is that [pregnant] mothers should avoid marijuana, ‚Äúsaid neuroscientist Tibor Harkany of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, and the Medical University of Vienna, in Austria, who led a study detailed today (Jan. 27) in the EMBO Journal.

And although mice are not human models, the fact that human fetuses were used gives the study more credibility and something to seriously consider.

The scientist, Harkany adds that the effects of prenatal marijuana exposure could even last into adulthood. The drug could have direct effects, or it could sensitize the brain to future drug exposure or neuropsychiatric problems.

If that revelation isn’t bad enough, wait – there’s more. The exposure of THC to unborn babies can have other effects, such as the risk of having cognitive deficits or psychiatric disorders.

From Medscape: Cognitive deficits in children range from profound mental retardation with minimal functioning to mild impairment in specific operations.

Parents have already been warned of the negative affects of alcohol and tobacco on unborn children, so it is probably safe to say that drugs of any kind would most likely have a negative impact as well, on an unborn child.

Doctors warn that it is much better to be safe than sorry, and erring on the side of caution can only benefit the unborn baby.

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  • J.T.

    Ah …. yeah.

    Eating a pound of chocolate a day could harm a baby. Drinking a pint of vodka a day could harm a baby. Smoking a pack of cigarettes a day could harm a baby. Exercising intensively could harm a baby.

    At the end of the day America, pot will become legalized. Their is too much money in it. Just abstain from it until after a pregnancy.

  • jban

    So just like alcohol and caffine, you should stay away from pot while pregnant. Pulling at straws now. Pets being poisoned , women getting high while pregnant. Why not bring back the old reasons too? Blacks thinking they are as good as whites , etc.? Oh yeah, cause you will sound like racist a-holes. Well now your sounding like clueless a-holes. We have come a long way since the 1930s, its time we start living in2014.

    • Coach George

      jban, you must be smoking some weed now cause what you wrote was a march off into left field and on into lala land. No clue where you were going with what you wrote.