Many pregnancy-related symptoms, such as increased stress levels, repeated bouts of nausea, and a limited appetite are often effectively combated by cannabis in non-pregnant individuals, but is consuming cannabis a reasonable therapeutic strategy for expecting mothers who experience challenges during and after pregnancy?
Additionally, pregnancy-related complications don’t just disappear once the baby enters the world. Many postpartum mothers experience profound anxiety and depression, they’re left in pain, and sleep goes to hell.
Is there harm in consuming cannabis through the pregnancy and postpartum periods, and if so, what strategies exist to mitigate risks?
What’s the risk of cannabis use to the developing fetus?
In a 2020 study done in California, around 11% of women reported using cannabis while pregnant, a near doubling of pre-legalization levels: 6% vs. 11%. But one major limitation of this epidemiological study is that it doesn’t control for cannabis composition—it’s not strain specific or controlled for THC levels.
This is just one study of many that are limited because they don’t capture CBD use nor do they reliably consider the use of additional drugs, such as nicotine and caffeine. Consequently, it’s difficult to parse out the effect of cannabis alone on birth outcomes and child development.
The effects of cannabis usage during pregnancy on the developing fetus and the child’s behavior later in life are inconsistent. In part, the timing of cannabis use during pregnancy may be associated with unique impacts. The cannabinoid type I (CB1) receptors that THC activates to make you feel high aren’t found in substantial numbers in the fetus until 19 weeks of gestation.
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