- The constant progress in the acceptance of medical cannabis, by both legislators and society, has led to studies examining its effects on health. The potential consequences of consumption during pregnancy are studied by many of them, although there is still some way to go before accurate results are obtained.
The effects of cannabis consumption are a controversial issue in every scientific debate. However, thanks to the ceaseless efforts of researchers, the medical benefits of the plant are beginning to be tested after years of doubt, stigma, and much scepticism. This, coupled with regulatory processes, has markedly increased acceptance by the public. But concerns remain about certain risk groups, such as the elderly, children and pregnant women.
Consumption during pregnancy is one of the hottest topics. While several studies recommend that pregnant women avoid it, others point out benefits that it may have. With a definitive answer still pending, and since marijuana is becoming more accessible, it is important to fully understand its benefits and possible adverse effects. In the case of risk groups, this knowledge is not only advisable, but essential.
More than a few women have indicated that smoking grass during their pregnancies reduced their nausea and vomiting. Calming the digestive system makes it much easier for the foetus to receive the nutrients it needs. Other studies indicate that cannabis is a good remedy to treat gynaecological and obstetrical problems: endocannabinoids are also involved in childbirth, because, thanks to the activation of the CB1 receptor, they act directly on the contraction of the myometrium.
Nevertheless, there are also studies linking consumption during pregnancy to a risk of anaemia, birth complications, low birth weight, and developmental problems. However, one should not believe that everything that has been published has been proven or is fully accepted by the scientific community.
For example, it has been pointed out that the studies indicating its do not mention the effects that other substances may have. It is well known that many marijuana users also drink alcohol or smoke tobacco. Therefore, the appearance of the risk is conditioned by these factors.
In addition, the studies' authors themselves recognise that they are not sure the effects observed are exclusively due to cannabis. The cause-effect relationship has not yet been established, so additional and more precise studies are needed to clear up any questions that may arise, and so that mothers have the option to choose freely.
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