Cannabis Use in Pregnancy May Lead to a More Anxious, Aggressive Child

Children of women who use marijuana during or soon after pregnancy are twice as likely as other kids to become anxious, aggressive or hyperactive, according to a new study (https://www.pnas.org/content/118/47/e2106115118). The findings add weight to a growing body of evidence linking cannabis use during pregnancy to psychiatric problems in children. The study does not, however, prove that prenatal cannabis use caused the children’s behavioral problems. Some of the mothers said they had used cannabis only after giving birth (though THC can pass through breast milk). Yet the researchers also identified possible biological explanations for their findings, which bolsters the possibility that marijuana is a driving factor.

To read the full story from the New York Times, click https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/19/well/family/cannabis-pregnancy-behavior.html

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