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Prenatal Cannabis Exposure Associated with Mental Disorders in Children that Persist into Early Adolescence

Prenatal cannabis exposure following the middle of the first trimester—generally after five to six weeks of fetal development—is associated with attention, social, and behavioral problems that persist as the affected children progress into early adolescence (11 and 12 years of age), according to new research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part

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Marijuana Use Increased in Pregnant Women with HIV

In this cohort study including 2310 pregnant and postpartum individuals living with HIV from the Surveillance Monitoring for Antiretroviral Toxicities (SMARTT) study, use of marijuana increased from 2007 to 2019 and was more frequent in locations with medical marijuana legalization. The prevalence of alcohol and opioid use did not change over that time. To read

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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,

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Epidemiological overview of multidimensional chromosomal and genome toxicity of cannabis exposure in congenital anomalies and cancer development

Abstract: Cannabis and cannabinoids are implicated in multiple genotoxic, epigenotoxic and chromosomal-toxic mechanisms and interact with several morphogenic pathways, likely underpinning previous reports of links between cannabis and congenital anomalies and heritable tumours. However the effects of cannabinoid genotoxicity have not been assessed on whole populations and formal consideration of effects as a broadly acting

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UCSD Study: Docs Should Screen For Cannabis Use Disorder in Pregnant Women

Women diagnosed with cannabis use disorder had babies who were more likely to be born preterm, have a low birth weight and be small for their gestational age — all factors that can require greater or more intense medical care or presage later health issues. https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/ucsd-study-docs-should-screen-for-cannabis-use-disorder-in-pregnant-women/2584996/

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Cannabis can alter male sperm DNA changes associated with autism

Parental cannabis use has been associated with adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes in offspring, but how such phenotypes are transmitted is largely unknown. Using reduced representation bisulphite sequencing (RRBS), we recently demonstrated that cannabis use is associated with widespread DNA methylation changes in human and rat sperm. Discs-Large Associated Protein 2 (DLGAP2), involved in synapse organization, neuronal

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WADA Executive Committee Approves 2023 Prohibited List

On September 23, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Executive Committee (ExCo) held its second meeting of the year in Sydney, Australia. ExCo members, some of whom attended in person and others virtually, were updated on WADA’s progress on key priorities, took a number of decisions – the main ones being summarized below – and made

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Doctors Inform Parents of Marijuana Use Linked to Youth Mental Health

Dr. Roneet Lev, with Scripps Hospital Emergency Room, wants to make sure parents and youth are making informed decisions and understand the risks. During Thursday’s event, doctors laid out the relationship between marijuana use and youth mental health. Lev warned that cannabis use is a suicide risk factor for people under the age of 25.

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