Underplaying the dangers of cannabis for women of childbearing age is sexist and pregnancy discrimination.

Cannabis, a mixture of hundreds of cannabinoids, can cross the placental and blood–brain barriers and is excreted in breast milk. The fetal risks are serious, and the scope is wider than pregnancy alone as cannabis accumulates and has many weeks long duration of activity. Thus risks concern all women of child bearing age especially as many pregnancies are unplanned. This is a public health issue regarding societal wide levels of use; avoiding pregnancy exposure is not possible by women ceasing use just before becoming pregnant or in early pregnancy.

Read Alain Braillon’s full response to the paper “Why doctors have a moral imperative to prescribe and support medical cannabis—an essay” here: https://www.bmj.com/content/376/bmj.n3114/rr-10

For more information on the International Academy on the Science and Impact of Cannabis, and to join, please visit www.IASIC1.org.

Visit the IASIC Library here (https://iasic1.org/library/). The IASIC Library is intended as a user-friendly reference of the published medical literature.

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