BABIES EXPOSED TO CANNABIS IN WOMB AT RISK OF OBESITY AND HIGH BLOOD SUGAR

Jeremy Bouvet
BABIES EXPOSED TO CANNABIS IN WOMB AT RISK OF OBESITY AND HIGH BLOOD SUGAR

A study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that cannabis use among pregnant women is increasing and may be associated with negative health outcomes in children. The study found that up to 22% of pregnant women had detectable levels of cannabinoids in their bodies. Both tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) during pregnancy could be putting their child at risk for low birth weight and behavioral problems. Exposure to cannabinoids may also increase the child's future risk of obesity and high blood sugar. CBD, which is marketed as "non-psychoactive," is marketed to provide relief for anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The study found that cannabis use during pregnancy was linked to increased fat mass percentage and fasting glucose levels in 5-year-old children. The researchers urge women to refrain from using cannabis while pregnant or breastfeeding to minimize adverse health effects in the offspring.

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