Scientists have proven that marijuana is harmful to pregnant women

Despite the lack of knowledge about the dangers of marijuana, the lion’s share of the parents believes that the use of THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid in the composition of marijuana), safer than alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

Representatives of the Teratology community in Washington conducted two studies on the impact of marijuana use on fetal development during pregnancy, writes Popular Science.

Scientists have found that Smoking marijuana during pregnancy is equivalent to the consumption of alcohol and can cause alcohol syndrome in children.

The researchers conducted experiments on rats. According to them, the cannabinoids affect genes and cell communication in embryos of the animals in the same way as alcohol. In addition, the use of alcohol and marijuana together greatly increases the risks of adverse changes in the formation of the fetus and increase the likelihood of developing fetal alcohol syndrome.

Consequences of this syndrome can be pathological changes in appearance children, problems with hearing, vision, memory, attention, learning, as well as abnormalities in the control of emotions and behavior.

According to the survey, despite the lack of knowledge about the dangers of marijuana, the lion’s share of the parents believes that the use of THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid in the composition of marijuana), safer than alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

Some of the respondents even used marijuana to treat symptoms of pregnancy like nausea and vomiting.

Despite the fact that there is no direct evidence of the development of fetal alcohol syndrome in children whose parents smoked marijuana during pregnancy, neuroscientist from the University of North Carolina Greg Cole said that the use of marijuana is becoming more acceptable and more women during pregnancy can begin to use this substance.

Recall that, according to a new study by researchers from Cardiff University, children who were born in the winter are more likely to appear mental disorders, this is one of the hormones that secretes the female body in autumn and winter.

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