Increasing public attention has recently been paid to the opioid epidemic and attendant effects on prenatally exposed infants and children.1 Current literature has emerged proposing marijuana as a safe alternative to opioids in addressing pain2 and cannabis legalization as a way to decrease opioid fatalities.3 As a result, perceptions of cannabis safety have increased, and the prevalence of marijuana use among pregnant women has expanded; past-month cannabis use among pregnant US women increased from 2.4% to 3.9% between 2002 and 2014.4 Further, cannabis potency has been substantially increasing over the past 4 decades in the United States, and will likely continue to do so as extraction procedures of active components improve.
Jansson LM, Jordan CJ, Velez ML. Perinatal Marijuana Use and the Developing Child. JAMA. 2018;320(6):545–546. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.8401
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