A public information campaign is set to air soon in the state of Nevada after a recent research report has shown that more women are now using cannabis during pregnancy.
The campaign aims to provide more information on how cannabis may potentially harm a fetus in the womb.
The research, published by the Las Vegas Review-Journal stated that more pregnant women use pot. The conclusion was based from a comparison of figures after a similar study last year found out that the number of pregnant women cannabis users increased from 2.4 percent in 2002 to 3.9 percent in 2014.
In 2015, self-reported data showed another increase to 5.5 percent. This was even before the state legalized cannabis use.
In the state of Colorado where weed is already legal, recent state stats revealed that 6 percent of pregnant women already use marijuana.
The absence of adequate, evidence-based conclusions on the effects of marijuana use to fetuses in the womb may be partly to blame for the increase of pot use among pregnant women.
Research has already established how cannabis affects the development of a teen’s brain but few studies have documented how it affects a child’s development inside the womb.
Almost two decades ago in 2000, one study showed that six-year-olds whose mothers smoked marijuana once or more every day during the first trimester of their pregnancy have less comprehension abilities both in reading and listening. They also had lower reading, math and spelling scores than their peers.
Those who had THC (the main psychoactive element in pot) exposure in the womb exhibited more impulsive tendencies and less focus.
Tying up research and public interest ends, the public campaign seeks to warn women to perhaps reconsider a habit they may have previously thought to be a harmless act.