True or false — are people who use a lot of marijuana more likely to have children with autism? Important recent scientific studies suggest that the link between parent pot use and autistic children is much more than urban legend!
As more states legalize, more Americans support the legalization of marijuana, rushing to be at the forefront of social change. Autism is also a hot topic today, as the rates of autism in the United States spiked in recent years. We caution politicians and voters not to leap into legalization without a thorough study of the issue. Do not disregard studies that link parental pot use to autism.
Physicians and medical professionals routinely warn women not to use marijuana while they are pregnant or nursing. Why? The best available scientific evidence has established that exposure to marijuana’s psychoactive constituent, THC, in utero causes neuroadaptive changes in their baby’s brain, especially in the regions where their cognitive capacity and emotional regulation is formed. As a result, the life trajectories for prenatally exposed children may be permanently altered. These facts, like so many others germane to marijuana’s toxic effects have been well established in the scientific literature for years—and largely ignored. But why? Continue reading STONED BABIES AND UNDERACHIEVING ADULTS→
A new state-funded report out of Colorado found that the state continues to hold the top ranking when it comes to past month use of marijuana. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a press release announcing the report.
Doctors tell women not to smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol when pregnant, so why would anyone think it’s ok to smoke pot? It turns out that 69% of marijuana dispensaries in Colorado were giving this bad advice.
Pregnant women need to be educated, but not shamed. Many of these women are victims of bad information and it’s not their fault. Our website provides several resources for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Let’s not exaggerate the possible dangers, but women need to know they risk certain heart defects, cancers in their babies.
We live in a time period in which some people trust ganjapreneurs, but don’t trust doctors. Marijuana dispensaries do not require scientific or medical training to give out medical advice. They require that workers are 21 years or older, but nothing else. Doctors, on the other hand, have years of intense education and professional organizations back up their claims. Both groups are out to make money, but which group has the most quacks?
“The marijuana industry will stop at nothing to make a buck,” said Justin Luke Riley, founder of the MAC. “Going against all available science, the industry is now recommending pot for pregnant women. They must be held accountable for their actions and not simply be given a slap on the wrist. They are actively putting their profits ahead of the healthy development of future Coloradans.”