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Study: Cannabis Exposure During Pregnancy Leads to Lower Birth Weight, Decreased Brain Growth in Unborn

Effects of cannabis use during pregnancy only now beginning to be understood

A new study from researchers at Western University and Queen’s University definitively shows that regular exposure to THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, during pregnancy has significant impact on placental and fetal development.

With more than a year since the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, the effects of its use during pregnancy are only now beginning to be understood.

The study, published today in Scientific Reports, uses a rat model and human placental cells to show that maternal exposure to THC during pregnancy has a measurable impact on both the development of the organs of the fetus and the gene expression that is essential to placental function.

The researchers demonstrated in a rat model that regular exposure to a low-dose of THC that mimics daily use of cannabis during pregnancy led to a reduction in birth weight of 8 per cent and decreased brain and liver growth by more than 20 per cent.

“This data supports clinical studies that suggest cannabis use during pregnancy it is associated with low birth weight babies. Clinical data is complicated because it is confounded by other factors such as socioeconomic status,” said Dan Hardy, PhD, Associate Professor at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and co-author on the paper. “This is the first study to definitively support the fact that THC alone has a direct impact on placental and fetal growth.”

The research team was also able to characterize how THC prevents oxygen and nutrients from crossing the placenta into the developing fetus. By studying human placental cells, the researchers found that exposure to THC caused a decrease in a glucose transporter called GLUT-1. This indicates that the THC is preventing the placental transfer of glucose, a key nutrient, from the mother to the fetus. They also found a reduction in placental vasculature in the rat model suggesting reduced blood flow from the mother to the fetus.

The researchers say both of those factors are likely contributing to the growth restriction that they observed in the offspring.

The researchers point out that there are currently no clear guidelines from Health Canada on the use of cannabis in pregnancy and some studies have shown that up to one in five women are using cannabis during pregnancy to prevent morning sickness, for anxiety or for social reasons.

“Marijuana has been legalized in Canada and in many states in the US, however, its use during pregnancy has not been well studied up until this point. This study is important to support clinicians in communicating the very real risks associated with cannabis use during pregnancy,” said David Natale, PhD, Associate Professor at Queen’s and co-author on the paper.


  1. I used to support Decriminalisation of Cannabis for adults.
    But the Chloe Swarbrick travelling round High Schools telling impressionable kids that Cannabis is ‘Completely Harmless’ and some kind of ‘Wonder Drug’ has swung me the other way.
    Labour and the Greens are targeting kids with their vile propaganda.
    This is fucking disgraceful and would not be tolerated anywhere else in the World.



  2. Tim Roxborough was NewstalkZB with some nutty psychologist from the Nutter’s Club saying why they would vote for it. They are both lefties. I rang in to let the listeners know that that referendum was not binding and if anyone wanted to help stop dope being legal then vote no to dope and vote National.



  3. What a shower of shit. The same, normally rational commenters who have no trouble recognising global warming as propaganda turn into a pack of jibbering idiots at the thought of anyone enjoying a herb that has been used socially & medicinally for 4000 years.

    Let’s hear the Conservative knowalls’ favourite cry: “Alcohol good……marijuana bad!”



      • I couldn’t agree more. The government should have the same role in selling marijuana as it has in selling gin & Lion Red…….that is, none.

        What government should be doing is providing workable regulations around sales of marijuana as it does for alcohol. It should regulate places of sale, hours of sale & tax the product to pay for any deleterious effects on consumers. It should use the justice system to punish those whose behaviour after use damages people or property.

        What government shouldn’t be doing is listening to hopelessly biased social conservatives who oppose anything that moves them a micrometre off their comfort zones. It’s none of their fucking businesses…….period!



  4. I know it was touched on by another commentator about the carbon foot print of marijuana.
    Hopefully it will be also be well marketed, so that it is like “woke” coke, and all full of ethics as well as what ever else it is ‘cut’ with.

    Drug dealers are targeting middle-class drug users with ‘ethically sourced woke coke’ that they promise is ‘conflict-free’, according to an author.

    Anthony Loewenstein claims that dealers are promoting their cocaine in a way that appeals to the growing number of middle-aged, educated people that are using the drug – though he adds that the claims are impossible to prove.

    The rise in age of partaking maybe a way of bypassing euthanasia, as even a number of 90 year olds get on it., perhaps preparation for their final trip, considering the ” ‘ethical’ credentials in a bid to improve their Trip Advisor-style ratings”.



  5. Wow lots of anti freedom going on here. So long as you’re a law abiding contributor to society, you should have the freedom to do so as you wish in my eyes so long as you aren’t maiming anyone in the process. As for the topic of the article if someones consuming drugs be it pharmaceutical, alcohol, tobacco or what have you, the bigger issue in my eyes is that they are breeding in the first place not which substance they already know not to consume during pregnancy.



  6. I do find it curious that so many commenters talk about voting for a libertarian this year, the importance of freedom of speech, freedom to own guns, etc. but as soon as freedom to grow or use a plant is mentioned they all want an authoritarian regime. 🤔



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