A New Study Suggests Marijuana is Safe During Pregnancy

A new review finds no real risk of preterm birth or low birth weight associated with cannabis use during pregnancy—but does that mean it's a good idea during pregnancy?

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We know that drinking and smoking during pregnancy are big no-nos—and because of this, you'd probably assume using marijuana is just as dangerous, if not more. But if these findings are any indication, there may not be a risk associated with using the drug during the pregnancy.

The article, which was published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, reviewed several studies conducted between 1982 and 2015. The 31 studies included in the review assessed the risks involved with cannabis...and when all were considered, the review concluded that cannabis doesn't pose any risks to pregnant women or their fetuses.

This isn't the first time a scientific study has suggested this: The CDC's 2010 study also found the drug to be safe during pregnancy. 

But let's not forget that this is an incredibly complicated issue. While some studies have indicated the safety of cannabis use during pregnancy, others have called this into question—and we say why take a risk?

With that being said, marijuana can sometimes be used as a morning sickness cure—and if your doctor suggests this course of treatment, this news may be reassuring to you. 

Does this mean cannabis use during pregnancy is encouraged? Absolutely not, and the researchers behind this review uphold that as well. Here's what they had to say about these outcomes: "Maternal marijuana use during pregnancy is not an independent risk factor for adverse neonatal outcomes after adjusting for confounding factors," the authors stated within the study. "Thus, the association between maternal marijuana use and adverse outcomes appears attributable to concomitant tobacco use and other confounding factors."