More pregnant women, especially young ones, are using marijuana

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Among women 18-24, marijuana use climbed from 9.8 percent to 19 percent. It is now legal in 29 states and Washington, DC. We investigated trends of prenatal marijuana use from 2009-2016 using data from a large California health care system with universal screening via self-report and urine toxicology.

The study, from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), notes that from 2009 to 2016, pot use among expectant mothers jumped from 4.2 percent to 7.1 percent.

Despite the trends found in the report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises against using marijuana when pregnant, planing to become pregnant and breastfeeding, as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, can negatively affect a baby's development.

By 2016, that number had almost doubled to seven percent. Younger mothers-to-be were more likely to smoke marijuana.

In spite of its wide use, the new research suggests that pregnant women are still aware of some stigma against them for partaking in a toke or an edible.

"Marijuana is [one of] the most commonly used illicit drugs during pregnancy, and its use is increasing", the study says.

This past year was a slow one for marijuana legalization in the US.

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