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Study says more pregnant women are smoking marijuana for morning sickness

Study says more pregnant women are smoking marijuana for morning sickness

From 2002 to 2014, the prevalence of self-reported, past-month marijuana use among U.S. adult pregnant women increased from 2.4% to 3.9%.

Pot-use among the study subjects climbed from 4.2 percent to 7.1 percent from 2009 through 2016.

The Journal of the American Medical Association, known as JAMA, published on December 26, a research letter on data analysis that indicates cannabis use is increasing among pregnant women, and particularly for young mothers. For women in the 18 to 24 age bracket, marijuana usage spiked from 12.5 percent to 21.8 percent in that same period. "In aggregated 2002-2012 data, 14.6 percent of US pregnant adolescents reported past-month use".

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While only about 30 percent of the pregnant women in the study reported that they used marijuana in a survey, about 55 percent tested positive for it in a drug screen, though self-reporting did increase in line with use each year.

Researchers say the data comes from self-reported surveys that "likely underestimate use" of the drug. In aggregated 2002-2012 data, 14.6% of USA pregnant adolescents reported past-month use.

The legalization of marijuana may have contributed to the increase in use found by the study, KABC reported.

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