Taxpayer-Funded Research Pays Pregnant Ladies to Use Marijuana


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( – The College of Washington has obtained a $193,759 grant from the Nationwide Institute on Drug Abuse, a part of the Nationwide Institutes of Well being, to check the results of marijuana consumption on pregnant ladies and their infants.

“When the morning illness begins to kick in, you would possibly begin to marvel: is utilizing marijuana to alleviate nausea secure on your child?” the research solicitation says.

“Members have to be pregnant lower than 13 weeks, have to be 21-34 years of age, and should both eat marijuana incessantly or under no circumstances.”

Those that take part will earn as much as $300 for finishing all components of the research.

In accordance with the Nationwide Institutes of Well being:

Hashish use throughout being pregnant has elevated considerably, at the side of legalization and reduces within the proportion of the inhabitants who consider marijuana use is dangerous. Hashish passes via the placenta and binds to cannabinoid receptors, and doubtlessly can alter prenatal mind growth.

On this research, we are going to prospectively observe cannabis use throughout being pregnant and examine 6-month-old infants uncovered to cannabis in utero…

NIH famous that prior analysis probably underestimated the potential dangers of cannabis use throughout being pregnant as a result of trendy strains are three instances stronger than they had been 30 years in the past.

Seventy ladies will take part within the research: 35 pregnant ladies who’re utilizing cannabis to alleviate morning illness and 35 pregnant ladies who’re utilizing prescribed medicine for morning illness.

Members will meet with researchers thrice throughout being pregnant to finish urine-based drug checks and questionnaires.

“Throughout being pregnant, you’ll fill out safe surveys on-line every week documenting your day by day use of marijuana merchandise and different substances, along with questions associated to temper and nausea.”

Moms will then deliver of their infants at six months previous for behavioral assessments and an MRI scan.

“We don’t anticipate finding something of medical concern in the course of the toddler MRI scans, but when we do see something within the photos that will point out a well being concern, you can be referred to a doctor,” the College of Washington stated on the research’s webpage.

It says members “may even assist present dependable data to others who need to make knowledgeable choices about their pregnancies sooner or later.”

The mission started in February and can finish in January 2021.

A earlier research, this one carried out at Washington State College, discovered that the offspring of rats that ingested marijuana throughout being pregnant confirmed slowed growth.


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