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Women's Questions about Perinatal Cannabis Use

Updated: Dec 15, 2022

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A July 2020 study entitled "Women's Questions About Perinatal Cannabis Use and Health Care Providers' Responses" that was published in the Journal of Women's Health examined "publicly posted questions about perinatal cannabis use and licensed United States health care provider responses."

The study posted online medical questions on perinatal cannabis use "from March 2011 to January 2017 on an anonymous digital health platform." The research collected and analyzed "364 user questions and 596 responses from 277 unique providers."


Study Conclusions

"Most prevalent were questions about detection of cannabis in pregnant women or at delivery (25 percent), effects on the ability to conceive (23 percent), potential harms of maternal prenatal use to the fetus (21 percent), and health effects and exposure to cannabis through breast milk (14 percent). Questions about effects on ability to conceive most often related to the man (64 percent), with 15 percent relating to the women and 15 percent potentially relating to either/both."


"As the acceptability and accessibility of cannabis increases and cannabis use rises before, during, and after pregnancy, medical providers need training and education."

"As the acceptability and accessibility of cannabis increases and cannabis use rises before, during, and after pregnancy, medical providers need training and education to answer questions about cannabis use during the perinatal period.

"Results from this study highlight pertinent questions about perinatal cannabis use, including detection, safety, and impact on fertility, and indicate that people are seeking information online from health care professionals.


"Additional timely and objective data on the health [results] of perinatal cannabis use are needed to help individuals to make informed decisions as more states legalize cannabis for medical and recreational use. In the meantime, [health] providers can [best help their patients] through education."


View the original study.


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