A study on the use of weed among pregnant women has revealed that such a habit may increase the possibility of psychotic-like behaviors in children when they are born.
Published on Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, the study analyzed data on 11,489 children who were followed as part of the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study.
ABCD is said to be the “largest long-term study of brain development and child health” in the US. Children’s cognitive and behaviour patterns were evaluated in middle childhood, around age nine.
Among the partakers, 655 children were exposed to cannabis in utero, according to statements from the mothers unlike the 10,834 children, whose mothers reported no exposure.
Children whose mothers had used weed during pregnancy were more likely to have psychotic-like behaviors and more attention, social, and sleep problems, as well as weaker cognitive abilities.
In their findings, the specialists stated that prenatal cannabis exposure and…