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Ontario Public Health needs assessment finds potential knowledge gap regarding use of cannabis during pregnancy

A new survey conducted in partnership with The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada has found a potential knowledge gap when it comes to understanding the possible risks associated with consuming cannabis while pregnant.

Researchers state that minor changes could improve the effectiveness of educational resources.

A research report out of California earlier this year found that prenatal cannabis-use disorder (CUD) “appears to be associated with escalated odds of major adverse neonatal outcomes.”

The retrospective study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, found that babies born to women with CUD “were more likely to be born preterm, have a low birth weight and be small for their gestational age.”

Another 2002 study that considered the maternal use of cannabis and pregnancy outcome found that “the use of cannabis during pregnancy was not associated with increased risk of perinatal mortality or

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