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Exposure to THC during pregnancy affects fetal development, new study shows

The research backs up clinical studies that found cannabis use is linked with low birth weights

Regular cannabis use during pregnancy has a significant impact on placental and fetal development, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Western University and Queen’s University.

The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, found regular exposure to low doses of THC during pregnancy led to a reduction in birth weight by eight per cent, and decreased brain and liver growth by more than 20 per cent.

“This is the first study to definitively support the fact that THC alone has a direct impact on placental and fetal growth,” said Dan Hardy, a Western associate professor and co-author of the study.

Alvin Yu · CBC News
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