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Marijuana Use & Reproductive, Perinatal Health

Am J Obstet Gynecol; ePub 2017 Aug 24; Jarlenski, et al

The perception that regular marijuana use has no reproductive or perinatal health risk has increased among US reproductive-age women from 2005 to 2015, and pregnant and non-pregnant women who used marijuana in the prior 30 days more commonly perceived no risk, a recent study found. Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from 2005-2015 were analyzed. Female respondents aged 18-44 years who were pregnant (unweighted n=8,713) or not pregnant (unweighted n=161,902) were included in the study population. Researchers found:

  • The average predicted probability of reporting no risk of regular marijuana use among all women increased from 4.6% in 2005 to 19.0% in 2015.
  • Among women who did not report marijuana use in the prior 30 days, the average predicted probability of reporting no risk of regular marijuana use increased from 3.5% to 16.5% among pregnant women and from 3.1% to 14.8% among on-pregnant women.
  • Among women who reported marijuana use in the prior 30 days, the average predicted probability of reporting no risk of regular marijuana use increased from 25.8% to 65.4% among pregnant women and from 23.7% to 62.6% among non-pregnant women.

Citation:

Jarlenski M, Koma JW, Zank J, Bodnar LM, Bogen DL, Chang JC. Trends in perception or risk of regular marijuana use among U.S. pregnant and non-pregnant reproductive-aged women. [Published online ahead of print August 24, 2017]. Am J Obstet Gynecol. doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2017.08.015.