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California may determine THC to be a risk for pregnant mothers

Posted at 6:33 PM, Dec 11, 2019

A state panel is working to determine if THC, a chemical in marijuana, should be declared a risk to pregnant women and required to carry warnings.

Recent studies have shown that marijuana use among expected mothers has doubled over the last 15 years.

Calac Wellness Center, a marijuana delivery service company, says they err on the side of caution when it comes to THC products and mothers-to-be.

"It would be great if we had a study that said yes this is safe, or no it's not, or these are the risks, and we don't know that to my knowledge,” said Ananda Watkins, Calac Wellness Cenfer officer.

In one study, researchers discovered an association with decreased oxygen levels, low birth weight, and delayed fetal growth.

But when KSBY posted the story on social media earlier Wednesday morning, several people commented in support of THC use while pregnant.

"All my children turned out great and I was actually able to eat and sleep during my pregnancy. My Dr. said it was totally fine,” one Facebook user said.

"My mom used THC when pregnant with me. I was born perfectly healthy and on time. I started kindergarten reading at a 6th grade level, and I recently graduated from UC Berkeley summa cum laude,” another Facebook user said.

If the panel does deem THC to be a risk for pregnant women, it's unclear how it would affect the state's industry.

Currently, the National Institute on Drug Abuse is paying for several studies on marijuana use during pregnancy.