Jan 02

Q&A: What effect does marijuanna have on child developement?

Concern by electracute7: What impact does marijuanna have on youngster developement?
I am understanding human developement and our chapter that we are in talks about drug consequences on the fetus and how it could harm the little one extended time period but they say absolutely nothing about marijuanna. What could occur if you did it even though expecting, not just cigarette smoking it, but ingesting it as well?

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Reply by rooster_nugget
propaganda. im not expressing smoke absent, but i dont see how it will influence the fetus. the way i see it is that each and every single drug such as liquor is out of your program within a month, except cannabis which is recognized to keep in your physique for months at a time. Sounds More LIKE A VITAMIN TO ME

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6 comments on “Q&A: What effect does marijuanna have on child developement?

  1. Curious! :D on said:

    yoou just shpuld not do drugs if ur pregnant or think u might be it would effect the baby alotttttttttt

  2. palacechicky on said:

    Marijuana is a green, brown, or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp plant

    Doctors advise Pruegnant women not to use any drugs because they might harm the growing fetus. One animal study has linked marijuana use to loss of the fetus very early in pregnancy.

    Some scientific studies have found that babies born to women who used marijuana during their pregnancy display altered responses to visual stimulation, increased tremors, and a high pitched cry, which may indicate problems with nervous system development. During pre- and early school years, marijuana-exposed children have been reported to have more behavioral problems and difficulties with sustained attention and memory than non exposed children (3).

    Researchers are not certain whether any effects of marijuana during pregnancy persist as the child grows up; however, because some parts of the brain continue to develop into adolescence, it is also possible that certain kinds of problems will become more evident as the child matures.

  3. Melissa J on said:

    How Marijuana works in the brain is thru the receptors in our brain which respond to our natural chemicals. When it binds to our brain it gives the “high feeling” the user is looking for. The worry is that when it binds in a developing brain can this change the way the brain develops requiring more natural chemicals or making the brain resistant to these chemicals.

    There are some studies that seem to show that marijuana can effect the development of the nervous system in a baby as evidenced by the increased nervousness/tremulousness and irritability that is seen after a child is born whose mother abused marijuana.

    When these children enter school they are noted to have more behavioral problems and seem to have problems paying attention in school. The also appear to have more problems with memory at four years of age when compared to other children. They also have deficits in problem solving skills. Exposed children do not appear to have a decrease in IQ.

    Later in life the outcomes are less clear what exactly happens. There seem to be no good data on what kind of “citizens” these children become.

    Studies have shown that children who were exposed to marijuana during pregnancy sometimes have problems focusing their attention and solving problems.

    Children of heavy pot users may also have problems with short-term memory, concentration, and judgment. (There’s no evidence so far, however, that marijuana use during pregnancy causes attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

    One study even found that young children whose mothers smoked marijuana during pregnancy had a higher risk of leukemia than those whose mothers did not.

    What’s more, there’s no way to know if the pot you’re smoking has been laced with other drugs (such as PCP) or contaminated with pesticides, which would put your baby at even higher risk. And using marijuana increases the chance that your baby will have birth defects if you’re also drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco.

    People may say that “I did it with no problems” or “I know someone who did it and their baby is fine” but the true effects may not be detected for years after the baby’s birth!

  4. mom_of_two on said:

    I agree with the first answer. I don’t think one should smoke when they are pregnant; however, I was told by my OB that he would rather see me smoke a joint every once in awhile rather than a cigarette. I came out and asked him because I did smoke both at the time and was stressed out to no end. Lots going on in my life. He said that there is no scientific study that links the use of marijuana to the fetus and that he would rather have me calm rather than stressed out because that is worse for the baby.

    As for the comments about how the children will be less “developed”. I think that is a crock! I know many children who were in this situation and they are top of there class. My first born was exposed to it because I did smoke when I first became pregnant and did not know I was pregnant. That was for 4 months. My daughter was 4 years old and already knew what any other child would be taught in Kindergarten. How your child develops is more or less how you tend to your child; unless, god forbid, there are medical issues (i.e Downs Syndrome, Mental retardation, etc. etc. ) When a parent takes time with there children and doesn’t just sit them in front of the TV is how the child will learn. They learn from there parents and role models, be it aunt, uncle, grandparents. Your surroundings and environment affect your child more than smoking one now and again.

    Definetly agree with the woman below me. As the old saying goes “Man made alcohol, God made pot, who do you trust”. Marijuana is naturally grown in this earth. There are lots of things we put into our bodies on a daily basis; such as McDonalds while we are pregnant and don’t really give it much thought. Moderation is key in any situation.

  5. dunefangirl on said:

    I think the effect it has pales in comparison to the effects of using tobacco and alcohol (obviously – it has its own syndrome). I would not do it. For one thing, any smoke you inhale competes with oxygen you breathe. Any smoke you inhale deprives the fetus of oxygen, too.

    I read it is difficult to isolate marijuana use from other drugs, smoking, economic status, etc. and see what its unique effects are. Lots of people my age (28) came from mothers who toked it up, often smoked cigarettes too, and are fine. But we’re trying to have a baby and I quit. I don’t think it really is that bad. But, I’m cutting out caffeine too. I wonder if it isn’t about as bad as caffeine.