U.S. Women Increasingly Using Pot During Pregnancy, Study Finds
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. women are increasingly using marijuana during pregnancy, sometimes to treat morning sickness, new reports suggest. Though the actual numbers are small, the trend raises concerns because of evidence linking the drug with low birth weights and other problems.
In 2014, almost 4 percent of pregnant women said they’d recently used marijuana, up from 2.4 percent in 2002, according to an analysis of annual drug use surveys.
Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said the results raise concerns and urged doctors and other health care providers to avoid recommending the drug for pregnant women. Volkow commented in an editorial published online Monday with the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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Connecticut Hospice Hopes to Set New Standard for End of Life Patients with Medical Marijuana
The nation’s first hospice center plans to study how medical marijuana can help its dying patients.
Officials at the the Connecticut Hospice in Branford, established in 1974, said on Monday that they are hoping to improve pain management while reducing opioid use in palliative care.
They also want to decrease nausea and vomiting, while improving patients’ appetites and overall well-being.
The focus of this groundbreaking medical marijuana study will be to ease end of life patients’ pain and improve their quality of life, said Dr. Wen-Jen Hwu, professor of medical oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, in a news conference announcing the research.
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