by Julia Ries on October 21, 2019
“There are no real human studies evaluating [cannabis’s] effect on the maternal fetal [relationship] or with breastfeeding, and really there would be no ethical manner in which to conduct studies,” Dr. Kecia Gaither, OB-GYN, maternal fetal medicine physician, and director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, said. And while there have been animal studies, it’s difficult to apply the findings and outcomes to humans. Until we have more evidence, people who are expecting or breastfeeding should definitely err on the side of caution and avoid cannabis in all forms. “Long and short of it — at this time women in the preconceptual period, pregnant women, and breastfeeding women should refrain from any type of use as a safeguard from adverse perinatal outcome,” Gaither said.
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