The marijuana that kids and teens are using today is far stronger than the marijuana on the streets four decades ago. There are new strains, hybrids and even synthetic marijuana choices that cause a higher, longer high. That is the effect users are going for, but it is that same effect that may be responsible for increased risk of pregnancy complications and fetal birth defects. What has researchers even more concerned is the popularity of synthetic marijuana varieties that are up to 600 times as strong as naturally grown marijuana.

Why is Synthetic Marijuana Such a Concern?
Synthetic marijuana is a lab-created project that is legal in some states. It claims to produce the same high as marijuana without worrying about legal ramifications. Stars like Miley Cyrus have admitted to using synthetic marijuana, commonly referred to as Spice – though there are multiple brand names on the market today. Spice can affect the growth and development of the fetus in the earliest stages before a woman even knows she is pregnant. When she finally finds out she may stop using Spice, but by that time the damage has already been done as the earliest stages of brain development have already been affected. 

What About Natural Marijuana?
The effects of marijuana on the fetus, infant, child, and teen are widely known. Studies have shown marijuana can cause behavioral problems, depression and increased risk of drug abuse. So, if mom uses marijuana, her child is more apt to use marijuana and possibly other drugs as well. The strength of marijuana is a concern because the stronger the marijuana, the more THC ingested and more likely fetal effects are to occur. 

Marijuana, whether natural or synthetic, is not safe for use at any time during pregnancy. If you choose to use marijuana, it is important to use pregnancy protection to prevent possible complications before you ever know you’re pregnant. 

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