Researchers found an alarming increase in emergency room visits and hospitalizations related to cannabis use by pregnant women and it is raising concerns about health risks from preterm labor and low birth weight to negative effects on the newborn's developing brain.

The new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal showed the rate of ER and hospital visits related to cannabis use increased by 82% between January 2015 and July 2021. Canada legalized marijuana in 2018.

Though it is important to note that the absolute increase in those needing medical assistance was not significant, writes the Toronto Star.

“Our findings highlight the potential need for education on cannabis-related harms for pregnant people and their care providers, and for policy interventions aimed at reducing use,” the authors wrote in their conclusion.

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