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Cannabis Use Studied For Link To Autism In Children

by Heather Occhino


Cannabis Use Studied For Link To Autism In Children

by Heather Occhino


Credit: CNN cnnpressroom.blogs

An assessment published by Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and forwarded by NORML, was conducted in children between the ages 30-68 months, born 2003 and 2011, to find a connection between self maternal cannabis use three months prior to delivery by their mothers and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (“Findings From the Study to Explore Early Development”).

A group of children diagnosed with autism had their evaluation of the link to cannabis use during pregnancy compared to other children with other developmental disorders, as well as children under population control. Furthermore, perinatal pregnancy cannabis use was reported to be 5.2% of children with autism-which ranked higher than the percentage rates for children with DD (3.2%) and children of population control (4.4%).

Given that the results measured out as similar between each group of children assessed and potential risks possibly resulting from neurobiology and animal models warrants more recent studies in which cannabis perception has shifted, it is not applicable to deduce whether or not maternal cannabis use is positively associated with autism spectrum disorder in children (Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2021, “Maternal Cannabis Use”).