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The SOGC Urges Canadians to Avoid Cannabis Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SOGC) today launched a public awareness campaign to inform those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or of child-bearing age of the potential adverse effects associated with cannabis use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

“We know women are trying to do the best for their babies. Should cannabis become available for sale this summer, it is important that individuals be aware of the health risks, particularly for vulnerable populations such as pregnant women,” says Dr. Jennifer Blake, CEO SOGC.

Research suggests that 70% of pregnant and non-pregnant women believe there is a slight or no risk of harm from using cannabis once or twice a week during pregnancy. But the principal psychoactive component of cannabis, THC, crosses the placenta into fetal tissue and can also accumulate in breast milk. And the way cannabis is consumed—vaped, smoked, eaten, in pill or topical form, doesn’t matter.