The United States government has issued a health statement warning of the use of marijuana by children and pregnant women.
Washington publishes the risk of consuming Marijuana. The United States government will expand its research, education and prevention studies related to the use of this drug. The statement indicates that they want to raise awareness and knowledge about it being used by children and pregnant women.
A pregnant woman who regularly smokes marijuana or hashish may give birth prematurely to an undersized, underweight baby. Over the last 10 years many children of marijuana users have been born with reduced initiative and lessened abilities to concentrate and pursue life goals. Studies also suggest that prenatal (before birth) use of the drug may result in birth defects, mental abnormalities and increased risk of leukemia (cancer of the bone marrow) in children.
How marijuana has changed over time, The Indian hemp plant (from which cannabis drugs like marijuana and hashish are made) was grown for use as a hallucinogen more than 2,000 years ago. The amount of THC in the hemp plant determines the strength of the drug. The amount of THC found in marijuana is not consistent, and the level of THC has increased steadily.
The more THC, the more psychoactive the drug and the higher the potential for abuse, addiction, and other harmful effects. Marijuana can change the structure of sperm cells, deforming them. Thus even small amounts of marijuana can cause temporary sterility in men. Marijuana use can also disrupt a woman’s menstrual cycle.
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