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Cannabis Use during Pregnancy Linked to Increased Risk of Autism in Children

The results of what Ottawa researchers suggest is the largest study of its kind have found that children of mothers who reported using cannabis during pregnancy had a 50% increased risk of developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), compared with children who weren’t exposed to cannabis in utero, even after controlling for confounding factors.

The new results highlight that women who are thinking of using cannabis during pregnancy should be aware of the potential risks of the drug, and talk to a healthcare provider.

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