Surgeon General: Marijuana Use During Pregnancy or Adolescence Isn’t Safe

The U.S. Surgeon General has issued an advisory warning that no amount of marijuana use during pregnancy or adolescence is known to be safe.

“Until and unless more is known about the long-term impact, the safest choice for pregnant women and adolescents is not to use marijuana,” the advisory stated.
During a press conference to announce the advisory, Surgeon General Jerome Adams said, “While the perceived harm of marijuana is decreasing, the scary truth is that the actual potential for harm is increasing.”

In an interview with NPR, Dr. Adams said many people aren’t aware of how potent marijuana can be. He noted that the concentration of the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, THC, increased threefold between 1995 and 2014. Concentrated marijuana products can contain up to 75% THC. “The higher the THC delivery, the higher the risk,” he said.

How to Talk About Marijuana With Your Kids

Where do you start? What do you say? We’re here to help. Between legalization, increased normalization in pop culture and new ways of using (edibles, vaporizers, concentrates), it’s becoming more and more complicated to know how to address marijuana use with your kids.

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