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Don’t Get High, Mom

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If you’re planning on getting pregnant soon, you may want to cut recreational pot smoking. Researchers have determined that fetuses exposed to high-potency marijuana — or related synthetic strains such as “Spice” — early in pregnancy are at risk of a host of birth defects and postpartum challenges, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and neurological impairments.

Researchers at Texas A&M University reported in a recent edition of Drug Testing and Analysis that the harmful effects of marijuana smoking can affect a developing baby with a gestational age of as little as two weeks because it is a vital period of fetal brain development.

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