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High-Potency Pot in Pregnancy May Cause Brain Damage
Date:8/16/2012

ews on marijuana on data collected prior to 1997, before the emergence of new and bioengineered marijuana strains, such as Spice products, the researchers said.

So-called synthetic marijuana or "fake weed" mixtures contain "synthetic cannabinoids" that are 500 to 600 times more potent than marijuana's THC, according to the release.

High-potency marijuana could also pose a risk to teens and young adults.

"Marijuana has regained its popularity from the 1970s, especially among teens and young people, and has established social and cultural status as the most popular drug of abuse," Psychoyos said. "Yet, like pregnant women, these young users probably have no idea of the significant increase in potency over the past four decades."

The researchers called on the U.S. government to revise policy on marijuana based on the development of synthetic cannabinoids.

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The U.S. National Institutes of Health has more about substance abuse during pregnancy.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Drug Testing and Analysis, news release, Aug. 13, 2012


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