Does using weed during pregnancy affect fetal brain development? This Saskatchewan researcher wants to find out

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As cannabis use becomes increasingly normalized, including among some pregnant women, a pharmacologist at the University of Saskatchewan is hoping to determine if that use will have any effect on the brains of developing babies. Robert Laprairie is getting the chance to find out after becoming one of 20 Canadian neuroscientists to receive a $100,000 grant as part of Brain Canada’s Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Program, which is funded by Health Canada through the Canada Brain Research Fund. Laprairie’s team—which also includes neuroscientist John Howland and Ph.D. students Ayat Zagzoog and Tallan Black—plan to use a rat model to test the hypothesis that chronic exposure to cannabis with high THC content “will result in a significant increase in the rat pups’ anxiety and significant reduction in both cognition and sociability,” notes a statement from the university . A new study claims using cannabis while pregnant can be harmful to the baby Number of THC-exposed newborns at Michigan hospital increases after recreational weed legalized Higher risk of autism among children whose mothers consumed cannabis while pregnant The team will use a special inhalation chamber to deliver high THC and high CBD smoke to pregnant rats for 21 days, and track the growth, weight and metabolic outcomes of the pups once born.…

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