Prenatal Marijuana: Impact on Infant Neurobehavior, Stress, & Epigenetic Mechanisms

Despite increasing availability, use, and potency of cannabis in the US, little is known regarding effects of cannabis use during pregnancy on infant development or biological mechanisms in humans. We propose to establish a prospective prenatal cohort to discern effects of maternal cannabis use during pregnancy on infant neurobehavioral development; we will also test endocannabinoid and glucocorticoid pathways as novel mechanisms underlying effects of prenatal cannabis exposure. Results from the proposed study will provide critical data for obstetric providers and pregnant women, and will inform policy, regulations, and public health messaging regarding cannabis use by pregnant women and women of reproductive age.

George Panpandonatos Staff 1 Research Assistant i

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