Doctors Say Parenting And Pot Smoking Don't Mix

December 19, 2016

Researchers have found marijuana metabolites in the urine of babies who were exposed to adult marijuana use. With more states legalizing recreational marijuana, parents are facing the question of whether they should smoke pot around their children. "I have never smoked and would never smoke around my child," says one mother who lives in San Francisco. California is one of eight states that allows recreational marijuana use for adults 21 and older. This woman uses marijuana to treat her migraines and insomnia, but she never uses it around her 5-year-old son. (She asked that her name not be used because marijuana use remains a federal offense.) "I don't want to impact his air quality by the decisions I'm making," she says. This is the right decision, according to research by Dr. Karen Wilson, a pediatrician and lead author of a study showing that children absorb chemicals from secondhand marijuana smoke. "This is the first time we've been able to demonstrate that there are detectable marijuana metabolites in the urine of children who've been exposed to marijuana," says Wilson, who is the Debra and Leon Black division chief of general pediatrics at Mount Sinai in New York. It's a small study, involving 43 young children in Colorado, another state where recreational marijuana use is legal. The children, ages 1 month to 2 years, were hospitalized for bronchiolitis. Their urine samples were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which used a new and...

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