Hashish Use Extra Widespread Amongst Pregnant Girls with Despair, Nervousness and Trauma

Regardless of reducing charges of alcohol and tobacco use throughout being pregnant, the usage of hashish use throughout being pregnant is on the riseA number of qualitative research have recommended that pregnant ladies report utilizing hashish to handle a variety of psychological signs, together with nervousness and despair.  Nonetheless, we have no idea whether or not hashish use is extra widespread amongst pregnant ladies with psychiatric sickness or histories of trauma.  In a latest examine, information from the Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) well being care system was used to look at the affiliation between hashish use throughout being pregnant and prognosis of despair, nervousness, and trauma.

Between the years of 2012 and 2017, pregnant ladies who delivered a liveborn child inside the KPNC system accomplished questionnaires on prenatal substance use and submitted a urine toxicology take a look at at their first prenatal go to (at?roughly?Eight weeks’ of gestation) as a part of their routine prenatal care.  Of the 219,071 pregnancies included within the evaluation, about 10% of the ladies had been exclude:  1042 (0.5%) with out date of the final menstrual interval, 21, 115 (9.6%) with out a urine toxicology take a look at, and 892 (0.4%) with no reply to the query about hashish use.

Diagnoses of despair, nervousness problems and trauma throughout being pregnant had been recognized utilizing ICD-10 codes documented within the digital well being document.  Self-reported despair signs had been assessed utilizing the Affected person Well being Questionnaire–9.  Intimate associate violence was assessed on the first prenatal go to. 

Of the 196,022 pregnancies included, 11,?681 pregnancies (6.0%) screened optimistic for prenatal hashish. Girls who used hashish, in contrast with those that didn’t use hashish:

  • Had been youthful (age <25 years, 42.0% vs. 13.3%), 
  • Had decrease annual family incomes (revenue <$51?893, 40.3% vs. 24.0%), 
  • Had been extra more likely to be African American (19.7% vs. 4.4%) or Hispanic (31.3% vs. 27.7%), and 
  • Had been much less more likely to be Asian (2.9% vs. 18.4%). 

Girls who used hashish had been additionally extra probably than those that didn’t use hashish to have :

  • An nervousness dysfunction (8.3% vs. 4.7%), 
  • A depressive dysfunction (10.6% vs. 4.3%), 
  • Depressive signs (delicate, 32.2% vs. 24.5%; reasonable, 13.3% vs. 7.0%; and reasonably extreme to extreme, 8.3% vs. 3.3%), 
  • A trauma prognosis (8.3% vs. 2.0%), 
  • Self-reported intimate associate violence (4.4% vs. 1.8%).

Prenatal hashish use was extra more likely to be recognized in ladies with any sort of psychiatric sickness or trauma (in comparison with ladies  with out documented psychiatric sickness or trauma): nervousness problems (aOR,?1.90; 95% CI, 1.76-2.04), depressive problems (aOR,?2.25; 95% CI, 2.11-2.41), or each (aOR,?2.65; 95% CI, 2.46-2.86),  trauma prognosis (aOR,?2.82; 95% CI, 2.59-3.06), or self-reported intimate associate violence (aOR,?1.94; 95% CI, 1.74-2.15). The chance of hashish use elevated with despair severity: delicate (aOR,?1.60; 95% CI, 1.53-1.67), reasonable (aOR,?2.09; 95% CI, 1.96-2.23), and reasonably extreme to extreme (aOR,?2.55; 95% CI, 2.35-2.77).  

Some of the apparent limitations of this examine is that about 10% of the contributors didn’t present information concerning hashish use throughout being pregnant.  The examine was carried out between 2012 and 2017; leisure use of marijuana was legalized in California in 2016.  It’s cheap to imagine that the prevalence of hashish use might have been underestimated on this examine, given that girls utilizing hashish or different substances might have elected to not present data utilizing hashish use for worry of damaging value determinations or authorized penalties.  It is usually attainable that the prevalence could also be decrease on condition that some ladies might have used hashish earlier than they knew they had been pregnant.  That mentioned, any such examine could also be the perfect we will do on condition that we can not take a look at for substance use with out knowledgeable consent.  

Though there are important limitations to this examine, the findings are putting.  In a cross-sectional examine, we will infer definitively conclude that psychiatric sickness causes elevated use of hashish throughout being pregnant.  It’s attainable that girls who use hashish are extra weak to psychiatric sickness and trauma.  Nonetheless, what we see is the coexistence of a number of elements that are related to worse outcomes throughout being pregnant, together with psychiatric sickness, trauma together with IPV, hashish use, decrease socioeconomic standing.  

Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD

Younger-Wolff KC, Sarovar V, Tucker LY, et al.  Affiliation of despair, nervousness, and trauma with hashish use throughout being pregnant. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(2):e1921333.

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