A university study is attempting to study the effects of cannabis on fetuses, sparking intense debates as well as outrage among many.
Nearly $200,000 has been recently allocated to the University of Washington, according to Fox News, in order to complete a study that plans to have pregnant women use cannabis so that researchers can study the effect of the drug on unborn babies.
Many concerned citizens have made their opinions known, loud and clear, against supporting this study. Further fueling the controversy is the fact that certain researchers have acknowledged that they agree that the risk to unborn babies exposed to cannabis is likely higher today than it was decades ago. This is because there has been a substantial increase in the potency of today's cannabis.
In a statement from these researchers obtained by Fox News, a spokesperson said, “In addition, prior research also likely underestimated potential risks of cannabis use during pregnancy because modern strains are three times more potent than they were 30 years ago."
The main objective of these tests is to measure brain activity and brain development in infants who are exposed to cannabis while in the womb which many people find extremely disturbing. While on one hand, it can be looked at as a good thing to know indefinitely ion cannabis poses a risk to unborn babies, on the other hand, it is alarming to think that the price of this information would come at actually testing on unborn babies.
The FDA has reportedly acknowledged the potential danger to unborn babies during a study like this as well. Although it may seem obvious, it's also important to note that only fully consenting mothers would be allowed to take part in the study. But the concern of many lies in the belief that many of these mothers have been poorly informed about the possible effects of cannabis exposure to unborn babies. And while the mothers-to-be may consent, their preborn children can not.
BabyGaga readers, what do you think about this recent controversy? Should the University of Washington be able to test the effects of cannabis on fetuses? Let us know your opinions in the comments!