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  • Ann Tucker

Prenatal Cannabis Exposure Linked to Mental Disorders in Adolescence

According to new research from NIDA, prenatal cannabis exposure following the middle of the first trimester—generally after five to six weeks of fetal development—is associated with attention, social, and behavioral problems that persist as the affected children progress into early adolescence. These conditions may put children at a greater risk of mental health disorders and substance use in late adolescence, when youth are typically most vulnerable to these disorders and behaviors.

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