Daily Express

Premature babies are linked to cannabis

- By Mark Waghorn

TEENAGERS who smoke cannabis are more likely to have tots born too early.

The finding applies to girls and boys, say scientists, who suggest the drug carries “intergener­ational risks”.

Babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy are prone to having developmen­t problems.

Study co-author Dr Lindsey Hines, of the University of Bristol, pointed to the drug’s link with poor mental health, adding: “Our results indicate there may be further effects that individual­s may not anticipate.”

The study followed 665 Australian­s tracked over 20 years.

Infants born to those aged 29 and over who consumed cannabis every day between 15 and 17 were prone to early delivery or low birth weight.

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