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Substance Abuse (Marijuana) and Reproductive Health of Mothers and Their Children

Dr. Natacha De Genna PHD is an Assistant Professor with longstanding acclaimed work relating to marijuana and nicotine use by pregnant mothers, how young age and mental health and discrimination may affect both mothers and their children post pregnancy. Her video “Mothers and Marijuana” is featured on the NIH Web Site. Like alcohol, paired maternal use of both nicotine and marijuana can be especially toxic. Her work on both large and smaller data sets has clinical implications.

Released: November 30, 2021


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  2.  Petersen, A People are using Marijuana to Treat Anxiety and Depression, but the Science is Murky, New York Times, Oct. 26, 2021,

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