Kozak T, Ion A, Greene S. Reimagining research with pregnant women and parents who consume cannabis in the era of legalization: the value of integrating intersectional feminist and participatory action approaches. Cannabis and Cannabinoid Res Published online: 9 Dec 2020; https://doi.org/10.1089/can.2020.0086 (article)

Why was this study conducted?

This article was written to challenge what is seen as a bias in clinical guidelines on the use of cannabis during pregnancy and lactation. The authors propose that because the available evidence consists primarily of observational and preclinical studies and the viewpoint of parents are not included, current guidelines tend to be “limited, conflictual, and inconclusive.” As a result, they act to normalize cannabis consumption for men and those living “under privileged conditions,” but stigmatize its use for others, such as pregnant women and mothers.


What does this study add?

The authors argue there is a need for:

1) feminist and participatory research aimed at understanding women’s experience of cannabis access and consumption; and

2) the development of clinical guidelines that utilize a harm-reduction approach and take into account the indirect health gains and possible benefits that pregnant women and parents derive from cannabis consumption.

Is there anything else I should know?

This article describes a proposed research agenda, but is not a systematic review of the literature or the results of an empirical research study.

Author Details

The latest scientific evidence on this topic was reviewed by the Centre's leadership team. This research summary is written by Corinne Hodgson, DHealth, assessed for accuracy by Dr. James MacKillop, PhD. There are no conflicts of interest. Questions regarding this piece should be directed to Dr. James MacKillop (jmackill@mcmaster.ca).

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