Synthetic Marijuana Use During Pregnancy
A case study was presented at the Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists indicated that pregnant women who use synthetic marijuana may experience symptoms which might turn out to be harmful for the unborn fetus as well as the mother.
A research was conducted recently by Dr. Cindy S.Lee and Dr. Sally Nalesnik from Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, CA. This involved a pregnant woman who came to the delivery floor in an agitated state of mind. She was 35 weeks pregnant and had not received any kind of prenatal care. Her blood pressure had elevated. So had the protein in her urine. These are indicative of preeclampsia. On being resuscitated, the patient had to undergo cesarean delivery because of the fetal distress.
The physicians were successful in delivering a baby for her. The baby girl she delivered was just 28 days old. The woman was tested negative for drugs. You may cure eclampsia once the baby is delivered. However, the condition of this patient did not improve post-delivery.
Dr.Lee said in a news release,” this was interesting, yet a confusing presentation. We wanted to report it so in the future if something similar came up, it would be in the literature and physicians could refer to it.”
Possibility of cannabis effects
The lab results of the woman indicate very low levels of potassium. The results of her urine test was negative. An anonymous caller informed the physician that the patient was a regular smoker of Spice Gold. This is another name for Synthetic marijuana. Dr. Lee adds,” This was not a pregnancy problem but a drug problem. “ She throws light on the fact that emerging drugs are creating challenges to the medical practioners, because synthetic for instance cannot be detected in standard drug tests.
What exactly is synthetic marijuana?
This is a mixture of spices and herbs which you can spray making use of a synthetic compound which produces effects which are similar to the effect that THC produces. This is a psychoactive ingredient which is present in marijuana. The most popular compounds that illegal drug makers use at present for production of synthetic marijuana include the following.
Federal laws and some state laws have banned such chemical compounds due to the adverse cannabis effects. Still drug makers are clever enough to make use of other synthetic cannabinoids which are yet to be banned so that they do not violate the existing drug laws.