That one Jamaican study…

That one Jamaican study every cannavist mom knows about, if you didn’t well let’s get ya in the know. Dr. Melanie Dreher did some of the best and only work on topic of cannabis using during pregnancy, she followed twenty-four expecting mothers who used cannabis and twenty expecting mothers who did not…in Jamaica. The number one argument I have come across when it comes to this study is that it was done on only forty-four women. Since having The Cannavist Mom:Facebook  I have been lucky enough to come in contact with thousands of moms who chose cannabis during pregnancy or are the child of a cannabis using mom. I can say wholeheartedly that if moms weren’t afraid of the interference of child protective services (over a plant) they would scream from the rooftops that they used cannabis during their pregnancies. Mom’s comment how perfect children are and how they meet every milestone at the same time if not sooner then non canna-babies. Some canna-babies have canna-babies of their own. I hope to bring you the stories of these moms (you can find some comments on my facebook page & linked in our menu) Now for that study! – Kaycee

Objective. To identify neurobehavioral effects of prenatal marijuana exposure on neonates in rural Jamaica.

Design. Ethnographic field studies and standardized neurobehavior assessments during the neonatal period.

Setting. Rural Jamaica in heavy-marijuana-using population.

Participants. Twenty-four Jamaican neonates exposed to marijuana prenatally and 20 nonexposed neonates.

Measurements and main results. Exposed and nonexposed neonates were compared at 3 days and 1 month old, using the Brazelton Neonatal Assessment Scale, including supplementary items to capture possible subtle effects. There were no significant differences between exposed and nonexposed neonates on day 3. At 1 month, the exposed neonates showed better physiological stability and required less examiner facilitation to reach organized states. The neonates of heavy-marijuana-using mothers had better scores on autonomic stability, quality of alertness, irritability, and self-regulation and were judged to be more rewarding for caregivers.

Conclusions. The absence of any differences between the exposed on nonexposed groups in the early neonatal period suggest that the better scores of exposed neonates at 1 month are traceable to the cultural positioning and social and economic characteristics of mothers using marijuana that select for the use of marijuana but also promote neonatal development.

Received September 21, 1992.
Accepted June 30, 1993.
Copyright © 1994 by the American Academy of Pediatrics

These links are all on subjects based on the
Dreher’s Jamaican Pregnancy Study:

Original Study:
Five Year Follow-Up:…/…/marij…/