Thursday April 2, 2020

Find Out why Pregnant Women with Depression are Likely to Use Cannabis

Depressed women during pregnancy are likely to consume alcohol and use marijuana

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Pregnant women with depression are more than three times more likely to use cannabis than those without depression. Pixabay

Researchers have found that pregnant women with depression are more than three times more likely to use cannabis than those without depression.

For the findings, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, the research team investigated whether the relationship between depression and cannabis use differed by age, other sociodemographic characteristics, and perception of risk associated with cannabis use.

“We found the prevalence of cannabis use was much higher among those with depression who perceived no risk (24 per cent) relative to those who perceived moderate-great risk associated with use (5.5 per cent),” said study researcher Renee Goodwin from Columbia University in the US.

According to the researchers, data were drawn from the 2005-2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual survey of persons ages 12 and older in the US.

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According to the researchers, approximately one in four pregnant teens with depression used cannabis in the past month. Pixabay

Pregnant women were categorised as a current cannabis user if they responded they has used marijuana at least once during the past 30 days.

Among pregnant women without depression, those who perceived no risk had higher levels of use (16.5 per cent) compared with those who perceived moderate-great risk (0.9 per cent), though both these levels were substantially lower than among women with depression.

Depression appears to increase vulnerability to cannabis use even among pregnant women who perceive substantial risk, the researchers said.

“Perception of greater risk associated with regular use seems to be a barrier to cannabis use, though pregnant women with depression who perceived moderate-great risk associated with regular cannabis use were more than six times as likely to use cannabis than those without depression,” Goodwin said.

This suggests that depression may lead to use even among those who perceive high risk,” Goodwin noted.

Cannabis use was significantly more common among pregnant women with, compared to without, depression. Over one in ten (13 per cent) pregnant women with a major depressive episode reported past-month cannabis use compared with four per cent without depression who reported using cannabis.

This was the case across all sociodemographic subgroups, the study said.

According to the researchers, approximately one in four pregnant teens with depression used cannabis in the past month.

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“As brain development is ongoing until age 25, cannabis use in this group may increase risks for both mother and offspring, our results provide recent nationally representative estimates suggesting that education and intervention efforts should be targeted at pregnant teens,” Goodwin said. (IANS)

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Stressed Due to Lockdown? Heartfulness can Help you Out

Heartfulness helpline to cope with lockdown stress

A photo of Kanha Shanti Vanam, the world's largest meditation centre situated in the outskirts of Hyderabad, set up by Heartfulness institute. IANS

The Heartfulness Institute with its global headquarters near here has set up a 24X7 helpline for citizens to deal with the stress due to coronavirus lockdown in the country.

As the pandemic has created uncertainty, fear, panic and isolation among people, Heartfulness on Wednesday announced various initiatives to help them deal with the situation.

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The Helpline ‘Voice That Cares’ can be accessed by anyone by dialing the toll-free number 1800 121 Dhyana (3492). Several hundred Heartfulness trainers trained by their guide Daaji will respond to public calls and help alleviate emotional or mental distress of callers.

“Empathy is known to be one of the strongest healers and the trainers are well versed to navigate the callers through the distress due to the ongoing lockdown,” the institute said.

“There will be also be global ‘Lifecast’by Daaji, who will enunciate his thoughts on the situation and how to deal with it. It is scheduled at 5.30 pm on April 2. Daaji will follow up his talk with a meditation session.

A photo of Kamlesh D. Patel (Daaji), the guide of Heartfulness. Wikimedia Commons

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Pranahuti (life force), which is central to Heartfulness Meditation practice, will be transmitted by Daaji as part of the meditation and those who wish to take part in the session should simply keep their eyes closed, sit in a comfortable posture silently without any external disturbance, focus on their heart and bring their attention to the divinity that exists in their heart,” it said.

It can be accessed at and

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“There is clear need for all of us to understand the situation as it stands today, demystify it and see it as it should be seen. There is too much information and too many changes in a very short time. How does one see it in a larger context of one’s life and what steps are needed to strengthen one’s ability to handle their feelings and emotions and thereby creating a contagion of positive emotions to deal with the situation together,” Daaji said. (IANS)