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Using Marijuana during Pregnancy may harm Growth of Foetus, say Researchers

THC is also known as a promising agent for treating cancer, because it negatively affects tumour growth and can cause the death of cancer cells

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October 2, 2016: Mothers’ exposure to cannabinoid — compound found in marijuana — either smoked or eaten in candy bars, may affect the development of babies in the womb, researchers say.

Cannabinoids are chemicals like THC, the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana, that act on cannabinoid receptors in neurons, repressing the normal release of neurotransmitters.

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“We know from limited human studies that use of marijuana in early pregnancy is associated with risks, including miscarriage, birth defects, developmental delays and learning disabilities, but animal research suggests that the potential for many more developmental issues are linked with the drug,” said G. Ian Gallicano, Associate Professor at Georgetown University in the US.

Cannabinoids affect many aspects of human development because THC and other chemicals alter molecular pathways that should not be disrupted during development of a foetus, the researchers said.

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THC is also known as a promising agent for treating cancer, because it negatively affects tumour growth and can cause the death of cancer cells.

However, embryo development has similarities to tumour formation — it turns against growth pathways that are necessary for development.

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“The fact that THC seems to stop cancer growth suggests how damaging the chemical could be for a foetus,” Gallicano added.
For the study, the researchers reviewed scientific literature on cannabinoids and embryonic development published between 1975 and 2015.

The findings in human cells studies showed that THC has a half-life of eight days in fat deposits and can be detected in blood for up to 30 days.

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The THC also readily crosses the human placenta, which can slow clearance of the drugs while prolonging foetal exposure, and increasing the risk of damaging it.

In addition, THC and other cannabinoids have been found to interfere with the use of folic acid (vitamin B9), which has long been known to be essential for normal development and growth of the human placenta and embryo.

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Deficiencies in folic acid are also linked to low human birth weight, increased risk of spontaneous abortion, and neural tube defects such as spina bifida, the researchers observed.

The study was published in the journal BioMed Central (BMC) Pharmacology and Toxicology. (IANS)

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  • Aaron Mason

    More garbage propaganda. Why do prohibitionists choose to support the cartels?

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)