The Media Is Spinning the Latest Weed and Birth Defects Study All Wrong

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A new study claims it found scientific proof that weed causes birth defects like cleft lips and eye abnormalities. The researchers' methods, however, were very questionable.

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A new study from North Carolina published in Nature: Scientific Reports concluded that cannabinoids such as THC and CBD can cause birth defects. The media ran with the authors’ conclusions, but a closer inspection of the study reveals that it didn’t show what journalists portrayed.

For instance, Neuroscience News ran the headline, “CBD and THC use during early pregnancy can disrupt fetal development,” with a summary stating, “Brain and fetal development damage caused by exposure to CBD...

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