Cannabis is the substance most commonly used during pregnancy. Groups such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that providers screen and counsel women on the risks associated with cannabis use and advise abstaining from use. However, these recommendations are being made in a context in which policies and perceptions about cannabis use are becoming increasingly acceptable.

Expanding legalization and increasing acceptability and accessibility to cannabis may exacerbate existing maternal health disparities. Amid increases in cannabis use among pregnant people and incomplete information about cannabis safety, understanding perceptions of cannabis use and its impact on maternal health disparities is urgently needed.

We are a multidisciplinary team of research scholars seeking to advance education in substance use and to counteract social injustice. Our team consists of undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate researchers at USC and beyond; We are committed to advancing social justice via the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge.

Our goal in this research is to examine the historic and systematic inequities people face when they use cannabis during pregnancy as well as how to ameliorate them to ensure healthy, safe, equitable experiences in pregnancy and beyond.

Advancing understanding of cannabis use experience and related health disparities during pregnancy.

Integrating patient, provider, and retailer perspectives in emerging maternal cannabis use and harm reduction fields.

Fostering person and data-driven evidence to counteract maternal health disparities surrounding substance use during pregnancy, particularly among BIPOC people who are pregnant.

Bridging the gaps of knowledge and communication between pregnant individuals, healthcare providers, and policymakers in changing times of cannabis use and legality.

Enabling all people – cannabis users or otherwise – to have access to healthy, safe, equitable experiences as they move through pregnancy and beyond.


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