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The Effects of Cannabis during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding | March 21, 2019 - 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST

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Thank you for your interest in the webinar titled: The Effects of Cannabis during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding on March 21, 2019 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST

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Cannabis is one of the most commonly used psychoactive substances in Ontario, along with alcohol and tobacco. In 2017, 14.5% of adults[1] reported trying cannabis in the past year. Cannabis was legalized for non-medical use on Oct 17th, when it became legal for adults over 19 to use cannabis without a prescription.

This webinar series will provide an overview of cannabis use patterns across the lifespan and will address concerns specific to each age group.  
This first webinar in this series will provide information on the effects of cannabis during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Co-hosted by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, Evidence Exchange Network at Provincial System Support Program, CAMH and Best Start Resource Centre


[1] Ialomiteanu, A. R., Hamilton, H. A., Adlaf, E. M., & Mann, R. E. (2016). CAMH Monitor e-Report: Substance Use, Mental Health and Well-Being Among Ontario Adults, 1977–2015 (CAMH Research Document Series No. 45). Toronto, ON: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Available at: www.camh.ca/en/research/news_and_publications/ Pages/camh_monitor.aspx


The objectives of this webinar are:

  • Understand the prevalence of cannabis use in Ontario for specific populations. 
  • Understand the risks and harms of cannabis during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Understand how best to work with and support people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Explore resources available for health care providers and/or persons who use cannabis.


  • Sarah Konefal, PhD, Research and Policy Analyst, CCSA
  • Elena Hasheminejad, RN, BScN, Public Health Nurse, York Public Health
  • Ann Ciniglio, RN, BScN, IBCLC, Public Health Nurse, York Public Health