A new study has revealed that babies who are exposed to marijuana while in the womb experience better eyesight by the time they turn four.
The study was conducted by researchers of University of Waterloo, Auckland and Brown University, US, who compared a group of tiny tots exposed to marijuana with a group of babies who were clean. The researchers tested the first poop of the exposed babies to track their line of vision.
They also experimented to compare the effects alcohol, nicotine, and methamphetamine had on babies when they were introduced to these elements. While nicotine and methamphetamine didn't reveal any effects, alcohol showed an adverse effect on vision.
However, Professor Ben Thompson of Waterloo University did warn against smoking weed during pregnancy:
"We were surprised with this initial finding. It shows that marijuana and alcohol can have quite an impact on a fundamental aspect of the visual processing happening in our brains.
But despite the apparently beneficial impact of marijuana on the development of the brain’s visual system, other research shows its use can actually impair the brain development of unborn children."
Of course, we wouldn't want our kids to grow up to become junkies but if such studies pave the way for legalisation, that would be a wonder of its own.