Join the Mama Brain Study!

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are examining how stressful life experiences and cannabis use impact the way that mothers’ brains respond to their infants.

Fast Facts

mothers who use or do not use cannabis

had a baby 0-15 months ago

18-45 years old

Compensation Provided

Conducted in Aurora, CO

Study Background

New babies often come with new stressors, new demands, and new ways of adapting day to day. For some new moms, this might include cannabis. As public acceptance of cannabis grows, more and more people are using it regularly, including pregnant and postpartum women. We want to know how regular cannabis use affects mother-baby bonding through brain response.

Both mothers who regularly use cannabis and mothers who do not use cannabis at all may be eligible. If you join the study, you will participate in a series of visits including a brief enrollment visit (0-15 mo after delivery), 2 more extended visits within the next few months (following enrollment, within 1-3 months of one another), and a brief mobile lab visit (6 months after Visit 2). Your baby will also participate alongside you in the initial in-person visit.

Your participation in this study may help future researchers better protect the health of mothers and babies. Advance research today and join our compensated study!

Additional Information

The purpose of this study is to learn more about how stressful life experiences and cannabis use influence cognitive and emotional demands on new mothers as they adapt to parenting their infants.

You may qualify for this study if you meet the following criteria.

Key Criteria:

  • 18-45 years old
  • Had a baby 0-15 months ago
  • Good health without major medical complications during your pregnancy
  • Regularly use cannabis OR do not use cannabis at all

If you join the study, you will participate in one initial Zoom video visit, one in-person visit with your baby, an MRI visit where you will have a brain scan, and one brief mobile laboratory visit. During the study visits, you will be asked to complete surveys and interviews, give urine and blood samples, interact with your baby, and have an MRI scan. Study participation is confidential, and you will be compensated for your time.

You will be compensated for your time.

There is no cost for you to participate in the study.

COMIRB No: 21-3266
PI: Aviva K. Olsavsky
Version Date: 12/4/2023