Does Breast Milk Contain Cannabinoids?
By Scrog Betty
Deep in the ancient primordial soup that is the human body exists a complex web of naturally occurring proteins, identified as ‘cannabinoid receptors.’ These receptors are believed to be our body’s way of specifically processing the many cannabinoids that humans have been ingesting for thousands of years – most notably THC or tetrahydrocannabinol.
As any good stoner knows, ‘THC’ is the main psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana. So the fact that our bodies have created ‘cannabinoid receptors’ to process these wonderful healing elements, is a beautiful hint that this plant is a key to the lock on our good health.
Further evidence of the hand-and-glove fit of marijuana, its cannabinoids, and the human body – a group of studies that showed human breast milk contained many of the same “active cannabinoids” which are known to be in marijuana and have proven to be essential to critical human development.
Through these studies they’ve identified that cannabinoid receptors exist within the cell membranes in the human body. Noting that when the cannabinoid receptor has been properly activated by the introduction of cannabinoids and a few other varying substances, they become super cannabinoid receptors, and protect our bodies from viruses, malignancies, harmful bacteria, as well as many forms of cancer.
One of the more interesting side benefits from these studies was the discovery of human breast milk being high in endocannabinoids. One of the more basic functions that a newborn infant must perform, in order to survive the first few days of life, is to learn to suckle at their mother’s breast. These endocannabinoids provide vital building blocks for the young human’s development, known as “neuromodulator lipid.” Source
While most might get a ‘chuckle’ out of seeing their buddy getting a solid case of the munchies, after smoking some good pot — for all newborn infants these cannabinoids serve a much more life affirming role.
“If not for these cannabinoids found in their mother’s breast milk; infants would struggle in learning to eat, they would suffer from a life-threatening lack of appetite…resulting in the malnourishment of the all infants. As the CB1 cannabinoid receptors have been activated by the endocannabinoids in the mother’s milk, it is these very receptors that are so critical in the learning process of suckling.” Source
The overall potential medical ramifications for these cannabinoid discoveries are incredibly wide in their scope, and further suggest a growing future for cannabinoids for the use in pediatric medicine.