Cannabinoids & Breast Milk: Do Cannabinoids Play A Larger Role In Our Life Than We Thought?July 7, 2015 -
According to a 2004 finding from the European Journal for Pharmacology, a nursing woman’s breast milk contains identical chemical compounds to Endocannabinoids which are found in Marijuana. The compounds anandamide and 2-arachidonoyl glycerol are both present during the early development of the human embryo. Anandamide has been proven to start out in low concentrations continuously ramping up until maturity is reached. Interestingly, 2-arachidonoyl has the opposite effect in that it starts out at its highest level in the embryo before eventually dissipating.
The fact that chemical compounds identical to endocannabinoids can be found in the human embryo and female breast milk makes the continued prohibition of marijuana seem ludicrous. Since cannabinoids have been linked to stimulating hunger it makes sense that these nutrients help stimulate the newborns hunger, while also giving them protection from viruses, bacteria, and other cancer causing factors. This illustrates the fact that cannabinoids are essential to the development of infants.
This puts the plants illegality into further questioning as these chemical compounds are integral to our well-being from the time we are in our mother’s womb. These compounds are not harmful but rather helpful to our long-term health and well-being. This is evidenced by all the ways these chemicals naturally appear. From the development of our central nervous system to protection from disease, this plant has many medicinal qualities that continue to be discovered.
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