Although science has confirmed that alcohol consumed by a nursing mother can be found in her breast milk, new research suggests cannabis can have a similar effect as well. In a study published by Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers found evidence that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) appears in breast milk hours after marijuana is consumed.
The study consisted of only eight women who occasionally used cannabis and were currently breastfeeding an infant. After one full day without marijuana, each participant was required to inhale a dose of 0.1 grams of pot containing over 23 percent THC.
Once the dose was consumed, the collection of each mother's breastmilk occurred at four stages: 20 minutes after consumption, then one hour, then two, and finally four. In all four stages, low concentrations of THC were found in the breast milk.
Since traces of THC appear in breast milk hours after consuming marijuana, this means that the chemical can likely be passed to the infant. According to the study, the mean dose of THC that an infant received was 2.5 percent of their mother’s dose, which is only micrograms of the compound.
The consequences of exposing a developing infant brain to THC have yet to be discovered. However, it is best to avoid cannabis, alcohol, and any other drug during pregnancy and lactation.
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