This is a question I get a lot and even if people don’t ask the general stares say it all. I have a two month old daughter and I regularly smoke cannabis. Even though I’m a licensed patient in the state of Arizona child protective services are required to be contacted if a mother is breastfeeding and consuming. Through my own journey I’ve discovered that your child is more endanger of ingesting pesticides than getting high from cannabis. My daughter is a happy, healthy, 13lbs baby girl who has never been high.
A recent article that I was given from the Mothers Mary outreach archives on a study from 2016 regarding cannabis in breastmilk states “… Dr. Hale and his colleague Dr. Teresa Baker received IRB approval for their research study on the transfer of marijuana into human milk specifically examining the kinetics of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in breastmilk.In other words, their study seeks to answer the question: How long does the primary psychoactive metabolite found in marijuana (THC) remain in breast milk after a known quantity of cannabis flower is smoked?” We also discover how the samples for the study are anonymously submitted to ensure that samples would be sent. I know that a lot of mothers are so nervous and just don’t have access to the right information or resources. Help end the stigma against cannabis!
Highlights from the article follow:
1. Cannabis is not concentrated in breastmilk.
Any long-term storage of marijuana metabolites that might occur in breast tissue (which would be very low) exist in the form THC-COOH, the inactive metabolite.
2. THC is the primary psychoactive molecule in cannabis and it is quickly converted into 11-OH-THC and then into the inactive metabolite THC-COOH.
Babies might be exposed to the psychoactive THC molecule in breastmilk in the first hour(s) after smoking, but they are not exposed to THC long-term.Any active THC they consume through breast milk is most likely quickly converted into inactive THC-COOH.