Cannabinoids, Similar in Marijuana, Naturally Occur in Breast Milk

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The human body is rich in various proteins known as receptors, which stimulate different responses in the body to make it function as it’s meant to. One of these is known as cannabinoid receptors, and is specifically designed to process the primary chemical in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), as well as others, including a very similar substance, cannabinoids. And recently, researchers found that cannabinoids are also present in human breast milk. In large quantities, in fact.

When cannabinoid receptors are activated, it causes a protective response in the body, fending off viruses, bacteria, cancer, and various other health issues. And for human infants, the activation of these receptors is what prompts a newborn to suckle, and encourages him or her to do so in response to hunger. Without these receptors, newborns wouldn’t have the natural desire to eat, and could potentially become malnourished or even starved (because as most known, trying to force-feed a baby is the definition of an effort in futility).

And yes, this same response from cannabinoid receptors in adults is what leads to the ever-mocked “munchies” often associated with marijuana use.

The medical implicates of these findings are exciting, and pediatricians believe that this knowledge could lead to advancements in treatment for non-organic failure to thrive and malnourishment as the result of cystic fibrosis.

The conclusion? Researchers are finding more and more that the human body was built to utilize cannabinoids, possibly including THC, for nutrition and development, whether in breast milk, juiced leaves of the marijuana plant, or other forms. It is believed that they promote proper energy metabolism, treat neurodegeneration, and regulate appetite, among various other benefits.

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