The eureka moment for many pregnant women would be finding out the positives of cannabis. Since discoveries are made related to cannabis and its constituents, and their positive response in the human body, many people including mothers, are more interested in knowing the physiology behind cannabinoids and their optimizing bodily functions.
Quick review of Cannabinoids
Yes, cannabis can be positive for your body too! Regardless of its negative popularity, the cannabinoids from the cannabis sativa plant are a non-psychoactive component that does not create “high” feeling in its user.
The more you deeply go through the plant, the more you will get to know that the real culprit – yes the element that makes you high and creates downregulating feeling in the human body is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive constituent of the plant.
Cannabidiol or CBD extracted from the leaves of the cannabis, on the other hand, is scientifically proven safe.
The chemical compound in this element has immense therapeutic properties that can heal some diseases with minimal or no adverse effects, hence legal!
Additional to the amazing discoveries, cannabinoids found in cannabis also interact with endocannabinoid neurotransmitters densely present in CNS and other organs in the body.
This interaction of endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid receptors fine-tune the bodily systems and optimize the crucial functions like mood, energy, immune response, appetite, reproduction, etc.
So does cannabinoids similar to cannabis, also found in breast milk?
Cannabis breast milk
As discussed above, the human body is full of endocannabinoids which react with externally ingested cannabinoids.
This crucial interaction in the human body optimizes functions, protect cells against viruses, bacteria, cancer and other malignancies.
Similarly, human breastmilk also has an abundance of these endocannabinoids, which is rather a special type of neuromodulatory lipid.
A research took place in the year 2004, published in the Journal of Pharmacology stated that endocannabinoids have distinctive influence in pre and postnatal development.
The investigation took more than 30 years but came up with the positive response that all human born with cannabinoid receptors have the presence of these powerful elements in bovine and human milk also.
The study of 2004 stated that detection of endocannabinoids was noticeable in maternal milk and the CB1 receptor that develops before 14 weeks of gestation, basically teaches newborn after parturition how to eat, activating oral motor musculature while stimulating suckling process.
All this makes sense when we consider that if cannabinoids were not in the breast milk, a newborn would not necessarily have developed the desire of eating, nor they would know how to eat which could cause malnourishment.
It’s hard to believe, but logically the process is similar to an adult who smokes cannabis develop a strong desire for more.
As newborn who naturally receives cannabinoids through the mother feed develops the hunger mechanism that promotes growth and development.
Role of Cannabinoids during conception and pregnancy
Fortunately, cannabinoids also play a fundamental role in the conception and successful pregnancy. In research reported in 2006 from Pediatrics Department at Vanderbilt University identified endocannabinoids as “an emerging concept in female reproduction.”
Their research discovered a cannabinoid sensor system to impact important steps during early pregnancy.
According to embryology, a newly fertilized embryo must attach itself to the lining of the uterus. If failed to do so, the umbilical cord would not form, and no pregnancy will take place.
Hence, for the embryo to attach itself to the uterine lining, a particular amount of specific endocannabinoid known as anandamide, is essential.
An abundant amount of anandamide is crucial as too less, or high anandamide presence would not let cannabinoids activate a certain number of CB1 receptors that in return trigger the fertilized egg to attach itself to the uterus safely.
Not only cannabinoids are essential in conception, but they also play a significant role in other aspects of pregnancy as well.
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published a study in 2004, stating that “both exogenous and endogenous cannabinoids administer a vigorous and direct relaxant impact on human pregnant myometrium, which is mediated through the CB1 receptor.”
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Marijuana is the most common illicit drug used during pregnancy forced scientists to research about the pros and cons of this unusual natural herb.
Famous Dr. Melanie Dreher studied pregnant women who were active users of cannabis till they delivered and continued her research on the babies one year after birth.
She documented that babies of the women who had used cannabis during pregnancy were superior, confident, made eye contact quickly, socially more responsive, alert, less irritable, easier to engage and automatically stable.
The Doctor was expecting to see a major difference in the babies as far as their neurological tests and birth weight, but there was no variability whatsoever.
Dr. Dreher was able to conclude that there were no possible links between the exposure of cannabis during pregnancy and development of the babies.
Usage of cannabis during pregnancy helped some women to relieve nausea, fatigue and improve appetite, they also found relief from depression and feelings of desperation.
According to another follow-up research conducted in California also documented that there were no developmental problems in the babies whom mothers used cannabis during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
In conclusion, we would like to draw the attention of our readers that cannabis during pregnancy is particularly safe and indicates the positive influence it holds from conception to the day of baby’s birth, it is advised only to use hemp extracts during this crucial stage of life.
Keeping in mind that pregnant women are prone to allergies, it is recommended to seek advice and help from a health professional before CBD consumption.