How Long Do Cannabinoids Stay in Breastmilk?

In a recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers from Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado) have found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of marijuana, can remain in breast milk for up to six weeks. The estimated half-life of THC in breast milk is 17 days, according to the study results, and could last for more than 6 weeks. This finding further supports the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine to abstain from marijuana use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. But how long does THC stay in your body? The answer may make you think twice about whether it's OK to mix marijuana with breastfeeding.

THC and other compounds are easily metabolized and dissolved in fat, meaning they can stay in the body for longer periods of time. In addition to the possible adverse effects of cannabinoids in breast milk, parental consumption of cannabis may also increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome in breastfed babies. Therefore, health professionals strongly recommend that pregnant women and nursing mothers not consume marijuana. If you're a new mother struggling to increase your supply, it's best to avoid marijuana altogether. While there is still much to learn about the effects of cannabinoids on breast milk, it is clear that abstaining from marijuana use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding is the safest option for both mother and baby.

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