Many are aware of the dangers associated with smoking marijuana during pregnancy. However, the risks could still be high if breastfeeding moms partake in the activity even after giving birth, according to a new report.
Researchers from Texas Tech University recently conducted a small study, published in Obstetrics and Gynecology, to determine if cannabis can be transferred to breast milk.
To do so, they examined eight women who considered themselves occasional smokers and were currently breastfeeding their 2-5 month-old infants. After 24 hours of no marijuana, the participants were instructed to inhale 0.1 grams of the plant, which contained 23 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the ingredient that causes the euphoric high.
Scientists then collected samples of their breast milk at four different stages: 20 minutes, one hour, two hours and four hours after consuming. After analyzing their results, they found low levels of THC concentrations in the milk.
In fact, they estimated that