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Did you know there are natural cannabinoids in breast milk?

There is a lot to appreciate in what a mother provides and does to raise their child. Our mothers have carefully fed us the love and attention we need as human beings, but also nourished us with their rich milk which play a major role in our development. This is because there are natural cannabinoids in breast milk.

Not everybody is aware that there are natural cannabinoids in breast milk that play a very important role in our development. Studies show results that help figure out the relationship between the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) during pre and postnatal development.

It has been confirmed that endocannabinoids are present in breast milk, 2-AG levels being much higher than those of anandamide. In early development, a particular amount of anandamide, is vital, regulating through development. This specific endocannainoid allows the embryo to become attached to the lining of the uterus. The purpose of 2-AG in the brain for the infant, is to stimulate the suckling response, resulting in increased milk-intake levels. This suggests that one of the main functions of this cannabinoids in breast milk is fundamental for the development of a newborn’s appetite.

In addition to having food-related functions, the endocannabinoids in breast milk have been shown to help protect neurons in the postnatal development of the brain. Both parents have to have a healthy ECS in order to reproduce. The CB1 receptor, then becomes responsible for the development of the fetus brain. If the fetus can’t have a functional copy of CB1 receptor, it cannot survive through birth.

A report from the Pediatrics Department at Vanderbilt University characterized endocannabinoids as “an emerging concept in female reproduction.” Their research discovered a cannabinoid sensor mechanism to influence crucial steps during early pregnancy. Again, because the life of the egg and the beginning of a pregnancy, depends on a healthy endocannabinoid system. The endocannnabinoid systmem’s salient homeostatic roles have been summarized as, ‘relax, eat, sleep, forget, and protect.’ It modulates embryological development, neural plasticity, neuroprotection, immunity and inflammation, apoptosis and carcinogenesis, pain and emotional memory, and most importantly from the viewpoint of recent drug development: hunger, feeding, and metabolism.”

It is no wonder why mother’s milk is developed to be the first thing to feed us. Enriched with all that can allow us to develop, grow and live a long life; mother’s milk has the key components to life, cannabinoids.

 

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