This week’s discussion topic was found by Mel (thanks Mel!). She found an interesting article about naturally occurring cannabinoids found in human breastmilk. But first, before we delve into the article, for all you newcomers, let’s just revise what is a cannabinoid?
Endogenous (which simply means produced naturally within the body) cannabinoids, or endocannabinoids, are naturally occurring, lipid-based neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers in the body that send signals between nerve cells. Endocannabinoids help with various bodily functions and are necessary for the body to function optimally. Cannabinoids perform different tasks within each different tissue, but the goal is always to maintain a stable environment within the body, irrespective of what goes on around us, this is called homeostasis.
Simply, cannabinoids are part of a complex-signalling system in our bodies called the Endocannabinoid System.
So, here’s a portion of what the article had to say (comments mine):
It is shown that only very few people know that there are completely natural cannabinoids in breast milk (that now includes you!). Back in the 1970s, it was demonstrated that cannabinoids were directly involved in chemical processes related to eating and appetite.
From there, it took a full 30 years for cannabinoids to be detected in cattle and breast milk. This basic research is still proving to be an important discovery in relation to how we humans develop our immune system. For cannabinoids play an important role, since they both reset, awaken and boost the immune system.
The first time a human gets active cannabinoids is from breast milk when a mother is breastfeeding her baby. In particular, the first breast milk is very thick and contains most cannabinoids. These both boost the baby’s immune system and stimulate our cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2). This also means that the human endocannabinoid system is a fundamental factor in the development of the newborn’s appetite after learning to eat.
According to the results of several scientific studies, human breast milk contains the same natural cannabinoids that are found in cannabis. Cell membranes in the human body are thus naturally equipped with cannabinoid receptors. There are two types of cannabinoid receptors in the body: CB1 which is found in the brain – and CB2 which is found in the immune system and throughout the rest of the body (note, it’s the CB2 receptors that Canna Oils BCP binds with). Both of these receptor types respond positively to cannabinoids.
For example, if it were not for these cannabinoids in breast milk, then newborn children would not know how much to eat. And they probably would have no desire to eat either, which could result in both malnutrition and death. Thus, newborn babies who are breastfeeding receive plenty of cannabinoids in natural doses. This stimulates their hunger, and promotes their general growth and development.
Observations of how babies act after having breast milk show that they exhibit classic positive symptoms of cannabinoid use. In addition to the essential function of stimulating an infant’s appetite, cannabinoids basically help calm the baby.
How interesting is that!? I wanted to share this simply to help us understand that activating our Endocannabinoid System receptors is highly beneficial. Our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids to activate the crucial signalling that our bodies need to maintain homeostasis. Ageing, and external factors such diet and stress etc affect the production of endocannabinoids, and that’s where Canna Oils BCP comes in! Beta Caryophyllene (BCP), a phytocannabinoid (found in plants), is a great supplement that mimics our endogenous cannabinoids to help our bodies function optimally!!
Disclaimer: The information in this post is for reference purposes only and not intended to constitute or replace professional medical advice. Please consult a qualified medical professional before making any changes to your diet, medications or lifestyle. The above information is for educational purposes only – not intended as medical advice. Results vary person to person.