The endocannabinoid system and its receptors are of great importance during prenatal development, but they are also relevant after childbirth. Not everybody is aware that there are already natural cannabinoids in breast milk and what role they play in the development of a human.
In 2004, the European Journal of Pharmacology published a study that stated that all humans are born with cannabinoid receptors, suggesting that endocannabinoids and their receptors have a strong influence during pre and postnatal growth, developmental milestones, neurological wellbeing and overall health.
Previously, during the 1970’s, it was shown that endocannabinoids could be involved in processes related to food and appetite. However, it took 30 years for endocannabinoids to be detected in bovine and human milk. Shortly thereafter, CB1 receptors of the endocannabinoid system, were seen to develop before week 14 of gestation.