THC in Babies

In a study in the journal Clinical Biochemistry, urine samples of babies that contained minute amounts of any of five baby soaps — Johnson & Johnson’s Head-to-Toe Baby Wash, J&J Bedtime Bath, CVS Night-Time Baby Bath, Aveeno Soothing Relief Creamy Wash and Aveeno Wash Shampoo — gave a positive result for THC.  These soaps are used to wash babies shortly after birth and may cause the baby to test positive for marijuana on some newborn screening tests.  This would set in a motion a whole set of social service alarms and actions.     The researchers are not sure what causes the soaps to turn the test positive but it may be that there are some similar structures to THC in them.  So, to summarize, it is possible that some babies who were found to have positive marijuana tests could have them due to the soap being used to wash them or due to the fact that their mom was smoking weed.   These tests are mostly done on high risk moms who did not receive prenatal care.  In the future, the marijuana test will now need to be reconfirmed (more expense) which will ultimately show that, well, the mom was probably smoking weed.


Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “THC in Babies

  1. Richard W. Mondak
    June 15, 2012 at 8:47 am

    You got me, Doug.
    I read the KoM’s synopsis with a clinical mindset, then after reading and lauging aloud, remembered that, despite the title of “Authenic Medicine” (which keeps it from being blocked by the hospital webserver censors), this is still, in essence, the beloved Placebo Journal.

    • Doug Farrago
      June 16, 2012 at 8:48 am

      I am who I am

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