A friend sent me a tip about a rumor that has been circulating very recently. It claimed that some popular baby washes used at the hospital caused newborns to falsely test positive for marijuana.
As it turns out, the rumor is true.
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 all gave a positive result on a drug screening test for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient found in marijuana.
Now, personally, I’d love to see THC being used in medicine. While, I don’t use marijuana personally, I see absolutely no reason for the big legal fuss about it. I’m also a huge proponent of medical marijuana. I also feel its uses are so beneficial and far-reaching, that marijuana and hemp products should be available even without a medical marijuana licence. I’ve read the studies about THC and cancer, juicing raw marijuana for amazing health benefits without a high, THC lotions, and countless other subtopics. But this isn’t about that.
Marijuana, regardless of your state or your medical card ownership, if still federally illegal. So, I have to wonder, how many parents have been accused of doing drugs because the hospital chose to wash their baby with a conventional baby wash? How many CPS visits were arranged for no reason? How many lives disrupted because of this?
So, parents planning hospital births, I guess a good natural soap is just one more thing to throw in the overnight bag… Chemical based soaps never cease to disappoint anyway.