Newborns may test positive for marijuana on screening tests if certain kinds of soaps are used on them after they are born. My Health News Daily reports that a study out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that five popular kinds of baby soap – 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 — caused positive results in urine tests for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
Researchers aren’t sure why this happens, but assure parents that their children are not feeling a “high”. ”It’s not marijuana in any way, shape or form,” said Catherine Hammett-Stabler, one of the researchers involved in the study. Rather, one of the chemicals used in baby wash may just have similar properties to THC.
The study was prompted after a nurses at a local hospital said that they had seen an increase in newborns testing positive for marijuana. The results should help protect families from being erroneously charged with drug use.
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