Pothead Babies: Why So Many Newborns Are Testing Positive For Marijuana

stoner babyNurses at a North Carolina hospital noticed something strange recently: more and more newborns testing positive for marijuana during screening tests. In fact, the spike was so drastic that researchers decided to look into the matter. Turns out that certain soaps – surprisingly popular ones from big names like Aveeno and Johnson & Johnson – are the cause.

Before you toss out your baby soap – or, rather, attempt to smoke it – know that the infants were not actually high. (Sadly, no babies watching The Big Lebowski with a giant bowl of all dressed.) “It’s not marijuana in any way, shape or form,” said study researcher Catherine Hammett-Stabler of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Yes, the newborns tested positive for THC (the active ingredient in marijuana), but you can rest assured they weren’t teething on any frozen pot cookies.

“We really did this to help protect families from being falsely accused [of drug use],” explained Hammett-Stabler. And it’s a good thing! Could you imagine social services getting called in when all you did was bathe your newborn? According to msnbc.com, newborn drug screening is quite common, especially for babies born to women considered high risk for drug use.

No one’s sure why the soaps are causing babies to test positive for THC, but Hammett-Stabler thinks it could be that some of the compounds in the soap have a structure that is partly similar to THC, or perhaps the chemicals in the soap change the way the test works.

In case you’re wondering, the bad-ass soaps are the following: 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. In other words, something we’ve all used at one point or another.

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  • Martina

    Funny they say that’s it’s not marijuana in any form but the babies test positive for thc!!! Lol is thc not considered the most important part of marijuana??? Maybe they put some hash oil in the lotion and body wash. They are in the bedtime and calming lotions/washes, no wonder everyone’s babies are calm and sleeping well!!! Not that I condone getting ur baby high but soon enough this won’t b such a big issue…when marijuana is finally legal. Would not b surprised if they are slipping thc in there…if nobody has noticed the world and the people in it grow more corrupt by the day. Tons of people are getting away with killing their own children and mistreating other people’s kids!!! I’d chose some thc in a lotion/body wash any day!!!


    The point is how fallible these tests are. Most working people have to take them to keep their jobs, and they are so unreliable that a person could be fired for using SOAP? It would be funny if it didn’t affect so many working people and their very lives! It’s hard to come back from a drug abuse allegation. How bad are these cheap, quick and dirty drug tests, anyway? Who regulates them and their accuracy. Nobody, evidentally. This issue should become VIRAL if you think about the ramifications for everyone who has to pee in the bottle. Class Action suit, anyone?

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