Thursday, April 1, 2010

Response to Dr. Hale's take on Hemp Seed Oil and Breastfeeding

I was casually going down the list on Dr. Tom Hale's forum on herbal remedies and lactation, clicking on anything that caught my attention. First off, Dr. Hale gives some good information, yet some of it seems to be forced and leaves one with a negative feeling. On many of the responses Dr. Hale states that there are no reasons to take certain herbal remedies or that the mother should find another alternative without stating legit data to support his answer.

One such thread is as follows and is copied and pasted directly from here:


"Lllmojca posted on Wednesday, April 08, 2009 - 05:21 am
A mother is asking if it's safe to regularly use hemp seed oil while breastfeeding.
There's a lot of advertising about hemp being a superfood.
I also noticed reservations regarding possible THC in those oils, althow many experts claim there's absolutelly no TCH in modern products.
Is it safe to use?

Thx! "


"Tom posted on Wednesday, April 08, 2009 - 02:40 pm


As for the safety of hemp seed oil, no one really knows for sure if it is safe during breastfeeding, much less worth taking in the first place.
In these cases I suggest to mom to simply not take these herbal preparations unless someone can prove they are safe.

Tom Hale Ph.D."

My Response:

Without adding or researching completely, I can tell you that Dr. Hale's response is invalid. There is plenty of information about the health benefits of using Industrial Hemp Seed Oil, both internally and topically. There is little to no THC in hemp seed oil. Although, Industrial Hemp is related to the stigmatized medicinal plant it has very low amounts of THC in the seed and flower. Industrial Hemp is the plant grown in most of the world for hemp seed and fiber. If you use the common Hemp oil on the market today there is little to no chance one would be able to find  measurable amounts of THC. Therefore, I would say, with no medical background, that there is no risk of taking Hemp Oil as a dietary supplement when in combination with other sources of Omegas. It is high in Omega 3,6,9 and actually could benefit a pregnant or breastfeeding mother.

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) is a wonderful source to explore.

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