HERE’S A QUESTION that you couldn't ask as openly a decade ago: is it okay for parents to be stoned when they are with their kid?
Perhaps the instinct is to recoil at the very question. After all, decades of prohibition and stigma have generally put parenting on one side of the room and pot on the other.
But just as the country has experienced a weed revolution, the parenting world (and industry) are starting to warm up to it.
“It allows me to be the best version of myself for my daughter, and I have no shame at all in admitting that it makes me a better mom,” writes Leah Campbell, in Parents. For Campbell, cannabis was the key to managing her endometriosis and anxiety symptoms when she was with her kid, which in turn allowed her to spend more time focusing on parenting, and less time in pain.
More and more, both the cannabis and parenting worlds are coming to terms with this, and with a bit of attention paid to making sure the cannabis stays out of the hands of minors, many parents are coming out of the closet about how they use cannabis.
The “cannamom” is now treated like the archetypal “wine mom” was ten years ago. “Is weed mom the new wine mom?” asks wellness company Blissed. “It seems that whether indulging in a much deserved girls weekend, or simply watching Paw Patrol for the hundredth time, cannabis could just be mommy's new little helper.”
It’s not just for moms either. Dads are accessing the same benefits of cannabis. “I’m calm. I’m more attentive. I’m less irritable,” says Will from California in an article by Fatherly. “When I time it right, I can hit my stride as they're getting off the bus, and I'm just such a better parent. That’s weird to say, but it’s true. I’m like, enthralled with them and completely invested in them and their craziness, instead of just being annoyed.”