Over 700 mothers were recently surveyed on their relationship with cannabis. Here’s how these women are using the plant in 2019.
If you’re reading this, chances are you already know that for plenty of people, especially moms, the occasional toke is akin to the occasional glass of wine—it gets you slightly inebriated but it does nothing to undermine your sense of responsibility and care as a parent. Because while plenty of mothers use cannabis for medical purposes such as pain moderation, sleep support and stress relief — plenty of others simply use it to unwind and shift gears at the end of a long day. (You know.)
Sadly we see that many Mums have been discriminated against. The stigma is real and our participants made it known. “I see so many photos of parents with a child in one hand and a drink in the other,” said one woman. “Cigarettes even. It’s not okay but it happens. If a parent, especially a mother were to even admit to smoking cannabis, they’d be reported for child abuse. It’s a complete shame; the stigma and judgement people pass.”
But how do they use it? Interestingly, a large majority choose a good ol’ fashion smoke, over say tinctures or full spectrum CBD topicals. Say what you want about the proliferation of CBD but for many Mums there’s no replacing some nice flower.
What’s most interesting here is the nine percent of moms who were introduced to using cannabis only after they had children. And considering the emotional and physical tolls that parenthood can take, it’s not hard to see why. “A happy mom is a happy baby!” said one participant. “Sometimes I need a few hits to feel like myself again. I think it’s safer than being stressed out and sad.”
Speaking of cannabis use as a cute alternative to wine, a quarter of participants say that they’ve completely replaced alcohol with cannabis.
Meanwhile, an even larger chunk are regularly swapping out a glass of red for a vape, at least occasionally. As one respondent put it, “In moderation and with responsibility, cannabis has been a great tool to deal with the physical and mental demands of motherhood. At times, it has enhanced the experience and it greatly helps with stress levels.”
As one mom put it: “Moms who use cannabis for whatever reason are trying to be themselves in a world that weighs heavy on their shoulders. We deserve the release that cannabis can provide. We deserve the wonderful ways cannabis helps us be better moms overall.”
So next time you see your Mum light up . . . relax, it’s OK. Maybe she deserves it and maybe it’s Mothers’ Day.
This story should not be interpreted to be in any way supportive of cannabis consumption during pregnancy or used as an alternative to professional medical advice, which should be sought before making any changes to your health and wellness regimen.