Being a parent is not a child’s play – working nine to five, doing chores, going to PTA meetings, making cookies for the entire class, shopping for groceries. And that’s only the easier part. What drains parents the most are not tasks from their daily to-do lists, but unrelenting emotional struggling of their adult lives.
It’s why many family dinners end with mommy needing a glass of wine or with daddy falling asleep on the couch. There’s only so much pressure a human being can endure before the exhaustion kicks in. And despite being loving, caring, and reliable, you can’t be exhausted and present at the same time.
Canna-parents say marijuana helps them solve that riddle.
But, can responsible cannabis use really make you better at raising kids?
Removing the Stigma
We’ve recently had a lot of great news in the cannabis community. Worldwide legalization is doing a good job in raising awareness about the many medicinal benefits of the plant, which helps millions of responsible adults improve the quality of their lives. Does this mean the stigma has finally been removed?
Not entirely, no.
Canna-parenting, for instance, remains a highly controversial topic.
Maybe that’s not such bad news, for now. There are parents who don’t make a difference between using cannabis for its health-boosting properties and abusing cannabis for its enjoyable high. And before we can talk about smoking near to our children, we must learn to smoke with full-grown minds.
If you are a canna-parent yourself, then you too are tasked with removing the cannabis stigma. It’s your responsibility as a parent to set a good example for your kids and consume marijuana with utmost care. Only balanced and reasonable use can unlock the plant’s benefits and make you a better parent.
If you used to enjoy cannabis before you became a parent, then you’re familiar with all the good things that marijuana can do for a weary mind. The long list of mental and physical problems that this plant can help solve includes everything from chronic pain and muscle spasms to discomfort and depression.
But experiencing these benefits is not the same as having scientific proof.
Because becoming a canna-parent is not without its challenges, a responsible thing to do would be to stay educated on the topic. All those studies that confirm the effectiveness of marijuana on overall health can help you smoke in peace, explain your choices to your kids, and defend them from others.
So before you light up a joint in your living room, do some research. Study the plant to find out which strains are good for parents who need to shake off anxiety and relax without turning sleepy. Then arm yourself with solid evidence, because sooner or later you will have to get out of your cannabis closet.
Being a Canna-Parent
All this is worth the struggle because responsible cannabis use can make you a better parent.
And at the end of the day, nothing is more important.
A suitable strain, compliant packaging, and a thought-through smoking schedule can help you unwind after a long and exhausting day at work, allowing you to spend some quality time with your kids without feeling tired and irritable. It can remove your stress, boost your mood, and make you playful.
If you’re suffering from chronic pain or relentless mental hiccups, cannabis can actually aid you more than prescription medications. Marijuana can be used as a treatment for epileptic seizures, Dravet’s Syndrome, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, hep C, arthritis, and even cancer.
And if it can relieve such severe pains, just imagine what it could do for your headache.
The only potential problem is, you won’t exactly be able to hide it from your kids.
Well, cannabis is a natural part of canna-parenting. If you’re using it responsibly and if it does make you better in raising your kids, then there’s nothing to be ashamed of. As long as you make them understand that cannabis is a medicinal plant that must be treated as such, your kids will be okay too.
Oh, and another word of advice.
Practice discretion outside of your home. Your choices will be frowned upon even if smoking is legal in your state, so talk to your kids about the importance of keeping certain things within your family circle. Approach it as an adult, don’t consume unless you really have to, and keep it out of their reach.