While the stigma of pot smokers is slowly dying, it does still hold strong in several social circles. And while being a parent isn’t necessarily considered a “social circle”, there’s still a stigma attached to pot smoking parents. While drinking wine to wind down after a long day of everything that entails taking care of kids is totally acceptable (and often encouraged), hitting the pipe or smoking a joint is typically frowned upon.
Pot’s Legal for Parents to Use for Pleasure in 7 Different States
Parents who smoke pot are often stigmatized, especially by those that hold onto old-world ideas concerning cannabis. It’s legal to use recreationally in seven states and also legal for medical use in 29 states. In Washington DC, the nation’s capitol, people can medicate with and use cannabis for pleasure.
So why shouldn’t parents be able to do the same? There are plenty of pot smoking parents that are working to end the stigma attached to it. One study revealed that 1 in 5 people that smoke pot are parents. With numbers like this, there’s plenty of parents who believe they should be able to consume cannabis without being condemned for it.
For the parents who do enjoy marijuana, the last thing they need is the stigma that’s associated with it. Kacey Bodwin, who started the blog The Cannavist Mom, is one of these parents. She even told Maria Shriver on USA Today that “mommy needs a joint just as much as mommy needs a glass of wine.” She went on to add that “you can still be a good parent and use marijuana at the same time.”
From reports of being “more focused and attentive when medicated” smoking it and “just getting everything done”, more moms and dads are using marijuana to than ever before.
According to Bodwin, “I’ve heard from hundreds of moms who use marijuana. They’re happy that I’m out there, putting it out there. There are so many moms that are still hiding because they’re ashamed. And you shouldn’t be ashamed.”
Can Smoking Pot Make You a Better Parent?
As more pot smoking parents come out of the closet, many claim cannabis actually makes them a better parent. They say they’re less anxious and more relaxed. The claim cannabis can help them get the much-needed sleep they deserve. Oh, and then there’s the fact that cannabis makes them less likely to use opiates for pain or alcohol to numb out after a hard day.
The benefits of cannabis far outweigh any stigma still attached to parents that smoke pot. While drinking a glass of wine is still more socially acceptable, there is more than one study that shows cannabis to be far safer than alcohol consumption any day.
And as one pot-smoking mom says, “Smoking pot doesn’t make you a lesser parent. Choosing to be a lesser parent makes you that way.”
Are you a pot smoking parent? We’d love to hear about your experience using pot while parenting in the comments below.