Mothers and Cannabis

In the intricate tapestry of motherhood, every choice is scrutinized under the societal microscope. One such choice that often draws unwarranted judgment is the use of cannabis. As we navigate a changing landscape of perspectives on this once-taboo substance, it becomes crucial to destigmatize its use among mothers. Let’s delve into the health benefits, historical context, and draw comparisons to the socially accepted counterpart, alcohol, to foster a more nuanced and empathetic perspective. Let’s face it mothers and cannabis have been good friends for a long while and it is time to start talking about it.

Health Benefits of Cannabis

Cannabis, once relegated to the shadows, has emerged in studies as a potential ally in alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology (2019) found a positive correlation between cannabis use and reduced mental health symptoms. For mothers grappling with the multifaceted challenges of parenting, cannabis may be a tool for self-care.

“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”

– Carl Sagan, renowned astrophysicist and author.

Throughout history, cannabis has been intertwined with creativity, acting as a muse for countless artists and thinkers. For mothers straddling the demands of caregiving, cannabis could offer a unique avenue for inspiration. Reaching into your creative spirit can be such a huge benefit to your mental health, especially if parenting has kinda made your creative side take a seat on the back burner.

Cannabis vs. Alcohol

Statistical Perspective: According to a 2022 survey by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 43.5 million Americans aged 12 and older reported using cannabis in the past year. This statistic, coupled with the fact that around 16% of parents report current cannabis use (Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 2018), underscores the prevalence of cannabis use in society, challenging stereotypes.

Health Comparison: Drawing a parallel to socially accepted substances like alcohol is crucial. The health risks associated with alcohol, including liver damage and addiction, far outweigh the potential risks of cannabis use. Advocates argue that, when used responsibly, cannabis can be a safer alternative to alcohol.

Addressing Stigma

Mothers who choose cannabis are not neglecting their parental duties. Responsible use, akin to responsible alcohol consumption, should be the focus of discussions. Education and open communication about responsible cannabis use can help dispel misconceptions and reduce judgment. Many have the idea that those of us who smoke become mindless but we do not; we become patient when it is hard for us, we can breathe easier and get what we need to get done, done. Many of us struggle with finding the get up and go and the will do get through a to do list. Anything that can help me be a better mom

As more states and countries move towards cannabis legalization, society must adapt its views. Viewing cannabis use through a lens of legality and personal choice, similar to alcohol, is imperative for a more understanding and supportive perspective.

Mothers and Cannabis

Family Friendly Books For Parents

Some of these books are amazing not only for talking to your kids about cannabis but also about empathy and the amazing differences every family has.

“It’s Just a Plant: A Children’s Story About Marijuana” by Ricardo Cortés
This book aims to provide a balanced and straightforward explanation of marijuana, answering questions children may have in a simple and accessible way.

“The Family Book” by Todd Parr & “The Feelings Book” by Todd Parr
This colorful book celebrates the diversity of families, emphasizing that every family is unique. It can be a great way to introduce the concept that families, like people, come in all shapes and sizes. Todd Parr’s books are known for their vibrant illustrations and straightforward language. “The Feelings Book” can be a helpful tool for discussing a range of emotions with children, emphasizing the importance of open communication.

Mothers should not be unfairly judged for choosing cannabis. Considering its potential health benefits, historical significance, and relative safety compared to alcohol, embracing a more compassionate and informed perspective is a step towards breaking free from outdated stigmas. Just as a glass of wine is socially acceptable, responsible cannabis use should be viewed with the same understanding and acceptance, allowing mothers to make choices that contribute to their well-being and creativity.

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