A current trend in society is the belief that parental drug and alcohol use is harmless to their children, and can even be seen as a positive. “Marijuana moms say smoking pot makes them better parents.” Kaycee Bawdon is out to show that smoking marijuana while taking care of children is perfectly acceptable. When the mother of four from central California gets together for a playdate with other moms, they often enjoy some herbal refreshment while kids frolic in the yard nearby. Whether it’s smoking from a bong or lighting a joint, these moms make marijuana a regular part of their lives (Today.com). Marijuana increases feelings of relaxation, clarity, and patience. These moms benefit from the effects and are better able to cope with high-stress situations that come with parenting.
Therefore, being better moms. Parenting comes with many good times and many stressful times. The stressful times can often weigh heavily on one or both of the parents. High amounts of stress can have physical and emotional symptoms. These include; becoming easily agitated, difficulty relaxing or quieting your mind, depression, low energy, migraines, nervousness, disorganization, and inability to focus.
All the listed symptoms can wreak havoc on your ability to act positively as a parent. Marijuana and other substances such as mushrooms and LSD have been proven to significantly help these issues. Bob, a now 50-year-old heroin user, has used drugs since the age of 14. Bob has suffered from acute anxiety for years. Heroin has been something that has helped him immensely in overcoming his anxiousness. He has been on a prescription for most of his time as a user.
He reports to never aim to get high from the amount he injects, and he keeps it locked away and out of sight from his wife and son who are not drug users. The family still shares a strong relationship, and their now adult son often comes home to visit his parents and get advice. When someone is suffering from anxiety or depression, the process to get help through prescription drugs can be a lengthy one. It starts by contacting a doctor and waiting for an appointment. The doctor listens to the symptoms described by the patient, then to the best of his abilities, prescribes a medication he thinks will relieve the symptoms. The patient then fills the prescription and tries the medication for a minimum of three weeks to see if it’s effective.
If they don’t get the desired results then they must contact the doctor again who will either adjust the dosage or recommend trying a different medication. This will result in starting the process over. Which means at least another three weeks to see if the new dosage or medication helps. This process can go on for years before the correct medication or dosage is found. If the pharmacy changes the company they’re receiving the medication from or puts them on a generic version, it can result in completely different effects. The lucky patient gets the right medication at the right dose, the first or second time they try. Many of the prescription medications prescribed can have side effects, including, feeling groggy, fuzzy headed, hyperactive, suffering from insomnia or sleeping around the clock, the side effects can be endless. There’s a stigma to being diagnosed with a mental illness.
Whether it be as simple as anxiety or more complicated like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, people don’t want to be classified as having a mental illness. It can affect job opportunities, social standings, etc. In order to receive prescription medication t o help these mental illnesses, you have to admit to a doctor that you’re having these problems. That can be a challenging thing to do.
Another problem with getting on medication is cost. Not everyone has insurance, and even if you do, doctors visits and prescriptions might not be covered at 100%. Raising children is expensive, and having to add a monthly prescription to that, adds up. It’s 3 a.m.
, and Hope Chanda is awakened by another panic attack. Not again, she thinks. But sure enough, the symptoms are all there: tightening in the chest, pressure on the rib cage, shortness of breath. “Every time, I feel like I’m going to die,” she says (HonestMom).
If this is a first experience for Hope, and she lives in a state where marijuana is legalized, relief is as quick as a trip to her local pot dispensary. In Europe, it’s as easy as a phone call, with it being delivered like a pizza. She can use as much or as little as she needs and she can get more whenever she wants. There is no need to wait for a doctor’s appointment or wait for three weeks for the blood level to rise enough to see if the medication is going to be effective. For those not living in a pot friendly state, it can be a little more challenging, but is still quick and easy to get their hands on. Life is challenging.
Dealing with anxiety, depression, or any similar condition can be a nightmare when you have children. After all, having kids in general is stressful as you don’t get much time to yourself and there’s always something that needs to be done. For parents that smoke weed, cannabis helps calm them down and keep them cool and collected, and happier overall. In addition to relieving stress, marijuana is shown to work excellently as an anti-depressant. On top of that, it relaxes you.
Basically, taking a smoke break, or even snacking on an edible or two, can give you the necessary patience to parent and not be so on edge (herb). Everyday for a parent starts as soon as their child wakes up and doesn’t end until they go to bed. Even then the parents aren’t that lucky, depending on if the child sleeps through the night. Getting a good nights sleep is crucial, especially for parents. It not only is essential for staying healthy, but it also helps you stay calm and positive while parenting. According to Dr.
Matt Roman, a medical marijuana physician, says that marijuana is an effective sleep aid because it restores a person’s natural sleep cycle, which so often falls out of sync with our hectic schedules. In summary, using before bed can do wonders for parents (herb).