As marijuana legalization across the United States continues to increase, cannabis is given more opportunities to make its way into different facets of everyday life—even those once thought “off-limits.” Pot moms are becoming a burgeoning reality, giving birth to newsletters such as Splimm which was created to give parents who partake in the cannabis industry a sense of support and articles with advice and true-to-life stories. There are the usual, recreational reasons for why moms might want to enter the world of legal marijuana: feel good, get high, enjoy the time. But for some, turning to cannabis is necessary for much more personal reasons.
Mom and journalist Jessica Delfino exposes her thought process behind choosing to be a “pot mom” in her article “Supporting Moms Who Get High” published in High Times. She goes into detail on the physical struggles she endured after her C-Section which led to post-partum depression. But still she resisted the urge to turn to cannabis, because, according to everyone, marijuana is bad for the baby. However, she brings up an interesting contrast involving the socially acceptable use of alcohol by stressed mothers. After all, having the occasional glass (or three) of wine is nothing to bat an eye at. Right?
As marijuana becomes more widely accepted following in the wake of its legislation, so, too, will its use by struggling mothers. Those mothers may hide behind a glass of wine or feel the need to defend themselves vehemently in their use of cannabis now, but eventually this sense of shame will fade. Pot moms will become a normal facet of society where legalized marijuana exists.
This is not to say that every “pot mom” is into smoking or big, edible brownies. In fact, the most popular product purchased by moms in the cannabis industry is a sublingual spray infused with THC. The spray takes less than a minute to start working, and the high is not as potent as other forms of marijuana (indeed, it is virtually impossible to “overdose” on a sublingual). According to Mother and Clone, sublingual THC is the healthier choice of cannabis consumption, as it does not affect the respiratory tract nor does it have the same “delayed, prolonged, and intensified effects of edibles.” For moms looking for a quick and safe solution to help them deal with the stresses of motherhood, sublingual sprays are the answer.
Discreet, less mind-altering cannabis products seem to be the wave of the future for moms looking to take the edge off. In addition to sublingual sprays, drops, drinks, and tinctures are gaining increased popularity amongst pot parents. It is possible to find these products with a low dose of THC, meaning that parents can maintain a sense of clarity so that they can continue to be productive and care for their children.
If parents are still leery of partaking in THC but desire the stress-relieving benefits of cannabis, they can turn to cannabidiol (CBD). Marijuana is composed of both THC and CBD; however, when the latter is isolated, it acts more as a pain or anxiety reliever medication rather than a mind-altering drug. CBD is the non-psychoactive component of cannabis that is increasingly being used in modern medicine to treat a variety of medical conditions. Thanks to this, it is also the perfect choice for a mom (or dad) who needs relief without the lethargy or “stoned” feeling that oftentimes comes with cannabis use.
The increase of parents using cannabis has spurred an increase in education initiatives to help those moms and dads curious about whether or not they should use marijuana. One such company, Rebalan, offers a step-by-step guide to ease new users into cannabis use. Rebalan does this by dispelling long-held myths about marijuana and through practical education about how to incorporate cannabis into one’s day-to-day effectively. The goal is not to “get high”, but to take control of the stressors in one’s life.
Misinformation and stereotypes continue to linger, however, and research still has a ways to go to prove that cannabis is safe for breast-feeding mothers. Most professionals in a position to prescribe or recommend cannabis are hesitant to do so thanks to societal stigmas. But as legalization continues to increase, so, too, will studies begin to emerge looking at questions concerning everyday use, particularly for struggling mothers.