Don’t get angry at this next question. But, have you ever been high around children? No, not smoked around children, because that would be harmful all around. We are talking about having a few bites of a weed cookie, or a puff beforehand, and then spending some time with kids. If your answer is no, then you should try it. And if you answer is yes, isn’t it amazing?
Weed has a relaxing and calming effect that really helps you to connect with children on their level. Clear headed, playing with Lego for an hour is boring. But high? Suddenly, Lego is the most important thing you’ve ever had to focus on. You can connect to the child on their level and be totally immersed in their world. Their babbling conversation becomes coherent and wearing a tiara during a tea party becomes hilarious. You are happy to be the prince fighting a mighty dragon, or the Riddler trying to escape the Hulk for the 100th time. Children’s story books are a novel of epic proportions, and hotdogs for lunch are a gourmet meal. Weed can give you the mind of a child in a very positive way.
Now stop and think about all the stay at home parents who are home alone day in and day out. Their very limited interaction with other people mostly revolves around their child, and the whims of that child. The life of a stay-at-home parent can be extremely difficult, and some days it can be harder to fight off the depression than others. Imagine if you only had one person to talk to for eight hours, and that person only had a ten-word vocabulary. It’s become so common place for stay-at-home parents to consume edibles, or vape, throughout the day that support groups have started to pop up with recommendations on how to safely puff, and how much is a safe amount to consume.
For stay at home parents, the benefits of weed do not stop at simply finding a better connection with children, or as a way to compensate for a lack of social interaction. Many parents are finding that consuming weed is a more acceptable alternative to other medications that they have been subscribed by their doctor’s. One mother explains at length how CBD pills and THC edibles helped her to avoid taking pain medication her doctor had prescribed. She said the prescribed pills left her dizzy and unable to focus throughout the day. By joining a support group, she was able to find the right does of edibles to take to alleviate her pain. She soon found that she was no longer dizzy and was much more focused throughout the day. This of course came with the help of the support group that taught her how to medicate in small doses.
On the other side of medication, one of the major problems new parents face is a lack of sleep. Parents are typically forced to rest during a time when they would generally be at work, or when the daily street noise is louder and annoyingly distracting. A nice indica can really help with this – by properly medicating, parents can adjust their schedule to keep up with a newborn’s nap time. Edibles are a great way to relax the body and brain, providing a restful sleep and helping to calm shattered nerves.
Still, consuming THC products around children is not actually an accepted subject at this point. The Netflix series “Disjointed” plays it off for laughs when the mother character comes in to escape the pressure and monotony of her “Housewife” role. As funny as that character is, she hits on a real concern that a lot of stay-at-home parents go through. They are trying to do their best, and are looking for a place free from judgement. The role of parent is a difficult one. Trying to maintain parental productivity through exhaustion, stress, pain and loneliness (or all of them combined), is a real challenge. Weed can provide an escape, a calmness, and a relief from mental and physical pain.
Which side of the debate do you fall on? While most people reading this are smokers themselves, how do you really feel about parents who are high around their children? Do you feel like it is a useful tool to help deal with stress and other issues? Or, a crutch that does more harm than good? Let us know your thoughts.