And pot isn’t just for teenagers and kids hiding it from their parents anymore. Some parents claim that smoking pot actually makes them a better parent. Have you ever babysat a terrible child? I’m sure weed would have helped tremendously.
Kaycee Bawdon is on a mission to convince others that smoking pot while taking care of the kids is perfectly acceptable. When this mother of four gets together with other mom friends for a playdate, they often puff puff pass while their kids are playing in the yard together.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, middle-aged parents are more likely to smoke pot than their teenage children these days. I also know this because I just went on a 10-day road trip with my parents who wouldn’t stop “hitting the vape." Where were these parents when I was younger?!?!?
Bawdon and her other marijuana-lovin’ lady friends believe that marijuana helps treat pain and depression. They also believe that it helps relax them and makes them more productive. And because they live in California, it is perfectly legal.
Bawdon is such an advocate that she started a blog called "The Cannavist Mom," She was not always pro-pot. In fact, until six years ago, she was completely against it because of her upbringing. When she was five, she was removed by child protective services along with her three siblings because her parents were drug addicts.
She suffers from migraines and felt like prescription pills were making her feel "foggy" and "disconnected." Her husband, who has smoked pot since his teenage years, convinced her to try smoking to help her with her pain. She now grows it on her patio and says that it has not only made her pain-free, but it has made her a much better mother.
"I've heard from hundreds of moms who use marijuana,'' she said. "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."
While she makes weed sound like a miracle drug, and it is, there are some negatives to smoking regularly. Many health experts do not recommend parenting on marijuana and the CDC says it has strong evidence that smoking pot can lead to addiction, memory problems, and learning effects.
"One's reaction time may be slowed, ability to respond in an emergency, coordination may be impaired,'' Dr. Larissa Mooney of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center told Shriver. "Smoking is inherently unhealthy, and by sending the message that we're smoking something to take the edge off or to cope with pain, that sends a message to our children."
In the states where marijuana is legal, do you think parents should be allowed to smoke in front of their children? Would you? Would you smoke a cigarette in front of your child? How about drink a glass of wine? Kids are impressionable, so you have to be careful of what you do in front of them. Here's an idea: What if parents just snuck it behind their kids' backs?