Should we be shocked that some Mums are choosing to smoke weed rather than swill Chardonnay – or should we just, you know, chill out?
But some Mums do – shock horror – smoke weed, and they’re a bit cheesed off with being compared to other Mums who gulp down gin and wine at every opportunity, High Times reports.
One unnamed Mum, speaking to Today.com, said, ‘Being judged for doing something nontoxic and totally organic, enjoying a god-given plant, by moms who suck back two bottles of Chardonnay like sports drinks feels like sh*t.
‘Any hypocrisy is hard to swallow. A drunk mother is pathetic, and I often leave parties when I experience other mothers tying one on.
Using weed in front of children is surprisingly common – at least in America, where pot is now legal or semi-legal in many states.
A study by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion found that 47% of parents who admitted to using cannabis had done so in front of their children (although these were usually grown-up kids).
Serra Frank, director of Moms for Marijuana, wrote, ‘I remember how I felt, watching my new friend’s child crawl into his father’s lap, while his father was smoking a joint. His father just let him climb right up, unconcerned that he was smoking marijuana at the time. I remember the feeling of disapproval I felt towards this father that would allow his son to be around what I still believed to be a potentially “dangerous” drug, especially to children.
‘That was over 10 years ago, and now after a decade of research on Cannabis, thinking back on that moment, I feel like a FOOL.’
The Mums who smoke weed to beat morning sickness
Some Mums are choosing to smoke weed during pregnancy to combat morning sickness – claiming it’s less dangerous than prescribed drugs.
Last week, the American Medical Association suggested that marijuana products should be labelled, ‘Marijuana use during pregnancy and breastfeeding poses potential harms.’
Relatively few human studies have been carried out into the effects of smoking cannabis during pregnancy – although rat studies have suggested the drug can cause brain damage.
America’s National Institute on Drug Abuse says that more research is needed to separate marijuana use from other factors, but says, ‘Human studies have shown that some babies born to women who used marijuana during their pregnancies respond differently to visual stimuli, tremble more, and have a high-pitched cry, which could indicate problems with neurological development.’
Several unnamed mothers spoke to Vice.com about their choice to use weed during pregnancy.
One said, ‘ I had morning sickness and I know that it’s normal for women to lose weight from it, but I just really didn’t like the idea of my baby going without nutrients, so I did smoke to help with my appetite and to make sure I wasn’t throwing up everything I ate.’