Mom says smoking weed makes her a better parent
A young mother from Vancouver has taken to social media to advocate the use of cannabis for parents, arguing that it makes her a "better mom" to her two children.
Last year, Canada became the second country to legalise Cannabis and the drug can now be purchased for both recreational use as well as medicinal use.
Caitlin Fladager, 23, has praised the recreational drug for allowing her to "wake up well rested, and with a more clear mind" in a recent post to Instagram.
Sharing a photo of herself smoking a joint next to a sign which reads: "Mom truth: weed should be just as acceptable as a glass of wine", Caitlin went into detail about the effect weed has had on her life.
The writer and mental health advocate contends that smoking marijuana has had a positive impact on both her physical and emotional wellbeing, revealing that her anxiety and depression have been "so much better".
In sharing this potentially divisive insight into her parenting style, Caitlin hopes to lessen the stigma around moms who rely on weed to relax while undergoing their daily parenting duties.
"Yes, I have two kids. Yes, I smoke weed daily. It’s so funny to my how frowned upon marijuana is. No one looks twice when a mom says she enjoys ‘mom juice’ aka wine, after her kids are in bed," Caitlin writes in the caption, adding that "when a mom says she smokes weed, it’s a huge shock. I talk about this to bring awareness. I feel as not enough people talk about this. Marijuana has helped me so much, especially when it comes to being a mom. I have never been the most patient with my two kids. Weed makes me a better mom, as I get a good night sleep after I smoke. I wake up well rested, and with a more clear mind. [sic]"
This is the moment rapper YG asks his three-year-old daughter to smell a bag of weed:
"It’s okay to smoke weed after your kids go to bed. It’s okay to smoke it to help with anxiety. Mine has been SO much better since I started smoking.
It’s okay to smoke it to gain weight. I’ve always been dangerously underweight. Now, I am at the healthiest weight I have ever been in my life.
It’s okay to smoke it, to help you get off medication. I was able to completely stop my anti depressants because smoking helped me so much.
It’s okay to smoke instead of drink. I used to have a problem with drinking, and my behaviour that came along with that. Weed has helped me to stop drinking so much, and to be honest, I much prefer smoking over drinking.
Marijuana is my glass of wine. It’s my can of beer. It’s my relaxation time. You can still be a kick-ass mom, and smoke weed."
Ultimately, Caitlin's post was overwhelmingly well-received, with a number of moms expressing their gratitude to the young parent for normalising the use of weed.
"I smoke weed to help with anxiety/depression plus I have problems trying [to] eat a lot so it definitely helps with that," one person wrote. "I’ve gotten a lot of negative reactions for being a mom that smokes weed, even from people who either used to smoke before they had kids or they judge me when they are turning to far worse life-ruining drugs. Thank you for speaking up and bringing awareness about this."
"Yaasssss! I’m a mom who smokes, and this is why i don’t post about it due to all the shame i’d get." added another. "I smoke because it helps me sleep, and helps my anxiousness calm down after a long day! We should not feel ashamed for it, even though it’s so hard not to. I admire you so much for posting about this! #endthestigma [sic]"