Whether you call yourself a canna-parent, weed mama, a cannamom, a
Perhaps you’re a seasoned parent who’s new to the weed game — or maybe you’re a new parent who’s in-the-know about herb. Either way, it’s important to note that being a great parent and a cannabis consumer are 100% compatible as long as you understand the ins and outs of combining them responsibly. Let’s dive in.
Know Your Why
Cannabis can do all of these things and more. And while there’s probably more than one reason you consume cannabis — or are canna-curious — understanding its particular benefits will help you choose the right products in the moments that will enhance, not detract from, your parenting experience.
Choose Your Cannabinoids and Dose with Intention
Start low and go slow is the canna-curious mantra for a reason: two milligrams of THC hits very differently from 20 milligrams, and that hot-at-your-local-dispensary 35% THC strain might turn out to be too heavy-hitting for your personal needs. Especially when parenting, microdoses and non-intoxicating cannabinoids like CBD, CBG and THCA can all help shift your mood more safely.
Timing is Everything
OK, almost everything. Where a heavy edible might readily fit your evening plans if Netflix, snacks and crashing out are what’s on the menu, you’ll want to skip the higher doses of THC during the day, or while actively parenting. Remember, too, that edibles usually take time to digest and be processed into 11-hydroxy THC by the liver, so effects won’t be felt for 45 to 90 minutes. Time your dose accordingly.
On the other hand, tinctures as well as “fast-acting” edibles or
Correspondingly, each mode of consumption (edibles, tinctures, smoke, vape, etc.) lasts for a different length of time. Edibles can usually be felt for four to six hours, tinctures for two to three hours, and smoking or vaping tends to wear off within one to three hours. But these are general guides; getting to know your body’s specific response to cannabinoids and modes of intake is key to landing on the right — aka responsible — time to sip that infused beverage or spark up a jay.
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Set and Setting Also Matter
You may have heard of the importance of set and setting in the psychedelics realm, but it’s also highly applicable to cannabis. In this context, “setting” refers to the environment and people in it — the vibe, if you will — and “set” refers to your mental space or mindset when you consume. Both will affect your cannabis experience, so be sure that you’re in a comfortable place with people you trust when experimenting with the herb. If you’re new to cannabis or have experienced paranoia in the past, you’ll want to stick with homey settings in the company of good friends or your partner until you’re confident.
Stash Your Stash — Responsibly
We’ll explore the ins and outs of stash storage next time, but for now let’s take a page from a celebrated sports brand and encourage you to just do it.
Keep a Strain Journal
It may seem nerdy, but hear us out. Because cannabis isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of deal and because there are thousands of products to choose from, you can take a lot of the guesswork out of how cannabis affects your unique physiology by keeping a so-called strain journal. (You’ll actually be recording a lot more info than strain alone.)
When you consume cannabis, note the product you’ve chosen (including all the cannabinoids present), your mode of intake (edible, tincture, smoke, etc.), how much you consume (dose), and how you feel after consuming. For bonus points, note what you’ve eaten in the last few hours, your pre-consumption energy level and mindset, plus anything else that may affect your experience. This is truly one of the best ways to understand how cannabis affects you personally and to predict how you’ll feel next time you consume the same strain, dose and product. The more you know, weed moms.
Educate, Don’t Hide
While it may initially seem daunting to talk to your kids about cannabis, parents who consume have an “utmost responsibility” to educate their kids on the plant, says
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