Article by Lift News
Reconciling cannabis use with parenthood isn’t an easy undertaking in modern Canadian society. Though legalization seems imminent, many stigmas still surround cannabis use (especially regular use, whether medical or not).
Cannabis use presents unique challenges to those of us who are parents. It’s easy not to care what other people think when you’re only answering for yourself, but when you are responsible for a child with their own school and social life, things get complicated.
For starters, when your child wants to have a school friend over for a playdate, what would their parents think if they knew you were a bit stoned while taking care of their child? Or even if you refrain from smoking before they arrive, what about just having cannabis in the house?
Now, if you’re just an occasional smoker, none of this is anything to worry about. But for medical or habitual users, this poses a problem.
For good or bad, cannabis has been a part of who I am for the better part of my days. More of my life at this point has been spent under the influence than not.
Now that I’m older and have a family, my habits have changed a bit, but I still smoke weed all day long, every day. The main difference is that when I was younger I would smoke to get stoned, often consuming up to an eighth a day. But now I rarely do so, smoking less than a gram a day, spreading it out over many small doses (this started before I became a parent).
Having never spoken to a doctor about any of this, I’m not sure whether to classify my own usage as simple dependency or as self-medication for some undiagnosed affliction (I suspect the latter), but the fact remains that cannabis is an integral part of my life, of who I am, and I don’t feel that I should be required to change this simply to fall in line with outdated social norms just because some people still choose to harbor them as though they were infallible truths.