5 reasons why smoking weed might make you a better parent

Published Sep 25, 2019 10:14 a.m. ET
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Since marijuana legalization has come into play, parents have an entirely new legal option for kicking back and relaxing at the end of a long hard week. Now, if you feel that your parental instincts are heavily lacking, then smoking weed probably isn’t going to be the answer that you seek. However, if you’ve already partaken, or are considering making the switch and wondering what the benefits might be, then you may want to check out these 5 ways that marijuana use can help you to be a better parent.

1. Less stress

Everybody that has children knows that some days are so full of stress with no reprieve, that it can feel like they go on forever. Smoking weed can help to soothe and relax a consumer while keeping them alert and aware enough to still safely and responsibly parent. That is especially true if you use the right types of weed with lighter and more beneficial effects.

2. More patience

If you’ve started out less stressed, then it makes perfect sense that you would also have a much easier time with keeping your cool as the kids let loose on your freshly cleaned living room. When you approach any situation with less stress, you will automatically have a more positive reaction to anything that comes your way, which can ultimately help you to be a much more relaxed and fun parent.

3. Safer alternative to alcohol

When you compare the effects of marijuana with those of alcohol, which is the only other legal recreational mind-altering substance, cannabis is safer in every respect. Though there is always the possibility of an adversely uncomfortable experience, the effects are short-lived and temporary. Alcohol, on the other hand, is toxic which is the reason why so many people wind up in the emergency room with alcohol poisoning, making marijuana products both safer to take and safer to keep around the home.

4. Better night’s sleep

Most people know that marijuana can help one to fall asleep, but most don’t realize how much it can actually benefit the quality of sleep. According to recent statistics from the National Sleep Foundation, 40% of the population will experience symptoms of a sleep-related disorder, and even more will endure a poor quality of sleep for some other reason. Sleep is essential for healing and recuperating, and all it takes is a minor interruption to make you feel groggy, tired and just ready for bed.

As a parent, there is little time for counting sheep once the kids are off to bed, and the effects of marijuana can not only help you to fall asleep faster, but they can also significantly improve the quality of REM sleep, a stage that is pertinent for our overall healing and well-being. After a better night’s rest you will have all the energy that is needed to get lunches made, the kids off to school, and maybe even to start early enough that you have time left over to stop for a morning treat on your way to work.

5. Healthier relationships

According to one study by the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, the effects of marijuana appear to have a significant influence on the amount of violence that is experienced within a relationship. The research study looked at over 600 couples during their first year after getting married, and they found that couples who partook in marijuana use together, reported and experienced the least amount of domestic violence within their relationship. They also found that couples with only one partner that used cannabis still showed fewer instances of violence than those who refrained altogether.

While that doesn’t mean that smoking the right types of weed with your partner will cure all of your relationship woes, it does mean that children who are products of parents who use marijuana are much less likely to see or ever experience violence within the home. That might not necessarily make you a better parent, but it definitely helps to improve the chances of the environment that your children grow up in, to be a positive one.

Best types of weed for parents

As a parent, the effects of marijuana are ideal as they are functional and manageable, especially if you have a tolerance for these products. However, there are some side effects of certain strains that don’t exactly compliment the responsibilities that go along with the job. Here, you will find a few different types of weed that will help to relax you, while also providing a boost of motivation and improved mood which is all any parent really needs to make it through the day.

  • Millennium
  • Agent Orange
  • Tropic Thunder
  • LA Kush
  • Cannalope Haze
  • OG Skunk
  • Bay 11
  • Great White Shark
  • Purple Cheese
  • Strawberry Satori

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Effects: Creative, Energetic, Happy, Relaxed, Uplifted
Easy to grow indoors and outdoors Millennium was created in Canada by Dr. Greenthumb Seeds.
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4.0
Effects: Energetic, Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Uplifted
Produced by TGS Subcool Seeds, Agent Orange promotes smiles for hours.
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0
Effects: Creative, Energetic, Happy, Relaxed, Uplifted
Tropic Thunder is a backcross of Maui Wowie a good strain for promoting giggles and socialization.
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4.0
Effects: Euphoric, Happy, Hungry, Relaxed, Sleepy
Vanilla Kush is an indica-dominant cannabis strain with high THC levels and a winner at the High Times Cannabis Cup 2009.
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4.0
Effects: Creative, Energetic, Happy, Relaxed, Uplifted
DNA Genetics is the breeder who produces a crossing of G13 and Cannalope to present the strain Cannalope Haze.
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4.0
Effects: Creative, Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Talkative
DNA Genetics is the breeder of OG Skunk a cross between OG #18 and Skunk #1.
STRAIN
4.0
Effects: Creative, Energetic, Happy, Relaxed, Uplifted
Treatment for pain sleeplessness and appetite can be achieved when using Bay 11 whose breeder is Grand Daddy Purple.
STRAIN
4.0
Effects: Energetic, Euphoric, Happy, Relaxed, Uplifted
Great White Shark aka Good Wild Sharkis a strain best grown inside to boost energy and uplift moods.
STRAIN
4.0
Effects: Creative, Energetic, Happy, Relaxed, Uplifted
Purple Cheese is an autoflowering hybrid using the parentage of Purple #1, Blue Cheese, and Lowryder.
STRAIN
4.0
Effects: Creative, Energetic, Happy, Relaxed, Uplifted
Strawberry Satori is a cross of Satori and Strawberry Cough. The strain provides a great choice for daytime use.

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