Pandemic parenting tips for cannabis users

Published Oct 15, 2020 11:00 a.m. ET
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COVID-19 has changed our lives dramatically since the early days of March when it came as a shock to see countries all around the world shut down completely, and though we’re slowly getting back to some version of normal, it’s taking far longer than anyone could have anticipated. Parents were one of the first impacted by mass school closures, resulting in a nearly six-month-long vacation for kids, and now that class is set to return, anyone with kids is facing a whole new set of concerns.

Some of us chose to take the reins and provide a completely home-based education, so as to avoid the stringent online classes, and many have decided that they want to play it safe, but with assistance, accepting computer-based instruction, and a staggering 70% of students have returned to school with strict protocols in place in hopes of avoiding outbreaks.

No matter which side of all of this you find yourself on, one thing is for sure, and it’s that this year is going to be a whole lot more stressful than what we’re used to, as there is very little to do outside of a structured classroom, and technology is already frustrating those who are actively working their way through the school systems bugs, so no one has it easy, and that might just lead to parents relying a lot more on cannabis.

That certainly isn’t a bad thing, as we all know that it works well to take the edge off in these sort of on the spot high-stress situations, and it might be all that you need to make it through this school year, but now that the kids, regardless of how they’re taking classes, are home a lot more than they normally are, which brings many of us int a sort of hazy grey zone that we’ve never been in before.

Parenting is never an easy task, and a pandemic on top of normal child-rearing things is starting to get to a lot of people freaked out over what the coming months may bring, and we want to help. We might not be able to watch your monsters while you take that much-needed breather, and we can’t whisk you away from all of your problems, but we can offer some unique insight into how to handle pandemic parenting as a cannabis consumer.

1. Be aware of how well you can function on weed

There isn’t really a whole lot to worry about as a parent that likes a bit of green from time to time, as it’s an excellent stress reliever that may actually help to improve your parenting game, but now more than ever, we need to consider what it is that we want from our buzz. You probably don’t want to be so sedated and glued to your seat that you can’t be present, and that’s why it’s best to pick strains that offer the benefits that you seek, like a sense of calm, or a boost of motivation.

2. Opt for cannabis products that are safer to use in close proximity

Now that the kids are home more, they are going to want to hang around and see what you’re up to, which is why it’s a really good idea to stock up on cannabis products that you can use safely while they’re roaming in close proximity. Some of the best options are smokeless, like cannabis oil or edibles, but if you absolutely must inhale, then one of the safest things out there are vapes. They also make it really easy to squeeze a hit in when you don’t have time to roll one, which is really nice when you need it.

3. Know that cannabis can’t solve every problem

Cannabis can help you to cope with the stresses of teaching your kids or simply being around them more, but it can’t solve all of your problems, and it is important to recognize that. Otherwise, you could have a bad day and find yourself smoked into a stupor, leaving you of no use to anyone. Sometimes, it can really help to have some on hand as you navigate this brand new territory, but it can’t magically erase how hard it is to be a parent, and that’s ok.

4. Don’t be afraid to reach out for support

We tend to feel like we have to succeed at everything that we do for your children, and reaching out for help is sometimes viewed as weak or a failure, but the reality is that we all need a little bit of help sometimes. That’s why, we’re following the fact that cannabis can’t cure everything, with a suggestion to come to terms with what you can and cannot do, then you can get help for the rest because there is nothing more important right now than your self-care so that you can be the best possible version of yourself for your kids.

5. Keep things interesting

With so many businesses closed or running at a seriously reduced capacity, it can be hard to find things to do, which can leave you feeling cooped up and trapped in your own home, which is why you’ll need to get creative. Sure it might have been easier to take the kids to practice or some other scheduled activity that you don’t have to prepare for, but a random long walk or picnic is a great way to incorporate outdoor time where you can safely toke, get some fresh air, and everyone can destress.

We will all make it through this

This certainly isn’t the most ideal time to be a parent, as it was hard enough before COVID-19 came along and added to the pile of things to stress about, but we must remember that this is only temporary and that it’s for a very good reason. Though there have been some challenging adjustments for parents to make, many of which are bound to last for the remainder of this year, we will eventually get through this, and we’ll do it together.

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