Back-to-school is in full swing. We’ll smoke to that.
30 percent of cannabis consumers have kids under 18. Let’s put that into perspective.
On those dreaded back-to-school nights, 14 of the 48 parents go home and unwind with cannabis. Or, as you wait on line at the dispensary, 3 of the 10 folks in front of you just might have Paw Patrol in their future.
It’s hard to know if this has always been the average, or if changes in the legal system have made it this way. But one thing is for certain: many parents abandon the Chardonnay and turn to cannabis to ease parental stress.
”Parents often use alcohol, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs or sleeping pills to deal with the stress of parenthood,” says Dr. Michele Ross, a neuroscientist, author and health coach. “Cannabis is a great alternative to these potentially addictive substances with awful side effects.”
With back-to-school in full swing, many families are feeling the stress of shopping, schedule changes and homework prep. Did your kids fulfill their reading list? Do they have the cool binders? Did they get the teacher they were hoping for?
As parents, we take on this load. Did we lean on them enough on their reading? Did we listen to what supplies are cool? Did we put enough pressure on the school to “get” the right teacher?
While cannabis is not the sole solution to stress management, it can, if taken correctly, create a sense of relaxation that eases back-to-school pressures. A study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders suggests smoking cannabis can significantly reduce short-term levels of depression, anxiety and stress.
A second study, published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, backs this claim – but with an interesting twist. Participants in the study were given various levels of THC – small, medium and large. And the most positive stress-relieving results were in those taking small doses.
“Cannabis, for stress relief, is all about using the right product at the right time at the right dose,” Dr. Ross says. “It’s important to start small. The last thing you want to do is cross over from an anxiety-relieving dose to an anxiety-provoking one.”
Dr. Ross offers these 5 tips for maximizing the back-to-school stress-relieving benefits of cannabis:
- Know your strains
Ask your budtender for strains meant for relaxation. He or she will have oversight on the best possible products for managing stress.
- Consider microdosing
Invest in pens best for microdosing. Some pens have mechanisms that automatically stop after a small dose, so you can be sure you won’t overdo it.
- Steer clear of edibles
Ingesting cannabis is great for concerts, but not for taking the edge off. It’s harder to control its effects, and the high tends to last longer.
- Be responsible
Treat your cannabis consumption how you would alcohol. Always use responsibly when there are children in the home.
- Keep it contained
Always lock up your cannabis products, and keep them out of the hands of curious children.
“Reducing stress is the number one reason why consumers use cannabis,” Dr. Ross says. “This rings especially true for parents. Luckily, the legalization of cannabis has reduced the stigma around parents and pot – so that’s one big win for all you hard-working moms and dads out there.”
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