Breaking the stigma is making sure the shame that hovers over Cannabis is a thing of the past. It’s okay to consume Cannabis. Still, the key to being a pro-active Canna-parent is educating yourself, knowing your limits, having open conversations, and being a good role model.
My question is why must Mamas fear guilt and judgment about wanting to find pleasure in their daily lives? Endocannabinoids found in cannabis are naturally occurring in our body and by consuming it we can actually return ourselves to a state of homeostasis.
It’s no secret that cannabis can be polarizing, albeit much less so nowadays than before. I’m generally known for jumping feet first into things, but here I quickly found myself slowly wading into the shallow end of the pool. Now the CEO of Vertosa, I’d respond by saying that “I run a company that manufactures active ingredients for beverages and other types of products.”
Serendipitously, cannabis was on the cusp of becoming legal in California. I felt in my heart that this was my purpose in life. I went all in, which has brought me to where I am today, the CEO of Stachs, the flower touching division of Eaze.
I was trying to find a community where I was here in Oregon. I didn't see many black moms, if I am being honest, and didn't see a presence of black mothers who openly talk about cannabis. I wanted to be that face for other black moms to know that: yes, you can live a normal life and still consume cannabis. Many of us hide in the canna-closet because of family trauma and the stigma surrounding cannabis.
Do I not care what others think because I smoke, eat, and drink THC? Maybe, a little. But at the end of the day, I will always say that marijuana is one of the last medicines/gifts left and will be an advocate that this beautiful flower was given to us by our phenomenal Mother Earth, pure enough to pick, roll and smoke in its original form.
At 3 months postpartum, after an honest conversation with my OBGYN, I decided to resume cannabis consumption. Taking just a few hits, right before bed, enabled me to *finally* fall asleep, and get the rest that I so sorely needed. I was able to wake up at dawn with my infant, feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. I was able to be the type of new mother I had always envisioned being.
Within a couple of puffs, I was laughing again, and the weight of the world had lifted off my shoulders for the first time in months. While I had tried marijuana in Amsterdam in my 20s, I had never been a “drug user” of any kind and would have been voted least likely cannabis user in high school.
Really, that's why I wrote the book—to help complete the picture and help moms understand the whole context around cannabis: how to consume, the different modes of consumption. We can smoke, we can vape, we can eat, we can drink, we can rub it on our bodies...
As the founder of a Mad Lilly, and someone who incorporates cannabis into my daily routine, I’m not at all surprised to see parents turning to cannabis during the pandemic. It’s a great way to de-stress, relax, connect with my spouse, get some sleep, feel lighter…the list goes on.
As you may know, a baby teething and sleep are two things that just don’t go together. My little angel who had been sleeping through the night for a good 4-5 months, reached 9 months old and bam - she started waking up 2-3x a night again.
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