CBD Products That Help Moms Crush The Parenting Game

There’s no denying that parenting is up there among some of the hardest jobs in society—yep, that includes digging ditches, bomb deactivation, and uranium mining. 

In a telephone-based study of 5800 parents, only 48% of women reported getting 7 hours of sleep per night—this on top of also being responsible for carrying out countless additional household and work tasks. Their children aren’t the only people who depend on them and some parents must also care for special needs or ill kids, while simultaneously taking care of other family members and working additional jobs. Add to that how hard it can be to communicate with young people and things become even more complicated.

Due to America’s typical family structure where children increasingly move away from parents and settle some distance from home, questionable childcare arrangements and lackluster maternity leave programs (or no leave programs at all, in many cases), much of the responsibility of family care falls on the mother, or on one primary caregiver. 

But CBD companies have been stepping up with a host of products and services that appear to be just what the doctor ordered for tired, overextended, and frustrated moms. 

Perhaps this is because an increasing number of CBD products and companies are led by women—a 2018 report states that 27% of America’s cannabis companies are women-run. 

Shanel Lindsay, CEO and founder of Ardent Cannabis and mother to two children is one of them, and she gets it. “Using cannabis helps me relax not just in parenting situations, but also after having a long, stressful day.”

Katie Miles, a fashion product designer and Los Angeles-based mom of two feels confident that CBD aids her in her mom related duties. “My husband I often take CBD on the weekends when we are just hanging about the house with the kids,” she explained. “It helps us be more relaxed around our seven and four-year-old who have so much energy and constantly want to play and make messes. I feel like I can be more in the moment and get down on their level when my anxieties about all the stuff I need to do around the house and with work is calmed by the CBD.”

The options of ways to utilize CBD without necessarily having to smoke or vape cannabis are ever increasing. 

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Light It Up

Candles are a multi-billion-dollar industry which, in 2013, earned $3.14 billion in profits. OK, then! Stand-up comedian Selena Coppock, host of the candle podcast Two Wick Minimum, says “A lot of closet “candleheads” revealed themselves when [my podcast] launched. In the current political and cultural climate, there is such a need for self care and relaxation, and my podcast really showed me that.” 

The Homesick brand bridges that gap with a cannabis-scented candle, perfect for moms who need to relax after a long day of schlepping, shopping, and shepherding children around. Scents include bergamot, cedar wood, sandalwood, patchouli, musk, and of course, cannabis, in relaxing, mom-approved combinations. Made from a soy-wax blend, the candles also burn safely and cleanly for upwards of 80 hours.

CBD Products That Help Moms Crush The Parenting Game
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One Bite At A Time

Cupcakes have long been a popular coping mechanism for moms, parents, and people of all ages and responsibility levels and for good reason. They are pretty much awesome. What’s not to love about a palm-sized iced muffin? Baked Bazaar, a new online marketplace that sells quality CBD products from top-of-the-line artisan makers, has rolled out the thing moms didn’t know they needed — mini cupcakes in jars with customizable flavor, filling, and toppings.

Voila! It’s a cupcake in a jar. 

Perfect for snack-loving moms everywhere, CannaCakeBabe cupcakes, the brainchild of Nandi Shange based out of Las Vegas, are made using vegan ingredients. Each jar contains two servings (about 550 calories total) with 25 mg of CBD total, and take the edge off like…woah. Having these cakes in my refrigerator as a quick pick-me-up and mellow-me-out has been a literal godsend. I sampled the vanilla and chocolate flavors and loved them both tremendously. I ate them one blessed spoonful at a time over the course of a week or so. Many, many CBD products come across my desk and these things are a solid gold hit. They’re not cheap, running about $20 per jar (or $10 per “slice” if you’re doing the math, which moms always are), but they are real tasty. Bonuses: they travel well, stay fresh longer and come in a cute reusable jar.

‘I’m finding that a lot of moms are looking for new ways to incorporate CBD into their lifestyle,” Nandi told me, referring to her new, increasing fan base. “I’m combining CBD with treats that the whole family can enjoy.”

CBD Products That Help Moms Crush The Parenting Game
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Sleep It Off

The National Sleep Foundation recommends choosing breathable, loose sleepwear in a fabric best suited to your body to aid a quality night’s sleep. Designer luxury bedding and sleepwear company Dawson+Hellman have just the thing for us tired mamas. Their truly comfortable pajamas arrive in a beautifully wrapped and gloriously smelling package that will bring a smile to any weary mom’s face. It’s like Christmas in…whenever. The two-piece piped sleep shirt and cozy pants pajama sets ($95) are super soft, appropriately loose and casual, and here’s the kicker: they are covered in pot leaves, so moms can spread a political bedtime message, be the cool mom at the sleepover, or just connect with their inner hippie child as they hit the pillow. They also have a shortie version of the sleepy pants set ($130) and a lovely, crisp white knee-length nightgown which are both simultaneously adorable with a hint of sexy, for those who are feeling that mommy magic.

CBD Products That Help Moms Crush The Parenting Game
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Cream Of The Crop

Skincare products of a wide variety are ever up-and-coming in the CBD market and provide a series of functions that serve moms of all ages. From facial creams to under-eye salves, each product is geared towards helping parents in all the many ways they can be benefited from them. 

Ester Vigil, president of 1933 Industries uses and loves her company’s own Canna Hemp CBD products. “I use an array of them every day,” she explained. “The body lotion is easily absorbed into the bloodstream when rubbed into my skin, leaving me feeling soft and moisturized.” 

Plant People won my heart over with a wonderful, useful tincture which legitimately changed my sleep game. Now they have added a skincare line to their offerings. The new Revive (serum, $82), Restore (face mask, $62) and Nourish (lotion, $55)—it’s like these products were made with moms in mind—are highly rated on the website and along with CBD, contain CBC (cannabichromene), a hot new element of cannabis, which like it’s cousin, CBD, also bonds to pain receptors, furthering relief. So they’re basically a two-fer, and you know how us moms feel about getting a good deal (almost as good as sex).

Jessica Bates, mother of two and CEO and founder of Moon Mother Hemp attests to how the tide is shifting regarding mothers using CBD products. “I take CBD daily for anxiety and sleep issues and it helps so much,” she explained. “Many of our customers are moms and they are feeling increasingly more comfortable calling and asking questions and speaking out about the stresses of motherhood. The stigma around admitting that motherhood can be stressful is lifting and so is the stigma around cannabis use for moms.”

Hear, hear!

For those moms who wake with puffy eyes (hello, all of us?), TriBeauty CBD Eye Cream ($60) tackles under eye lines while also offering a relaxing and comforting sensation that is refreshing and soothing in the morning.

But perhaps my favorite of all the lotions and maybe even all CBD products is the TribeRevive pain cream ($50), sold by TribeTokes, an NYC-based lady duo. It’s sincerely incredible and worth every penny. I use it on everything from muscle aches to headaches and neck aches. I rub it into my hairline when I feel a migraine coming on, into sore muscles or errant pains and within minutes, I feel relief. Some on my neck also helps me drift into sleep with ease. It is truly a miracle product.  

The best thing about CBD products is that they are now easier to come by and are in nearly every corner of the country, even available at many gift shops and online stores. National drugstore chains and even Amazon carry them in most states, so if your state doesn’t (yet), look around a state over.

As a tired mom who is always looking for quick fixes and magic answers to the issues that may arise, I find myself turning to CBD regularly, and it never disappoints. CBD is truly Mother Nature’s gift to all mothers.

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How Conservative Mom Mieko Hester-Perez Became a Global Cannabis Advocate

Mieko Hester-Perez wasn’t planning on being an advocate for cannabis growing up in Orange County, California. That is, until life put her on a path she never otherwise would have embarked on.

Cannabis was never an option for Mieko, as a child or as an adult. The legal services professional comes from a conservative family and embraces such beliefs to this day. Her extended family represents several slices of conservative values. They include three pastors, numerous uncles in the LAPD (some serving in the narcotics division), and her brother, a high-ranking firefighter.  

While remaining conservative, Mieko Hester-Perez has fully embraced the progressive cannabis movement. Over the past decade, she has used her upbringing and beliefs to introduce an array of people to medical cannabis while advocating for families like her own. 

However, Hester-Perez would not be in this position if it weren’t for her son, Joey. Born with severe autism, Joey often struggled with daily life. This included a wasting syndrome that left him at 46 pounds when he was ten years old. In addition to appetite struggles, Joey would harm himself on occasion during outbursts. 

She knew that Joey’s diagnosis meant that a 9-to-5 job would not allow her to support Joey or her older daughter. Instead, Mieko Hester-Perez opened her own business, CA Corp & Attorney Services. Always one to conduct thorough research, Hester-Perez searched for treatment options while caring for her family and running a business. Her work put her in contact with doctors performing then-controversial cannabis treatments. Soon enough, she felt that Joey could benefit from such treatments. 

Finding Success in Cannabis

Edibles allowed Joey’s appetite to change soon after consuming. His aggressive and self-injurious behavior subsided. Hester-Perez became a believer in cannabis. She wanted to do more for other families like her own. The legal advisor and advocate said that Joey became the biggest case she’s ever taken on. She explained why she decided to fight for Joey and others’ access to cannabis.

“I believe in [cannabis] so much. I was actually able to extend my son’s life. And once you save one life, it becomes contagious,” the mother and advocate explained. 

Hester-Perez took her family’s story to the media. In 2009, an appearance on Good Morning America amplified the saga families like her own were going through. Stories like Joey and Mieko’s further normalized medical cannabis use, especially for those unlikely to support the cause otherwise. 

Since the GMA appearance, Mieko has continued to share Joey’s relationship with medical cannabis on scores of news outlets in the U.S., Latin America, Australia and on several major online outlets.  

Her legal experience would grow in the cannabis space, as would her advocacy know-how. In time, Hester-Perez would become an influential figure in the medical cannabis community across the globe. The self-described “autism warrior mom” embraced a role as a healthcare advocate. She took a particular interest in family courts, ensuring children receive proper cannabis care. 

Other efforts include the co-founding of The Unconventional Foundation for Autism (UF4A), an advocacy and support network for families. At UF4A, Hester-Perez consults families, autism organizations, universities and the healthcare community. 

Hester-Perez joined the advisory board for the bottle design, manufacturing, brand and sales company Acology Inc. The partnership led to the creation of an FDA-approved child-resistant container which would store the autism-spectrum specific strain of cannabis named after her son. 

In the following years, Hester-Perez’s insights and influence would flourish. The mom and advocate would join boards, including the NORML Women’s Alliance and the Economic & Policy Impact Center. 

Mieko Hester-Perez: A Lauded and Awarded Activist

Hester-Perez would earn accolades over the years for her efforts. They include the 2012 Evelyn DuPont Award for her work improving the lives of children with autism. Other achievements include the 2016 Chalice Festival lifetime advocate award.  

Hester-Perez also credits the wisdom passed on by leaders in the space for helping her spread the word while learning about a once-foreign community to her. “I was very lucky to be able to work with some of the greats in the industry…the Kyle Kushmans and the Ed Rosenthals; the pioneers of this entire industry.” 

She added, “I received a crash course like no one in the entire industry could have, having no experience with cannabis at all.”

Crash courses are no longer needed for Hester-Perez. Her expertise eventually brought her to Israel, where she’d form lasting connections with a number of groups, including mothers and business ventures. She recalled the impact speaking at an international event like CannaTech 2017 had on her. Calling the experience “eye opening,” Hester-Perez said, “At that time, I had been on every major network. I traveled all over the country. But now I’m in Israel. This is unbelievable.” 

Calling the experience “magical,” Hester-Perez recalled bonding with the mothers. “They were fighters. They were everything that I was when I had went public in 2009.” She added, “I immediately had a bond with Israel.”

Her connection to Israel would be further cemented when she linked up with the medical cannabis company Tikun Olam at CannaTech 2017. The company began as a non-profit in 2005 by founder Tzahi Cohen after requesting the country allow him to grow 100 plants for the country’s medical cannabis patients. Mieko Hester-Perez began serving as a spokesperson for the company. She calls the role “the best pay it forward for me.” In 2019, she joined the company where she recommends the products, along with the strain Avidekel, in autism protocols. 

While cannabis improved and lengthened Joey’s life, he sadly passed away in April of 2018. Mieko has chosen not to speak much about her son’s passing with the public since. However, she has continued to work in legal services, where she provides professional and advocacy advice. She also serves as a healthcare liaison for Wellness Works, a consulting firm adjacent to the Kannabis Works dispensary in Santa Ana, California. 

Mieko Hester-Perez now hopes to use her experience and her family’s story as inspiration in other countries. In addition to the U.S. and Israel, she is now working on an autism protocol in her ancestral Puerto Rico.

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How Intrusive CPS Visits Led To The Formation of The Family Law Cannabis Alliance

As legalization continues throughout the country, more discussions are happening about one sore spot in the cannabis space: Child Protective Services’ involvement, which often creates destructive change. Sara Arnold aka Sahra Kant, understands the horrifying damage CPS can cause more than most, having dealt with them four times. The fourth CPS visit was the day after the death of Arnold’s daughter Liberty, continuing to investigate her family for six weeks.

During this extremely trying time, Arnold didn’t see any support from the cannabis community, despite the tireless activism work she put into the space. Arnold has been talking about CPS for almost a decade, first under a pseudonym (Sahra Kant), and then as the co-founder of Family Law Cannabis Alliance (FLCA). The same week Arnold took part of a front cover Time article about women activists in cannabis, her daughter Liberty was diagnosed with DIPG brain cancer. 

“Over four times dealing with CPS, I learned that parents are often alone in it,” Arnold tells High Times, “There is little to no legal help, and what exists often costs far more than parents are able to afford.”

She points out that there is no burden of proof on the part of CPS, something she saw firsthand when she got the call that she would be dealing with the agency for her and her daughter’s medical cannabis use.

“CPS is a Kafkaesque system where parents have to be compliant or risk further steps taken against them, by some people who, even in fully medicalized and legalized states, consider cannabis to be as dangerous a drug for parents to use as heroin.”

Arnold points to the stigmatization that is specific to dealing with CPS, saying that the process makes parents feel like second-class citizens. While marginalized communities are targeted for possible “drug” use, no parent can really protect themselves against the interference of CPS. She says that upper-middle-class white parents may feel a sense of freedom in legal and medical states because they are ignorant to the fact that the agency can and will involve itself in their lives at the slightest provocation.

“Parents of color, those on Medicaid, parents with any kind of disabilities or mental health issues are quite aware that their cannabis use can still result in stigma and interdiction by CPS,” Arnold said.

Because cannabis is illegal on a Federal level, CPS has the authority to consider it as something that could potentially endanger the well-being of a child. While certain legislation like California’s Proposition 64 and its subsequent amendments may allow for certain protections for medical cannabis patients, it is still CPS’s role to determine if there is neglect. CPS involvement can occur because something as simple as a cannabis smell coming from a purse or clothing can motivate someone call in a complaint. 

Once CPS (or Department of Children and Families, depending on the state) opens a case, the investigation process begins a personal survey of family, sexual, physical and mental histories, among other intimate inquiries. The parent then must wait anxiously for weeks to know the next steps, which can include addiction treatment and other interventions that seriously disrupt family life. In many cases, parents lose their jobs while trying to regain custody, because they are forced to enter some sort of rehab which is time-consuming and costly.

Additionally, parents who have a medical need for cannabis are forced into cessation, which can result in loss of income and the ability to supply the best care for their child. In her article titled The Shocking State of Cannabis-Related Child Protection in Massachusetts, Arnold makes it clear that CPS is allowed to adopt a child to a foster parent if the child is taken out the biological parent’s care for being in CPS custody for six months out of the previous twelve months if under the age of four. 

The months in foster care don’t have to be consecutive, and CPS can allow a foster parent or alternate caregiver to adopt if a child creates a bond with them. Reports to the agency can occur because of prenatal testing showing cannabis use, or because individuals who consider themselves “mandated reporters” call anonymously, but it can also be anyone who opposes cannabis. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) outlines prenatal exposure to illegal drugs or substances as neglect or abuse, and many mothers have to deal with losing custody the minute their baby is born. 

For parents dealing with this precarious situation, Arnold co-founded the FCLA, which gave cannabis users invaluable resources and connections to legal professionals. In addition to detailed state profiles outlining current custody and cannabis laws, the FCLA has a guide on dealing with CPS, an extensive collection of cannabis research, and has created language that shaped legislation. 

“We provided direct service to those in need as well as significant amounts of state-based legal analysis, a legal network including referrals, and even model language for parent-protective provisions in legislation (drafted by 2 well-known cannabis attorneys in addition to myself), among additional resources.  Our model language is in a few bills, including the legalization law successfully passed in Massachusetts”, Arnold said. 

Unfortunately, because the cannabis community support is lacking, FCLA is shutting down, becoming an archived educational and historical resource. While Arnold is discouraged by the lack of public conversation surrounding CPS involvement, she appreciates that other people are doing the work. One of those people is Marissa Fratoni, a cannabis nurse, educator, and advocate who helps parents make informed decisions about cannabis use. On her blog, Holistic Nurse Mama, Fratoni discusses things like the health effects and benefits of using cannabis, but says that the greatest risk for parents (using cannabis) is the possibility of CPS involvement.

“I feel that parents cannot make informed decisions about cannabis use without having thorough understanding of the social and legal consequences they may face as cannabis users,” Fratoni tells High Times, “I do my best to fill these gaps for parents who reach out to me either by directing them to a resource on my blog, or by consulting with them through Cannamommy.org.”

Cannamommy.org is another resource for mothers who use cannabis, offering an online clinic and other educational resources. Tokeativity is a global community (both online and physical events) that offers an online forum and social media platform for cannabis-consuming mothers to discuss the complexities with each other privately, and hosts events for the purpose of empowering mothers to medicate with cannabis. Americans for Safe Access has a helpful guide for how to deal with CPS intervention, along with other legal resources.

While there are limited resources available, the overall outlook of cannabis use and custody stays dim as long as CPS has the power to predict the outcome. In the meantime, the conversation surrounding this issue needs to become more mainstream so that activists can flourish and continue to build on available support systems.

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Why pregnant and nursing mothers shouldn’t smoke marijuana

As more states legalize marijuana, the number of pregnant women who smoke marijuana is rising — and this could be really bad for babies.

In 2002, 2.3% of pregnant women used marijuana. In 2014, that number was up to 3.84%, a rise of two-thirds. To make matters worse, the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana has quadrupled. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana, the chemical that gives the “high.”

We don’t know all the effects of THC on infants, but we know enough that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a statement warning parents.

THC can pass easily through the placenta and into the bloodstream of a developing baby. Studies suggest that when it does, it can affect the brain. Because babies are still developing, anything that affects that development can lead to permanent changes. THC can affect something called executive function. These are skills such as concentration, attention, impulse control, and problem solving; they are crucial skills for learning and life success. Studies also suggest that children who have prenatal exposure to marijuana may have a higher risk of substance use disorder or mental illness.

THC also passes into breast milk. That means that it’s still not okay to smoke marijuana after birth, because the brains of infants are actively developing — actually they are actively developing for the first three or so years of life. The effects of secondhand marijuana smoke on kids appear to last even longer, with possibly permanent effects on executive function continuing even through the teenage years.

As with alcohol, it’s impossible to say for sure what a safe amount is during pregnancy. The safest thing is not to use it at all, and to not take any form of it while breastfeeding or to smoke it around children. Some women use it to manage the nausea of pregnancy, but there are many other ways of managing nausea.

When you are pregnant and parenting, it’s no longer just about you. The choices you make could have a lifelong effect on your child — so make good choices.

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