Cannabis was once feared by suburban parents. Now, cannabis can be used as a tool to help break the routine of suburban, parent life. Here are pointers to safely incorporate cannabis into your daily parenting life.
Researchers have studied the effects of how having children change marriages. The relationship between spouses and partners suffer once kids come along. The relationship satisfaction of couples with children is about twice as unhappy as couples without children.1 Here are a few ways cannabis could help boost engagement in the relationship.
Cannabis Can Help Kickstart Meaningful Conversation and Connection
For working parents, weekdays can start to feel exhausting and routine. After a long day at work, daycare or school drop-offs and pickups, extra-curricular activities, grocery store trips, cooking dinner, you and your partner are probably completely tapped out. Meaningful conversations and personal connections are not a priority at the end of a busy day. Rather, taking a mental vacation on Instagram or Facebook is an effortless choice. While screen time is a great break from an overloaded weekday. Screen time can become detrimental to relationships. Face-to-face interaction is essential to happiness and well-being. A study concluded, increased Facebook use is significantly correlated with negative psychosocial variables such as loneliness and depression.2 By incorporating cannabis to your evenings, you can make meaningful connections and conversations with your partner.
Rather than scrolling through your feed, light up a bowl or indulge in some edibles together. A sativa or hybrid strain can help kickstart a meaningful conversation. Indica-dominant hybrid strains such as White Russian, Chocolope, Blue Goo, and Sour Lemon OG can help make you chatty. An indica-dominant strain can also give you a boost of energy.
Use Cannabis As An Aphrodisiac
Parenting can kill your sex life. According to Newsweek magazine, psychologists estimate that 15–20 percent of couples have sex no more than 10 times a year. Michael Eisenberg of Standford University and Dr. Andrew J. Sun found in their study that “Marijuana use is independently associated with increased sexual frequency and does not appear to impair sexual function.” They found that daily users across all demographic groups reported having 20% more sex than those who have never used cannabis. Therefore, use cannabis to help naturally enhance your sex life and relationship.
A few cannabis strains can help with arousal and sensitivity. Sativa strains are typically helpful as an aphrodisiac. According to Leafly, try Ultimate Trainwreck, Sour Dream, Green Crack, Hindu Skunk, Danky Doodle, Granddaddy Purple, and Atomic Northern Lights.
Laughing Is Beneficial To Marriage
Laura Kurtz and Sara Algoe from the Psychology Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill conducted a study on the effect of laughter on relationships. Kurtz and Algoe found a link between the amount of time couples spent laughing together and how close and supported they felt to one another.3 Laughing together can be an indicator of how strong your relationship is.
Using cannabis together can help stimulate laughter and silliness. According to Leafly, these seven strains can help make you giggly: Blue Diesel, Laughing Buddha, Church OG, Chemdog, Sweet Diesel, Black Diamond, and Mango Kush.
Where To Safely Stash Your Weed Or Edibles From Your Kids
The number of accidental poisoning by children is on the rise. According to Jama Pediatrics, Colorado saw an increase in unintentional pediatric exposure to cannabis following the first two years of legalization of recreational marijuana.4
Tips On Preventing Pediatric Exposure to THC
- Clearly mark your edibles: Gummies and other edibles can easily be misinterpreted as a non-THC product. Mark your edibles with “X”s or other symbols to clearly separate medicinal and non-medicinal products. Never store your edibles near other food.
- Keep cannabis products out of reach: Kids will get into everything. Store cannabis products in high cabinets or locked safes.
- Keep your cannabis and cannabis products in childproof containers: Store your cannabis in empty prescription bottles. Wash out old over-the-counter and prescription drug bottles for storage. Prescription bottles have a childproof mechanism for an extra layer of protection.
- Treat your cannabis like other potentially dangerous medication: Storing your cannabis near other prescription drugs will convey it is dangerous to ingest.
2Lou LL, Yan Z, Nickerson A, McMorris R. An examination of the reciprocal relationship of loneliness and Facebook use among first-year college students. J Educ Comput Res. 2012;46(1): 105-117.
4July 25, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.0971