Initially cannabis in Canada was only legalized for medicinal purposes. TopShelfBC.com recommends, things have changed, and cannabis is now accepted for recreational purposes as well. However, the stigma associated to cannabis and motherhood is still observed in the country.
Liberalism lead to the glorification of ‘wine moms’ all over the media, flaunting and empowering women who enjoy their shots of booze after a long and exhausting day. Often, these mothers are put on a pedestal of shame where they are required to explain the need to smoke a joint despite being mothers.
To counter and finally put an end to the stigma, we spoke with three successful and empowered moms, businesswomen and proud users of cannabis speak up their thoughts on the topic.
Let’s get to know:
- Jessica Gonzalez. Owner of Mommy Jane, wellness coach and cannabis user.
- Erin Willis. Owner of Mother Indica, holistic nutritionist, and educator for CBD use through Onda Wellness
- Natasha Best. Owner of Stoned at Home Mom and a Cannabis advocate.
Breaking the Stigma
“Why do you think the public still ostracizes mothers who partake in cannabis consumption despite wider global acceptance of it? What would you like to say to these people?”
The three women agree that misogyny and unrealistic expectations are the reasons why mothers are ostracized for cannabis consumption.
Both Gonzalez mentioned being judged for anything and everything they do right from the start of pregnancy. However, like they said, the reason for usage should not be judged immediately.
For Gonzalez, it helped her construct a better lifestyle from being alcohol dependent to a capable mother. Cannabis has helped Best with the alleviation of stress, pain and depression.
Willis also mentioned the societal expectation of women to always do their best all the time.
Here are some points these women would like to convey to the public:
- Mind your own business.
- Do not be too quick to judge.
- Give cannabis a chance, given it is no different from taking medications and alcohol consumption.
Naming Influential Voices in the Industry
“With the importance of women being represented in the industry, who are these people that have impacted you the most? What are the positive things you’re seeing for women in the industry?”
For Gonzalez, it was such a relief for her seeing women cannabis users like herself getting work done despite the stigma. It made her feel as though she was never alone in her journey.
The voices she looks up to the most are:
- Jane West. First “CannaMom” she saw on television
- Doreen Sullivan of My Bud Vase
- Dana Cisneros Esq. of Cannabis Corporate Law
Best feels as though these influences are the ones paving the way for the normalization of cannamoms.
Her top influencers are:
- Caitlin Fladager
Looking into the industry, Willis believes that a person’s background is important when they want to make their voice relevant in the society. According to her, legitimacy and representation are important since being a woman in the cannabis industry is a ‘tough game to play’.
Willis honors the following voices:
- Bonnie Goldstein- Medical doctor and pediatrician.
- Mennlay Golokeh Aggrey- Prolific Journalist and author of Art of Weed Butter.
- Chelsea Leyland- British DJ, cannabis/epilepsy advocate with aggressive epilepsy herself, and co-producer of the unreleased documentary “Separating the Strains”
Futuristic Views on Cannabis and Motherhood
These women have high hopes on the broader acceptance of mothers using cannabis in the future. Motherhood should be a fulfilling experience in lieu of a stressful one, hence, mothers are now out and loud with trying new things and mind-easing activities.
Best believes that there is power in numbers in relation to the breaking of stigma. The more countries legalizing cannabis, and the more people speak up against the ostracization, the more cannabis will have global acceptance.
Eventually, there will come a time that cannabis in Canada and other countries of the world will finally be normalized.
Views on Cannabis and COVID-19
Cannabis consumption kept these women’s emotions at bay during the COVID-19 outbreak. For Best and Gonzalez, the impact wasn’t very immense since they took the time to bond with their families. On the other hand, it wasn’t a very pleasant experience for Willis who recently moved to care for a sick relative who eventually died.
However, these three women admit to struggling with loneliness and depression during the quarantine period. Willis defined cannabis as a way of ‘easing the storms’ by helping her body relax and recalibrate.
Gonzalez says it brings her back to where she’s supposed to be as a mother and human. On the other hand, Best says it keeps her sane from lack of adult interaction.
This is a clear reflection of the benefits that cannabis consumption encompasses especially for women who struggle during motherhood.