Karine Cyr, a Canadian by birth, and a mother of two, swears by cannabis for making her “a better mother.” She is the founder of a group constituting of mostly Canadian women who are rejecting the stigmas and challenging the traditional norms of parenting. The recreational use of cannabis was legalized in Ottawa last October and Karine seems to be delighted about the same.
Karine feels that her peer ladies are tired of hiding their lifestyle from their family. This is why they have decided to openly declare their love for cannabis and educate others about its life-changing benefits. Karine points out,”People are not informed. They still think that when we use cannabis, we sit in front of our television eating pizza like teenagers”.Further she adds, “When I consume cannabis, I do house work, I play with my children. I am more patient with my children, more present. It helps me to be a better mother, a better person.”
Medical practitioners have a completely different story to tell. However, the philosophy shared by Karine can be seen reverberating among the numerous members of her Facebook group ‘Des fleurs ma chere’ (Flowers my dear). Members can be seen sharing experiences as well as thoughts on smoking pot. “Ganja Yoga” instructor Cynthia Petrin, a member of this group revealed that the group comprises of “entrepreneurs, psychologists, models, photographers … they are women from all walks of life.”
Another such Facebook group which has gained popularity is “Mother Mary,” based out of Montreal and brimming with 5000 plus members. This group was started by Jordana Zabitsky a 30 mom, who took it upon herself to fight back “mommy shaming.” She revealed, “I’m expected to work full time. I’m expected to be with my kids full time. I’m expected to have a clean house. I’m expected to have my bills paid on time. I’m expected to have my winter tires on time.”Jordana also added that, “I have so much on my shoulders — I am only one person. Cannabis allows me to accomplish my daily tasks”
The health ministry of Canada has issued warnings as Cannabis “may reduce a person’s ability to pay attention (to their child), make decisions or react to emergencies.”Karine however argues in favour of this second-hand smoke by pointing out its advantages in comparison to the anti-depressants and opioids which is administered to treat postnatal depression and anxiety. Fellow pot advocate Annie-Claude Bertrand supported the cause saying that, “Moms feel lonely and do not know where to turn. They feel ashamed and afraid.” Cannabis can offer respite in such a scenario.
Karine’s first tryst with cannabis began during her second pregnancy when she refused to take opioids prescribed by her doctor. These medications made her feel like a “zombie” and that is why she opted for cannabidiol (CBD) oil. The non-psychoactive compound derived out of cannabis plants helped her relax during those tumultuous times. She revealed that, “I wasn’t sleeping, I had big sleep disorders, (but) the first time I took CBD oil, I slept through the night like I used to.”
Amongst 19% of the total female population in Canada, about 12% have used Cannabis. This was revealed through a survey conducted by the government statistical agency. Certain studies also hinted at the popularity of this drug amongst the ladies of Canada and United States. Even marketers have taken notice of the same for coming out with products which are targeted at the young mothers.
Jordana consumed “micro-doses” of cannabis during her pregnancy. She added that, “Right before I went into labour, I smoked a really big joint, and it was fantastic. All my doctors knew.”Jordana also assured that both her one and three-year-old toddlers are complete healthy and smart for their ages.
Doctor Antoine Kanamugire feels that, “THC, the psychoactive substance, will cross the placenta, so the baby will get 10 to 30 percent of the dose consumed by his mother.” The author of “The 21 Unspoken Truths About Marijuana” also revealed that “Cannabis can greatly influence the development of the central nervous system and the immune system of the foetus.”
In spite of all these warnings, Jordana and her fellow ladies voiced complete support in favour of cannabis. They felt that the century long prohibition has strangulated the research on cannabis. She signed off on a light note by pointing out that, “It’s like Viagra for women” as it boosts up women’s libido while helping them ward off depression.