Until six years ago, she was staunchly anti-marijuana. When she was 5, parents services removed her and her siblings from her home due to her own parents’ drug abuse, according to the bio on her blog.

Her husband, who has smoked marijuana since he was a teen, urged her to try it for her migraines instead of pharmaceuticals. Now she grows it on her patio and says it has made her pain-free and a much better parent.

“I’ve heard from hundreds of moms who use marijuana,” she said. “They’re happy that I’m out there, putting it out there. There are so many moms that are still hiding because they’re ashamed. And you shouldn’t be ashamed.” [ Read More Here ]

I wan’t to thank the hosts of The Chat, well the three out of four who took the time to educate themselves on cannabis as well as the article posted by TODAY.

I along with the moms I know do not use cannabis to deal with our kids!! I chose cannabis at twenty-four over pharmaceuticals. In return I am 80lbs lighter, not in a constant dull pain, not up for two days at a time, not walking into walls or worried about becoming dependent. That is the way narcotics/pharmas work on me. Cannabis gives me the ability to focus on my children instead of myself and my health. Making a good mom an even better healthier mom. I look forward to clearing this up more in a Q&A this coming soon LIVE on The Cannavist Mom.

Cannabis has helped mothers where pharmaceuticals failed them. Moms who suffer through chronic pain are able to have a normal lives when rx’s/narcotics turned them into mombies. That is not to knock those they do work for. Make it known that cannabis is a legitimate option helping moms medicinally as well as giving them a safer way to wind down recreationally.

“Mommy needs a joint should be just a socially acceptable as mommy needs a glass of wine” & Mommy also needs some relief for legitimate medical problems.

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I smoked with my first-born .. I started about 3 months into my pregnancy because i was loosing so much weight i was becoming anemic and the doctors prescribed zofran to help with the nausea (didn’t really help) it just made me all the more frustrated and then i started smoking 2-3 times a day small amounts and i smoked out of pipes but i always bought hemp wick because the lighters contain butane.. and i bought a vaporizer which toasts the weed so you only smoke the thc and not the bud .. And smoked up until the day before my son was born he was tested and came out clean .. I believe you have to smoke about an eighth a day in order for it to actually get in your babies system.. I stopped and started again about 4 months into breast-feeding .. But let me tell you my son is beautiful extremely smart he talks like a grown man lol .. Has hit all his developmental skills and i am so glad i decided to smoke weed and forget the pharmaceutical pills !!

Gabriela

I am an educated, cannabis loving mother to an extremely smart 3 year old. I started smoking cannabis around the age of 16 due to my dysthymic depressive disorder (major depression) and anxiety. I later developed other chronic pain disorders such as degenerative disc disease, sciatica, permanent nerve damage to my left side, HS, and PCOS. I got pregnant at 19 and continued my cannabis use rather than take the vicodin, percocet, and zofran was being prescribed. My daughter was born at 40+5 after a 38 hour labor. It was a terrible labor but she was (and still is!) perfect. 8lbs 11oz, 19.75 inches long. I smoked flower the whole time I breastfed (I exclusively pumped for 16 months!) and my daughter hit every single one of her milestones early. She’s now 3.5, just finished her first year of preschool, and is being considered for early kindergarten! Cannabis does not cause birth defects (like zofran is reported to do!) I have a Bachelors degree in psychology, an associates degree in psychology, & an associates degree in Spanish…and I am getting ready to start my masters degree in psychology with a specialization in sex therapy. My goal is to be a sex therapist/sexual health educator and to eventually open my own practice. Proof that cannabis does not make you lazy, dumb, or incompetent. I smoke all day in order to function and I still get everything done. Pharmaceuticals made me sick. The pain meds made me tired and loopy. Smoking makes me a much better mother.

Jerrica Benedix