Canna Moms Are Good Moms Too

Hi. I’m Amanda, founder of Canna Mom’s Are Good Mom’s Too. A group that brings Moms, those who identify as and supporters together worldwide to educate them and spread more awareness to the cannabis plant and its medical benefits. Especially for mothers! Mothers that use the cannabis plant even with prescribed medical marijuana cards are feeling this stigma: Lazy Moms, Pot Head, can’t function high, “because a friend back in the day smoked and they were drug tripping for days”, it kills your brain cells, the list continues.

I’m a 35 year old mother living in the PNW. I suffer from Meniere’s Disease which has the worst side effects of vertigo and tinnitus. I as well have high anxiety and high ADHD. There were days my vertigo would bed rid me. Being a private daycare owner, only teacher, a wife and Mom, I can’t do that. I took two different prescribed CDC pills that aren’t actually made for either of those symptoms due to it’s a newer disease with little testing and no cure. One pill made me sick and the other a zombie. That doesn’t work either. Enter the wonderful world of finding the cannabis plant. I now can consume ONE medicine for my meniere’s, anxiety and ADHD.

Micro dosing through out the day I can stay level and not high as I could on an over the counter pill. Being able to stay level keeps me as me. Not bed ridden in a silent, completely dark room, always on the lookout for something that I should be doing, who I should be helping, feeling like I should be moving or touching something. I’ve missed moments I could have spent with my son or done a little extra for a daycare kid before cannabis, a little more for my husband. I’m happy now, calm, relaxed, can focus and be productive. I AM ME! I’m not running to the bathroom or so groggy and out of it I don’t remember certain parts. With that said, why can a man made pill or having a glass or five be okay when taken responsibility but a plant that heals more than any side effects or death rate isn’t?

Our group has over 1,300 Moms worldwide that are screaming me too! How can there be this many people, I know there are more and this still be so badly named over something that was wrongly accused over almost 100 years ago! Our group’s mission is to further education regarding this plant. To give Moms a safe place for support, call to see a friendly face, help and educate, to support and back science where needed for studying, membership groups and more.

The joy I feel everyday logging in and seeing the love all these people have for one another and everyday uplifting is beyond amazing. I want this discussion to be able to be as free and open as any medically regulated drug. Let people get the correct medical help they choose.

These Parents Are Fighting To Give Pot To Their Kids

FLORIDA: When Moriah Barnhart’s 2-year-old daughter Dahlia was attacked by intense tremors, fever and nausea in May 2013, she rushed the girl to a Tampa emergency room. A week later, after surgery for an aggressive and cancerous brain tumor, Dahlia couldn’t eat, walk or talk.

Three weeks later, her left side partly paralyzed, Dahlia was moved to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis for experimental treatments. She soon stopped breathing, a device had to be implanted in her skull to drain excess fluid, and her chemotherapy drugs had spread sores throughout her mouth and gastrointestinal tract. Subsequent treatments caused nerve and brain damage, vomiting and weight loss.

Barnhart was determined to save her daughter’s life, but she agonized as the child struggled with pain and sickness. “You want to save your child. That’s your first and foremost instinct,” she said. “But after watching them suffer for so long it becomes a question of quality of life.”

Finally, after six months, Barnhart decided to try alternative treatments, ordering whole-plant extract cannabis oil sent to St. Jude’s and giving it to her daughter through a syringe. Dahlia, her mother said, awoke the next morning with a regular appetite after sleeping for more than a few hours for the first time in her life.

Moriah Barnhart

Dahlia Barnhart, who was given cannabis oil by her mother, Moriah.
 

Parents Demand Medical Marijuana for Epileptic Kids

PENNSYLVANIA: In room 716 of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, 12-year-old Hannah Pallas is motionless, but for an occasional turn of her head and blink of her eyes, following a series of life-threatening seizures. On the same day, 5-year-old Sydney Michaels is down the hall in room 749, waiting to be discharged after 15 grand mal seizures within 36 hours.

Their mothers have known each other for years, though it’s a hapless coincidence caused by their daughters’ epilepsy that brings them to the pediatric unit on the same day.

The two women are part of a tenacious group of parents and national marijuana advocates demanding that politicians and state legislators legalize medical marijuana treatment for their children, whose medications have had limited success treating seizures and other severe conditions.

Moms Form Group In Support Of Medical Marijuana

FLORIDA: Three mothers are throwing all of their efforts into helping their children, the medical marijuana ballot measure, and those seeking guidance.

“I think we all have something in common that we never imaged… that we have a sick child,” said Renee Petro.

Petro, along with Moriah Barnhart and Jacel Delgadillo have formed a group called CannaMoms – a play off the word cannabis — with a very serious effort to campaign for the legalization of medical marijuana.

Petro’s son suffers from what’s called Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES) and Delgadillo’s son suffer from Dravet syndrome, which ravages his body daily with seizures.

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Language Of Politics Irks And Inspires Pot-Smoking Mom

COLORADO: Since the publication of my article “Lessons learned from Child Protective Services” I have been silently schooled by the Internet. Browsing early comments of the piece revealed that while I had captured the sentiments of CPS fairly well, I’d apparently really missed the mark on parents’ rights. You do not have to let someone in your home without a warrant, and if someone does want inside — they’d better have one in hand. Heard.

I received more education recently when I was contacted by Laura Pegram of the Drug Policy Alliance about SB14-177 and SB14-178, two Colorado Senate bills introduced during the 2014 legislative session. “As far as we know, the legislation plans to make changes to both the civil and criminal code which might recriminalize some aspects of A64 in regard to parenting,” Pegram wrote.

“I wanted to make sure you were aware of it as it seems especially relevant to your column.” She included the early proposals of the bills and wished me well.

My Parents Run A Pot Dispensary

COLORADO:  After years of fighting for the legalization of marijuana, Cheyenne Fox and her parents were thrilled when Amendment 64 was passed in 2012, making their home state, Colorado, among the first to allow pot to be sold legally for recreational purposes.

This also meant the family’s Denver-based business, 3D Dispensary, where Cheyenne, 21, is currently general manager, could shift from selling only to customers with state-approved diagnoses to anyone who likes to get high. Currently, 20 states have medicinal marijuana laws, but Cheyenne, who will graduate with a BA in marketing this June and plans to grow the family business, hopes every state follows Colorado’s lead. [Read more…]

Pot-Smoking Moms Tired Of Being Judged By Wine Drinkers

Every night, Margaret’s two boys fly into the house after sports practice and flip on the TV, while she races to the kitchen to get dinner cooking. “It’s that tedious witching hour when I feel incredibly frazzled,” says the Tennessee singer/songwriter mom of a 6- and an 8-year-old. But instead of pouring herself a glass or two of merlot, she heads to the standalone garage next to their house for a few puffs of Humboldt Kush, one of the four strains of pot she smokes seven days a week. [Read more…]

Behind Closed Doors – Diary Of An MJ Mom

When a friend asked me to write a post for the launch of MJ Moms, sharing my “mommy POV” on the latest happenings in Washington state and across the country on the subject of marijuana legalization as it relates to our children, I found myself going back in time to when my 8 year old son asked me if I ever smoked pot.  What was I to say?  To admit at the time I had smoked what was considered an illegal substance was worrisome, as I did not want my son to model my behavior down the road.  So I did what any loving mother would do – I denied it. [Read more…]