California moms are throwing pot parties. No, not pot luck. Pot, as in marijuana. For a certain group of ladies who lunch, cannabis is now on the menu. In a state where the drug is legalized for medicinal use, Mary Jane has become the mother's little helper of our time, with mothers infusing foods with pot leaves and cannabis oil.
According to an article in the Huffington Post, the moms not only credit the drug with helping alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain caused from early arthritis and , they believe it makes them better parents.
One such mother, 37-year-old January Thomas claims she smokes marijuana "up to five times per day" all the while caring for her 2-year-old daughter Zeena.
"Marijuana makes me a better and more creative parent," says Thomas. "It puts me in the moment with Zeena and stops me worrying about everyday problems." Thomas reads her daughter books, such as Mommy's Funny Medicine and It's Just a Plant, about the pros of cannabis.
Like any other group of moms, the friends meet up and exchange recipes—with one vital difference: their dishes tend to be laced with pot.
"Seeing how medicinal marijuana helped me when I thought I was going to die made me realize how much good it can do," says entrepreneur Cheryl, who medicated with marijuana while she had ovarian cancer. "We've all come up against people who say marijuana is for dirty druggies, but we are proof you can be good parents and productive members of society and use it."
In an effort to bring some glamour to the drug, Cheryl enlisted the help of a chef, who created dishes like "cannabis leaf salad, chicken fried in cannabis oil and marijuana milk shakes."
Another mom, previously "a zombie on prescription medication," credits the drug with making her a better wife and mother.