The Fatherly Guide To Marijuana

Whether or not it’s legal where they live, marijuana has become commonplace in American households. It might sound concerning, but parenting while high is becoming a thing in the way that parenting while drunk has been a thing since the Stone Age. If you smoke or consume or otherwise indulge, it’s extremely important to do so responsibly, and that requires really considering the intersection of parenting and marijuana.

That’s why Fatherly built this guide to weed, because you shouldn’t have to stress if you’re smoking a bowl, with or without your partner. We talked to pediatricians, cannabis entrepreneurs, and even attorneys to learn everything there is no know about sneaky vaporizers, how to talk to your kids about weed, the best places to hide your weed, and more.

Policy

This Map Shows Where You Can Buy Legal Weed Now In The United States

Legalization of weed is happening all over the country. This map shows where.

Marijuana Legalization Is Becoming More Common

Luckily for parents who indulge, the legal risk is lessening as more and more states have begun to decriminalize marijuana. Recreational marijuana is now legal in 19 states, and medical marijuana is legal in 36. If you’re really into pot, there’s more good news: Some of the states that are the most notorious for their weed-loving tendencies (shout out to Colorado) are also the best to raise a family in.

News

This List Shows The 10 Most Weed-Friendly Cities In The US

Moving to California seems to be the safest bet.

Fatherly

Marijuana Side-Effects You Need to Know About

The side effect that everyone’s looking for from marijuana — to chill the hell out — you’ll probably experience (unless you’re one of the few unfortunate people who get super anxious when they’re high). Of course, there are some less positive marijuana side effects you should keep on your radar. For one, you aren’t going to be able to fulfill the responsible parent role while high, so make sure you have a “designated parent” to stay sober and ready for emergencies at all times. There’s also the long-term health risks of weed, which include lung damage, addiction, and fertility issues, to name a few.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get high. In fact, if you’re choosing between marijuana and alcohol, the former is probably the better option. But it does mean you need to keep this in mind the pros and cons of smoking marijuana — including the legal consequences, since traces of weed can stick around in the body for up to 90 days. And if you’re deciding between smoking a blunt or consuming an edible, your lungs will thank you if you go with the latter.

Marijuana

How To Sober Up From Weed

ByTyler Santora

Got a little too high? This is how to come down quickly.

Policy

This Map Shows Where You Can Buy Legal Weed Now In The United States

ByLizzy Francis

Legalization of weed is happening all over the country. This map shows where.

Health

Smoking Pot Could Reduce Conflict, Aggression, and Violence in Marriages

ByLauren Vinopal

Cannabis can treat anxiety and PTSD while enhancing intimacy, which could reduce conflict, doctors say.

Life

How to Have Great Sex While High

ByCarrie Weisman

A professional walks us through the highs and lows of smoking up before sex.

Gear

THC Drinks Are the Next Big Thing. But Are They Any Good?

ByStinson Carter

Seltzers. Sparkling wines. Ready-to-drink canned cocktails. Here's what to know about the budding new THC-infused drinks market and a few offerings to consider.

Health

Young Potheads Become Pothead Parents

ByJoshua A. Krisch

A new study suggests that, even though people cut back on marijuana when they become parents, many continue to take the occasional puff.

Health

My Dog Ate Weed. Now What?

ByMelaina Juntti

Animal Poison Control Center fielded a whopping 765 percent more calls about dogs eating weed in 2019 than it had the year prior.

Health

What Happens If a Kid Eats Edibles?

ByMelaina Juntti

If you have edibles in your house, there's a chance your kid could eat them. Here's what happens if they do.

Health

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card

ByCameron LeBlanc

While different states have different laws, the process is pretty similar no matter where you live.

Entertainment

The Parents Who Smoke Weed to Make Playtime Better

ByFatherly

"I don’t make a habit of it, but on the rare occasion when I’m stressed, hell yeah I take a small hit. Playtime requires you to suspend reality."

Health

Smoking Weed While Pregnant May Give Your Kids Anxiety, Study Shows

ByEthan Freedman

Kids exposed to weed during pregnancy experienced more anxiety-related issues.

Health

Mothers Who Smoke Weed May Pass in on Through Their Breast Milk

ByLauren Vinopal

Marijuana compounds can stay active in breast milk up to a week after mothers smoked it, scientists warn.

Parenting

The Distinct Highs of Parenting While Stoned

ByAnonymous

A little weed goes a long way to helping me become hyper-focused on how incredible my kids and their imaginations are. It's good for me. It’s even better for them.

Health

Is Smoking Weed While Breastfeeding Safe? A New Study Offers Some Surprises

ByEthan Freedman

Experts caution against it. But a new study finds that for early preterm babies, there are no short-term risks.

Health

What Does Weed Do to Your Brain and Body?

ByMelaina Juntti

A play-by-play on what happens when you smoke pot or take an edible.

Life

How Smoking Weed Helps Me As a Parent, According to 12 Dads

ByMatt Christensen

Some turn to smoking weed to escape. Others do it to tune in. Some do it to bond. But, whatever their reasons, all of these dads discussed how smoking weed helps them.