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.


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.


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

Moving to California seems to be the safest bet.


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 Woes

How To Sober Up From Weed

ByTyler Santora

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


Does Weed Help You Sleep? A New Study Casts Doubt

ByEthan Freedman

A new study opens up questions about the relationship between a good night’s sleep and weed.


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

ByEthan Freedman

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


Smoking Marijuana During Pregnancy Linked To Low Birth Weight, Autism

ByTyler Santora

New research links pot use by pregnant people to low birth weight, preterm birth, and autism. The risk, it would seem, is not worth the rip.


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.


Mothers Who Smoke Weed May Pass In On Through Their Breastmilk

ByLauren Vinopal

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


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.

Getting High

Indica Vs Sativa And Beyond: The Best Types Of Weed For Parents

ByCameron LeBlanc

The right kind of cannabis can restore after a tough week or make playtime even more fun. Here's what parents should look for.


Divorce, Family Court, And Legal Weed Don’t Mix Well

ByLauren Vinopal

Even if it's legal, parents can have their custodial rights compromised for marijuana use.


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.


Young Potheads Become Pothead Parents, Study Says

ByJoshua A. Krisch

Even though people cut back on marijuana when they become parents, many continue to take the occasional puff.


How Long Does Weed Stay In Your System?

ByTyler Santora

Whether for work or custody, some seemingly legal marijuana users need to beat a system that is at odds with itself. Here's what you need to know.


Is Weed Bad For You? A Close Look At The Risks And Benefits Of Marijuana

ByTyler Santora

Here's what the science really says about cannabis.


Marijuana Vs. Alcohol: Which Is The Better Vice For Parents?

ByTyler Santora

If you’re picking between the two, there’s a clear winner.


Can Smoking Weed Help You Lose Weight?

ByMelaina Juntti

Some compelling data points to the idea that pot-use and weight loss are linked. Really.


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.