There’s no denying that parenting is up there among some of the hardest jobs in society—yep, that includes digging ditches, bomb deactivation, and uranium mining.
In a telephone-based study of 5800 parents, only 48% of women reported getting 7 hours of sleep per night—this on top of also being responsible for carrying out countless additional household and work tasks. Their children aren’t the only people who depend on them and some parents must also care for special needs or ill kids, while simultaneously taking care of other family members and working additional jobs. Add to that how hard it can be to communicate with young people and things become even more complicated.
Due to America’s typical family structure where children increasingly move away from parents and settle some distance from home, questionable childcare arrangements and lackluster maternity leave programs (or no leave programs at all, in many cases), much of the responsibility of family care falls on the mother, or on one primary caregiver.
But CBD companies have been stepping up with a host of products and services that appear to be just what the doctor ordered for tired, overextended, and frustrated moms.
Perhaps this is because an increasing number of CBD products and companies are led by women—a 2018 report states that 27% of America’s cannabis companies are women-run.
Shanel Lindsay, CEO and founder of Ardent Cannabis and mother to two children is one of them, and she gets it. “Using cannabis helps me relax not just in parenting situations, but also after having a long, stressful day.”
Katie Miles, a fashion product designer and Los Angeles-based mom of two feels confident that CBD aids her in her mom related duties. “My husband I often take CBD on the weekends when we are just hanging about the house with the kids,” she explained. “It helps us be more relaxed around our seven and four-year-old who have so much energy and constantly want to play and make messes. I feel like I can be more in the moment and get down on their level when my anxieties about all the stuff I need to do around the house and with work is calmed by the CBD.”
The options of ways to utilize CBD without necessarily having to smoke or vape cannabis are ever increasing.
Light It Up
Candles are a multi-billion-dollar industry which, in 2013, earned $3.14 billion in profits. OK, then! Stand-up comedian Selena Coppock, host of the candle podcast Two Wick Minimum, says “A lot of closet “candleheads” revealed themselves when [my podcast] launched. In the current political and cultural climate, there is such a need for self care and relaxation, and my podcast really showed me that.”
The Homesick brand bridges that gap with a cannabis-scented candle, perfect for moms who need to relax after a long day of schlepping, shopping, and shepherding children around. Scents include bergamot, cedar wood, sandalwood, patchouli, musk, and of course, cannabis, in relaxing, mom-approved combinations. Made from a soy-wax blend, the candles also burn safely and cleanly for upwards of 80 hours.
One Bite At A Time
Cupcakes have long been a popular coping mechanism for moms, parents, and people of all ages and responsibility levels and for good reason. They are pretty much awesome. What’s not to love about a palm-sized iced muffin? Baked Bazaar, a new online marketplace that sells quality CBD products from top-of-the-line artisan makers, has rolled out the thing moms didn’t know they needed — mini cupcakes in jars with customizable flavor, filling, and toppings.
Voila! It’s a cupcake in a jar.
Perfect for snack-loving moms everywhere, CannaCakeBabe cupcakes, the brainchild of Nandi Shange based out of Las Vegas, are made using vegan ingredients. Each jar contains two servings (about 550 calories total) with 25 mg of CBD total, and take the edge off like…woah. Having these cakes in my refrigerator as a quick pick-me-up and mellow-me-out has been a literal godsend. I sampled the vanilla and chocolate flavors and loved them both tremendously. I ate them one blessed spoonful at a time over the course of a week or so. Many, many CBD products come across my desk and these things are a solid gold hit. They’re not cheap, running about $20 per jar (or $10 per “slice” if you’re doing the math, which moms always are), but they are real tasty. Bonuses: they travel well, stay fresh longer and come in a cute reusable jar.
‘I’m finding that a lot of moms are looking for new ways to incorporate CBD into their lifestyle,” Nandi told me, referring to her new, increasing fan base. “I’m combining CBD with treats that the whole family can enjoy.”
Sleep It Off
The National Sleep Foundation recommends choosing breathable, loose sleepwear in a fabric best suited to your body to aid a quality night’s sleep. Designer luxury bedding and sleepwear company Dawson+Hellman have just the thing for us tired mamas. Their truly comfortable pajamas arrive in a beautifully wrapped and gloriously smelling package that will bring a smile to any weary mom’s face. It’s like Christmas in…whenever. The two-piece piped sleep shirt and cozy pants pajama sets ($95) are super soft, appropriately loose and casual, and here’s the kicker: they are covered in pot leaves, so moms can spread a political bedtime message, be the cool mom at the sleepover, or just connect with their inner hippie child as they hit the pillow. They also have a shortie version of the sleepy pants set ($130) and a lovely, crisp white knee-length nightgown which are both simultaneously adorable with a hint of sexy, for those who are feeling that mommy magic.
Cream Of The Crop
Skincare products of a wide variety are ever up-and-coming in the CBD market and provide a series of functions that serve moms of all ages. From facial creams to under-eye salves, each product is geared towards helping parents in all the many ways they can be benefited from them.
Ester Vigil, president of 1933 Industries uses and loves her company’s own Canna Hemp CBD products. “I use an array of them every day,” she explained. “The body lotion is easily absorbed into the bloodstream when rubbed into my skin, leaving me feeling soft and moisturized.”
Plant People won my heart over with a wonderful, useful tincture which legitimately changed my sleep game. Now they have added a skincare line to their offerings. The new Revive (serum, $82), Restore (face mask, $62) and Nourish (lotion, $55)—it’s like these products were made with moms in mind—are highly rated on the website and along with CBD, contain CBC (cannabichromene), a hot new element of cannabis, which like it’s cousin, CBD, also bonds to pain receptors, furthering relief. So they’re basically a two-fer, and you know how us moms feel about getting a good deal (almost as good as sex).
Jessica Bates, mother of two and CEO and founder of Moon Mother Hemp attests to how the tide is shifting regarding mothers using CBD products. “I take CBD daily for anxiety and sleep issues and it helps so much,” she explained. “Many of our customers are moms and they are feeling increasingly more comfortable calling and asking questions and speaking out about the stresses of motherhood. The stigma around admitting that motherhood can be stressful is lifting and so is the stigma around cannabis use for moms.”
For those moms who wake with puffy eyes (hello, all of us?), TriBeauty CBD Eye Cream ($60) tackles under eye lines while also offering a relaxing and comforting sensation that is refreshing and soothing in the morning.
But perhaps my favorite of all the lotions and maybe even all CBD products is the TribeRevive pain cream ($50), sold by TribeTokes, an NYC-based lady duo. It’s sincerely incredible and worth every penny. I use it on everything from muscle aches to headaches and neck aches. I rub it into my hairline when I feel a migraine coming on, into sore muscles or errant pains and within minutes, I feel relief. Some on my neck also helps me drift into sleep with ease. It is truly a miracle product.
The best thing about CBD products is that they are now easier to come by and are in nearly every corner of the country, even available at many gift shops and online stores. National drugstore chains and even Amazon carry them in most states, so if your state doesn’t (yet), look around a state over.
As a tired mom who is always looking for quick fixes and magic answers to the issues that may arise, I find myself turning to CBD regularly, and it never disappoints. CBD is truly Mother Nature’s gift to all mothers.