The use of Cannabis has slowly become more and more accepted in the United States over the last few decades. States like California, Oregon, Colorado and Massachusetts have all come to recognize the benefits of it, and have since passed legislation to make the consumption of it legal. As additional states are expected to follow suit in the next few years, it seems like it’s time to finally talk about having cannabis in the household, especially for a parent.

Whether you consume it on a regular basis, you use it for medical purposes, or you just like the person and parent it helps you become, there are some rules and standards that should be followed. These are a few dos and don’ts that any parent should abide by when experimenting with cannabis.

DO: Carefully Choose Where and When You Consume

Although it may have positive benefits for you to incorporate cannabis into your lifestyle, in no circumstance should your children engage with it. Children’s minds are still developing, which creates an inability to comprehend the euphoria and feelings medicinal drugs like marijuana can produce. In this case, it’s best to avoid using cannabis when in the presence of your children. Try to stick to consume it outside of the house and after your children have gone to bed.

DON’T: Overdo it 

A method of stress relief that’s becoming more popular with parents is cannabis – its ease of use and natural calming properties are a fantastic way of mitigating mental stress, but any parent should be aware of setting appropriate limits to keep themselves aware and alert. Eaze, a leading cannabis marketplace launching services nationwide, has a variety of ways to experience and enjoy cannabis responsibly. Popular methods include vaporizers and pens with precise amounts to ensure you can enjoy yourself without over consuming. These formulas are designed to stimulate calm, provide better sleep, or help with pain relief.

DON’T: Smoke In the Car

While it may seem like smoking in the car is a good alternative to keep it away from your kids, your car should not be the next best option. Not only is driving while under the influence still illegal, but it can be hard to gauge how long the effects can linger inside the car, and when it becomes safe to allow your child back into the vehicle.

DO: Choose Vaporizers over Joints

Vaporizers will have a lot less smell lingering around the area where you smoke, they won’t leave any remains nor there will be any fire/lighter involved and most importantly they make it easier to consume just the dosage you want. The Eaze vaporizers, disposable or not, are available in multiple flavors and formulas.

DO: Keep Your Items Out of View and Hidden

Any responsible parent knows that any harmful products to children should be left out of their grasp and out of sight. Cannabis and cannabis products are no different, and you should have a designated space where you keep everything locked away. In the case you accidentally leave it out on the table, just note that all legal cannabis comes in Childproof packaging which is approved by testing facilities, making these products super hard to open. As was said before, children should not be in contact and ingesting any cannabis product, so it’s extremely important to take the right precautions towards having cannabis in the house.

DON’T: Get High During Pregnancy/Nursing

Just like it’s unsafe to have children be in contact with cannabis, the same goes for an expected child or a newborn that is nursing. If a mother is expecting or is nursing, it’s best to avoid using cannabis and keep it out of the house until your family has transitioned from birth to bottle feeding. THC can remain in your system for weeks following ingestion because it is fat soluble, rather than just water soluble, and has shown to have a negative effect on a fetus’ brain development.

DO/DON’T: Teach Your Kids About Cannabis and Drugs

This decision is up to each individual parent, and not all will feel the same about educating their children about drugs. While some parents feel it’s best to keep their children out of the loop, others see it as an opportunity to educate their children. Teaching your child about legal drugs could potentially help to avoid misuse and inappropriate behavior with drugs in their future. While there is no one answer for how to talk to your child about drugs, it is something to consider for the future.

If you are a parent that is considering incorporating cannabis into your daily routine, remember to consider these dos and don’ts, and how they could affect your family’s lifestyle. 

While using cannabis can be beneficial to you as an individual, you must take the right precautions to make sure you are maintaining a healthy family household. 

You should also always stay up to date with your local legislation and ensure you are abiding by the law.

If you’re looking for other parenting tips, especially if you are going to be a new parent, check out how you can be a good father to a newborn here!