A mum of two has revealed that she is coping through self-isolation by smoking weed, she insists it’s no worse than drinking a glass of wine in the evening.
Caitlin Fladager, 26, who lives in Vancouver, Canada, where the use of recreational and medicinal marijuana is legal says that the use of weed is helping her cope being stuck in her home.
The Instagram star, who has over 326,000 followers, posted a photo of herself in a slogan T-shirt reading: ‘Moms who smoke weed are not bad moms’.
In the caption of the post, the mum explained about her nightly use of weed. Caitlin wrote: “I wanted to take this time to talk about something that has helped me through this whole situation we are all going through. And that’s marijuana.”
She explained that she had noticed lots of mums posting pictures of themselves “chugging bottles of wine” to cope with the stress of the coronavirus pandemic and she didn’t see how using weed was any different.
She added: “As soon as I mention I use marijuana to calm myself down after the kids are in bed, I still get those comments and DMs.”
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I wanted to take this time to talk about something that has helped me through this whole situation we are all going through. And that’s marijuana. I have seen a ton of “see a shot, take a shot.” Or “mom needs a bottle of wine” while she chugs one. But, even now, as soon as I mention I use marijuana to calm myself down after the kids are in bed, I still get those comments and DMs. I have used marijuana for my anxiety for a couple of years. Especially at a time like now, where my anxiousness is at an all time high, I turn to weed instead of wine. And there’s nothing wrong with that. You’re a good mom, I’m a good mom. Smoking marijuana doesn’t change that. We need to end the stigma surrounding weed. This is my glass of wine. 🤷🏻♀️
The influencer has often opened up about her mental health struggles online and has explained how using marijuana over the past two years has allowed her to cope with her anxiety and she only uses it when her kids are tucked up in bed during the evenings.
She continued in the post: “Especially at a time like now, where my anxiousness is at an all time high, I turn to weed instead of wine. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
“You’re a good mom, I’m a good mom. Smoking marijuana doesn’t change that.”
She then urged her followers to end the stigma surrounding marijuana, concluding the post: “This is my glass of wine.”
When Caitlin was 18-years-old, she got pregnant with her highschool sweetheart Noah and couple are now married, sharing two children, Adriana and Jack.
Last year, she faced when she insisted that using weed made her be a much better mum.
She wrote: “I have never been the most patient with my two kids.
“Weed makes me a better mom, as I get a good nights sleep after I smoke. I wake up well-rested and with a more clear mind.”
Since posting about her use of weed, the mum has received an overwhelming amount of support from her followers.
One commented: “I honestly believe smoking weed is better!! I don’t understand people that can drink alcohol and not be okay with people smoking weed.”
Meanwhile, another wrote: “I suffer from similar anxieties you seem to talk about and I personally find drinking makes it worse while smoking makes it better. You do you!”
Whilst a third stated: “I’ve been smoking more than usual.. it’s been my help during this.”
However, others were not in agreement with Caitlin’s use of weed, especially when she has two small children.
One Facebook user wrote: “It’s not normal to do either every day or every night.
“People smoke weed to mask their problems the same as they drink to mask their problems but doing it every day is detrimental to your mental health and development, because you will never learn coping strategies for whatever issues you’re going through…”
Another argued: “[You] shouldn’t smoke OR drink around or then take care of your kids.
“You are not in a completely coherent state of mind or if anything were to happen and they need to be taken to the hospital or something you won’t be sound enough to drive. Just my opinion.”