"My mission is to make cannabis as acceptable as Botox and Chardonnay." One mom on the benefits of stoned parenting.

By Beryl Solomon Jackowitz | Photo courtesy of Poplar

Mamas, if you’ve been waiting for a sign, this is it. YES, cannabis fits into your life! Now is the time to embrace the plant! 

My name is Beryl. I am a mom of two boys, a New Yorker and former fashion executive turned cannabis lifestyle expert, business strategist, advocate, and spokesperson. I am often labeled as a “cannamom” or a “weed mom.” Personally, I’m not so into that label; I work out regularly but I do not introduce myself as a “Peloton mom” or “strength-training mom.” I love going out to eat and discovering new restaurants but I am not a “restaurant mom”… you get the point. But I digress. Bottom line is yes, I use cannabis – a combination of the non-psychoactive, will not get you high, CBD, and THC daily. My mission is to make cannabis as acceptable as Botox and Chardonnay.  

So, first, let’s talk legality – because moms care about the rules and stuff! Currently, adult-use cannabis is legal in 21 states. Polls show that 49 percent of American adults self-report that they have tried cannabis within the last year, while approximately 18 percent report using cannabis on a regular basis. Last year, cannabis sales exceeded the combined total sales of chocolate and craft beer, which saw $20 billion and $7.9 billion, respectively. So, it is out there. Chances are you know (and think highly of – no pun intended) other moms who use cannabis – so what are you waiting for? 

“I am often labeled as a “cannamom” or a “weed mom.” Personally, I’m not so into that label.”

Now, I get it – you are a product of the Reagan Era War on Drugs – The “this is your brain on drugs” commercials. But I have news for you – it was propaganda!  I know. I was shocked when I learned the details too! The War on Drugs was actually a racist attempt to target and over police Black and Brown communities. Yes, there is a lot to unpack here – so if you want to delve more deeply into this, here is a little something that explains more.  

So many tangents – so much to learn on the subject – so thanks for sticking with me.

Without further ado, here are the top three reasons you should add weed to your mom “toolbox”:

1. It makes playing trains way more fun!

You know the drill – your two-year-old wants you to lay on the carpet and play trains AGAIN for the seventh time and it is not even 10 am on a Saturday morning. Pop a gummy! Seriously! Start with 1-2.5mg if you are a newbie, give it half an hour, and you will feel more in synch with your toddler than ever.  You will be shocked at how fun it is to lock into playing trains – without that logical mom voice telling you this is a waste of time or running through your to do list in your head waiting for nap time to come.  

2. It helps take the edge off without the risk of a hangover!

Hangovers are the worst.  Your kiddos don’t care that you have a pounding headache. For a good time, try adding cannabis instead of alcohol. You don’t need to stop drinking cold turkey – but think about limiting your booze and upping your plant intake.  

3. Cannabis reduces anxiety, pain, and can help you have better sex.

I know – it sounds too good to be true – but it isn’t. There is anecdotal and scientific proof to back it up.  Cannabis reduces inflammation and restores your body to homeostasis – aka gets it back on the right track.  

So now you are convinced… but what’s next you ask?  Well, I got you here too.  If you are ready to embrace cannabis, follow these three tips to ensure a good giggly time.  

Purchase from a legal dispensary 

This is non-negotiable.  If you want to be pro-weed in 2023, you must purchase regulated and safe products. Only legal dispensaries are required by law to test and label products properly.  Yes, it will most likely be more expensive buying it from a dispensary but think about it this way – produce is more expensive at Whole Foods than it is at the local bodega or gas station and where do you shop? 

A local dispensary will also have knowledgeable staff that can help find the best product for you.  Don’t be shy.  Stop into a store near you and chat with your local budtender (yep, that is what they are called) and tell them what you want.  

My personal faves, should that help, include Cann Beverages, vegan gummies, and mini or “dogwalker” pre-rolls with dominant terpenes limonene or alpha-pinene. 

Don’t get discouraged 

You may over-indulge. But don’t freak.  If you overdo it, drink water, take deep breaths, chew on peppercorn or black pepper, and/or take CBD. But rest assured, nothing bad will happen.  Think of all the times you have most likely thrown up after drinking – this will be a walk in the park by comparison.  

Find a friend 

We all have a go-to for different things – one friend who always knows about the perfect vacation spot, one who knows just what to buy for a housewarming gift… you need a weed bestie!  And I am totally up for the task.  Follow me and message me @berylaliza to answer all your weed questions – honest.  



Your Best Friend with Weed