Woman says micro-dosing marijuana makes her a better mom

In an essay for Parents.com, writer Leah Campbell reveals small amounts keep her “present” and “functional” for her daughter.
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cover story. This one about moms and marijuana. One woman says she believes microdosing which is using small amounts of marijuana actually makes her a better parent. This is an article we first saw on "Parents" magazine's website. Take a look. Let's face it. Moms are stressed. Salut. While some turn to mommy juice or alcohol to ease their day now some moms are microdosing thc, the active ingredient in marijuana. Ask Alaska mom Leah Campbell and says it actually makes her a better mom. I was this version of myself that want to be, a little more easy going, happier, more fun, and not because I was high but because I just wasn't stressing out all the time. Reporter: Campbell, a single mom of a 6-year-old never really liked painkillers or smoking marijuana but then she started using the drug in Alaska where it is legal. In low doses occasionally for pain relief from stage 4 endomeet tri owe cyst and anxiety. That was part of microdosing was learning how to find the balance between pain and anxiety management and being high. She says this low dose helps reduce pain and even lowers her anxiety but also says it allows her to function. It's just a general leveling off, a kind of numbing of the pain, all of these sharp edges in my life, the anxiety, the pain, all of that mutes a little If her pain is in check she says she has more time to focus on her family. My daughter deserves better than that. She deserves to have a mom who is enjoyable to be around and isn't constantly snapping or feels like she wants to hide from the world. I'm a better person, a better pardon. This is a talker this one so let's bring in our chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton with more on this. Good morning to you. Okay, break it down. What exactly is microdosing? How does it work. So in the field of pharmacology, the concept of microdosing is basically kind of subtherapeutic, you know, lower tiny doses of a medication or a drug so that you can maximize the positive benefits or effects and minimize any side effects. The problem when you're talking about thc or cannabis is that we don't know what the right dose is, so that is potentially a problem and there are risks to this drug. We can't forget about that. Take a look at the list, change in mood, impaired body movement. Difficulty with thinking and cognition, impaired learning and memory. All possible so you can't only talk about the positive effects of a drug without considering the risks or negatives. We've on this show talked about this mommy juice trend. Moms who want to take the edge off because of stress. From the medical standpoint though when we're talking about this thc, what are the risks? Well, listen, I think we saw some of the risks there, I think what's interesting is to think of the other side, what are the benefits and in particular the either/or scenario. Are you talking about someone who would normally be consuming alcohol or the valium class of medication, there are actually worse risks to those drugs than there is to cannabis. You know, the benefits, being intensely researched for pain, for nausea, insomnia, anxiety and I think we're going to see more in the future about what is the right dose, what is the right patient. You talk about edible, though. There is a delayed response to that and you might get the dose wrong. Hard to know. Okay, thanks, really good advice here. We turn over to ginger now.

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