As the cannabis boom continues to sweep across the nation, some parents are giving a different meaning to the term “green thumb.” Actress Lake Bell says her kids help her grow weed in their backyard.
“It’s so normal in our home,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “Our children help raise the weedies in the backyard.”
“Our daughter is only four, but she absolutely knows the smell of weed,” Campbell told Harper’s Bazaar. “It’s like spicy food — she knows it’s just for grown-ups. I don’t smoke or vape in front of my kids, because the number of kids using Juuls and vaping nicotine these days really bums me out. I don’t want my kids to romanticize the act of smoking anything until they’re old enough to understand the difference [between the two].”
The couple, who said they love using Beboe products during the day to “stay sharp” and at night to unwind, believe that weed shouldn’t be treated any differently than wine.
“I don’t really hide [my weed use],” she told MedMen’s cannabis magazine Ember, according to Us Weekly. “We wait until they go to bed, in the same way. We have a wine company too, Saved wine. We have the wine around, and we have the Beboe around. It’s not mysterious. It’s nothing strange or weird or coveted.”
Still, Bell told Ember she prefers weed over wine as a working mom, as it doesn’t have the same effect on her the morning after use, a point Campbell reiterated to Harper’s.
“To drink a half bottle of wine versus smoke a little weed? There’s a very distinct difference in the morning: With weed, you wake up feeling great,” Campbell said. “As a parent, there’s no worse feeling than holding your kid while you’re hungover. You feel like such a dirtbag.”
Unsurprisingly, not all parents are as open about weed and alcohol consumption as Bell and Campbell, and many still debate whether smoking weed in front of kids is ever acceptable. While that’s ultimately for parents to decide, it’s never too early to talk to kids about weed. Clinical psychologists at the Children’s Hospital Colorado suggest using a “non-judgmental” tone and sharing facts about weed use instead of implementing scare tactics. By starting a dialogue, parents will, hopefully, encourage their children to come to them with questions about weed and other substance use.