Recent data has shown that parents with young children living at home consumed more cannabis during the past months in order to cope with the stress generated by the coronavirus pandemic and its consequences. 11% of fathers and 16% of mothers said they consumed cannabis in the last month. In comparison, the smallest group of cannabis consumers consists of men without children.
Recent research conducted by the Trimbos Institute showed that many people are increasing cannabis consumption because of the corona crisis and home insulation. Of course, this is not only the case in the Netherlands. All over the world, cannabis has recorded record conversions since the pandemic. From this, it can be concluded that cannabis is essential when society is at a loss and people have to spend their time mainly at home.
New research from Oasis Intelligence in the US gives even more details about cannabis use during the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This survey showed that especially mothers with children living at home use more cannabis. Even though, fathers are not indifferent. All in all, home isolation means that parents consume almost twice as much cannabis as non-parents.
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Stress levels skyrocket in parents due to the coronavirus pandemic
Between March 30th and April 16th, Oasis Intelligence interviewed 720 American cannabis consumers. They wanted to use these data to find out the influence of being forced to sit at home with children – and the general coronary stress. The conclusion is clear: children at home play a significant role in cannabis consumption during the corona crisis.
Of all Americans, 10% took cannabis ‘to take care of themselves’. Among parents, 11% of fathers and 16% of mothers said they consumed cannabis in the last month. In comparison, and also surprisingly, the smallest group of cannabis consumers consists of men without children. Of these, only 7% were interested in cannabis.
The representative trial thus showed that a higher percentage of parents with children at home consumed cannabis in the past month (14%), compared to childless adults in self-isolation (8%). “This means that mothers consume twice as much cannabis as non-parents,” concluded the report.
Co-founders Laura Albers and Ben Woo of Oasis Intelligence: “While millions of lives have been shaken by the pandemic, the changes in everyday life for parents are particularly dramatic. They suddenly find themselves in both the role of carer and teacher balancing work and other demands. The attempts to deal with this increased (work) pressure seem to be reflected in the amount of cannabis consumed.”
Parents are consuming cannabis in order to sleep better
The reasons why parents consume more cannabis became clear in 2019. At that time, the same research agency found that 85% of adults consume cannabis for medicinal/wellness reasons instead of purely recreational purposes.
More specifically, relieving stress and anxiety was a reason for 40% of adults to use cannabis. As an aid to sleep (30%) and to relieve depressive feelings (28%) were also widely reported.
Cannabis seems to actually help parents. Indeed, the latest report from Oasis Intelligence also showed that parents who consumed cannabis were ‘more hopeful’ than people who did not use cannabis. The ratio is even 2:1. About 32% of the mothers who use cannabis said they are hopeful about the current situation, compared to 20% of the non-parents. Cannabis consumers also appreciate personal relationships more than before.
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