Cannabidiol (or CBD), although the science is far from conclusive, has been marketed as a cure-all for problems as varied as anxiety, chronic pain, inflammation and sleep disturbances.
Despite the need for more scientific information about CBD and its long-term effects on the body, CBD products are everywhere. And some users swear by their CBD products, and say it has become a balm for the pressures of parenting.
“If I did not embrace meditation and CBD, I’m not sure where I’d be.” said Mr. Fritz Hubig, 45-year old father and a real estate broker, started experimenting with CBD oil about nine months ago at the encouragement of his brother, who has been in the cannabis industry for more than two decades.
Ellie Zitsman, mother of a 3-year-old, takes CBD oil a few times a week to help her sleep better, and as an antidote to her high-stress job and full-time parenting.
Dr. Lucy Hutner, a reproductive psychiatrist in NYC, said when it comes to CBD, “there are worse things, for sure”. She added if parents are feeling anxious, that can also be an opportunity to model mindful and effective ways to cope with stress for their children as an alternative to using a substance.
“We’re all doing parenting in the way we do best,” she said. “Nobody does it perfectly.”