A new California study published this week in the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions found that marijuana users — 92% cent of whom, it should be noted, were also alcohol users — were more likely to control their kids than non pot users, using non-violent methods, corporal punishment or physical abuse. They may also be quicker to react to small misbehaviours.
Bridget Freisthler, co-author of the study in question, told Science Daily that the increased accessibility of marijuana usage means parents might feel more inclined to use it — in some cases, in front of their kids. “Some parents claim it makes them a better, more relaxed parent,” Freisthler says, “but that may not be the case.”
Freisthler went on to say “We can’t tell from this study, but it may be that parents who use marijuana or alcohol don’t want their children to spoil the buzz they have, or bother them when they have a hangover.”
The study specifically examined more than 3,000 California parents of children 12 years old or younger. While the study was published July 19, 2019, the actual interviews with parents were conducted back in 2009.
Sources: HuffPost & Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions