Stoned thoughts ahead. In this post, reflecting on five years of blogging at thestonermom.com.
Five Years | thoughts on what this blog means to me
Five years ago so much in my life was new. This house I write in was new to us. My marriage was new. Our children newly blended. And this blog was new.
Back in those early days I didn’t have a stoner studio, so in the evenings after kids went to bed I would retreat to the basement to work on this website. As a new stoner in Colorado and a longtime blogger, I was lit up with excitement over the idea of creating a blog about mothering and marijuana.
I was just a normal mom navigating a new family of 6, and my mental health had made a big improvement with the introduction of medical cannabis. As happy as I was about that, I found myself in the awkward position of having to balance my life as a mom with my use of a medicine that is still illegal in some parts of the country. Very few people were talking about responsible parenting with weed in the house, and in my bliss of a new family and new medicine, I knew this was a topic I could master.
And so for a few summer months in 2014 I began to drip out posts that would ultimately form the entire feel of this website. My very first blog post here was a wordy and obviously stoned few paragraphs about parents needing some pleasures in life. At least I think that was my point. Honestly, reading over it I don’t fully understand what I was getting at back then, but I do know that in the years that followed this blog became bigger and more important to me than I had dreamed.
Over the past five years here I’ve shared strains, tutorials, videos and personal stories. I’ve reviewed tons of products, shared my stash multiple times, and have lifted the curtain on what it’s like to work online in the cannabis field. I’ve been featured in multiple publications, had a local news story on me go national, and even got to hear my voice on the CBC. And though recognition can be fun, even for an introvert like me, my real accomplishments here have been much more personal.
For one, this website has made a big financial impact in my life. Though my blog is about a subject that is widely deemed advertiser-unfriendly, I’ve been able to monetize my work and for the first time, generate meaningful income for my family. I take a huge amount of pride in this. I became a stay-at-home-mom when I was 23 and I know the unique frustrations of being an able-bodied adult stuck in the home with babies. It’s a privileged space that can nonetheless be isolating and truly difficult. I will forever treasure this website for giving me freedom to have both an income and adult interaction while working from home.
But my most meaningful accomplishment here has been making my readers feel comfortable enough to share their cannabis journey with me. Over the years I’ve heard from so many of you. I’ve heard from parents in every station of life, adults from every major profession, at all levels of education. I hear from veterans battling addictions, young moms dealing with depression, and retirees living with pain. And through your stories I’ve seen not just how much cannabis can positively impact a life, but how truly normal and benign the average cannabis user is. We’re productive members of society managing pain, stress and illness in the way that works best for us. And every time someone responsible uses cannabis openly and publicly, the negative stigma of the plant is diluted just a bit.
I would love to say that in the last five years this stigma has lessoned, but to be honest I’m not so confident that it has. It’s going to take more than five years and a handful of responsible influencers to change the world’s perception of cannabis. Until then we have to do our part educating, advocating, and voting for legalization, decriminalization, and expunging of cannabis convictions. We also need to model responsible cannabis use, and to make sure we’re educating our kids about cannabis in an age-appropriate way. We’ve still got a long way to go, but with legalization steadily marching across the globe, we are heading in the right direction.
A Stoner Mom Giveaway
As a part of reflecting on five years blogging, I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning. I spent the past several months kon-maring my stoner studio and the many products I amass as part of the job. Whether it’s for reviews or just PR, I receive more CBD and stoner gear than I can use. To manage the sheer amount of stuff I give most things away to friends and family. I also send out a lot of CBD products to followers.
Everything else gets set aside and saved for celebrations such as these. So, to say thank you for supporting me for so long, I’ve put together a few small giveaways! This first giveaway bundle is a collection of CBD products that you are going to love!
The Stoner Mom’s Five Year Blogging Giveaway!
CBD Jotter by Goldleaf
Gron CBD chocolate bars
Dr Norms CBD cookies
Mingo Rad CBD vape oil
CBDMD 500mg sleep tincture
Mission Farms Relieve 250mg CBD tincture
CBDMD bath bombs
Buddha Teas CBD peppermint tea
*Please note, this giveaway is not sponsored in any way. I received all of these products as part of a partnership at one time and have kept them for giveaways. Everything is sealed and unopened.
Let’s switch things up for this giveaway! To enter simply comment on this blog post. You can comment about anything, but I would love to hear how you’ve found me! No matter what you comment, I just ask that you please make sure to include your email so I can easily contact the winner. Because this giveaway is full of CBD products, it is only open to residents of the USA, aged 18+. I’ll choose a random commenter at the end of
Monday, July 22, 2019 *EDITED TO ADD: I’m extending this giveaway to end of Monday, July 29, 2019. I’ll update this post with the winner once they are chosen. Good luck!