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Smoking cannabis has made me "a better mother," Karine Cyr says. The mother of two leads a group of like-minded Canadian women challenging norms and rejecting stigmas around parenting and pot since Ottawa legalized its recreational use last October.Another similar Facebook group, "Mother Mary," based in Montreal, has some 5,000 members.Sitting in her living room, the smell of marijuana lingering, Jordana Zabitsky, in her 30s, says she started "Mother Mary" in a bid to push back against "mommy shaming". Cyr argues that cannabis is a far better alternative than prescribed opioids or anti-depressants to treat anxiety or depression in new mothers.Cyr began using cannabidiol (CBD) oil, made from a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis plants, after her second pregnancy to relax.According to the government statistical agency, 12 percent of Canadian women have used cannabis, compared to 19 percent of the total Canadian population.Cannabis also passes into breast milk. Those warnings, however, have not dissuaded Zabitsky and the other mothers in her group, who note that a century of prohibition has had the effect of throttling research into cannabis.
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