I experienced postpartum depression for two years after giving birth to my second child, my son, in 2019. But I didn’t even know it because I didn’t start exhibiting postpartum depression symptoms until about 12 months after giving birth in 2020. Cannabis was about the only thing that kept me functioning but it was also the thing that made it hard for me to recognize I was depressed.

It’s been a wild revelation for me and I talk about it with y’all on this episode. I get into how my depression impacted my life, work and family. I lost all desire to do the things I loved, I was having trouble taking care of myself (and my apartment), and I had gained a lot of weight (about 30 lbs). Still, I wasn’t able to clearly see that I was not myself.

Honestly, being so vulnerable with y’all on the podcast was scary. I shared some personal things about my life on this episode, and I really hope my story can serve as a testimony to help someone else who may be going through something similar.

We are not alone. You are not alone.  

If you or someone you know does need help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. Outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

Want to learn about how to incorporate cannabis into your lifestyle as a pregnant or breastfeeding parent?

Then the BBM Breastfeeding And Cannabis Workshop and the Pregnancy And Cannabis Workshop is just for you! Shonitria spoke with expert panels on these important topics to answer frequently asked questions so that parents could make informed decisions about the plant during these important times in their lives. Weed is an option and these workshops will leave you with the confidence to make the decision that’s best for you when it comes to the plant. 

Listen to episode 156 of the Blunt Blowin’ Mama podcast below.

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