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Actress Lake Bell uses weed to be a better parent

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‘I am straight up a better parent… I’m like on their level. I become literally a kid’

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Lake Bell says she can’t make it through the holidays without a little pot pick-me-up. But that might not be a bad thing, given that the award-winning actress, director and screenwriter also jokes she believes weed makes her a better parent.

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That, at least, were some of the feelings shared by the director of the hilarious In a World… during a recent panel on normalizing cannabis use, sponsored by cannabis-infused beverage company Cann and online weed marketplace Jane.

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“I am straight up a better parent when I’m just two Canns in (each social tonic contains 2 milligrams of THC and 4 mg of CBD). I’m like on their level,” said Bell. “I’m just like, ‘That is a f—ing crazy dinosaur!’ Like, ‘Let’s get on the ground right now and be f—ing crazy dinosaurs, let’s open some presents. F— it.’ I become literally a kid,” Bell said, according to People.

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Bell is hardly the only mom, well-known or not, to embrace pot as part of parenting. A U.S. study from back in 2013 found six of 11 participants who identified being parents reported using cannabis helped them to be calmer with their children and to manage difficult emotions related to parenting.

There are also plenty of celebrity moms who back cannabis beyond the high or the business side of things as a potentially healing and helpful tool.

Bell serves as writer and director of Cann’s most recent celebrity-packed holiday ad. This time around, the short film, Cann-Do Holiday, focuses on a bland seasonal gathering with family that, mercifully, is saved by the infused tonics.

The campaign — which stars Meg Stalter, Benito Skinner, Brandon Kyle Goodman, Lauren Wasser, Bre-Z and Raja — “reveals there’s a better way to get in the holiday spirit without breaking out the (toxic) spirits,” notes a joint statement from Cann, Jane and production company London Alley.

“When one family’s chaotic celebration threatens to become as dry as the turkey, a modern holiday miracle lifts their spirits and elevates the occasion,” the statement notes, adding, no surprise, that the miracle happens to be cannabis-infused social tonics delivered by Fairy God Cann.

In 2021, Cann’s holiday campaign featured Kate Hudson and Baron Davis getting lifted for the holidays while drinking Cann-berry King St. Vodkas.

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But Bells’ revelation — joking or not — was hardly the only one to drop during the recent panel discussion in Hollywood. Rosario Dawson, Cann board member, actress and straight-talking cannabis advocate, told attendees her parents “grew weed on our fire escape” when she was a child.

“I dunno man. I grew up in New York and my mom would come to PTA meetings wearing her weed leaf nose ring and I’d be like, ‘Can you just not? ‘cause all the kids think it’s a booger and all the parents are giving you the side-eye,” Dawson recounted, per Yahoo! Finance.

On a more serious note, though, panel members also discussed the need to improve racial disparities in the cannabis industry.

Released earlier this year, Marijuana Business Daily’s most recent report on diversity in the U.S. cannabis industry noted that “despite growing interest and investment in cannabis social equity programs around the nation, the industry’s growth this year hasn’t translated into gains for marginalized groups. In general, the percentage of leadership positions held by U.S. women and racial minorities has remained stagnant or declined in the past five years.”

“Casting a majority queer and BIPOC campaign that isn’t being released during pride season signals the Cann brand’s evolution beyond typical intersectional queer normalization narratives, and a reinforcement that true diversity and inclusion involves having a seat at every table — at all times during the year,” company co-founder Luke Anderson says of the latest campaign.

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