“Once I became a mom I never even considered using it, but I wasn’t the same after experiencing postpartum depression with both of my daughters in various forms,” says Celia Behar, a life coach and cannabis advocate. A friend recommended she try pot. “I balked at first but eventually, out of desperation, I did it and it worked better than anything else I had tried.”
Indeed, cannabis has been shown to improve symptoms associated with clinical depression and some anxiety disorders. And the stigma surrounding marijuana is slowly disappearing. It is legal, either medically or recreationally, in 29 states and the District of Columbia, and 13 percent of all U.S. adults say they use cannabis in some form. As such, the weed industry is booming, with products from lip balm to infused cooking oil available for sale, and cannabidiol products are available over the counter, even in states where marijuana is not yet legal. In other words, weed is mainstream, and it’s only getting more mainstream as cities decriminalize and states move toward legalization.