There has been longstanding stigma around parents using cannabis, but societal attitudes are changing; and in many places, laws themselves are changing. In balancing parenting duties with well-being, more parents may start turning to cannabis.

It should be possible for parents to find a discreet time and place to get high when they have no more caregiving duties that day. Aside from the legal issues, one shouldn't be exposing minors to cannabis. However, you will likely want your supply nearby, and children and teenagers will be curious about forbidden items in their own home. If you want to ensure they won't find your stash, we have compiled some of the best ways for keeping your weed hidden.

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In the event that your children go looking for your cannabis, you can prepare for this by avoiding the more obvious locations. The kitchen will be the first place that will attract them. After all, many treats, cookies and what not, are typically kept there. One could set up a decoy location. Maybe a tin at the back of a cupboard, which turns out to only contain tea leaves. There are of course many tins and cans in a kitchen which would be appealing to children. If you must store your cannabis in a kitchen or pantry, maybe it could have a misleading cover—instant coffee or some incredibly boring food like prunes, oats, or instant porridge.

Pick something your kids aren’t naturally attracted to. Don't pick something your kids despise, however, as the reverse psychology might occur to them. If you can't hide it in plain sight in your kitchen, each room provides its opportunities for hiding spaces. The higher the hiding place, the more out of reach it will be.

If you have a book case, consider hollowing out a book with some dry title. It's also now possible to get tiny safes screwed into your wall. These will be covered by what appears to be a plug outlet. This lockable, hidden wall safe will blend into the wall, with enough storage space for your stash of weed. This will work in theory, as long as you can be sure the container seals in the odour. Or find some other way to mask the smell, such as storage with a pungent kitchen item. If in doubt, find a hiding spot outside of your house, like your garage or shed.

Keeping cannabis away from children

SECURE YOUR STASH

Storing your stash outside of the building you live in can feel risky. But whether it's in your home or outside it, modern technology provides an abundance of ways to monitor what's happening to your stash. There are inexpensive webcams that can connect to your WiFi and notify you when it detects motion. Instead of throwing out an old smartphone or device, repurpose it as a security camera on the same basis. It's not just cameras that can connect to the internet and send you a message. The "Internet of Things" refers to any physical devices that can record data and send you the information. If you have such a setup, there are relatively cheap motion sensors available to alert you to any theft.

If you have a good hiding place, and if you have a way of monitoring it, it's still better to take more precautions. Three precautions are better than two. Perhaps the place you should start first and foremost is keeping the cannabis under lock and key. Many containers come with keys or combination locks. More expensive models use fingerprint identification. So even if your stash is found, your kids aren't getting into it.

This is an advantage of certain vaporizers, such as the range offered by Pax. If you prefer to vape your cannabis, you can leave these vaporizers lying around because they will keep the weed securely inside. They will only operate if they are unlocked by an app on your device that's connected to the vape through Bluetooth.

EDUCATE YOUR KIDS

Aside from all this, at some point you are going to have to talk to your children about cannabis. While there are a range of technological precautions you can take to stop your kids from accessing your weed, kids respond well to respect. You have to be firm with your children, but you can also be tactfully honest with them. Kids appreciate being spoken to as though they are smart enough for you to reason with them. And indeed, some of them may be.

Younger kids should be told that an adult's medication is off-limits, and that this boundary is there for their health. As your kids get older, they may start to be exposed to weed elsewhere. That's all the more reason to be frank with them about why adults may smoke cannabis. Just make it clear to them that they are better off waiting until they are the legal age before trying it.

Set a good example by moderating your consumption. Answer any questions they have as best you can. Someday, they will be adults making their own decisions. Be sure that any knowledge you provide on cannabis is based on reliable science and principles of responsible use.

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