I am a 38-year-old Black lesbian woman of reproductive age who aspires to be a parent one day. Preparing to grow a family goes beyond charting my menstrual cycle to see when I’m ovulating, and navigating whether my girlfriend and I will go with an anonymous sperm donor or ask one of our sperm-endowed friends to contribute. It’s a fundamental right to get pregnant in a way that makes your body feel the most loved, and your life the most whole — ready to bring forth, receive and cultivate life. It’s all about self-determination and bodily autonomy.
Enjoying cannabis daily is part of my practice of self-determination and wholeness. I am curious about where cannabis use overlaps with parenting, and what it looks like to hold both as a Black woman. So, instead of making assumptions, I asked questions.