Is there anything better than the satisfying sound of shutting down your computer and cheers-ing to the start of the weekend?
Well... yes, apparently. According to an increasing number of busy, sleep-deprived mums, it's not the sound of a wine bottle opening that signals the end of a tough week, but a container of colourful gummies.
"It's probably not great, but it's a relaxing thing to do with friends with kids around," says Emma*. "[But] they don't know any different, they can't smell it or see it, and just think the mums are being a bit giggly."
For Rachel*, grabbing a couple from a mate is all about getting a decent night's sleep. "A friend of mine gets prescribed them for insomnia and they always have a few spare," she says. "I like having them sometimes because a good night's sleep when you're perimenopausal is so needed."
And while Rachel's friend offers up gummies from her own prescriptions, Jane* tells Mamamia her sister-in-law whips up cannabis chews in her own kitchen. "[She] makes them for all of her friends," Jane explains. "They drink less, laugh more and wake up hangover-free."
As for Sarah? "I like them to take the edge off my perpetual ennui and for a good night's sleep."
Clearly, the trend is going strong – strong enough that the women who partake have earned themselves the nickname 'gummy mummies' – and the four women we spoke to aren't alone in reaching for the jelly-like marijuana chews when looking to relax.
In North America, gummies are often seen as an attractive alternative to vaping or smoking, with the numerous medicinal claims furthering their popularity.
Kris Jenner purchased gummies for the family from her local dispensary in 2022, and more recently, Kyle Richards hosted her second edibles-infused dinner party on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. And while marijuana is still only legal for medicinal purposes and, as such, requires a prescription, Australia is quickly following suit it seems.