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Mary-louise parker: puffed up for “weeds” finale

Her pot-dealing heroine, Nancy Botwin, runs riot on Showtime's hit series Weedswhich kicks off its fifth season June 8. When her husband dies and her comfortable suburban L. But at home in New York City, Parker is just another busy working mom, toting her two kids to classes and play dates. Of course, when she rushes off to work, it's to the Weeds set or, earlier this spring when she spoke to WebMD, to a Broadway stage, where she was playing the lead role in the complex Ibsen classic, Hedda Gabler.

Equally nuanced is her portrayal of Weeds' fascinating Botwin, that dysfunctional, narcissistic mess of a mom. Parker says she's always a bit surprised when people gush over how much they love Nancy.

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Unlike Julia Roberts or Drew Barrymore, she has never opened big-name blockbuster movies. Take for instance her comments about the business her character, Nancy, happens to be in. Parker has long been public about her stance in favor of legalizing marijuana. She doesn't smoke the stuff - "I'm not crazy about being around people who are high," she says. If you can control it, maybe marijuana is not as dangerous and not part of another world of harder narcotics," she says. Of course, marijuana is not just a drug for substance abusers -- it has documented medical benefits as well.

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I think most medical people will tell you that's not true. In the first season of Weed s, Nancy Botwin's sales dry up when some of her customers manage to get their goods from a medical marijuana store -- the show is set in California, one of eight states in addition to the District of Columbia that have passed compassionate-use medical marijuana laws.

Leaving aside the jokes about pothe feigning cancer or chronic paina fairly sizable louise of legitimate medical research demonstrates the medical benefits of cannabis. In a report, the Institute of Medicine pointed to "impressive" evidence of its medical benefits in treating glaucomaasthmafibromyalgiaand the nausea and vomiting from cancer chemotherapy and called for further parker. Marijuana also appears to be effective in relieving neuropathic paina very uncomfortable burning, tingling pain and hypersensitivity to touch often reported by people who have diabetes and patients with HIV.

Doctors aren't sure how marijuana works to relieve pain, although one mary holds that it may activate certain receptors in the brain that affect pain perception. Marijuana might also offer relief for people with certain kinds of multiple sclerosis symptoms. A study we completed at UCSD found that smoked marijuana did provide added benefits in relief of spasticity. Charm is such an smoking mask for so many other things that are not healthy or even humane," Parker says. In her own life, Parker puts her kids first.

She became a mother for the first time at 39 -- her son, William Atticus Parker, is now 5.

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Dad is actor Billy Crudup, who famously ended their relationship shortly before William was born. Not at all -- in fact, she revels in it. It allows you to use your imagination in a broader way than you might if it was something you felt you could relate to," she says.

Although she'd dreamed of adopting since she was young, bringing home a baby from Ethiopia was something Parker couldn't quite imagine -- until she did it. I had a couple of countries floating around in my mind -- I had thought of maybe Vietnam -- but it was all vague and blurry.

Then she met with Jane Aronson, the "orphan doctor" and renowned expert on international adoptions. It had never occurred to me before, but she showed me some pictures of the kids and showed me the need level there, and I wanted to go somewhere where there was a need," she says. I really wanted to give a home. Parker took William with her when she went to Ethiopia to bring Aberash nicknamed Ash home.

There's nothing. There are people dead on the side of the road. After she brought Ash home, Parker was surprised at some of the questions about her newly adopted daughter. They said, 'Did you make that up, or did she come with that?

Mary louise parker: "weeds" star admits she's no pot smoker

Parker cherishes the child's name as "the only thing I have to give her that her parents left her. That's profound to me, and I don't want to rob her of it. Donaldson Adoption Institute, a national adoption policy organization. The initiative employs orphaned girls in Ethiopia and China making hand-knotted, beaded bracelets.

These girls have "aged out" of prospects for adoption, and are making the transition from orphanage life to living on their own. If you want to give a present, their jewelry is meaningful -- and quite beautiful," Parker says.

Many families, like Mary-Louise Parker's, blend biological and adopted children. Of course -- but it might be less complicated than you think, says Adam Pertman, executive director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute. There are lots of complex kinds of families.

What is it like when there are step-siblings, or half-siblings? What is it like when you live with a grandmother who takes care of the family? That doesn't mean you don't think it through, but I don't think we should be making it a bigger deal than it is, either. The key, says Pertman, is "normalizing" your blended family. It's just another way to be a family. Talking about the issues involved in adoption is fine, but talking about them obsessively is not. You don't make a big deal out of normal things.

Mary-louise parker on momhood and marijuana

As you prepare to adopt, keep your older child or children involved in the process in an age-appropriate way -- show them pictures and talk about what will happen. If you're preparing a family profile, let your children tell you what they'd like their part of the profile to say. Between getting ready for season five of Weedsgiving eight live performances a week as Hedda Gabler earlier this spring, and raising two active kidshow does Parker keep her own health and stress levels in check?

She credits her older sister for a few wellness habits that have lasted a lifetime. Use this in the morning, this at night, and sunscreen every day -- no exceptions! Those are the best things I do for myself. Her worst health vice? Parker laughs. She runs through the list of her favorites with glee. I have a bad sweet tooth.

‘weeds’: did the actors really smoke marijuana to film their scenes?

Beyond Weedswhat will she tackle next? Parker has two new movies in the works: Solitary Manin which she appears as the girlfriend of a sex -addicted car magnate played by Michael Douglas, and Howlbased on the life of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, still in production. She'd just shot her single scene for Howl the day before talking to WebMD. But I'd really like to do an animated movie, like a Pixar, for my kids," Parker says. Parenting Feature Stories. Continued Medical marijuana: does it work? Continued Adopting Ash Parker Although she'd dreamed of adopting since she was young, bringing home a baby from Ethiopia was something Parker couldn't quite imagine -- until she did it.

Continued International adoptions "There was a young girl in Ethiopia named Aberash Bekele, who was kidnapped and raped by a man when she was 14 and told she would have to be his wife," she explains. Creating blended families Many families, like Mary-Louise Parker's, blend biological and adopted children.

Continued The key, says Pertman, is "normalizing" your blended family. Mary-Louise Parker on healthy living Between getting ready for season five of Weedsgiving eight live performances a week as Hedda Gabler earlier this spring, and raising two active kidshow does Parker keep her own health and stress levels in check? Could I have CAD? Missing Teeth?

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