Do you want to talk to your kids about smoking weed this holiday season? It's that time of year when kids are home and everyone is getting together to celebrate.
Parents who use cannabis for wellness purposes might feel the need to discuss their use. Due to decades of prohibition, cannabis users often face stigma. But you should not feel ashamed of using cannabis to improve your wellbeing. We know it can be hard, but what better way to bond with your children than to have a safe and candid cannabis conversation?
Not sure how to talk to your kids about smoking weed this holiday season? This article offers suggestions on how to have a low-stress conversation about wellness-oriented cannabis use with children.
The idea of talking to your kids about cannabis can be scary. To support a low-stress, positive, and informative conversation, we recommend following these 11 tips:
Before you jump into your weed talk, we suggest spending a few minutes on each of the four topics below. The following sections are a primer to help you navigate this challenging conversation in a tactful way.
When talking to your kids about cannabis, you should communicate where cannabis can be consumed and who can legally consume it. In the United States, cannabis is federally illegal.
That means that even if a state has decriminalized cannabis consumption, weed remains illegal on federal land, even if the federal land is in a state where cannabis is legal. Examples of federal land include national parks, military bases, national monuments, and government offices.
Cannabis laws are changing. When talking to your kids about smoking weed this holiday season, educate them on the nuances of legal cannabis consumption. We recommend answering the following questions about legal cannabis consumption:
To have an empowering conversation about cannabis with your kids, discuss how the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and cannabis work in the body.
Here's a quick ECS overview:
As we discussed in Is Cannabis Good for Pain Relief?, the ECS in humans is made up of:
When you consume cannabis, you introduce exogenous cannabinoids into your body. The exogenous cannabinoids bind to the cannabinoid receptors and activate a variety of effects within the body. That’s why cannabis can you sleep at night or weed can help you recover from a workout.
Cannabis can be consumed through a variety of ingestion methods: orally, through inhalation, topically, or through mucous membranes. Different ingestion methods carry different benefits or drawbacks. Smoking weed is still the most popular ingestion method, so it makes sense to address it individually.
When talking to your kids about smoking weed this holiday season, try to highlight the pros and cons of smoking weed. While no one wants their children smoking, representing both sides of a topic will empower them to make healthy decisions.
Pros of smoking weed:
Cons of smoking cannabis:
People who smoke weed are professionals, parents, athletes, and people looking to improve their wellbeing. But decades of prohibition have created a significant stigma against cannabis users. When you have the “weed talk” with your kids, it's important to share reasons people may have a negative perception of cannabis:
In our article Why is Weed Illegal? we share the history of cannabis prohibition in the United States. When you talk to your kids about smoking weed you may want to read the article together aloud.
Imagine the holiday memory that would make, "Hey, remember that holiday season when we were kids and we read about why weed was illegal? That was cool!"
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