As legal adult-use weed continues to become the norm throughout the country, people are more comfortable discussing their cannabis use than ever before. It’s time to come out of the cannabis closet and start having those conversations – Eaze is here to help you figure out how to talk to your family and friends about weed.
Conversations around cannabis are becoming more common, and older adults who were forced to hide their cannabis use due to past stigmas have anecdotally opened their mind back up to the plant as it continues to legalize.
Whether your goal is to speak more openly about your personal connection to the plant, educate others about cannabis, or even try and recommend some products you think might benefit your loved ones, use this article as a reference point to spark those discussions in a healthy, open, and communicative way.
How to Talk to Parents About Weed
It doesn’t make a difference if you’re a young adult still living under your parents’ roof and rules or completely independent – talking to your parents about weed use can be pretty consistently terrifying.
Of course, a lot of older adults have smoked weed for years, so you might be one of the lucky ones whose parents have been indulging in the plant since before you were born.
However, it’s definitely possible that the decades of anti-cannabis stigma got to your caregivers before you had the opportunity to change their minds, or they’re so used to having to hide their cannabis use that having an open conversation about it is completely foreign to them.
Because of this, it’s important to know how to talk to your parents about weed. Starting with the big guns will help you understand how to talk to anyone about weed, from other family members to friends to kids of your own someday, if that’s part of your plan.
Here are some of the most helpful tips to keep in mind when approaching that conversation:
Listen first; then speak.
When it comes to any conversation that involves an element of controversy, it’s important to remember what you’re going into it with: preconceived stereotypes, disinformation, or biases you may be unaware of, from either end.
Rather than firing off on attack mode and polarizing your loved ones before you can even get to the points you’re trying to make, take a deep breath and listen to what they have to say first. This will help you understand what points you may need to address, myths you may need to bust, and, most importantly, all of the emotions that are at play.
However reactive your parents, family, or friends may be about your cannabis use, it’s likely coming from a genuine place of concern. They care about you and just want you to be healthy and safe.
Instead of using the opportunity to make them feel uneducated or ignorant, embrace the fact that they want what’s best for you, so you can better explain how cannabis helps rather than hurts.
On the other hand, your parents or older relatives may have some cannabis experiences of their own they want to share with you. Allowing them to speak first gives them that opportunity to open up and start that dialogue.
Lean into the medicinal aspect.
Your parents’ misconceptions about weed likely stem from the negative stereotype that has been associated with the plant for decades: the lazy stoner. While many people may use cannabis for nothing more than recreational fun, that definitely isn’t the case for all consumers.
Of course, the existence of medical cannabis programs throughout the country attests to that on its own – it wouldn’t be legal without good reason, right? However, your family might need a little more convincing.
If that’s the case, you may find cannabis research to be a big support for you in this conversation. Share around some medical journals that support the long list of cannabis benefits that consumers all over the world enjoy, like anti-insomniatic properties, anxiolytic properties, and the soothing of cancer-related symptoms, to name a few.
Dive into the history of cannabis.
Once your parents have heard a little more about the medicinal benefits of cannabis and how the plant has helped consumers all over the world, it’s time to dig a little deeper.
Cannabis prohibition is less than 100 years old. It also has nothing to do with cannabis being addictive, destructive, or evil, and everything to do with racism.
Most people are unaware of this detail, and it’s created decades of destruction and disinformation for the industry.
Helping your family or friends understand the real roots of cannabis and how it was medicinally used by cultures for centuries can really help shift understanding and erase that stigma for good.
Open up about your own experience.
If you’ve made it this far in the conversation, congratulations! You’re likely connecting with some open-minded people, and the next step in how to talk about weed is to discuss your own experiences with the plant.
Your parents understand the medicinal aspects of weed, as well as the real history behind its prohibition. Now, if you feel comfortable doing so, it’s time to share some of the reasons you use cannabis yourself, and how the plant has had a positive effect on your life.
Not only will this help your loved ones understand you and your personal needs a little better, but it might open them up to the possibility of having their own special connection with the plant.
The Best Eaze Products for Weed Newbies to Try
Despite the title of this article, ripping a bong right off the bat probably isn’t a good idea for anyone who hasn’t dabbled in cannabis before – or anyone who hasn’t touched the stuff since THC levels were much, much lower.
If your family members or loved ones are at a point where they understand the benefits of cannabis and want to see how it works for themselves or reintroduce it into their lives, it’s a good idea to start small and ease them into the culture in a way that really addresses their individual needs.
Most people who’ve never tried cannabis will likely be put off by the act of smoking, or by any product with high levels of THC. If that’s the case, have your loved one try a tincture that’s rich in CBD, like Proof’s 20:1 tincture.
This product has a very low amount of THC, with comparatively generous amounts of CBD. This is perfect for cannabis newbies who are looking for highly-effective relief without the haziness of a THC overload.
Another great option is a cannabis transdermal patch, which doesn’t involve any form of smoking or ingestion. Simply adhere the patch to any veinous part of the skin and enjoy 8-12 hours of uninterrupted relief.
This patch is high-CBD and low-THC (10mg:1mg), and is great for anyone who needs to reduce pain, combat anxiety, or soothe inflammation.
Papa & Barkley’s Releaf Balm 3:1 provides consumers with just that: the ultimate relief! With three parts CBD and one part THC, your loved one will experience a powerful pain relief with activated warmth, followed by a cooling sensation.
And don’t worry – although this product contains a higher amount of THC, topicals are non-intoxicating, which means they won’t feel any of those heady effects one would usually experience from smoking or eating high-THC edibles.
If your loved one is more interested in trying a cannabis edible that isn’t going to make them feel completely out of it, try easing them into the experience with WYLD’s Peach 2:1 CBD:THC Gummies.
These will pack a little more punch than any of the previous articles, as there’s definitely THC present, but these gummies contain twice as much CBD as THC, making them a great option for anyone trying cannabis out for the first time.
Finally, for your bravest, hungriest family member: Kiva Confections’ Camino Yuzo Lemon 1:1 CBD:THC Balance Gummies.
These are equal parts THC and CBD, but each serving only contains 5mg each. This helps consumers dip their toes into the experience, feeling balanced, calm, and in control throughout the session.
Licenses: 1. Proof CDPH-10001196 2. Mary’s Medicinals CDPH-10003205 3. Papa & Barkley CDPH-10003700 4. WYLD C11-0000192-LIC 5. Kiva Confections CDPH-10002402