With baby boomers being the fastest growing percentage of new and returning cannabis users, headlines and stock prices dominating every news cycle, the topic of cannabis may come up at your family dinner table. Generations that have the most to gain from cannabis legalization have also been the ones most impacted by cannabis prohibition messaging. By facilitating an open and honest conversation around cannabis you may be able to help shed some of the stigma associated with cannabis and open up perceptions of the potential of the plant. Below we’ve put together a couple do’s and don’ts of talking to your family about cannabis for the first time.
Do meet people where they are in their cannabis journey: Some people may be returning to cannabis after a long break, some might be open-minded and curious to learn more, some might be completely opposed and uncomfortable around it. By asking a few questions it will help you take the temperature of the room and adjust your own expectations.
Don’t call it pot: Referring to cannabis in slang form (weed, pot or marijuana) further perpetuates negative stigmas. We recommend using the scientific name (cannabis) in your conversation.
Do discuss their priorities: Whether the benefits are physical, spiritual, or mental – different terpene profiles are known to cause different reactions in people. By exploring their desired outcome, you can work backwards to help them research the best recommendations of strains to try.
Don’t lead with a joint. Present healthier, smoke free options like topicals, capsules, oral sprays or edibles.
Do bring a couple samples: (in case people get curious). If they do participate help create a safe, warm and welcoming experience for them. Keep them laughing and serve them an extra portion at mealtimes.
Don’t overdo the THC content: If you are introducing new users to the world of cannabis, we recommend starting off with products that are low THC and high CBD or a balanced 1:1 ratio so they can experience any perceived physical effects without being overwhelmed mentally.
Cannabis legalization and the supporting mind shift is a work in progress, by cracking a window for conversation, you never know what family gatherings could look like in the future!