According to a recent survey from Civilized, a great number of legal cannabis consumers are respectable professionals and parents. The latter group is faced with juggling marijuana consumption, work, kids and life- with kids receiving top priority (because you’re essentially working towards a better future for the little ones).
While parents are at the office, kids are learning in school, which is also the place where they get exposed to all types of people and things they may not be ready for, including cannabis. Eventually, you’ll have to talk to your child about your enthusiasm for the plant and its applications in society and medicine. Most parents (like me) are not ready to have that discussion with their kid- and that’s ok.
But acknowledging that the “weed conversation” is evitable, and in a way a rite of passage for both parties (for parents, it reinforces your ability to tackle difficult or sensitive topics; and for kids, it’s a sign of maturity and aging), below are some tips on how to talk to your little ones, or not-so little ones, about cannabis.
1. Get the Facts in
Filling your kids in on the technical benefits of marijuana is a great way to start the conversation. This shows that the main focus of the plant is not fixated on the act of getting high, which your kid will probably find out later on through his or her own experience with the herb. Instead, elaborating on the medicinal advantages of cannabis, and showing examples of how it is helping patients suffering from devastating diseases, is an effective way to break the ice.
Additionally, you’ll need to shine light on the legalities of cannabis possession, as well as the different types of marijuana products available in the market today. “It’s also important to point out the difference between most medical marijuana that is used for treatments in a variety of serious ailments in children (low THC, high CBD) and the kind of cannabis they would most likely encounter in a social setting,” said Avital Nathman from Merry Jane.
2. Don’t Lie
Lying is not the way to go. Don’t forget that your kids will also learn about weed through friends, television and the internet, so you’ll need to stick to the truth. If there is an aspect of the plant you feel your child is not ready for, it might be a good idea to either postpone the entire talk, or leave it out and follow up with another conversation in the near future.
3. Keep it Casual
Promoting open communication is key, and one of the best ways to do this is by keeping the conversation casual. Keep your explanations simple and straight to the point. Encourage your kids to ask questions, and reassure them that they have your support in their own personal encounters with cannabis (when the time is right).