Gone are the days when cannabis is a taboo topic. Today, television shows and news openly talk about the plant. From depicting characters who consume cannabis to tackling the need for legalization, TV definitely contributes to the conversation.
However, parents may be concerned that hearing about marijuana might spark curiosity in their children. This concern stems from worrying that curiosity can lead to illegal consumption. Moreover, various misconceptions definitely do not help parents and their children.
Instead of letting your children discover marijuana from TV, their friends and other individuals who lack concern for your kids’ welfare, the best way to address your concern is to talk to them yourself. This way, you can ensure that they only get factual information, while also dispelling some harmful ones.
If you plan to discuss the plant with your kids, you can start with this:
Some Tips to Remember Before the Talk
Talking with your children about marijuana can be challenging enough. So, make sure to heed these tips before diving into the marijuana discussion:
- Make it a Conversation, Not a Lecture
With children, the best course of action to take is to open up a conversation instead of trying to lecture them. Research shows that the youth tend to rebel the more you try to control them. Because of this, you want to make sure that you approach them in an open and non-lecturing manner. This can make your conversation more productive.
When initiating a conversation, parents need to ditch the “because I say so” attitude. Instead, parents are encouraged to ask questions, avoid making judgements and with a positive attitude. This means that you should start with an understanding, not angry and non-demonizing manner. With this, you are reducing the chances of the kids shutting down and increasing their openness for the conversation.
- Make Sure to Be an Active Listener
Aside from starting a conversation, you want to be an active listener. This means that you should allow time for this talk instead of forcing the topic whenever possible. The best way to go is set aside time for the conversation. This gives you the time to do your research and think about what you are going to say and how to say it.
By setting aside time, you are also making sure that you are not distracted and that you have the time to entertain questions. You might want to get the right timing to ensure that your children are not busy as this will tend to take their focus away from the discussion.
- Talk Only About the Facts
As with any sensitive topic, misconceptions, myths and straight-up false news are detrimental to any conversation. So, make sure to take the time to do your research about the plant, its cannabinoids and their effects on the human body. You also need to look for reliable sources about statistics and rates, especially when it comes to addiction, usage and other similar topics.
- Keep the Lines Open
After the initial talk, it is important to keep the communication lines open. Remember, cannabis matters remain to be a developing topic even today. Different platforms publicize new discoveries, legislation and similar developments every day. Moreover, your kids might think up some questions even after the initial conversation.
Topics About Cannabis to Discuss with Your Kids
The Nature of Cannabis
During your research, you need to make sure that you yourself know what cannabis really is. Cannabis is a plant, which means that it and its cannabinoids organically occur in nature. This naturally occurring plant offers a lot of benefits not only for medical patients but also for the everyday lives of people.
Inform your kids that there are three common varieties of the plant namely Cannabis indica, sativa and sativa L. Indica is known for containing a lot of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or the psychoactive component of the plant, while sativa has low THC content and higher cannabidiol (CBD) content. Meanwhile, sativa L. or hemp has extremely high CBD content and extremely low THC content.
Cannabis and Alcohol
When discussing cannabis, you need to make an important distinction between cannabis and alcohol. After all, alcohol is a highly mind-altering and -impairing substance which is entirely legal across the globe. Meanwhile, cannabis can come in non-mind-altering and -impairing forms and is becoming legal in the country and other parts of the globe.
The best thing to broach this topic is to present the differences and similarities of cannabis and alcohol, as well as both their effects. You can also present statistics regarding addiction, risks and deaths connected to the two substances.
Why People Use Cannabis
Making children understand the application of cannabis in daily life requires making them understand why people use the plant. Here, it is important to tell them the medicinal and cognitive effects of both THC and CBD. However, you want to emphasize that CBD holds the greatest number of positive effects. Be careful not to demonize the psychoactive nature of THC. You might want to tell your kids that medical marijuana patients and recreational users can benefit from THC and CBD.
Marijuana and the Law
Now, you want to make sure that your children know the marijuana laws in the country and in your state. You need to emphasize that the plant remains illegal on the federal level. Moreover, only a majority of the states have fully or partially legalized the plant. For most, underage children are not allowed to consume cannabis, THC and CBD.
Consumption of THC and CBD Products
In talking about the cannabinoids, it is important to differentiate how these cannabinoids can enter the human body. Usually, patients and recreational users smoke the plant to intake CBD and THC. However, more and more CBD- and THC-infused products are entering the market.
Talking about the plant to your kids can be stressful. However, with the right execution, you can clearly define what the plant is and why it is a hot topic across the globe. By initiating this conversation, you can bond with your children productively, while ensuring that they are well-informed about the plant, THC and CBD products.