Have you ever talked to your family about your recreational cannabis use or medical cannabis use? “Coming out” of the cannabis closet to your family can bring a sense of freedom. Cannabis users or patients usually feel passionately about the plant and how it helps them; being able to share that passion with your family members can feel really good. Since the holidays, which mean an abundance of family time for many people, are coming up and can be a perfect opportunity to spark the conversation about your own cannabis use.
If you have a decent relationship with your family, it is likely they will take your cannabis revelation pretty well. They may not even bat an eye or be surprised at all. Some may be excited and curious about all the new products you have tried. Others may be considering cannabis as a medical option and your revelation may be the final piece of inspiration they needed to give it a shot.
There is also a chance that some members of your family don’t take it well. If you have any concerns about your family’s receptiveness, here are a few tips that will help you stay calm and get through a potentially difficult conversation a little more easily.
Tips For Talking To Your Family About Cannabis
Keep it civil
Just because you have come far in your cannabis journey doesn’t mean that everyone has too. A lot of our family members, especially those from generations before us, grew up being taught that cannabis is a dangerous drug with dangerous consequences. “Just say no” has been the motto of America for a very long time and the (failed) War On Drugs has done a lot of harm to marijuana’s reputation.
While attitudes toward cannabis are quickly changing, we can’t expect everyone to be on our timeline. Go into the conversation with a level head and some compassion. Understand that some of their established biases may come out and they may be stronger than you expected. That’s okay; these conversations should be more about being open than being right.
Keep it personal
Explain how cannabis helps you. Chances are, your family is more interested in your relationship with cannabis than anything else. If it makes you feel better, that’s probably all they need to hear. Take the time to explain why you choose cannabis, whether it is for medical reasons, mental health reasons, or simply an alternative to other more harmful vices like alcohol or other drugs. If you can help your family understand your personal reasons for choosing cannabis, it’s likely they will be more empathetic towards your use.
Get your cannabis facts straight
We know a lot more about cannabis now than we did before, so use the research available throughout the world to your advantage! Having scientific research to back up your anecdotal evidence can really help move the conversation forward. If a family member brings up addiction or possibility of overdose, you can mention that the United Nations couldn’t find a single instance of cannabis-related overdose throughout the world, despite it being the most consumed drug on the planet. Explain that we come equipped with an entire system (the Endocannabinoid System, to be exact) in our bodies for processing cannabinoids and that our bodies even make natural forms of many chemicals found in cannabis.
Misinformation about cannabis is what has kept its prohibition in place for so long. Facts can be a strong way to bolster your opinion, so come prepared with a few.
Explain the broader benefits of legal cannabis
Even if your family members don’t buy into the idea that cannabis is a wonder-plant, there are logical benefits, beyond medicinal reasons, for legalizing cannabis. Explain to them that medical cannabis states saw a 23% decrease in opioid addiction after legalization. Bring up the fact that legal cannabis can provide hundreds of thousands of jobs, millions of dollars in tax revenue, and keep hundreds of thousands out of jail for minor offenses.
This year we celebrate 84 years since alcohol prohibition ended, explain the parallels between that and cannabis legalization. Giving your family members a sense of the big picture may be helpful.
Manage your expectations
You can’t expect your family members to want to share a joint with you immediately, although it would be really cool if they did! It may take more than one conversation for them to fully accept your cannabis use and you should be okay with this. Manage your expectations before jumping into the conversation. Realize changing their minds may only come with time. Again, this conversation is more about being open than it is about getting immediate acceptance or being right.
Keeping it in the family
We hope these tips help you begin talking with your family about cannabis. If you want to show your family members how normal it has become to shop in a dispensary, bring them to your local Buddy Boy location. We will give them an excellent first experience in a legal recreational cannabis dispensary and our knowledgeable budtenders will be there to answer any questions.