Everyone’s family treats marijuana differently: Maybe your parents caught you with a joint in high school and have since accepted that you smoke cannabis, or maybe they’re curious about the plant for joint relief, sleep, or stress relief. Even if they grew up with “reefer madness,” discussing marijuana with your family over the holidays can be an opportunity to share with them how it can be used as a wellness tool to improve your life, and society at large.
For starters, you don’t need to proselytize: While cannabis can be good for your health, not everyone is open to using it. That doesn’t mean, however, they wouldn’t be able to appreciate the plant’s contribution to public health as a whole.
Many people use cannabis to manage occasional pain
Many people trying to manage occasional to more serious pain often say they would rather use medical marijuana instead of opiates, which offers a safe, healthier alternative to highly addictive opiates. Some health professionals have even begun to incorporate cannabis into opioid harm reduction. High Sobriety, a rehab facility in Los Angeles, for example, gives patients the choice to use cannabis as an “exit drug,” offsetting the common misconception that it’s a “gateway drug.”
Tax money from marijuana is making the world a better place
You could also share that legalizing cannabis is good for the economy. In California, legal cannabis is generating about $1 million in tax revenue every single day! The taxes gained from California’s adult use market fund environmental cleanup, drug education, and university research on legalization, medical marijuana, and DUI protocols. And not to mention, DUI’s happen less frequently in marijuana-legal states. In Colorado, for instance, DUI’s dropped 33 percent in the first quarter of this year.
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Marijuana moms are the new wine moms
All in all, it’s already old news that legalization hasn’t lead to youth misconduct, drug addiction, or irresponsible marijuana use. In fact, it’s been quite the opposite, with the demographic of cannabis consumers increasing in age — more and more, we’re seeing working professionals and parents trying out cannabis products. While Millennials (ages 22-34) still comprise the majority of cannabis consumers, the next largest group are Generation Xers (ages 35-52). Marijuana moms are indeed becoming the new wine moms. Working professionals are increasingly using cannabis to cut back on or replace alcohol, pain meds, and sleeping pills. A survey of 10,000 California cannabis consumers found that 1 in 3 working professional use cannabis while on the job to boost focus or inspire creativity. The cannabis plant’s new reputation as a wellness product, rather than just a “drug” to have fun with or a medicine reserved for the terminally ill, is expanding its reach across demographics. People who had never used cannabis before are now coming to see the plant differently.
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Not into smoking? Beginners can try literally everything else
Remind your family that cannabis no longer is perceived as just as weed in a ziplock. From topicals to vaporizers to predosed edibles, and for old-school bud loyalists, pre-rolled joints and quality flower, there’s a variety of options for the cannabis naive to initiate a relationship with the plant. A beginner’s guide can help new consumers better understand the basics of cannabis, like the difference between indica and sativa, and choose the best product based on their desired experience or effect, rather than having to sift through a list of esoteric strain labels. But for those ready to dive in and explore their options, we recommend some easily accessible strains like LA OG Classic, Tangie, or Dream Queen
Once your family discovers the variety in today’s cannabis, your dinner table conversation about the plant can become that much more nuanced and accurate. And if it goes well, perhaps the family can bond over it, too.