It isn’t always as easy as “I like to get high!!!” or “I use cannabis to help me sleep”
How you address this topic will depend on certain factors, such as your family’s personal stance on cannabis, or even their own personal history. Here are a few of the basics you should think about when deciding to talk to your family about your cannabis use.
Attempt to start the conversation similar to this:
Be positive and upbeat about discussing these topics. How you enter the conversation sets the tone. Get your family involved and thinking about cannabis.
Try these few starters to alleviate some tension.
- What are your views on cannabis and why?
- Have you ever tried cannabis?
- Have you ever thought about trying it?
- What do you know about cannabis?
This is about reading your family and inviting thorough and informative discussions in a positive way.
Ask your family questions and try to understand why some people don’t like cannabis. Negative views on cannabis are influenced by social conditioning and can be changed with the proper data and information on all of the benefits of cannabis use.
Knowing how to answer questions about the negative effects of cannabis use is crucial when facing pushback or defensive questions from others.
Try discussing how using cannabis is often not about getting “high”, while much usage is for this specific reason, it is not always the desired result. Help inform your family that cannabis can be derived into many forms, many of which do not involve “getting high”.
Finally, open up about how cannabis has been a benefit to you. Understand that your loved ones may have minimal or no experience with cannabis, and divulging your experience with it may guide them away from negative thoughts about cannabis and its users. Upon hearing about the many positive impacts on your well being, your loved ones may be more likely to consider how it may help them as well.
At the end of the day, speaking with your family about your cannabis use can be a difficult task. With accurate information, a willingness to learn, and an open mind, we can all learn about the many positive benefits of cannabis.