How Do I Talk To My Parents About CBD?
How Do I Talk to My Parents About CBD?
We’re all familiar with the superstitions of “Reefer Madness”, brought about by an era where the paranoia over substances like marijuana were at their very peak in the United States. However, the War on Drugs did more than just heighten parental hovering; researchers were forced to turn away from scientific advancements related to cannabis and hemp after mass de-funding kicked in, leaving the public completely in the dark about any potential health benefits of CBD.
Now, traces of that early eighties paranoia still linger and influence that way that both us and our Baby Boomer relatives think. If you’ve heard a little bit about CBD, you’ve probably seen all sorts of rumors: many mistakenly believe CBD is interchangeable with THC, is some type of “cannabis lite”, or that it can cause reckless behavior and abnormal thinking. Your parents might be thinking: isn’t CBD a drug, just like marijuana?
Whether you want to be honest about your personal CBD use or would like your parents to explore the benefits of CBD, it’s not always easy to get a healthy conversation started. Here are some simple tips to get the ball rolling.
Explain What CBD Is
If your parents already know about CBD, it’s possible they could be coming to the discussion with many preconceived notions about the health supplement. Pick a neutral environment where you and your parents can discuss hard topics on equal footing.
It may be advisable to ask them what their opinions on CBD are and if they’ve heard of it before. If they seem level-headed about it, you may want to directly state your opinions or personal experiences.
However, if your parents equate CBD with THC and are firmly against it, it may be best to calmly explain how CBD is completely unlike psychoactive substances. Describe how CBD can be cultivated from hemp and doesn’t create a high or euphoriant effect.
For more logically oriented parents, discuss much of the relevant research surrounding CBD, how its been in use for thousands of years, or how its recently been incorporated into seizure medicine for children. Studies have demonstrated that users have found sustainable impacts on health conditions like arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, skin problems, and certain mood disorders.
After explaining how CBD is completely distinct from THC, it may be time to launch into why you’re interested in discussing it with them. Think about why you’re compelled to speak with your parents: do you believe they are missing out on the health benefits that CBD could bring? Have you found personal success with regular CBD use that you’d like to share?
Once you’ve managed to dispel some of their initial concerns, it might help to discuss how CBD has helped you or your peers achieve better health and quality of life. Research common questions online before you attempt a discussion so that you’re better able to dynamically respond to their thoughts, concerns, and challenges.