How to Talk to Your Parents About Legal Cannabis

It’s no secret that legalization has brought massive changes in public opinion of cannabis. When most of our parents were growing up, marijuana was just a subculture, and wasn’t mainstream or as commonly discussed as it is now. Consumption methods were limited to smoking or eating a pot brownie when a measured “dose” was not even a thing. Even with legalization and so many new products and ways to consume, there’s still often a generation gap and stigma around marijuana when it comes to sharing the love with your parents. So we’ve put together some information to help you answer questions your parents may have about the modern world of cannabis.

How can I get the medicinal benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive high?

The cannabis plant contains many different cannabinoids. The most well-known, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), has numerous potential medicinal benefits. It is also the only cannabinoid known to produce the “psychoactive high” commonly associated with marijuana. Cannabidiol (CBD), which produces no psychoactive effect, is the second most common cannabinoid and has a variety of medical benefits too. Preliminary research tells us that CBD can be effective in treating over two hundred ailments, ranging from everyday aches and pains to anxiety disorders and epilepsy.*

There are all kinds of CBD-rich products available that don’t produce a psychoactive effect. Tonic Drops tincture, 5 Leaf topicals, and Full Melt CBD Caramel edibles are just a few options for those seeking a purely medicinal experience that won’t get you high. While the effects of edibles tend to last longer and affect the whole body, tinctures are a more subtle option that doesn’t last as long but still works on the whole body. Topical ointments don’t last as long as edibles either and provide localized relief wherever they are applied.

Why do all products contain THC, even non-psychoactive ones?

It’s a common misconception that CBD is the medicinal cannabinoid and THC is the recreational cannabinoid. In reality, THC has many beneficial properties, and CBD and THC work best when operating together. They enhance each other’s effects by working with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in your endocannabinoid system; this effect is generally referred to as the entourage effect. While a 50:1 tincture doesn’t contain enough THC to produce a high, for example, it has just enough THC to work with the CBD in order to maximize benefits for the user.

I really want to try edibles, but have heard of people having a bad experience. Where do I start?

While edibles in the past were very unpredictable, one benefit of our well-regulated legal industry is consistency. Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division sets the recommended edible dosage at 10 mg. However, for beginners, this can still be too much. Microdosing edibles has become increasingly popular in the industry. Try Dixie Peppermint Relaxing mints at 5mg each for a light, discrete way to consume, or Canyon Chew It Sour Limeade at 2.5mg in each piece. Both options offer a sublingual delivery method, which is typically felt much faster than digestible edibles and makes it easier to dose accurately. For edibles that metabolize through the liver — like gummies or cookies — start by cutting the recommended dosage in half and waiting a couple of hours for the effects to kick in before consuming more. Remember, low and slow is the way to go!

Why do they check my ID so much at the store? Where is my information going?

This is an understandable concern, especially for parents visiting from out of state. Since cannabis is still classified as a Schedule 1 narcotic by the federal government, many of our parents are still feeling paranoia from the War on Drugs. Rest assured, the recreational cannabis industry does not hold or track customer data. We have several safeguards in place to protect the community and our business, and part of that process includes thorough and frequent ID checks. If you’re visiting a dispensary with your parents for the first time, it’s probably a good idea to give them a heads up that their ID will need to be checked. This happens when they enter the store and when it’s their turn to enter the budroom. When purchasing, our point of sale system requires us to scan their ID to ensure we are selling to someone legally allowed to purchase, and that they are within their daily purchasing limits.

What’s it like to shop at a dispensary?

Whether your parents visit a dispensary that you recommended, the one closest to their house, or one that’s highly rated online, you’ll be able to rely on the staff to help you through the entire process. A budtender will meet with you one-on-one to discuss your needs, show you options, and generally guide you through your purchase. As long as you’re ready to ask questions and have a conversation about what sort of experience you’re interested in, your budtender can help find the perfect products for you.

*LivWell makes no claims regarding the health or medical benefits of marijuana. Individual results may vary.

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