How to Talk to Your Parents About the Health Benefits of CBD

How to Talk to Your Parents About the Health Benefits of CBD

by Erica Garza

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Talking with your parents about using cannabis might fill you with anxiety, but there are ways to make the conversation run smoothly if you’re willing to broach the subject with honesty and intelligence. While the history of cannabis use in the U.S. is a complicated one, that trajectory is rapidly shifting. Adding your voice to the chorus of others who credit cannabis for pain relief, decreased anxiety, better sleep and more creativity only helps to make conversations about cannabis easer, both in your family and on a national level.

Be Honest

If the thought of your parents catching you with marijuana or even CBD oil brings up images of sneaking around in your younger years, you’re not alone. Roughly four in 10 cannabis users are secretive about it. But in order to shed the misinformation and negative stereotypes that may have led your parents to dissuade you from using cannabis in your youth, it’s important for educated and well-adjusted cannabis users to come clean (and come out of wherever you once engaged in cannabis use in secret).

Debunk Myths

One of the best ways to debunk myths and “stoner” stereotypes — like a lack of motivation or going into psychosis — is to come to your parents armed with evidence that proves the opposite. When it comes to a lack of motivation, it’s worth noting that some strains will produce different effects in the body. While indica strains might make you feel relaxed, sativa will have the opposite effect, leaving you energized and perhaps more creative. The idea that cannabis lowers IQ is also a myth, as determined by a 2017 study that showed cannabis use in even adolescent users did not cause IQ decline or impair executive functions.

Another myth to debunk is the idea that all cannabis gets you high. Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, which is a compound of the cannabis plant that lacks psychoactive properties, is rising in popularity as treatment for a number of ailments from anxiety to inflammation.

Describe Health Benefits

The medical benefits of cannabis are abundant, with countless scientific studies to back up your claims. Some of the health benefits of cannabis include:

There are studies on the efficacy of both THC and CBD oil for pain, as well as emerging research on other wellness trends like enhanced athletic performance and even clearer skin. Gone are the days when cannabis was almost always smoked. These days, vapes, edibles, tinctures and balms are just as popular, each delivering its own health benefits to suit your unique concerns.

Use It Together

Take your conversation a step further and consider using cannabis with your parents, or offering them a cannabis-infused gift that you think may help them. Whether they’ve told you about their sleepless nights or achy back, chances are there’s a product that can help. Most of all, don’t assume that your parents don’t already know the benefits themselves. Research shows that more baby boomers are turning to marijuana than ever before. The fastest growing demographic of cannabis users aren’t millennials — they’re seniors.

Erica Garza is an author and essayist. Her work has appeared in Time, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, The Telegraph and Vice. She lives in Los Angeles.


CBD: The Perfect Gift for Everyone on Your List

CBD: The Perfect Gift for Everyone on Your List

by Jacquelyn Nause

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Cannabidiol, the cannabis compound better known as CBD, is popping up in products and wellness lists all over. Because it is a natural, non-intoxicating option for pain and stress relief, it is safe for everyone. Found in everything from body oil and face masks to designer tea and confections, CBD makes the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Benefits of CBD Oil

The medical benefits of cannabis include increased mental clarity, mood stabilization and decreased stress, all without the psychoactive effects of cannabis. It’s even safe to take daily; a recent GQ article notes the benefits of using CBD at work. CBD also increases workout performance and promotes faster muscle recovery. For athletes and professionals alike, CBD helps the body function at its best.

No matter who is on your gift list, there is an easily consumable form of CBD for everyone, at varying dosage level.

Family Gift Ideas

Show Mom how much you appreciate her by giving her the gift she has always wanted: peace and relaxation. CBD bath soaks, pain relief balms and tinctures offer fast-acting support from stress, pain and anxiety. This Mother’s Day, treat her to a spa basket filled with CBD-infused goodies to help her relax. Need a gift for Dad? CBD patches and capsules can help him find “releaf” from pains or aches as well as promote feelings of serenity.

We all know someone who struggles to get a good night’s rest. CBD has long been used to ease sleep issues and treat insomnia. Products like CBD-infused teas, hemp honey and easy-to-swallow capsules make great gifts that can help reduce anxiety at bedtime and promote restful sleep.

Gifts for Dogs

CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, treating the pain at the source. Because CBD is non-psychoactive, it is useful for treating a variety of ailments for both humans and pets. Animal-friendly tinctures, oils and chews make great gifts for dogs and cats to help ease anxiety and pain. Try CBD oil or chews for separation anxiety or joint pain in pets.

CBD Skin Care

If you know someone who is not yet ready to dive into ingestible CBD, there are tons of luxe skin care products that make great gifts. From moisturizers and masks to serums and cleansers, there are products for every skin type. CBD has shown potential in studies to slow the effects of aging, reduce inflammation and redness, and decrease acne. It is gentle enough for treatment of rosacea and eczema, providing soothing moisture and regulating sebum production for clear, glowing skin.

From Father’s Day gifts to self-care packages, there are plenty of opportunities to gift the relaxing and healing power of CBD. CBD-infused confections, beverages, topicals and supplements make giving the gift of health and wellness easier than ever.

Jacquelyn Nause is a contributing writer with specialties in cannabis, real estate and wellness. She enjoys traveling with her husband, being a doting mother to her two incredible kids and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest playground.