Parents: our number one supporters and our biggest critics. Deep down, we all want to please our parents and make them proud, but with a generation or two between us, it can be hard to agree on certain issues. Cannabis use is often a contentious issue between parents and their children, but it doesn’t have to be.
Society continues to bring cannabis into the mainstream. Nearly 35 million Americans consume cannabis regularly, at least once or twice a month. An increasing number of states legalized medical and recreational cannabis use, and the industry is evolving through what some have labeled as this generations dot-com boom. The market now offers a wide variety of ways to enjoy cannabis. Tinctures, pre-rolls, topicals, vaporizers, ingestible oils, and edibles are a few options to choose from, and they are now available for purchase in licensed California dispensaries.
The same creativity and innovation that inspires cannabis brands to provide a safe, consistent, and enjoyable cannabis experience carries directly to cannabis retailers and how they operate their stores or delivery services. BASA in San Francisco, People’s OC in Santa Ana, Apothekare in San Diego and Dutchman’s Flat, also in San Francisco, are just some of California’s reputable licensed retailers, who provide expert service in a comfortable environment to ensure that your medical or recreational needs are met. If you prefer to have your cannabis delivered, California Wellness and Kind Courier offer cannabis enthusiasts discreet and direct delivery right to your door.
With an industry and community that advocates the availability of safe and effective products to consumers, and more research about the effects and benefits of cannabis emerging regularly, you can confidently tell your parents about your cannabis use. However, if the generational divide persists, you can convince them with one or all of the reasons listed below:
I stopped smoking
Cannabis use is no longer limited to smoking a joint, pipe, or bong, and the products available today offer a similar, if not better cannabis experience. Tinctures, ingestible oils, and edibles are all consumed orally, meaning there is no smoke inhalation whatsoever. Each method provides a different cannabis experience that can be precisely dosed so that you can reach a personal desired effect.
Edibles specifically must be dosed at no more than 10mgs of THC per serving under California regulations, which allows consumers to start with a low-dose of cannabis and incorporate more if they choose to. Moreover, ingesting cannabis provides a longer lasting cannabis effect. After eating an edible, it takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes for the effects to occur, but they last between five to eight hours; whereas the effects of smoking kick in immediately and last for one to three hours. Consumers who use cannabis to alleviate pain often enjoy edibles because of the longer lasting effects. Switching to oral ingestion of cannabis means that you maintain a steady cannabis experience for longer without having to engage in the harsh experience of smoking.
I’m drinking less
Research shows that cannabis consumption is less harmful and toxic than alcohol consumption, which is why younger generations are replacing alcohol with cannabis. In one particular study, millennials explained that their choice to consume cannabis over alcohol was based on perceptions of safety, cost, and health. Respondents were concerned with making poor decisions while under the influence of alcohol. And, they cited the lack of hangover as a key influence in their choice to consume cannabis instead, because they were able to lead a healthy active day after consuming cannabis the day before.
When you consume an edible, its THC is metabolized by the liver. Alcohol is also metabolized by the liver, but it is far more difficult for your body to process. Where consuming alcohol increases the risk of liver disease, cannabis and its anti-inflammatory properties are proven to actually benefit the liver. According to this article, heavy drinkers who consume moderate amounts of cannabis had an eight percent chance of developing liver disease, whereas heavy drinkers who did not consume cannabis had a 90-percent chance. Because the cannabis industry is still in its early stages of development, there is still much research to be done, but as the stigmas are alleviated, we hope to see more accurate and fair studies.
I’m exercising more
Cannabis is a known healer. Many use it for its psychoactive benefits which help to calm the mind and alleviate anxiety and stress, but recent trends show a major shift to cannabis as the perfect complement to physical health and wellbeing.
Cannabis use is commonly associated with mindful practices such as yoga and meditation. It allows you to sink in to your practice, as it helps to get out out of your head so that a deeper mind-muscle connection can be established. Lit Yoga Studio and Yoga With Minelli, both based in California, are some of the first to offer cannabis infused yoga classes. Their classes will make you sweat, help you relax, and you can also learn more about the benefits of cannabis.
Cannabis extends beyond the mindfulness practices of yoga all the way to the realm of professional sports. Many NFL athletes cite that cannabis is a great way to recover from sports related injuries, and it allows for more focus and concentration on the field. Whether you’re looking for a deeper mental awareness or the chance to relax and recover post-workout, cannabis can make a significant difference in your health and wellness routine.
Father’s Day is this Sunday, and it could be the perfect time to talk about cannabis with your family. Having an honest and open conversation is a great way to dispel anxieties about the unknown, and we hope that the points made above will help in guiding your conversation. If you are struggling to find the words to say, you could offer to share an edible with your parent. There is something to be said for showing rather than telling, and we think that this could be the perfect scenario for introducing a low-dose of cannabis in to your relationship to help develop a better understanding.
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