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It’s official: the topic of cannabis is no longer taboo. TV shows, movies, video games, and even roadside billboards are talking about cannabis. It’s not just adults who are being exposed to all this cannabis chatter - but also your kids. We were all kids once, and if there’s one thing we know, it’s that kids always find out, especially if it is information that they aren’t supposed to know. If you want to make a meaningful impact regarding THC edibles, then it’s time for you to understand how to do it. Read along for 3 essential tips that you need to know before talking to your kids about THC edibles.
#1. Knowledge is Power
We’ve all heard this saying before, but it’s not until you’re faced with a situation that requires extensive knowledge do you understand its gravity. It is crucial to know that THC edibles aren’t just about getting high, as they’re used medicinally for countless individuals.
The stigmas associated with edibles were crafted in the past, yet they linger in our present day. If we don’t educate our kids, these false assumptions will continue to remain in the future. By having an in-depth grasp on any subject, you can teach your kids in the most meaningful way possible.
First off, you’ll want to have an idea of what cannabis is. This means that you should read about the biological aspect of the plant. During this lesson you give yourself, you’ll need to find out about its origins, how it affects people, how it functions, and essential components of the plant.
For the beginning of this task, it is beneficial to read about the many ancient civilizations that used cannabis for a variety of reasons. This is a crucial subject because it will give you more of a broad understanding of the many uses of cannabis.
Once you’ve developed a sufficient historical background of cannabis, it’s time to delve into how cannabis affects us. This means that you’ll need to do some light research online, and do some reading about the endocannabinoid system. This may be the most important thing to know because it’s this system that allows us to feel the effects of cannabis in the first place.
By educating yourself on how cannabis functions in our system, you’ll learn how long effects can last and what effects to expect. Additionally, learning about the endocannabinoid system will provide you with information on why cannabis is regarded as both medicinal and recreational.
Once you feel comfortable with the biological, functional, and historical aspects of cannabis, you can extend into the laws that govern it. You’ll want to know how long cannabis has been prohibited in the US, and which states allow its use. It is vital that you accurately understand the cannabis laws that govern that state that you live in.
The legal aspect is imperative, and this knowledge will give you an idea of what products are permitted - and which ones aren’t. It’s essential to know how many THC edibles you’re allowed to carry, and the legal age to purchase them (18 vs. 21).
#2. Consider Your Kids’ Age
When you’re ready to open this dialogue with your kids, you want to consider their age. Are they in high school, where they’ve most likely been exposed to THC edibles? Are they in grade-school, where they may not have even heard of THC edibles? Their age is your guiding light on how to approach this (somewhat) sensitive subject.
If your children are in grade-school, then you don’t want to give away too much information that may lead them to want to try cannabis. At this age, they may feel more inclined to seek it only because you use it, and they may want to follow in your footsteps. Young children take what adults do as normal, so you may want to slowly divulge information regarding THC edibles with young kids as they grow.
The next age group is those in junior high. Many kids at this age have already heard of THC edibles. Kids in this age group are on the cusp of high school and are at an incredibly impressionable age in their lives. It’s reasonable to divulge most of the information that you’ve accumulated, but you may want to save your own personal experiences with the next age group.
The next age group is high school. It’s during these four years that your children will accumulate many life experiences that will begin to shape their adult life. It’s at this age that you should feel comfortable telling them about your personal use of THC edibles.
If your kids are in high school, then it’s likely that many of their peers have already tried THC edibles. It’s even possible that your own children have already indulged in THC edibles without your knowledge. At this age (or older), you can relate just about anything to them.
Ultimately, you always want to reinforce that THC edibles are for adult use and again, that it’s illegal for kids under the age of 18/21 to use them.
#3. Be Open
Once you begin talking with your kids, it’s best to tell them about your personal use in a responsible manner. This is a critical moment in the conversation, and you want to choose your words wisely. If you’re using THC edibles to relieve pain that stems from physical work, then say it. If you’re using it because you enjoy its effects, then explain it. However, you must provide something more than, “I like how it makes me feel.” You also want to make sure you aren’t encouraging them to try anything that they wouldn’t benefit from otherwise.
By explaining your reasoning in-depth, you’ll give your kids a broader perspective of the uses of THC edibles. If you’re using it to help you sleep and relieve pain from a work-related injury, they’ll likely understand that it’s multi-functional. You may also want to explain the biphasic nature of cannabis.
You need to be open about THC edibles without encouraging your children to seek the experience themselves. This situation may prove tricky since you’re showing them that it’s acceptable since you use them. However, this is where you can tell your kids that they’re illegal to anyone under 18/21 and you can list out all of the potential downsides. It’s essential that they understand what this means, and that, once they’re 18/21 - they can make their own decisions as an adult.
As you already know, trust is vital in any relationship - but even more so with your children. When your children trust you, you can have a meaningful discussion with them. As you relay this knowledge to your children, they’ll be armed with facts to further educate the world at large. With the vast amount of misinformation regarding THC edibles, it’s essential that your kids gain their account of edibles from their most trusted figure - you.
Bringing it All Together
The point of these conversations is twofold. One significant reason is, so you don’t need to use THC edibles secretly around your kids. The second reason is, so your children understand how THC edibles are used responsibly by yourself and potentially other adults in their lives.
These tips are generalized guides, but their ultimate goal is to further THC edible awareness. As a parent, you shouldn’t pretend that these cannabis-infused foods don’t exist. The sooner you speak to your kids about them, the sooner they’ll understand why they’re used. By following these 3 tips, you’ll be better prepared for this significant conversation.