How to Educate Your Friends, Parents, or Partner About Your Cannabis Use
It might sound counter-intuitive, but if you help your loved ones understand the plant itself at a high level, you'll have a far better chance of them accepting your usage. While you may already know that the best regimen includes a variety of both consumption methods and cannabinoid profiles, this is often hard for people to understand.
Next, Explain the Endocannabinoid (EC) System
If you can effectively explain that cannabis works in conjunction with important physiological systems to improve your health, not impair your well-being, you're halfway there. We have a full article on the EC system, but here are the cliff notes. The chemical compounds in cannabis affect the endocannabinoid system, a central component of the health and healing of every human and almost every animal. Scientists estimate that the EC system evolved in primitive animals over 600 million years ago as receptors that are found in the brain, organs, connective tissue, glands and immune cells – all throughout the body. The system is responsible for managing a vast range of physiological processes including mood, memory, pain-sensation, appetite, and regulating the psychoactive effects of cannabis.
Get into Cannabinoids: THC vs CBD
Now is a good time to delineate between THC and CBD, because most people have only ever had access to and experiences with high-THC weed. So, it's important to get into both the differences between them (psycho-activity, medicinal value, physical sensation, etc), and also the high level recognition that these are still only two of the 85+ known cannabinoids.
- THC is the one everyone knows and experiences – it provides the traditional 'high'
- CBD is 2nd most prevalent and provides most of the medicinal value
Now Break Down Indica vs Sativa
Explain how you can buy different kinds of weed, just like wine. Most people think it's all the same, but gardens produce cannabis just like vineyards produce grapes, and they have distinct properties. Not only are there indica, sativa, and hybrid strains, but each person's endocannabinoid system is going to respond and manage each dosage of those cannabis molecules differently.
So while there are general guidelines like "those seeking an upbeat, focused, and creative experience, should select a sativa dominant strain" and "those looking for relaxing, appetite inducing, and sedative effects should choose an indica dominant strain" – these are still somewhat subjective because each person is different. Now would be a good time to explain what strains you prefer and why.
Time for Consumption Method
Finally, explain how you can unlock the benefits of both THC and CBD products through a variety of consumption methods. Not only does the consumption method affect the potency and intensity of the effects, but it also affects onset time and duration. Sometimes it makes sense to eat an edible instead of smoking, or vape while applying a topical. The more information you can share while making an analogy to things people already understand (like wine, icy hot, advil, etc.) the more sense it will make.
All of these variables ultimately create the fundamental reasons why you can be a successful stoner. You're not impairing your system, you're bolstering its effectiveness with an organic, plant based medicine. Have a loved one that's interested harnessing some of the plant's benefits without the 'high'? You should recommend they try a non-psychoactive CBD product!