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Out of the Cannabis Closet

Question: Hey Adora, cannabis is a rough subject in my family. What is a good way to go about telling your family you are a cannabis user? My biggest concern however is Grandparents, who I know can have strong opinions against cannabis.

Answer: Wow! Just know you are not alone. Decades of drug war propaganda have definitely stigmatized the sacred herb. Coming out of the closet at a cannabis consumer can be hard, especially when loved ones have been programmed to think cannabis is the devil’s weed. The first step is to understand where your family members are coming from, especially grand parents. They really want what is best for you. Try to see things from their perspective.

Arm yourself with the facts! If your family is capable of logical persuasion, be sure you have facts like ‘cannabis is not physically addictive’ in your pocket before entering the conversation.

Consider unfolding your personal information on a need to know basis. Why do you feel the need to challenge your grand parents? Consider your own motivation for creating a challenging situation. Are you just being rebellious? If you live on your own, then simply stating that you believe cannabis is a helpful sacred herb, and it is welcome in your home is an easy way to let loved ones know how you feel. But this must come with respect for family members that do not feel the same as you. In other words, what you do in your home is your business, but there is no need to throw your love of cannabis in the face of loved ones in their home.

With respect and love, strong family bonds can overcome differences in opinion.

Kush for Valentine’s Day

Question: I need some advice on creating a kush themed V-Day gift for my significant other. What are some of my options?

Answer: First keep in mind that the presentation is half the battle. If you take the time to create a thoughtful gift, please take the time to present it to him/her as a gift.

Naturally if you are in a state with recreational cannabis, this may be a simple no-brainer. If you do I would suggest getting something he/she hasn’t tried before. I was pleasantly surprised by a cannabis drink the other day. But a simple cannabis gift may lack originality and personality. See the answer to follow.

Outside of a recreational state? Let’s get creative! Without knowing if this is for a man or woman, we can keep things generic. I appreciate gifts that are unique and come with a story. Here are some items that would be appreciated by a man or woman, and won’t imply too much or too little about your love:
Hemp Backpack: This is a great idea because you can then stuff it full of little candies or a cuddly bear.
The Glass Twisty Blunt invented by 7pipe is an innovative and wonderful little travel pipe. Make the gift even better by preloading it!

Good luck stoner lover! As long as you put thought and caring into the gift, and present it well, he/she will be ecstatic to be with you.