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.

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