We live in new times. What we had inherited from our parents are now archaic principles, and technological and scientific evolution has opened up new horizons.
For example, those who demonized Cannabis now recognize its benefits, and since its legalization, weed consumption has become commonplace.
Perhaps there are still taboos to be broken, and that is why we want to talk about it here.
As mothers, we are responsible for preparing our children for the real world while maintaining our autonomy as individuals. But preparing our children to become the best human beings they can be is also part of honesty and open communication.
There is no written script when it comes time to talk to our children about Cannabis and answer their questions, but we can prepare ourselves.
The first thing we should do is call it by its correct name: Cannabis. Appellations like “marijuana” are highly charged with stigma and racism, making it difficult for us to have a conversation.
Whether you are a regular user or not, it is paramount to educate ourselves on the proper use of Cannabis, its benefits, its consequences, and its recreational uses.
Cannabis comes in many forms — from edibles and oils to vaporizers, all have a specific effect.
It is also important to know the risk factors. For this, there are sites like Hempster that specialize in all things related to Cannabis and its various uses, but it’s also important to talk to your primary care physician.
The importance of honesty
As responsible adults, handling information and passing it on to our children can even be uncomfortable. We often judge ourselves in situations and project our fears onto them.
That’s why it’s best to always start by answering their questions, avoiding soliloquy, and letting them lead the conversation to their concerns.
An honest conversation will help to fortify the bonds of trust and make them understand that you are coming from a good place and that consuming Cannabis is not a bad thing if done responsibly.
Be a role model
Responsible use of any substance — including alcohol — is a parent’s duty. We are the ones who teach our children by example about good and bad practices.
For example, be aware of your surroundings and always consume away from your children. Keep your stash in a safe place and out of reach. Finally, don’t project Cannabis use onto them as a good or bad thing. Our children need to know that life is about choices and the responsibilities that come with them.