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Parents and Cannabis

How to Talk To Your Parents About Legal Cannabis

Posted by Sarah Thompson
18 July 2018 | education, parents

It’s no secret that cannabis legalization and innovation has completely changed public opinion on the topic of marijuana. When most of our parents were growing up, marijuana was just a subculture and not nearly as mainstream or commonly discussed as it is now. Consumption methods were limited to smoking, or eating a cookie that you hoped your friend had dosed correctly. With so many new products and ways to consume, you may still be feeling the generation gap when it comes to sharing your love of cannabis with your parents. Below we’ve compiled some frequently asked questions by parents to help you educate your folks on the modern world of cannabis.

How can I get the medicinal benefits of marijuana without the psychoactive high? The cannabis plant contains many different cannabinoids. The most well-known tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), has numerous potential medicinal benefits and is also the only cannabinoid known to produce the “psychoactive” effect commonly associated with marijuana. Cannabidiol (CBD), which produces no psychoactive effect, is the second most common cannabinoid, and has a variety of medical benefits. Preliminary research tells us that CBD can be effective in treating over two hundred ailments ranging from everyday aches and pains to anxiety disorders and epilepsy.* In fact, the FDA just approved the first-ever prescription drug derived from cannabis, Epidiolex, which is used to treat rare and severe forms of epilepsy.

In LivWell’s Infusiasm lab, we’re constantly striving to develop new products that use different ratios of THC and CBD to provide the best effects (psychoactive and otherwise) for our consumers. For example, Tonic Drops, our brand of tinctures, are available in formulations with cannabinoid ratios ranging from THC-only to 50:1 CBD:THC. Tonic drops can be administered orally or mixed in with your beverage of choice, making them less intimidating for a novice cannabis comsumer. Infusiasm also has both lotions and salves to treat topical skin conditions and muscle aches and pains below the surface. In addition to our own innovations, we also carry brands like Mary's Medicinals and Dixie Synergy for more options in tinctures, topicals, and patches.

Why do all products contain THC, even non-psychoactive items? It’s a common misconception that CBD is the medicinal cannabinoid and THC is the recreational cannabinoid. In reality, THC has many beneficial medicinal properties, and CBD and THC work best together synergistically. They enhance each other’s effects by working together with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in your endocannabinoid system. This effect is generally referred to as the entourage effect. While a 50:1 tincture doesn’t contain enough THC to produce a high, it has just enough THC to work with the CBD to maximize its benefits.

I really want to try edibles, but have heard of people having a bad experience. Where do I start? One of my favorite stories from my parents involves a plate of homemade brownies, improper dosing, and my unsuspecting uncle. While edibles in the past were unpredictable, the benefit of a well-regulated legal industry is consistency. Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division sets the recommended edible dosage at 10mg. However, for beginners this can still be too much. Microdosing in edibles is becoming increasingly popular in the industry. Try Incredibles 2mg mints for a low, discrete way to consume, or Wana's new drops, which come in 5mg pieces and a variety of delicious flavors. Both options offer a sublingual delivery method, which is typically felt much faster than digestible edibles and makes it easier to dose accurately. For edibles that metabolize through the liver, such as gummies or cookies, start by cutting the recommended dosage in half and waiting a couple of hours for the effects before consuming more. Remember, low and slow is the way to go!

Why do they check my ID so much at the store and where is my information going? This is an understandable concern, especially for parents visiting from out of state. Since cannabis is still classified as a schedule 1 narcotic by the federal government, many of our parents are still feeling paranoia from the failed War on Drugs. Rest assured, our recreational industry does not hold or track customer data. We have several compliance safeguards in place to protect our community and our business, and part of that is with thorough and frequent ID checks. If you’re visiting a dispensary with your parents for the first time, it’s probably a good idea to give them a heads up that their ID will need to be checked both when they enter the store and when it’s their turn to enter the bud-room. When purchasing, our point of sale system requires us to scan their ID to ensure we are selling to someone legally allowed to purchase and that they are within their daily purchasing limits.

Don’t forget to check out our weekend sales, and use this Parent’s Day to bond with your parents and grandparents over cannabis!

*LivWell makes no claims regarding the health or medical benefits of marijuana. Individual results may vary.