Talking cannabis to the 18-and-under set

The more informed children are about cannabis, the better equipped they are to make decisions on using it.

The more informed children are about cannabis, the better equipped they are to make decisions on using it.

Cannabis is mainstream. It’s the darling of Wall Street. It’s grandma’s aches and pains medicine. It’s the dollars making up philanthropic donations. It’s headline news with more and more states electing to legalize it and politicians reversing their once rabid anti-stance. What it is, is time to rewrite the way we talk to our children about the pros and cons.

A growing body is not enhanced by cannabis. There are cons to early cannabis use and children need to know what they are. They include hindrance of cognitive functions, problems with memory and concentration, worsening of existing mental health challenges, similar breathing problems as with cigarettes (coughing and wheezing), and interference with prescribed medications, among others. Cannabis, however, could prove to be a safer alternative to some anxiety medications. That’s something to discuss with your child’s doctor.

Because conflicting information is so readily available, saying cannabis is “bad” is no longer believable. Not to mention it’s very irresponsible and uninformed. Make sure your children know that cannabis use comes with responsibility. Maybe you want to share your experience with it and your views on it. Cannabis facts are important, as is sharing them with your children. Think about organizing a learning session at your school or nonprofit organization.

If your child is partaking, the very important question may be “Why?” Peer pressure? Loneliness? Like mother like daughter? Maybe it’s time to start the conversation and rewrite the dialogue. 

Speaking of communication, want to see the KopSun team on the job? Here’s a news clip from Santa Barbara’s KEYT-3 news: Carpinteria women launch business to promote health and wellness from cannabis crop.

Let’s keep the learning conversation going, as an education is never wasted. We’d love to have you comment in the box below.