How to Talk to Your Kids About Cannabis

Cannabis has been legal in Canada since October 17, 2018, and it's important that your kids know what cannabis is, especially if you are using it as medicine. Encourage open dialogue, but the younger your child is, the harder it may be for them to process all of the information you are sharing. 
Here are some tips on how to approach the topic of cannabis with your kids:

1. Create an Open Discussion

When talking to your kids about cannabis it is important to be considerate of their feelings. They might not feel comfortable talking about the subject, or they might be eager to do so. It is important to respect their feelings on the matter.

If they don't want to talk about it, then drop the subject. Wait for them to bring up cannabis again later on. If they are eager, then it is a good idea to ask them what they already know about the subject so you can have a more informed discussion with them.

2. Know the Facts

Charts, graphs, and statistics are helpful aids when discussing cannabis with your kids. When you help your child understand what is going on in one's brain and body when using cannabis, then you help them understand the outcomes of using it. Kids have more access than ever before to information - including misinformation.

It's also important to be open and talk about your relationship and firsthand experience with cannabis. Without real world examples, kids might be inclined to believe what they've seen on the internet, which may not always be true.

If you don't feel like you have all the information needed to discuss cannabis with your kids at present, do some research until you are confident in talking about it. Both, the Cannabis Talk Kit and Clearing the Smoke are scholarly sources that provide simple statistics and definitions.

3. Be Honest with Your Children

Let them know that cannabis is not for everyone. Feel free to answer questions about various types of cannabis use. Don't be afraid to mention that while cannabis is considered by some to be less harmful than tobacco and alcohol for adult use, it's still not something that should be used without being aware of the consequences.

You Are Their Role Model

No matter what conversation you have with your kids about cannabis, make sure that you're a good role model. It is wise to avoid smoking in excess in front of them, and it is always recommended that you smoke outside or away from children in order to prevent second-hand smoke inhalation. Legal cannabis is here to stay, and your kids deserve to have an honest conversation with you about what it is and how to use it responsibly.

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