Talking to your parents about cannabis at any age can feel a little daunting—but there are ways to make the conversation go smoothly, provide your parents with clarity around CBD, and help them to understand why it's a wiser way to thrive. And remember, it’s likely that they will have questions that are very similar to the ones you had when you first heard about CBD—here are some key points to share with them to help your parents take back control of their wellbeing.
Go Back to Basics: What Exactly Is CBD?
CBD might be one of the most talked-about topics in the country these days, but that doesn’t mean you can skim over the basics. Your parents are savvy and will appreciate the facts:
- Hemp is a strain of the Cannabis Sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products (like CBD).
- CBD is a plant compound found in hemp, although it can be found in other plants we eat every day, like broccoli and kale but CBD is most abundant in hemp.
Scientifically Explain Why CBD Won’t Get You High
A quick science lesson is always helpful due to the stigma that has plagued cannabis for so long and to provide a factual backdrop for your conversation:
- Hemp and marijuana are both plants from the Cannabis Sativa plant species but the fundamental difference between hemp (what Sagely Naturals products are made of) and marijuana is the percentage of THC (the component that makes you high) found in each plant.
- Hemp contains more CBD (the component that brings balance back to the body) and less THC (the psychoactive element), while marijuana contains more THC (the psychoactive element) and less CBD. Further, FDA laws specify that hemp-derived products that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC (including Sagely Naturals which contain 0% THC) are not considered controlled substances under federal law.
Legality: Talk About The Farm Bill
Cannabis has been used widely across the world and the ages but in 1970 it was categorized as a Schedule 1 drug so if your parents have concerns around its legality that is completely understandable. You can let them know about the following changes that have happened recently:
- The passing of the Farm Bill in late 2018 was a huge step forward for the cannabis industry—it removed industrial hemp from the prohibited Schedule 1 drugs list and allowed licensed farmers nationwide to grow industrial hemp more freely.
- The TSA also recently updated their rules to allow certain cannabis-infused products, including CBD oil with less than 0.3% THC in carry-on and checked bags.
What They Didn’t Learn in Biology Class
The endocannabinoid system is something most people haven’t heard about, didn’t learn about in school, and rarely comes up in conversation—but here’s your chance to share why it’s one of the most crucial systems involved in supporting your wellness:
- We have what’s called an endocannabinoid system—a central regulatory system that helps to regulate immune, nervous and digestive systems and keeps the body in balance.
- It’s a complex cellular network of cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body. This network knows how to process the naturally occurring CBD chemicals because the human body and the cannabis plant both make cannabinoids. Like a lock and key system, we are biologically programmed to be able to use CBD effectively.