Parents have the difficult task of raising their children to be humane, well-adjusted and reasonable human beings, among other things. With all the discussions regarding marijuana use and its legality, this topic has become part of the ‘talk’ alongside sex and reproductive health. If you are looking for ways to talk to your children about this plant, here tips you can follow:

Talk About the Facts

As a parent, you want to make sure that your children know about what cannabis is all about. After all, one of the most powerful things in assuring safe usage is knowledge. Here are some marijuana facts you need to talk about:

  • It’s Different Names

It is understandable that you want to prevent your kids from consuming this plant until you know that they are of legal age and are responsible enough to guarantee responsible usage. This is why one of the first things your kids should be aware of is the other names attached to marijuana. Aside from being called marijuana, cannabis and hemp, some of the most common names include weed, pot, dope, hash, ganja, kaya and Mary Jane.

  • The Plant

Once you introduce the various names for weed, you can proceed to tell them what exactly the plant is. You might want to talk about its two major species namely sativa and indica, as well as the two major chemical compounds found in the plant, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Then, point out that CBD is a highly medicinal component of the plant, whilst THC has the psychoactive and sedative effects.

  • Marijuana Laws

Due to the medical properties of this herb, it is now legal in most of the United States, Canada, Uruguay and Thailand, while some countries are still deliberating its legality. If you live in a place where medical and/or recreational marijuana is legal, then make sure to talk about the regulatory laws enforced in your place of residence.

  • Hemp Oil and Other Cannabis Products

Children and teenagers are naturally curious and you can bet that they will try unfamiliar products presented to them. Because of this, it is important to inform them that while they might avoid actual dried weed, it is still possible for them to consume the herb   unknowingly. This can be done through cannabis-infused products such as edibles and drinkables.

Expose them to Child-Friendly Materials

Now, once you discuss some of the highlight talking points about cannabis, you want to make sure that they maintain an objective view of this wonderful plant. This is important so as not to create a bias for or against the plant, and to let them decide for themselves whether or not to consume this plant. To encourage independent thinking whilst ensuring that they get safe information regarding this matter, giving them materials that tackle this herb.

For children, why not get “It’s Just a Plant” by Ricardo Cortes and “What’s that Weed” by Ross Hudson? These children’s books help involve children in the marijuana conversation by presenting easily understandable facts. Aside from this, make sure to give them an objective source, such as those informational materials you can get from the educational institutions.

By doing this, you are empowering your children by enriching their knowledge, while also giving them the chance to do some learning and thinking themselves.

Parents’ guidance is some of the most important factors in shaping the lives of children. By objectively discussing cannabis with your kids, you are making sure that they get their information from a source that has their best interest in mind.