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Having the Talk: A Parent’s Guide to Discussing Cannabis with Kids

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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:

Discuss Facts About Cannabis

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.

Use 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.

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Does Cannabis Help Or Harm Your Workout? [VIDEO]

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Cannabis Help Or Harm Your Workout

As cannabis has become more widely accepted and used, there are still many common questions and concerns people have in regards to how it can affect your workout.

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Can You Take CBD at Work? Find Out Here

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CBD at Work

Cannabidiol’s legalization has made it a permanent fixture in the lives of tens and thousands of people around the globe, particularly those who suffer from chronic pain, anxiety, and other medical conditions.

With CBD products available in just about every state in the country, it cannot be denied that workplace rules and regulations around the use of these items have come to light. After all, many employers are concerned not only about the performance of these employees in the workplace, but also whether or not it’s appropriate to even take CBD at work in the first place.

A Brief Overview on CBD

CBD at work

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the chemicals found in cannabis and hemp plants. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), this compound does not cause users to feel intoxicated or to be high as it is a non-psychoactive compound.

Under the Farm Bill of 2018, all hemp-derived products are now considered legal. This means that cannabidiol oil and products from hemp can now be sold and be available on the market. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved one drug that uses CBD to treat epilepsy, namely Epidiolex.

Cannabidiol is highly praised in the cannabis community not only for its non-psychoactive components, but also for its numerous health claims. It is often used for treating chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, addiction, and a host of other medical conditions.

CBD at Work and the impairment and intoxication it brings

Despite being legal throughout different states, it is not surprising that CBD still garners a certain stigma to it, especially since there are still unregulated products out there are that are not 100% pure CBD. This means that not only does it exceed the allowed 0.3% THC, which is still not intoxicating, but it can potentially alter employee performance.

Unless a product has been thoroughly tested and verified by a third-party laboratory saying that cannabidiol products from this brand and line do not contain THC, individuals run the risk of employees testing positive for marijuana in case they are subjected to a drug test by their employers.

As a matter of fact, there have been numerous instances in the past where employees have been fired from their work after testing positive for the drug, even though they have only taken CBD-marketed products. This resulted in lawsuits against manufacturers who claimed that their products are made from pure CBD.

Since impure cannabidiol products can have effects on users, there have been agencies such as the Department of Transportation (DOT) that have issued mandates against the use of cannabidiol in the workplace. These include school bus drivers, truck drivers, and even police officers.

However, for those not under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation, the use of cannabidiol at work remains under the existing employer-employee contracts and under the current rules and regulations. This means that individuals who opt to use CBD in the workplace may not be covered by protections who test positive for the drug, unlike those who are using medical marijuana.

Communication at the Core

For all concerned parties to be given the proper protection they need, education and communication should remain at the center. This entails employees being given the education and implications of using CBD, and by extension, the potential contamination of THC into these products.

At the same time, it is imperative that workers are in the know about the existing drug and alcohol policies in the workplace. While the use of cannabidiol will not put individuals under the influence, there are still accompanying risks to using CBD and there are implications when a positive marijuana test is obtained.

Conclusion

Although there are certain states such as New York that are now taking strides in changing existing labor laws on employee cannabis drug testing, there is still a long way to go when it comes to revising these drug testing policies and how it perceives CBD use. So, be sure to be wary about using cbd at work in the meantime and learn about your workplace drug rules to be on the safe side.

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CBD OIL BENEFITS + what it did to my skin! [VIDEO]

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CBD OIL BENEFITS

This video talks about the benefits of CBD oil for skin. Many users are starting to notice how CBD can work well in making the skin more healthy, plump, and supple. It can also address a variety of skin issues such as acne and redness.

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