Talking to your family about CBD can be intimidating. Family members don’t always know the difference between hemp and marijuana, and that CBD is neither addictive nor psychoactive. In this article, we cover all the topics you’ll need to have an open and honest conversation about CBD with your family.
Where to Begin?
If you have chosen to take a CBD product, it can be challenging to explain to the family. They might worry that you’re taking something ‘dangerous and addictive.’ The government and the media are still playing catch up, so, understandably, your family may not have heard all the facts.
Take this opportunity to learn more about CBD and share this information with the family.
Let's Talk About Hemp
The simple mention of cannabis may ring alarm bells, especially with parents, but it’s worth taking time to distinguish between hemp and marijuana/cannabis clearly.
Both are flowering plants that share a botanical family link – the Cannabis Sativa plant.
- Marijuana (also known as cannabis or weed) is the offspring with a high level of THC psychoactive compound (often 30%+).
- The other offspring is Hemp, and by Federal Law, it must contain less than 0.3% THC.
Hemp has been created by generations of farmers pollinating the Cannabis Sativa strain with a lower THC level. Hemp fibre is very resilient and has been farmed for ropes, textiles, and nutrition for thousands of years.
Cannabidiol, commonly called CBD, is extracted from the leaves and flowers of the Hemp plant. It’s then added to products to allow you to digest, or absorb, the CBD safely.
At its November 2017 meeting, the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) concluded that, in its pure state, cannabidiol does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm.
Explain the Benefits Of CBD
It’s a good idea to reassure your family that a wide range of people takes CBD daily and that medical science is taking it seriously.
Many people suffer from SAD, Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder at some time in their life. CBD has been shown to help reduce SAD.
A study that measured SAD levels in people before and after public speaking found that the group who received a single treatment of CBD oil before the event reported significantly reduced anxiety when compared to the placebo group.
Studies by the European Journal of Pain found that topical CBD cream application has therapeutic potential for relief of arthritis pain and inflammation without evident side effects usually experienced by taking oral painkillers.
Anecdotally there have been many discussions from CBD users about taking CBD to help get a good night’s sleep. A study carried out did show promising results, while further scientific research is required, the initial research is promising versus traditional sleep aid pharmaceuticals.
Used by Olympic Athletes
The World Anti-Doping Agency removed CBD from its list of prohibited substances in 2018.
Athletes say it helps reduce muscle inflammation and allows them to relax after a hard training session.
Good for Pets too
CBD has been proven an effective treatment for dogs with osteoarthritis. A study carried out showed increased activity when dogs were issued with daily CBD oil doses.
Explain How CBD Works
CBD oil works with the body’s Endocannabinoid System that controls your body’s homeostasis. Homeostasis is a system of pathways in your body that maintain your health and well-being. It achieves this by maintaining and adjusting the biochemical pathways that connect all the body’s systems and organs. The molecules that connect these pathways are cannabinoids.
This is why it’s thought that CBD oil can calm and relax the body so well because it contains plant-based cannabinoids.
Don't Shy Away from Questions About Possible Side Effects
It’s important to reassure your family that you are aware of the potential side effects of CBD. Although these side effects appear to be rare based on publicly available information, it’s still important to understand the potential risks associated with drug interactions.
Possible Side Effects:
- Tiredness – though some consider this a benefit of CBD.
- Nausea – occasionally, people experience a minor allergy to CBD. It’s also a sign of taking too much CBD.
- Dry Mouth – the viscous oil may cause dryness.
- Reduced Appetite – While many see this as a benefit (less snacking being a typical report), older people must maintain sufficient calories for good health.
CBD and prescription drug interactions commonly cause serious Side Effects. If you are currently taking any medications, discuss with your doctor before taking any CBD product as it may interact with your medicine.
What to do Next?
Talking to your parents can be the toughest job. Patience is key. If you know the answers to the most common questions, you are far more likely to reassure them that you understand CBD and that they need not worry.
If you’ve covered all the topics above with your family, allow them time to digest the information and leave the door open for further questions. Our BuyCBDProducts blogs cover many topics in-depth if your family would like additional information about CBD.
All our CBD products are organically farmed, and independently third-party batch tested. Every package comes with a unique QR-Code to tell you everything you need to know about your CBD product.
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