As the perceived CBD millennial wellness trend gathers momentum, you may find the seemingly reluctant older generation are not as closed minded as you might have thought when it comes to cannabis and CBD.
CBD is proving to be ‘THE’ new go-to natural medicine of the moment, that everyone seems to have heard about. While many of you are already sold on the extensive potential benefits of CBD, the thought of introducing your mom or older relatives to CBD might have you feeling a bit apprehensive.
When speaking to a CBD newbie for the first time there are a few points that may aid them in curbing their hesitancy and give them the confidence they need to try something new... perhaps even eliminating the need for their pharmaceutical medications along the way.
- What is CBD?
- Why use CBD?
- What is CBD used for?
- How easy is CBD to use?
What is CBD?
CBD is a compound found in the cannabis plant, just like the infamous THC. Where these differ however is that CBD is non-psychoactive, so won’t get you high.
CBD interacts with one of the most important physiological systems in our body, called the Endocannabinoid system. This system helps keep the body in balance, regulating functions such as:
- Reproductive health
- Hormones and more
However, when this system is out of balance due to illness or other stressors, CBD can aid in rebalancing this system, and creating overall homeostasis.
So of course, you want your mom to experience all this goodness. The following is a list of tips that will help you, help her, get the CBD goodness she needs.
CBD Won’t Get You High!
Our baby-boomer parents grew up in a time where cannabis fear-mongering and misinformation was rife. Yet amongst this was a divergent culture of cannabis advocates pushing for a more laissez-faire approach to cannabis legislation, who were also big proponents of cannabis medicine very early on.
Whichever team your mom belonged to, it is quite natural that she may resist conversation about cannabis medicine at first. So, when approaching the subject, the most important thing you should mention is that CBD is non-psychoactive.
CBD, like most of cannabis’s other 113 cannabinoids discovered so far, does not produce a psychoactive effect when taken and is also non-addictive. In fact, only a few cannabinoids within the cannabis plant, THC, is known to be psychoactive.
While the idea that cannabis has therapeutic properties has been noted for thousands of years, the possibility of getting ‘high or arrested’ is enough to turn many off.
By reiterating that CBD is non-psychoactive, with many of the same presumed health benefits as whole-plant cannabis, you may be on the right path to diminishing any misgivings.
Rely on Science
While the FDA does not allow cannabis companies to make medical claims, there is a multitude of medical studies that provide evidence of cannabis’s medicinal importance in human health.
In fact, cannabis-based, CBD medication called Epidiolex was approved by the FDA for the treatment of seizures associated with two epilepsy syndromes - Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
And while many of the scientific and medical studies have been performed on animal models, CBD has been found to show substantial potential in treating health problems such as:
- Reproductive issues
The list of benefits doesn’t stop there either. The hemp plant itself is jam-packed full of:
- Essential fatty acids
The list goes on. But we’ll touch back on later a little later. Providing your mom with the assurance that CBD could have legitimate health benefits and could be an integral part of general wellbeing for people with so many other health conditions, she may just give it a try.
Yes, CBD is Legal
Of course this is based heavily on where you live in the world, however, for most of Europe and the United States, CBD is legal, and even sold on high streets. While it is important to check what your country or state’s laws are, CBD that has been derived from hemp (not cannabis) is legal in all 50 states of the US and a majority of European countries.
But let’s be clear on this. Hemp-derived CBD products differ from cannabis/marijuana-derived CBD products.
This comes solely down to a technicality. The difference between a ‘hemp’ plant and a ‘marijuana’ plant is that:
Hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC in it, in order to be classified as hemp.
Marijuana, however, has no limit to its THC content.
So when buying CBD products, advise your mom to buy hemp derived CBD products–if you live in a state where marijuana is still illegal, or if you think your mom would prefer to steer clear of THC.
Show Mom the Results
What better way is there to show your mom the effects of CBD, than by proving it yourself. Some talking points you could go through with her are:
- Dosing guidance and information
- Effects of CBD on you
- Strength of the product you use
- Expected results for her
- Ease of use
If you don’t have the experience yourself, you may find using anecdotes speak volumes. There are plenty of articles and videos that show CBD patients finding incredible relief from their health-related symptoms.
There’s More Than One Way to Take CBD
While vaping or smoking CBD is well and good for some, many people are relatively unlikely to pick up a cannabis cigarette or vape if they haven’t before.
Your mom may be under the impression that CBD may only be taken by smoking it. By providing her with information on tinctures, oils, crystals, or hemp extracts, and ways to include CBD in her favorite recipes, you’ll be giving your mom the best chance to find the right product to suit her lifestyle.
Keep in mind, opening up conversations about CBD and medicinal cannabis with your elders may take more than just one conversation. It’s important to remember that change may be more difficult as you grow older. So, don’t force the issue, as this will only end up turning them off. Education is key, so encourage your mom to do some research for herself.
Followed all these steps and were successful in introducing the idea of CBD to your mom? We want to hear from you! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what your results were.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).