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How To Talk To Your Family About Medical Marijuana Use
Talking To Your Family About Medical Marijuana
Making the decision to use medical marijuana isn’t always the easiest. Although medical marijuana treatment continues to become more widespread, there is still a stigma that remains with cannabis. Sharing your decision about your new health solution with your loved ones may be a challenge for some. However, if you approach the situation the right way, it doesn’t have to be as difficult of a conversation as you might think.
Choose a Comfortable Setting
When you decide to have a talk with your family, make sure to have it in a setting where you are all comfortable and won’t experience any interruptions.
If you have a diverse family that has varying opinions on marijuana use, remember not to belittle their concerns and encourage them to ask questions. The more open-minded you are and the more information you can provide for your family, the better.
Focus on the Research and Benefits of Cannabis
There are a wide variety of studies that have been conducted that highlight the benefits of medical marijuana use for a number of conditions. If you are suffering from a specific condition such as chronic pain, PTSD, or anxiety for example, have research ready to present to your family member(s) that shows how cannabis can be effective in providing relief.
If your family has concerns regarding the psychoactive effects it produces, remind them that not all medical cannabis products will create the ‘high feeling.’ Products that only contain CBD are non-intoxicating and THC based products such as topicals and dermal patches do not cause any psychoactive effects.
It may also be beneficial to mention to your family how medical marijuana treatment compares to traditional medication. For example, if you experience chronic pain, you can highlight how cannabis therapy is a safer and more natural alternative to using prescription painkillers, especially opioid based medication.
At the end of the day, it is important for your loved ones to remember that medical marijuana is a treatment option that can help your condition and lead you to a better quality of life.
If you are a Virginia resident suffering from a medical condition you think may benefit cannabis, you're likely eligible for medical marijuana treatment.
Click here to learn more about what Virginia Marijuana Card's state-certified medical marijuana doctors can do for you, or give us a call at (888) 633-5808 and our friendly support team can walk you through the entire process and schedule you for an evaluation appointment.