Talking Turkey About Cannabis at Thanksgiving

If you’re gathering with family for Thanksgiving and have recently come to realize the medical benefits that cannabis can bring, you may be dreading “The Conversation.”

You know the one we’re talking about: Where you tell your relatives that you’ve tried medical marijuana or a CBD product and have experienced relief from whatever malady was ailing you.

While cannabis use shouldn’t be difficult to discuss at family gatherings, many patients find the topic difficult to broach. That’s in large part because of the stigma that clings to marijuana as a result of the federal government’s century-old decision to classify it as a dangerous “Class 1” substance.

Cannabis – A History Of Medicinal Use

In fact, cannabis has been used for centuries to naturally treat a variety of ailments and has fewer side effects than many of the pills likely lining the shelves of your relatives’ medicine cabinets.

Even so, the conversation concerns aren’t entirely in your head. Uncle Ralph might call you a “pothead” or worse after you share your experience.

On the other hand, Aunt Gladys could just pull you aside afterward and confide that she has found CBD oil helpful in easing her arthritis pain or ask you for more information, so she can try it, too.

Stick With Cannabis Facts

Only you can decide if the conversation makes sense, given the dynamics of your relationships with various members of your family. But if you elect to go forward with it, here are some tips that may help:

  • Don’t proselytize. You’ve probably seen positive results from cannabis or you wouldn’t be bringing it up, but don’t let your enthusiasm turn you into a sales person. Talk about your experience, the science of cannabis, (if you’re comfortable with the technical aspects), the different ways of ingesting it, but don’t preach.
  • Mention the historical record of cannabis having been used as medicine for centuries. This is an undeniable fact.
  • Speaking of the science, a great example of how the human body interacts with natural substances is probably sitting on your Thanksgiving table. Many people have heard that turkey is rich in tryptophan, which in the popular telling is why we feel so sleepy after the big meal. That’s a myth. Turkey does contain L-Tryptophan, an essential amino acid that does have sleep-inducing properties, but no more so than many other foods. The point here is that you can use the way tryptophan works as a point of comparison to the natural metabolization of cannabinoids, the active ingredients of cannabis, by the human body.
  • Respect boundaries. If children are present, it’s best to wait for an adults-only moment to bring up your use of cannabis. Many parents are very protective of their kids’ exposure to information about drugs that have a potential for misuse and you don’t want to press those buttons without meaning to.
  • Be prepared for a negative reaction from the Uncle Ralph in your family and don’t become defensive. Remember that Ralph or whomever grew up being told that marijuana is bad and will almost certainly lead to drug addiction. Try to explain in even tones that the information was an effort to scare kids away from illicit drugs and didn’t reflect the medicinal benefits that even government scientists now acknowledge. Whatever you do, don’t take the bait and engage in an angry debate. That would leave a bad taste in everyone’s mouths.

Come armed with some helpful and factual information for relatives who express interest in finding out whether cannabis might help with their health issues. We’re biased, but we think Greenlight Approved is a great place to start. We believe when you start something new, it’s best to start slow. Gather all the information you can to make a safe informed decision. Let Greenlight Approved be your guide so your first experience with cannabis is an educated, safe and positive one. Let us direct you to premium product and brand options as well as participating retailers near you, at

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