Like it or not, cannabis is here to stay. There are currently 23 states and the District of Columbia that have some kind of cannabis law, whether medical or recreational, and there are five states that have marijuana initiatives on the upcoming November ballot. Beyond this, three more states are trying to pull together legislation in time for the November ballots.
There is no question that there is a growing movement of people across the country who are quickly realizing that cannabis is an effective medicine and should be an available, legal option. A growing number of people are also realizing that at the end of a long day, cannabis can be a great alternative to alcohol to unwind and relax, without the numerous complications that come with alcohol consumption.
With this growing population of cannabis consumers, it is becoming increasingly clear that it is time to start explaining cannabis truthfully to our children. It is time that we start treating cannabis consumption as an educational opportunity without kids instead of a taboo subject that shouldn’t be discussed. The responsible thing for parents to do is to educate their children on the effects of cannabis and the reasons why people choose to consumer cannabis, whether it is for medicinal purposes or recreational ones. It is about the same discussion any responsible parent should have with their kids about alcohol consumption, except the discussion about cannabis should also include the information about the good, natural medicine and the healing properties cannabis possesses.
As the U.S. and the world moves forward with cannabis legalization, it is time to start seriously destigmatizing cannabis and start telling the truth about the plant. The numerous medicinal benefits of cannabis are well known to many, and the number of ailments it treats is only growing as more people realize it is safe alternative. This year promises to bring pivotal changes to the cannabis landscape and the hope of government funded medical trials will be much closer – trials that will finally provide “proof” to the last remaining few who seem to still need it.
Kids should know that cannabis can safely and effectively treat most common aches and pains without the liver damage that comes with many over the counter pain killers like ibuprofen, and they should know that it can serve as an effective treatment for many other more extensive and invasive ailments that inflict our population like cancer, PTSD, and multiple sclerosis, to name only a few.
They should know that for adults, when used responsibly and moderately, recreational cannabis can be a much safer alternative to alcohol. Of course, they should also know that, just like many things in our lives, cannabis has the potential for abuse and overuse. It shouldn’t be used by people with developing brains — like children and teens, and it should always be used responsibly. But responsible use is only possible with education — if we want our kids to make responsible choices, we must provide them with honest information.
Our job as parents is to teach our children about the world and what is has to offer, good and bad — to teach them to think critically and make smart choices. Our children deserve the truth about cannabis — it could potentially save the world.
This article was written by Choice Organics’ owner, Erica Freeman, for The Coloradoan. To view the original article, click here