You probably know about the many health benefits CBD provides, but does your family?
CBD, the non-psychoactive component found in the cannabis plant, aids in everything from relieving pain and anxiety, improving focus and mood, providing a better night’s rest, and much, much more.
Because your parents, grandparents, or friends may not fully understand what CBD is or why it is beneficial, we have created a how-to guide for speaking to your loved ones about CBD.
Especially for those you know would benefit from CBD (whether from chronic pain, arthritis, anxiety, stress, or other), it is definitely worth broaching the subject as you now know how big of a positive impact CBD can have on someone’s quality of life.
1. Approach the conversation calmly
Be sensitive in your approach. Some people are skeptical of CBD mainly because it is a newfound compound. It’s normal for people to be wary of things that are new to the market.
What you don’t want to do is come off as a know-it-all or come across as derogatory. Keep in mind you are explaining the benefits to your loved ones because you want to help them, and truly believe CBD will be an effective healing agent for them.
2. Know your CBD facts
You don’t need to have as much knowledge as a scientist, but you should know the basics of CBD that people typically are concerned with.
Be prepared for these two questions once you have drummed up the subject:
- Will CBD get me high? No. CBD is non-intoxicating and non-toxic, meaning it is impossible for the compound to get a user high, no matter how much CBD someone takes.
- THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the component of the cannabis plant that is responsible for giving users a high.
- All CBD products (given they are from credible and honest brands) contain less than 0.3 percent THC, meaning those trace amounts of THC inside the product are almost unrecognizable.
- Is CBD legal? Yes. CBD is legal across the U.S. so long as the CBD is derived from hemp, and contains no more than 0.3 percent THC.
Explain that there are different uses for different products, as well. For example, if someone is trying to treat their skin rash with CBD, they would be best off using a CBD topical cream. If someone is using CBD for their anxiety, an oil, tincture or capsule would be the smartest thing to take.
3. Talk about common benefits of CBD
Tell your loved ones why people are taking CBD, and how it is making their lives better.
Common reasons people are gravitating toward (and loving) CBD products stem from improvement in mood and focus, decrease in stress and anxiety, and decrease in pain and inflammation.
Explain that because people are looking for more natural routes of living, including eating, meditating, and taking medication, CBD is an excellent source for improving the overall health and wellbeing of a person as it is a natural and multifunctional supplement. In fact, many view CBD as a daily health supplement in place of a multivitamin or other daily supplement.
4. Have confidence in your presentation
Speak from personal stories. Has CBD helped you combat your anxiety? Tell them about it. Has CBD gotten rid of your lifelong back pain? Tell them about it.
Explain specifics as to what you were taking CBD for in the first place, how you took it (through oil, capsule, cream or vape), and how you felt after taking it. Did it give you a better night’s rest? Is it helping you focus at work better? Is it aiding in your digestion?
If they ask, “How can CBD possibly be responsible for all of these health conditions?” Say, “I’m glad you asked!” and brief them on CBD working in tandem with the endocannabinoid system.
The answer to how and why CBD is so multifaceted lies within the human body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which is responsible for promoting and maintaining homeostasis (balance) within the body. CBD interacts with the ECS by enhancing everything that the ECS regulates, which includes sleep, appetite, mood, pain tolerance, immune function, disease prevention, and more.
A key thing to keep in mind, also: CBD can only help you, not hurt you. Even if you (or your mom or your coworker) is as healthy as a horse, you can still reap the benefits of CBD. There is no risk in taking the supplement, for it can only benefit you or whomever is taking it.