How to Handle Cannabis Conversations Around the Holiday Table

holiday table set for family dinner where you'll have cannabis conversations

The holiday season is well underway and with it comes the promise of many (maybe too many) family get-togethers. Estranged aunts, distant cousins, and every in-law you can imagine – just waiting for the opportunity to ask you all the questions you simply don't want to answer, like "Why are you still single?" or "How's the job hunt going?" But some of the worst questions that can be asked around a holiday dinner table are questions about cannabis. Specifically, your views on cannabis! Instead of floundering to tell grandma why weed isn't bad, prepare for all the most common cannabis conversations and how to navigate them. From legalization to health to the rapidly changing future of weed, we have you covered in Leafbuyer's guide to cannabis conversations!

Cannabis Legalization

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Legalization is a hot topic in the media which means just about everyone has an opinion about it. Whether your family agrees with your point of view or not, it can't hurt to shed some light on the reality of cannabis legalization. In fact, this is one of the easiest cannabis conversations to navigate, especially when you bring history into the mix. If you want to talk about legalization, it’s important to establish a simple fact early on: cannabis has been used by humanity for thousands of years and has only recently been criminalized. Research can corroborate the historical use of cannabis as a medicine, a drug, and an essential crop for textiles and more. You can also mention the prohibition of alcohol and question why people are free to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, and drink coffee but they can't smoke weed. It simply doesn't make sense!

Common sense aside, there are fiscal and health-related reasons for legalizing cannabis as well. Legalized weed means regulated weed, which, for a lot of people should be a good thing! Now anyone over the age of 21 can buy cannabis legally with guaranteed safety, all thanks to legalization. To top it off, all that spending due to the growing weed industry is great for the economy. Jobs are created by legalization – from weed trimmers to scientists – and they, in turn, probably spend some of their paycheck on weed. The cycle continues and everyone is, all in all, safer and happier with legalized weed.

Long-Term Effects of Cannabis

hanukkah celebration dinner table with traditional foods and some cannabis conversation

Anyone who asks about the long-term effects of cannabis on your health probably has an unhealthier habit than weed. Drinking, over-eating, smoking cigarettes, or pounding diet drinks might have more long-term effects than cannabis. Many rumors persist in cannabis conversations about long-term effects of cannabis consumption: you'll kill your brain cells, you'll get cancer, maybe you'll become addicted! While it can be nice to have your family worry after your health, misguided concern about weed is just plain annoying. Unlike with most other drugs, it looks like many of the effects of long-term cannabis consumption should reverse within three months of quitting weed. There might be other long-term effects, but we probably aren’t going to get the answers without more legalization. As for cannabis being addictive, that isn't quite accurate. Cannabis consumers can develop a dependence on the drug, but that does not equal a chemical addiction. And it doesn’t look like weed causes cancer, though smoke in the lungs is never healthy. Consider edibles or vaping as an alternative, healthier way to consume cannabis. Cannabis conversations about your personal health are never fun but at least they can be informative.

Weed Makes You "Lazy"

woman smoking a cannabis joint outside

This cannabis conversation comes up a lot and debunking it can be hard. After all, some people do get lazy when they smoke weed. The problem? Those people were probably already lazy before they started smoking. Most ambitious people, even those who enjoy cannabis, won't lose that motivation because of a vice. Even better, there are a ton of popular figures like athletes and actors who debunk the laziness stereotype. Also, how would the cannabis industry be growing at such a rapid rate if all stoners were lazy? You have to admit that a large portion of the people working with weed are doing so because they themselves enjoy cannabis. If weed was as demotivating as some people seem to think, the cannabis industry wouldn't be where it is today. Smoking weed doesn't make you lazy – being lazy makes you lazy.

Weed is Bad and Consuming It is Bad

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One of the most important tips for cannabis conversations is knowing when to engage and when to just drop the topic. If you know that the person asking you questions about weed is decidedly anti-cannabis, then it may be better to avoid the cannabis conversation altogether. Yes, discourse is important, but so is knowing when something is a lost cause. If your holiday includes someone who is 100 percent against weed, then you probably aren't going to change their mind, just like they aren't going to change yours. It's hard to let someone keep on thinking that weed is bad and using it is bad too but sometimes you don't have a choice. People will believe what they believe and trying to change them only causes stress. Wait until they leave, then light one up in their name. You can be the living proof that cannabis isn't as bad as some people think it is.