If you are the head of a family, medical cannabis use does not impact your ability to be an excellent role model.
When living with younger children, do not attempt to hide or cover up your medical cannabis use. It will only make the substance appear more “taboo” or enticing to young outsiders when they see adults using it. Be upfront and open about your use and reasons for it, being sure to differentiate between legal and illegal use.
Lead by example. Use cannabis in a way that you would permit your children to do so at an appropriate age. Refrain from using the terms “marijuana” or “weed,” and instead refer to it simply as “medicine.” When around smaller children, explain that what you are taking is medication for adults, and it should not be used unless suggested by a cannabis doctor. If necessary, explain which symptoms you primarily use it for and how it helps you. Treat cannabis as you would treat any traditional medication, as children’s first impression of the plant may very well come from you. Try medicating while alone rather than in front of others and keep tending to family responsibilities as always.
It is also important to address the complex history of legal cannabis as well as the many misconceptions still in circulation today. Many public-school systems retain an extremely negative connotation of cannabis, communicating little to none of its potential medical benefits. While marijuana can be potentially irresponsible for individuals who are underage, those who use it medically and responsibly can greatly increase their quality of life.
Additionally, it is imperative for children to know that not all cannabis is created equally. Its many forms are created for a variety of uses, conditions, and endocannabinoid system makeups. These forms, while derived from cannabis, have varying strengths and therefore very different uses. For example, an individual who uses cannabis wax has much more extreme medical necessities than one who simply applies a topical gel. Through our cannabis consultations, Compassionate Certification Centers can help you find which product or form best fits your medical needs.
If you feel that your child would benefit from medical cannabis, a parent or guardian’s approval is required in order to be certified for use for patients under 18, with the exception of anxiety. Understanding among family members is key for responsible and effective use. If you feel that medical cannabis is the right choice for you or your child, visit our site at www.compassionatecertificationcenters.com and schedule an appointment, or call us at 888-316-9085.
Author: Collin Kelly, Marketing/Media Specialist at Compassionate Certification Centers