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How to Talk to Your Parents About Legal Weed

Talking to your parents about legal weed and its benefits can be a sensitive and delicate subject. Here are some tips:

Do Your Research

Make sure you are well-informed about the topic before starting the conversation. Read up on the science behind cannabis and its benefits, and research the laws in your area. This will give you credibility and help you answer any questions your parents may have. 

We’ve got plenty of articles to get you started: Consumption Methods, Recreational Cannabis, Endocannabinoid System, & More!

Start With a Conversation

Instead of immediately jumping into the topic of cannabis, start by having a broader conversation about health and wellness. Ask your parents about their thoughts on alternative medicines and natural remedies. This will help you gauge their level of openness to the idea of cannabis.

Be Respectful

Remember that your parents may have their own preconceptions and concerns about cannabis. Be respectful of their opinions and try to approach the conversation in a non-judgmental way.

Share Personal Stories

If you or someone you know has had a positive experience with cannabis, share your story with your parents. Personal stories can be powerful tools for changing someone’s perspective.

Address Concerns

Your parents may have concerns about the legality of cannabis or its potential risks. Address these concerns head-on and provide evidence-based information to alleviate their worries.

Focus on the Benefits

Emphasize the potential benefits of cannabis, such as pain relief, anxiety reduction, and improved sleep. Explain how these benefits can have a positive impact on overall health and wellbeing.

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In a legal state, there are several potential benefits for older folks using cannabis, including:

Pain Relief

Cannabis has been shown to be effective in treating chronic pain, which is a common issue among older adults. Cannabis can help alleviate pain caused by conditions such as arthritis, migraines, multiple sclerosis, and neuropathy.

Improved Sleep

Older adults often struggle with sleep issues, such as insomnia. Cannabis can help improve sleep by reducing the time it takes to fall asleep and increasing the amount of deep sleep.

Anxiety and Depression

Cannabis can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. Cannabis can help reduce feelings of anxiety and promote a sense of relaxation.

Appetite Stimulation

Cannabis can help stimulate appetite. This can be helpful for older adults who may have lost their appetite due to illness or medication.


Cannabis has been shown to have neuroprotective properties. This can be beneficial for older adults who may be at risk for age-related cognitive decline.

Note: The effectiveness of cannabis can vary from person to person. It’s essential to talk to a healthcare professional before using cannabis to treat any medical condition. Additionally, older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of cannabis. It’s important to start with a low dose and increase gradually.

Documentaries about cannabis for parents

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There are several documentaries available that explore the benefits and uses of cannabis. Here are some options you can consider:

If your parents are still hesitant, offer to explore the topic together. Suggest watching a documentary or reading an article (like this one!) about the benefits of cannabis. This can help them feel more comfortable and informed about the topic.

“The Culture High” (2014)

This documentary explores the politics and history of cannabis prohibition and its impact on society. It also delves into the potential benefits of cannabis for medical purposes.

“Weed the People” (2018)

This documentary follows several families who are using cannabis to treat their children’s cancer. It explores the potential benefits and risks of cannabis as a cancer treatment and the challenges of accessing it.

“The Scientist” (2020)

This documentary follows the journey of Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the researcher who discovered THC. The documentary explores the potential benefits of cannabis for various medical conditions, including epilepsy and PTSD.

“CBD Nation” (2020)

This documentary explores CBD, and its potential benefits for various medical conditions, including chronic pain and anxiety.

“The Union: The Business Behind Getting High” (2007)

This documentary explores the economics and politics of the cannabis industry. Additionally the film looks at the benefits of medical cannabis.

Remember: The goal of the conversation is to educate and inform, not to persuade or pressure. Keep an open mind and be willing to listen to their perspective as well.

Dispensaries and Cannabis for Parents(Photo Jan Zwarthoed)

Taking your parents to a legal dispensary can be beneficial in several ways, including:


A legal dispensary can be an excellent opportunity to educate your parents about the different types of cannabis products available. Dispensary staff can provide information on dosage, consumption methods, and potential side effects. They can also answer any questions your parents may have.


A legal dispensary ensures that the products your parents are purchasing are safe, tested, and accurately labeled. It can be challenging to know the quality and safety of products purchased from illegal sources. Taking your parents to a legal dispensary can help ensure they are consuming safe and high-quality products.

Access to a Wider Variety of Products

A legal dispensary provides access to a wider range of cannabis products than what is available on the illicit market. This can include different strains, delivery methods, and dosages. This gives your parents more options to find a product that works best for them.

Reduce Stigma and Fear

For many people, there is still a stigma and fear around cannabis use. Taking your parents to a legal dispensary can help demystify the process and reduce any concerns they may have. Seeing a professional environment can help them feel more comfortable and confident in their decision to try cannabis.

Bonding Opportunity

Taking your parents to a legal dispensary can also be an excellent bonding opportunity. It can be an opportunity to spend time together and learn something new. It may even be a fun and exciting experience for both of you.

Note: It’s essential to respect your parents’ opinions and comfort level around cannabis. If they are not interested in visiting a dispensary, that’s okay. It’s important to approach the conversation in a non-judgmental way. Let them make their own decisions about whether they want to explore cannabis as an option.


Parents and dispensaries

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There are many ways that the cannabis buying experience has changed since your parents youthful days of buying a four finger lid. It’s not meeting a sketchy dude some place weird anymore:

Access to a Variety of Products

A legal dispensary can provide access to a wide range of cannabis products, including different strains and delivery methods. This allows people with daily pain to experiment with different products and find the one that works best for their specific needs.

Guidance from Knowledgeable Staff

Dispensary staff are often trained and knowledgeable about the different types of cannabis products and their potential benefits. They can help people with daily pain choose the right product and provide guidance on dosages and consumption methods.

Quality Assurance

Products sold in legal dispensaries are subject to strict regulations and testing, ensuring that they are safe and accurately labeled. This can give people with daily pain peace of mind that the products they are purchasing are of high quality and safe to use.

Non-opioid Alternative

For people with daily pain, prescription opioids are often prescribed to manage their symptoms. However, these medications can have serious side effects and risks. Cannabis can provide a non-opioid alternative for managing pain, without the risk of addiction or other harmful side effects.

Improved Quality of Life

Daily pain can be debilitating and affect a person’s quality of life. Cannabis has been shown to be effective in managing chronic pain, and can help improve a person’s overall wellbeing and quality of life.

Note: Cannabis may not work for everyone. It’s essential to speak with a healthcare professional before using cannabis to treat any medical condition. Additionally, people with daily pain should start with a low dose and gradually increase as needed. Always be aware of potential side effects and interactions with other medications.

Cannabis as a bonding tool(Photo Grav)

Cannabis can be used as a tool to help parents and children bond together as adults in several ways:

Shared Experiences

Cannabis can be used to create shared experiences that bring family members closer together. Whether it’s sharing a joint or trying out different edibles together, consuming cannabis can be a fun and relaxing way for family members to spend time together and bond over a shared interest.


Cannabis can help reduce stress and anxiety, which can create a more relaxed and positive atmosphere for family members to spend time together. This can be especially helpful for families who have a history of tension or conflict.


Cannabis can also help facilitate communication and openness among family members. When consumed in moderation, cannabis can help people let down their guard and express themselves more freely, which can lead to more meaningful conversations and a deeper understanding of one another.

Creative Activities 

Cannabis can also be used to enhance creative activities, such as painting, drawing, or playing music. These activities can be a great way for family members to express themselves and work together on a shared project.

Note: Cannabis affects everyone differently, and it’s important to use it responsibly and in moderation. It’s also important to respect each family member’s personal boundaries and preferences regarding cannabis use.

Cannabis can replace more harmful addictive compounds such as tobacco and alcohol. Here are some ways cannabis can be a substitute:

As a Substitute for Tobacco

Many people who are addicted to smoking cigarettes find it difficult to quit. Smoking cannabis instead of tobacco can be a healthier alternative because cannabis does not contain the harmful chemicals found in tobacco. However, it is important to note that smoking any substance can still have negative effects on the lungs.

As a Substitute for Alcohol

People who struggle with alcohol addiction can use cannabis as a substitute to reduce or eliminate their alcohol consumption. It is generally considered to be less harmful than alcohol and has fewer negative side effects.

As a Substitute for Prescription Drugs

Some people use cannabis to manage chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and other conditions. By using cannabis instead of prescription drugs, they can avoid the negative side effects and potential for addiction associated with many pharmaceuticals.

Note: While cannabis can be a potential alternative to more harmful addictive substances, it’s not a guarantee. Use with caution and under medical advice. 

Alcohol Replacement Cannabis(Photo Michael Discenza)

There are several reasons why someone might want to use cannabis as a replacement for alcohol in a legal state:

Health Benefits

Cannabis is considered by many to be a healthier alternative to alcohol, as it is not associated with liver damage or increased risk of certain cancers like alcohol. Furthermore, cannabis can help manage symptoms of anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, which are often conditions that lead people to drink alcohol.

Fewer Negative Side Effects

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that can cause blackouts, impaired judgment, and motor coordination, and it can also lead to addiction and other negative health consequences. In contrast, cannabis has fewer negative side effects and is considered to be less addictive.

Personal Preference

Some people simply prefer the effects of cannabis to those of alcohol. They may find that cannabis helps them to relax and unwind without the hangover or other negative consequences associated with alcohol.


In states where cannabis is legal, it can be a convenient and legal alternative to alcohol. People who may have previously used alcohol legally may be more willing to use cannabis instead now that it is legal.

Note: While cannabis can be a potential alternative to alcohol, it’s still important to consume it responsibly and with caution, especially when it comes to driving or operating heavy machinery. Like any substance, cannabis can still have negative effects and should be used in moderation.


Talking to your parents about legal weed can be an intimidating conversation at first, but with the help of this article you will be prepared to inform your parents about the benefits of cannabis. Communication and openness about cannabis is crucial to healthy relationships with both your family and with the plant! Additionally, if you’re interested in speaking with your health care professional about cannabis, read up here.

If you’re interested in how to talk to your children about legal cannabis, check out our other article here.

If you decide to bring your parent or grandparent into a dispensary, we are ready for you at Substance! Our friendly and knowledgeable budtenders can provide plenty of information in a judgement free environment. Check out any of our stores for more information about cannabis.

Substance offers online ordering and curbside pickup for dabs and other fine products at all dispensary locations throughout Bend, OR and now at our newest location in Cottage Grove, OR.

Incarceration & Cannabis : A Closer Look

by Kit Ryn Foreman

The United States leads the world in cannabis-related incarceration, with an estimated 40,000 people behind bars. The federal government has stepped back and allowed states to legalize or decriminalize cannabis. Arrest numbers have fallen drastically in legalized states. Numbers have also fallen (if more modestly) in decriminalized states. However, arrests are still occurring in legalized and decriminalized states. These numbers continue to reveal a significant racial disparity, as the ACLU says in their research report:

“Marijuana legalization should be — and indeed is — a racial justice issue. But thus far, racial justice has largely been a peripheral or incidental goal of legalization, resulting in continued racist enforcement of marijuana laws, the exclusion of people of color from participating in, leading, and building wealth from the marijuana industry, and the failure to repair the harms done to communities of color by the drug war.”

In the nine years between 2001 and 2010, there were 8.2 million cannabis-related arrests in the United States; according to the ACLU, 88% of these arrests were for possession of cannabis. Black people were 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for cannabis than white people.

Between 2010 and 2018, there were over six million cannabis-related arrests. These arrests were more likely to involve a Black person. The ACLU states in their research report, that “Black people are still more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white people in every state, including those that have legalized marijuana.” Nine out of every ten arrests, according to the report, were related to possession of cannabis.

The battle doesn’t end when someone’s sentence has been served to completion. According to Richard Bronson, founder of 70 Million Jobs (a staffing agency serving formerly incarcerated people): 70 million US residents have extreme difficulty finding employment due to previous incarceration and people of color bear the brunt.

Currently, eleven states and Washington D.C. have legalized recreational cannabis. Fifteen states have reduced legal consequences for cannabis-related activity. The state-by-state solution becomes complicated when viewing cannabis through a medical lens. People who rely heavily on cannabis to treat a variety of symptoms (from PTSD to chronic pain) cannot bring their medicine with them when they fly because it remains federally illegal. They also cannot bring cannabis across state lines without breaking federal law. They must purchase new cannabis products when they arrive (if they travel to a legal state) or go without entirely.

Substance is proud to be a founding member of the Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association (ORCA) — ORCA’s mission is to “represent and advocate for the unique needs of cannabis businesses and consumers in our region.” In 2020, Substance joined the ORCA Board of Directors in order to have a bigger hand in their strategic focus and legislative priorities and helped create ORCA’s Comittee for Social Equity & Racial Justice, to build political and economic power for communities of color.

Substance is also currently contributing to fundraising efforts to establish scholarships for BIPOC individuals working towards a career in cannabis. These scholarships cover the costs of cannabis worker permits and support ongoing professional development. Additionally, Substance has recently joined an advocacy group called the Cannabis Workers Coalition. The CWC is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that actively lobbies for policy change and is heavily focused on community, advocacy, and education.

Substance is dedicated to using our agency and power to represent under-served, criminalized, and stigmatized populations. We remain dedicated, as ever, to helping to establish cannabis policies that are, in the ACLU’s words, “equitable, smart, [and] reparative.”

Oregon Cannabis 101

Are you new to the state of Oregon? Maybe you’re just passing through or visiting family and you want to stop at a local dispensary. Whatever it is, you probably have some questions regarding recreational cannabis laws. Whatever the reason, you’re in the right place. Here is your 101 guide to recreational cannabis in Oregon.

Legal Age

If you are 21 years of age and older you can consume recreational marijuana in Oregon. The use or possession of marijuana by anyone under the age of 21 is illegal, including home consumption.

When & Where

Adults 21 and older can use recreational marijuana at home or on private property. You may not smoke or use recreational marijuana in a public place. A public space is “a place to which the general public has access and includes, but is not limited to, hallways, lobbies, and other parts of apartment houses and hotels not constituting rooms or apartments designed for actual residence, and highways, streets, schools, places of amusement, parks, playgrounds and premises used in connection with public passenger transportation.” Also, remember it is at a landlord’s discretion to allow or deny the use of marijuana on their property so, be sure to ask before using it on their property.

Possession Limits

The PUBLIC possession limits for recreational users are:

  • 1 oz. usable marijuana (dried leaves & flower)
  • 1 oz. cannabinoid extracts or concentrates
  • 16 oz. cannabinoid product in solid form
  • 72 oz. cannabinoid product in liquid form
  • 4 immature marijuana plants
  • 10 marijuana seeds

Private possession limits are the same as public but, you can have up to 8 ounces of usable marijuana at a residence or on private property.

Oregonians can grow up to four plants per residence. No, that does not mean four adults can have 16 plants. Four plants per residence, regardless of how many people live there.

Where to Purchase Cannabis

You can purchase marijuana items at any OLCC licensed retail location, but we prefer you come visit us here at Substance Market or check out our Bend Oregon Dispensary Menu.

Driving & Travel

Current DUII laws have not changed. That means no driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII), including impairment from the use of marijuana. You also cannot take marijuana across state lines even if it’s legal in the state you are traveling too. That means you cannot travel to Washington with marijuana even though it’s legal. It is a federal offense.

Gifting & Giveaways

Gifting & giveaways between individuals who are 21 years of age and older is allowed but may not have any financial consideration.

Financial consideration includes:

  • Cover charges
  • Admission
  • Donations
  • Tip jars
  • Raffles
  • Fundraiser events
  • purchase required
  • Barter
  • Sales

Well, enjoy, be safe, and remember to follow the Oregon Cannabis 101 guide and laws for use of cannabis in the state of Oregon.

Download the Oregon Cannabis 101 Guide Here or for more information please visit oregon.gov.

Substance Definition

Substance: The Evolution of Cannabis Culture

Sub·stance (noun): the quality of being important, valid, or significant.


Our work as a community cannabis operator is incredibly important, and we are dedicated to being a champion of the power of the plant and diverse communities who choose to partake. The evolution of our brand is consistent with our desire to effect positive change in our society — one experience at a time. Doing so requires dedication, hard work, and a continuous change of mindset. Together, we will bring substance to the discussion of cannabis in our society.


The decision to change our brand was not taken lightly, as we know many of our customers have developed a deep bond with Bloom Well, our staff, and the care we have provided over the years. That being said, we feel that limiting cannabis to the wellness or botanical realms limits its universal adoption and acceptance. Changing our name doesn’t change the core of who we are, nor change our mission to create a culture free of guilt, shame, and stigma.


Our roots are medical and we are steadfast in our resolve to build relationships with our customers based on trust, shared knowledge and mutual respect. We always aspire to create retail environments that are judgement free. We are deeply engaged in exploring the vast benefits of cannabis. We want all adults to feel comfortable yet adventurous in our shared cannabis journey.


Ultimately, what’s important is how we treat ourselves, our friends, families, and our community members. We have always and will continue to do our best to treat everyone who walks through our doors with dignity and respect.


We are hopeful that our new identity will be appreciated and integrated as an extraordinary lifestyle brand. We love our new icon, and feel it is a powerful symbol of strength in our movement, and the importance of what we all do together.

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Cannabis Cultures: Bhang

Cannabis use varies between cultures. Some elements of cannabis consumption certainly seem to be ubiquitous. Smoking cannabis in the ‘marijuana cigarettes’ known colloquially as joints, spliffs, and blunts, for example, seems to pervade almost all geographic boundaries. However, certain practices are unique to a specific culture or location. Today, we will be exploring one such practice: a cannabis concoction known as bhang.

Origins of Bhang

Bhang is a cannabis-infused dairy drink originating from South Asia, and is generally associated with India today. Cannabis has a long history in the region, in part due to its role in certain Hindu religious traditions. Hinduism is a diverse religion originating from the Indian subcontinent. One Hindu religious text identifies cannabis as one of the five most sacred plants, and others mention its medicinal use. In several cities and regions, deities are offered cannabis as part of Hindu religious ceremonies. Cannabis, and bhang in particular, is largely associated with the Hindu god Shiva, who is sometimes called the “Lord of Bhang”.

Other South Asian religious traditions have also used cannabis at times. In addition to its Hindu inhabitants, South Asia is also home to large Muslim and Sikh populations, among others. Muslims in medieval South Asia practiced a medicinal system known as Unani Tibbi that used cannabis medicinally, and Sikh warriors would drink bhang before going into battle. One Sikh order still ritually consumes bhang today.

Contemporary Use of Bhang

Many urban Indians are increasingly turning towards alcohol and tobacco in place of cannabis. Stigma around cannabis use is growing among some upper class Indians, particularly among those that came of age during the prohibition of cannabis use in the 1980s. However, there is one day where cannabis and bhang still enjoy widespread acceptance in India: Holi, the festival of colors.

Holi is a nationwide holiday in India. Participants celebrate by throwing powdered colors on one another. Bhang also plays an important role in the festival, and is consumed by a wide segment of Indian society with little to no stigma. While norms surrounding cannabis and bhang are shifting in India today, this longstanding tradition does not appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.