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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.

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