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Talking to Seniors about Medical Marijuana
Almost all of us have senior citizens in our lives who could potentially benefit from medical marijuana. Parents, grandparents, extended family or friends.
Whatever the situation, we want and need to be able to talk about cannabis, to have honest, open dialogues about it with the people we care about most.
The good thing here is that we CAN have these dialogues now. Medical marijuana is without a doubt one of the hottest topics in the U.S. to the point where presidential candidates are talking about it on national television.
In fact, all of the misinformation about cannabis that continues to circulate is another major incentive to keep talking about it.
With some people, particularly loved ones we love and respect, talking about cannabis can still be an intimidating notion. Maybe we assume they’re totally against the plant, and we’re afraid how they’ll react if we bring it up.
So, if you’re concerned about negative reactions, there are certain methods you can use to approach the topic in a neutral way.
If you truly want to change people’s minds about this plant, you’ve got to really do your homework. Know the facts and all the latest information out there on the many aspects of medical cannabis.
Exciting, scientific findings are turning up all the time, groundbreaking research that effectively defuses a lot of misconceptions about pot.
Don’t just talk about the latest research, actually show it to them. You can easily invite anybody to look at an exciting article you’ve found. Tell them you’d like to get their opinion and you’ve got a dialogue going.
You don’t necessarily have to do this, but sharing your own story about medical marijuana can open the door to communication. Once once the person begins to open their mind about the possibilities of cannabis, it’s a lot easier.
If you can give your own testimony about how marijuana has added value to your life, you’ll create a tremendous impact on the other person’s mindset.
Once you have had the talk, you can begin to slowly introduce methods of ingesting.
Whatever method of ingestion you choose, be sure to start slowly. Try a little bit at a time, wait, and if another helping is desired, go for it.
Remember it is much better to consume too little marijuana than too much. Remember that the other person will have zero tolerance to THC. And some physicians even suggest that less is more.
When elderly patients use cannabis, extra caution is advised simply because THC can cause disorientation and dizziness for some. This is where CBD-rich cannabis strains can be valuable, but availability may be an issue for a lot of people.
The important thing here is to go into this knowing that finding an ideal cannabis regimen often takes a bit of trial and error.
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