Today the prohibition surrounding marijuana has left us all in a tricky position. While we may be in favor of full legalization of marijuana, we don’t feel as though we can publicly or socially discuss marijuana without scorn or judgment. This is the reality of living in a society in which marijuana- whether recreational or medicinal- is not viewed with affection. Indeed, because marijuana has been pushed to the edge of society, people now have a difficult time discussing the product without seeming like they are condoning drug culture in general. This is something that must change about the way cannabis strains are discussed by the general public. As marijuana is becoming legalized in more and more states, it is becoming less stigmatized. However, even strong proponents of legalization have a difficult time discussing marijuana at work or around their children. This needs to change, but how can this change occur within society? What can you, as a proponent of marijuana use, do to help change the way that people talk about marijuana, especially medical marijuana? Use the following tips to help jumpstart discussion of and conversation about marijuana. While you may not win all the arguments, you will help make cannabis a less taboo topic of discussion:
- Let the science be your guide: While not everyone may jump on the bandwagon of legalizing marijuana for recreational use right away, the powerful science demonstrated by Medical Marijuana Dispensaries can hardly be denied. Indeed, it is this science that will lead the way into future discussions about cannabis. Use the scientific research and data that has already been completed to show how cannabinoids are believed to work and the powerful ways they have been seen to improve certain conditions. Let the science help you talk about cannabis in a new way, and in a way that helps you argue against the common stereotypes.
- Don’t hyperbolize: Proponents of medical marijuana are quick to exaggerate in order to make points about the uses of medical marijuana. This will only hurt the reputation of medical marijuana should these claims not pan out. It will also make you look foolish. Instead, be humble and note that the science is not complete, but do tell anecdotal stories painting a positive picture and note the science that has been shown to be true.
- Know what you’re talking about: You cannot go into any discussion about marijuana without at least some knowledge of the science. The first step to taking the conversation to the next level is knowing the difference between sativa strains and indica strains. Next, know the ways that cannabinoids interact with the systems of the body in order to suppress some bodily functions and enhance others.
- Suggest simple remedies: Rather than telling your friend whose mother has cancer that cannabis has been proven to cure cancer, ask your friends about smaller ailments such as insomnia or inflammation. Suggest a strain that might be useful to them based on this information. This is a great way to introduce people to marijuana in a way that they have never before known it.