How to Talk to Friends and Family About CBD
Discovering CBD can be an exciting experience, especially if it helps relieve issues that nothing else seems to alleviate. Unfortunately, despite growing research about the safety and benefits of CBD, many people are still skeptical, and this can make it hard to talk about your experiences with family and friends. To help you navigate this tricky topic, we’ve collected CBD facts and conversation pointers so you can speak with confidence and inform your loved ones about CBD’s potential.
Understand the Full Scope of What CBD Is Used For
The first step to speaking confidently about CBD is learning the facts so you can address your loved ones’ concerns.
Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is a compound derived from the cannabis plant that interacts with receptors in your brain and body. These receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system, which regulates many processes such as inflammation, sleep, anxiety and more.
CBD does not make you feel intoxicated. However, it can promote feelings of calmness and relaxation. People use CBD to relieve stress, get a great night’s sleep, ease stiffness after exercise and feel better in day-to-day life.
Know Where Your CBD Products Are Coming From
As a nutritional supplement, some people question whether CBD products are safe or if they contain the amount of CBD promised on the label. Premium brands like Nature’s Script™ address this concern and are transparent about the contents of their products. You should always look for third-party lab testing certificates to make sure the products you buy are safe and potent.
Another common concern is that CBD products might make you “high.” In the U.S., federal law states that the CBD in supplements must be derived from Industrial Hemp. Hemp is a non-psychoactive variety of the cannabis plant which contains less than 0.3% THC. This is very low compared to marijuana varieties, which can contain up to 30% THC. Federally-compliant CBD products don’t make you feel intoxicated due to the extremely low THC content within hemp and the extraction process that separates CBD from the additional contents of the plant.
Questions to Ask When Approaching a Difficult Conversation
Like any challenging conversation, talking to your friends and family about CBD requires a lot of empathy. They may be concerned about your health and safety, and need some reassurance that you’ve chosen your wellness approach with care. Some of them may be hanging onto old stigmas and may not be very open to a new alternative. In the end, you want to leave the conversation feeling connected, heard and supported in your journey. Asking yourself these questions will help you get there.
1. Do I need this person to know that I use CBD?
One way that people manage the stress of difficult conversations is by prioritizing the ones that matter most. Maybe it’s very important to you to have your partner on your side as you explore CBD products. You should also bring it up with your doctor or pharmacist, as CBD and other supplements can interact with some medications. On the other hand, you can probably let yourself off the hook for winning over your opinionated neighbor or the people in your carpool, and save yourself some stress.
2. How do they currently feel about CBD?
If your loved one is already open-minded about CBD or embraces alternative approaches to wellness or medical cannabis, starting the conversation might be as simple as sharing something that you’ve learned or asking about their experience with it.
If you suspect your loved one will have strong objections about CBD, you can set the stage for a calm conversation by listening carefully to their concerns.
3. What are their concerns about CBD?
Approaching a tough conversation with a curious, open mind can help lower the tension, and asking questions can help you get into the right headspace. When we focus on what the other person is saying and try to understand their perspective, it shifts our thinking. We use less of the anxious, fight-or-flight parts of our brain, and more of the empathetic and creative parts.
When you focus on being a good listener, not only does it calm your mind, but it helps the other person to be more calm and open.
4. Can sharing information help them understand my decision?
Sometimes, people feel a bit defensive when their opinion is being challenged. In this state, they may find that information from outside sources is easier to process than the conversation itself. You might share some educational resources about CBD.
5. What do I really need from them?
One reason we tend to get stressed about tough conversations is that we’re worried about losing the other person’s approval. But to have healthy relationships and feel safe expressing ourselves, sometimes we need to let that worry go. You might think, “Maybe it’s okay if my best friend doesn’t totally understand my decision to use CBD. Maybe what I need is for them to hear me, and accept my choice because they love me, even if they don’t agree.” It can be a relief to take the pressure off yourself to change their hearts and minds and help you communicate more authentically.
How to Get Started With CBD
If you have your closest supporters on board and are ready to begin your journey, the next step is to choose what type of CBD products you’d like to try. There are a range of choices from edible products like CBD Oil and Gummies, to topicals you apply on your skin like lotions and gels. Each type of product has its own benefits, and you can pick one that best suits your needs.
All of Nature’s Script CBD products are formulated to take care of your wellness needs safely. With a variety of potencies, flavors and formulations with other active ingredients that help ease pain, support sleep and help you feel great, there’s a CBD product for you. You’ll rest easy knowing that every item is tested in-house and third-party tested for safety and potency by an ISO-approved lab. You’ve done the hard work, now start exploring and find your premium, quality and safe wellness solution.