You’d like to tell your friends you’ve started taking marijuana for medicinal purposes. It is helping you in ways you didn’t even imagine it could. As a senior citizen, you’d like to share this information with other senior citizens. However, you are also aware that many of your friends are not as forward thinking as you are. You know, in fact, that Betty and John are very conservative in their views and you are not sure how they will react. So, what do you do? Do you tell them?
The temptation to tell others you are using medical marijuana might at times be hard to resist. Naturally you want the occasion to be a positive experience for everyone. However, fearing the consequences of this is very logical and real. In places where prohibition is still in full effect, you’ll want to be extra careful about who you talk to.
How will your friends, family or employer feel about your marijuana use? Will they be supportive? If not, what will the consequences be?
Tell The People You Trust First
You will want to find or plan a convenient time to sit down and talk about it. Timing is important, so try to approach friends or relatives when they are in a good mood, preferably in a private setting, with no distractions.
We recommend that you start this journey by first telling people you trust. This will make it less uncomfortable for you and it will be a good “practice” point from which you can move on to other folks whom you fear will react differently.
Anticipate a variety of reactions. Some will be positive and uplifting, while others might not. Some people might even be completely shocked by your revelation.
Be prepared for any reaction, and stay calm if things don’t go well. As long as you show your friends and family that you are cannabis-educated and can articulate how marijuana helps you live a healthier life, then you might be able to win them over.
If the reaction is negative, let them know that you value and respect their opinion. Be aware that they might just need a little bit of time to process your news. It could take a couple of days or even weeks. Be patient. Give them all the time they need.
Don’t Force It Upon Others
We naturally want others to enjoy cannabis as much as we do, even if for different reasons. Maybe we believe they can benefit medicinally or spiritually from it. Whatever the motivation, don’t ever pressure somebody to try cannabis if they don’t feel comfortable. Rather, be an example for responsible use and wellness.
Once you have revealed your secret to the people you care about most, be proud of yourself. It takes courage and conviction to do what you’ve done. Talking about marijuana in an open way with certain people in your life takes a lot audacity and planning. Not only are you being true to your friends and family, but you are also being true to yourself.