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How to help your canna-curious friends

Published May 14, 2022 09:00 a.m. ET
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We all know someone who, despite the broad acceptance and legalization of cannabis, hasn't decided to take the leap just yet. More than anything, these folks need the love, guidance, care, and attention of someone who is 100% at ease with the plant and its many offerings, a task that any cannabis enthusiast can take on. With that in mind, we’re going to show you how to help the canna-curious using tactics that are sure to facilitate a smoother and possibly sooner transition.

1. Be loud and proud

Cannabis is something that still makes far too many people uncomfortable, thanks to many years of propaganda and vilification from the media and governments, and that’s why we highly encourage all consumers to be loud and proud about their choice to indulge or medicate. This sets an incredible example for those who are canna-curious, and it shows that it’s possible to consume with confidence, and there is an entire community of like-minded people who wholeheartedly support them.

2. Offer a safe space

Have you ever heard the saying ‘there is no stupid question’? This is something that’s often said to open the door for those who might be embarrassed due to the nature or perceived simplicity of their queries. The important thing is to give the canna-curious a go-ahead to ask anything, and you might just be surprised to learn what they have to say.

3. Encourage

Opening your door to answer questions is an excellent start, but this can be taken one step further by actively encouraging the canna-curious to take one small step towards becoming more comfortable with the plant and its products. Gentle encouragement might give them the boost they need to move forward on this journey. Still, it is important to keep in mind that peer pressure can have devastating consequences, so be sure to give them plenty of room to absorb the idea without using any aggressive tactics, which brings us to our next point.

4. Stick to the facts

It may be tempting to repeat every myth and bold claim you can recall in hopes of changing the mind of a canna-curious friend, but it’s staying factual that’s an essential part of this process. Don’t make fantastical promises or claims to convince them to try it, and do not downplay the risks we know are very real, like driving while under the influence. Give it to them straight, and they’ll be much more likely to take the leap with you because they’ll know no matter what happens, you’ll be truthful, giving them the opportunity to come to the table prepared.

5. Exposure

You might be shocked to learn just how many people have never seen another human being that’s high, never mind one that’s going through the various motions required to get to that point, like rolling a joint or using a grinder. When the canna-curious don’t yet want to join in on the fun, they can receive a stellar rundown of the basics just by watching you, so why not help them out by revealing how it’s done? This type of exposure will help to build confidence and a whole new level of comfort around cannabis, which might be all they need to feel ready for their own experience.

6. Let them try yours

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Sharing is caring, and passing along some of your favourite products can be a great way to help your canna-curious friends because, in some cases, simply having access is enough to make them think just a little bit harder about whether or not they want to give it a shot. Of course, it’s always best to start low and go according to their comfortabilities, which means products with low cannabinoid concentration and topicals that shouldn’t get them stereotypically high at all. Easing into all of this is always the way to go.

7. Connect them with resources

Do you have a friend who would like to get a medical license? Perhaps instead, you know a canna-curious individual who’d like to do some research on the subject, with nowhere to turn. Either way, as their enthusiast friend, it’s your duty to put them in touch with the resources they need to make it happen, and that’s really easy to do. Give them trusted websites and books, or offer to book them an appointment at your local community cannabis clinic. Those who learn about cannabis, as well as those with a prescription from a doctor, are often much more comfortable with the experiences it may have to offer.

8. Invite them to a cannabis party

Are you this canna-curious individual only friend who dabbles in all that this plant has to give? Or maybe they only know a few who indulge from time to time, with most of them uncomfortable with discussing cannabis openly with someone who doesn’t partake. This is the truth for many, as enthusiasts are often drawn to others who consume, for obvious reasons, leaving non-users excluded entirely from the culture and community. You can help to introduce them to all of it by inviting your intrigued friend to a cannabis party.

9. Go to a class together

If you really want to know how to help, then one of your first stops should be to register for a transparent lesson or class with your canna-curious compadre, where you’ll receive a first-class cannabis education together. Since consumption is often not a requirement or even allowed in so many of these learning environments, be they online or in-person, it’s possible to ensure they don’t feel pressured to jump right into an experiment of the mind right then and there. Even if they don’t end up trying cannabis products, they’ll leave more knowledgeable than ever before, and that’s a good thing no matter who you are.

10. Help them to navigate this experience in a beginner-friendly way

You might have hopped, skipped, and jumped right into a full-blown psychoactive experience, as so many who consumed prior to legalization can relate to, but there is no longer a need to settle for whatever is available when you have the choice of concentrations and purity. Beginners can now begin with super low doses, be it in flower, edibles, or even concentrates, giving those who aren’t yet sure what cannabinoids might do the opportunity to test the waters in a way that avoids potentially uncomfortable experiences.

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