be_ixf;ym_201910 d_22; ct_100

Conversations About Cannabis: How to Have a Fight-Free Dinner Table This Holiday Season

Cannabis conversations during thanksgiving

If you’ve ever sat down to Thanksgiving dinner with your family only to get pied in the face during a vicious political debate, this post is for you.

The holiday season is officially upon us. For most, this means warm hugs, good food and cheery fellowship with friends and family. For others, this time of year can be a little more aggressive.

Indeed, conversations frequently turn to tough topics and hot-button issues during holiday dinners and often result in harsh disagreements and strained relationships. However, it’s important to still have those tough conversations and create an opportunity for change.

For example, the cannabis industry is still highly stigmatized today despite the bounty of research highlighting its incredible powers and health benefits, especially in hemp. As hemp purveyors, Bluebird often encounters outdated opinions and misunderstandings about CBD and its relationship to marijuana. We work hard to correct these misunderstandings when they come up, but it is a continuous process.

If you are just beginning to use CBD or cannabis, you may encounter some pushback from relatives and friends who don’t understand. Here is Bluebird’s go-to strategy when discussing CBD with skeptics:

  1. Start with the facts. Many people don’t even know what CBD is, let alone where it comes from and what it does to the body. Truthfully, there is enough research, conjecture, and testimony on the powers of cannabis and CBD to keep anyone busy reading for the next decade at least. To start, though, here are some of the key points to cover:
    • hempCBD stands for cannabidiol, which is one of over 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant.
    • The cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which consists of a large number neurotransmitters and cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body and brain. Many scientific studies have revealed that the endocannabinoid system is closely involved with the human neural, hormonal and immune systems.
    • CBD does come from cannabis, but that does not mean it will make you high. Most CBD comes from hemp, which by legal definition is any cannabis plant with less than 0.3% THC. THC is the cannabinoid found in cannabis that produces the psychoactive effect that most associate with consuming marijuana.
  • Hemp extracts are legal to produce and sell under the 2014 Farm Bill. You do not need to live in a state with a medical marijuana program to buy CBD, and Bluebird Botanicals ships its products all over the country.
  1. Share your perspective. The best way to prove a point is to be a living example of it. Everyone reacts differently to hemp extracts; however, sharing your personal cannabis success story can be a powerful way to get others on board. Be sure to add a few happy tears to your emotional storytelling to achieve the full dramatic effect.
  1. Provide some resources for individual research. As a dietary supplement company regulated by the FDA, we are unfortunately not able to make specific claims about the benefits of hemp extract and CBD. There are some great hemp education resources available for those looking to learn more, though. Here are some of our favorites:
  • U.S. Hemp Roundtable – This is an excellent resource for those looking to get caught up on all the goings-on in the hemp industry. The U.S. Hemp Roundtable is a coalition of hemp companies and national grassroots organizations. Check out their educational repository for a deep dive into hemp legislation, or subscribe to their newsletter for updates on major industry events including the 2018 Farm Bill.
  • Hemp History WeekWant more education on hemp? Hemp History Week is the largest national grassroots organization working to restore strong support for industrial hemp farming in the United States.
  • Bluebird’s blog – We at Bluebird strive to provide top-notch hemp products. We also strive to provide the necessary education to our customers to help them become informed hemp health warriors. We cover topics ranging from the Internet’s most searched questions about CBD to five ancient uses of hemp. You’ll definitely learn something new!
  1. give thanksUnderstand that beliefs and stigmas can take a long time to change. Don’t give up if your family doesn’t get on board immediately. Stigmas can pervade for centuries when unchallenged. Don’t berate others for not understanding, but do stick to your guns and take future opportunities to gently bring up the conversation and share your viewpoint again. It may take time and patience, but the payoff of sharing the benefits of CBD with your loved ones will be worth the effort.
  1. Be grateful! This is THE week to practice gratitude. Even if your family doesn’t align with your beliefs, be grateful that you were able to have the conversation. Give thanks for the benefits CBD has had on many. Most importantly, regardless of the outcome of any dinner conversation, remember to be grateful for the presence of your family and friends.

The best part about this strategy is that it can be used with any hot-button topic, not just cannabis. So, if you find yourself sitting down to a rather contentious Thanksgiving dinner this week, remember these steps and you may just get a chance to shatter some of those outdated stigmas!

Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving from the team at Bluebird Botanicals!

Leave a Reply

More Products

Classic
Hemp Classic CBD OilOut of Stock

250+ mg cannabinoids per ounce. Hemp CBD oil extract & organic hemp seed oil.

Details
Complete
Hemp Complete CBD OilOut of Stock

250+ mg raw & heated cannabinoids per ounce, plus hemp terpenes.

Details
Signature
Bluebird Hemp SignatureOut of Stock

250+ mg cannabinoids per ounce. Classic blend plus frankincense & black seed oil.

Details
Sample Pack
Hemp Sample PackOut of Stock

10 ml bottles of Classic, Complete & Signature. 250+ mg total cannabinoids.

$24.95 Details
Classic 6x
Hemp Classic 6x Concentrated CBD OilOut of Stock

1,500+ mg cannabinoids per ounce. Hemp extract & organic hemp seed oil.

Details
Complete 6x
Hemp Oil Concentrate Complete 6xOut of Stock

1,500+ mg raw & heated cannabinoids per ounce, plus hemp terpenes.

Details
Signature 6x
Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Signature 6xOut of Stock

1,500+ mg cannabinoids per ounce. Classic blend with frankincense & black seed oil.

Details
6x Sample Pack
Concentrated Hemp Oil Sample PackOut of Stock

10 ml bottles of Classic 6x, Complete 6x & Signature 6x. 1,500+ mg cannabinoids.

$109.95 Details
Hemp CBD Silk Lotion
Hemp CBD Silk LotionOut of Stock

Gentle CBD topical cream made with full-spectrum hemp extract, essential oils, jojoba, and coconut…

Details
Hemp CBD Essential Lotion
Hemp CBD Essential LotionOut of Stock

CBD lotion made with full-spectrum hemp extract, jojoba, carrot, and coconut oil. Available in…

Details
Hemp CBD Sport Lotion
Hemp CBD Sport LotionOut of Stock

CBD sports cream made with full-spectrum hemp extract, ginger, arnica, mint, jojoba, and coconut…

Details
Hemp CBD Capsules
Hemp CBD CapsulesOut of Stock

Hemp CBD capsules with full-spectrum hemp extract & organic virgin hemp seed oil. 5…

Details
Concentrated CBD Capsules
Concentrated CBD CapsulesOut of Stock

CBD capsules with full-spectrum hemp extract & organic hemp seed oil. 15 mg of…

Details
CBD Vape Juice
CBD Vape JuiceOut of Stock

CBD Vape Juice. 1,000+ mg cannabidiol (CBD) per ounce of vape juice.

Details
CBD Isolate
CBD Isolate PowderOut of Stock

96%-99.9% pure isolated cannabidiol (CBD). Always 3rd party lab tested.

Details
CBD Isolate Wholesale
CBD Isolate WholesaleOut of Stock

96%-99.9% isolated cannabidiol (CBD). Bulk CBD full-spectrum isolate avaialable at wholesale cost.

Details
Companion Oil
Companion CBD Hemp Oil For Dogs & CatsOut of Stock

250 mg cannabinoids per ounce. CBD hemp oil & organic virgin hemp seed oil.

Details
Companion Capsules
Companion CBD Capsules For PetsOut of Stock

CBD hemp extract & organic virgin hemp seed oil. 5 mg cannabinoids per soft…

Details
Concentrated Companion Capsules
Concentrated Companion CBD CapsulesOut of Stock

CBD hemp extract & hemp seed oil. 15 mg of cannabinoids per soft gel…

Details
THC Free CBD Oil
THC Free CBD OilOut of Stock

1500+ mg CBD per ounce. Hemp CBD isolate & organic fractionated coconut (MCT) oil…

Details