Cannabis and the Holidays: Navigating Common Concerns
As the leaves change colors and temperatures start to drop, it becomes evident that the holiday season is fast approaching. While this time of year often brings excitement and joy, it can also stir up anxiety and concern, especially for those of us who partake in cannabis. The holiday season presents unique challenges, and it’s common to face unsolicited questions and opinions from friends and family. Whether it’s an overbearing aunt questioning your drinking choices, or a best friend needing education on your cannabis consumption, this time of year can be overwhelming for many. In response to our community’s questions, the Annaboto team has prepared some guidance to help you navigate through the upcoming holiday season.
How to Talk About Your Cannabis Consumption with Relatives:
Discussing your cannabis consumption with relatives might seem intimidating, but open communication is key. Choosing an appropriate time and place for these conversations is crucial. While there’s no shame in discussing this at the dinner table, finding a quiet moment away from the holiday chaos for a private conversation can lead to a more productive dialogue. Being well-informed and clear about your reasons for consuming cannabis enables you to educate your relatives on its benefits and how it positively impacts your life. Utilize “I” statements to express your personal experiences, remain patient, and be ready to answer any questions or concerns honestly.
Dealing with the “Why Aren’t You Drinking?” Question:
The question "Why aren’t you drinking?" is a common query during holiday gatherings. If you choose not to drink, here are some strategies to handle the situation:
- Be honest yet concise: You can simply state your choice not to drink and mention the alternative beverage you’re enjoying, perhaps one of our canna cocktails, or nerd out on soda water (bubble size matters!)
- Take the opportunity to educate: Share your preference for indulging in cannabis-infused cocktails, or explain why cannabis, in another form, works better for you than alcohol.
- Shift the focus: Steer the conversation towards something positive, such as a delicious infused meal or drink you’ve recently enjoyed.
- Be confident: Embrace your decision and remind yourself that your preferences are valid; you don’t owe anyone an explanation.
Using CBD for Clear-Headed Hosting:
If you wish to remain clear-headed and engaged while hosting, opting for CBD products can be an excellent choice. CBD, a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, offers relaxation and stress relief without the typical “high” associated with THC. Consider incorporating CBD into your hosting routine to alleviate stress before gatherings. Our recommended strain for this purpose is CBD Charlotte’s Angel Auto from North Atlantic Seed Co, which contains less than 1% THC.
Picking the Right Cannabis Strain for the Holiday:
Choosing the right cannabis strain is crucial if you decide to partake during the holiday season. Your selected strain can significantly impact your mood, energy level, and overall experience. Determine your goals for cannabis use when selecting a strain. Are you seeking relaxation, creativity, or a boost in energy? For lively holiday festivities, a Sativa-dominant strain like Tangie might be ideal; it boosts serotonin levels, providing an energizing and euphoric experience. On the other hand, Indicas are great for unwinding after events, aiding in muscle relaxation, and helping to alleviate insomnia. Regardless of your choice, start with a low dose to understand how the strain affects your body.
Whatever your feelings are this holiday season, we hope it is filled with peace, warmth, and happiness.
With love, The Annaboto Team