As a parent you might feel a little overwhelmed about talking to your kids about cannabis now that it’s legal and more available to the the public. Seeking out resources to help you have conversations about cannabis with your children is a great first step. Which is why I wanted to help direct you on the right path. Whether your concern is helping your children avoid early cannabis use by being a good role model or just simply communicate your values about cannabis use. These are all great mind sets to start at. Here are a few other things to keep in mind…
Don’t drive impaired.
Consider not using cannabis around your children as it could encourage them to want to use it and could expose them to harmful chemicals.
Make sure they understand the consequences of underage cannabis use, including both the health effects and the legal implications.
Be open to having a conversation with your children at any time.
Answer questions about cannabis without exaggerating or using scare tactics.
Help them understand how advertising works and encourage them to question messages they receive from the media.
Teach your pre-teens how to make smart choices and how to say “no” to peer pressure, teach your teens how to make smart choices and how to rise above peer pressure.
Bring up the topic naturally – like after watching a TV show or movie that involves cannabis; or when there is a news story that involves cannabis use.
Make sure your teens know the laws regarding cannabis, including underage use and driving when high.
Be open and honest. Encourage your teens to share their thoughts, experiences, feelings and opinions. Set clear expectations and rules around cannabis use. Teens want parents to set boundaries, even if they sometimes disobey the rules.
Helpful Links to Check out….
- Ministry of Health Fact Sheet / Cannabis
This fact sheet contains information about the health effects and risks associated with cannabis use.
- Ministry of Health Fact Sheet / Parents Matter Brochure
This brochure discusses the influence that parents or caregivers have on their children’s views on drugs and alcohol.
- Ministry of Health Fact Sheet / Talking Matters Brochure
This brochure discusses the important role in talking to children about harms associated with alcohol and drug use.
- Ministry of Health Fact Sheet / Teen Recovery
This fact sheet discusses what to do if alcohol or drugs are causing problems in your teen’s life.
- Ministry of Health/ Alcohol and Drug Support Page
Learn more about the Government of Saskatchewan support and services for people who need help addressing their alcohol and drug use.
- Health Canada / Talking with Teenagers about Drugs
This page provide tips for parents/caregivers for how to talk with their teen about the risks of drug use.
- Centre for Addictions and Mental Health’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG)
This pamphlet provides recommendations on how to reduce risk associated with cannabis use.
- Ministry of Health/ Youth Drug Detoxification and Stabilization Act Information for Parents
This brochure outlines the criteria for youth involuntary detox and stabilization.
- Drug Free Kids Canada / Information for parents/caregivers about cannabis
This website provides information for families who want to learn about cannabis, talk to their children about cannabis and the consequences of driving high. It also includes a downloadable Cannabis “Talk Kit” for parents/caregivers.
- Healthy Canadians / Talking About Drugs Booklet
This booklet provides information for parents/caregivers for how to talk to their teen about drugs.
- RCMP Drugs Awareness
This website provides information on topics such as substances, myths and realities, designer drugs and information for parents. It includes a free downloadable app on Android and ITunes . Available in English/French.