Baby boomer parents, have you disclosed cannabis use to your adult children?
Are you a baby boomer who doesn’t brag about your cannabis use? If so, you might be surprised at the positive reception your offspring have received, even if outwardly they also seem to be comfortable with the stigma of cannabis use.
The baby boomers generation is not so open and often feels ashamed of their cannabis use in front of their adult children. Who are the Baby Boomers and what are some of their experiences with disclosing cannabis use?
Who are baby boomers generation?
The baby boomer generation, often referred to by the acronym boomers, is the demographic cohort that follows the silent generation and precedes Generation X. It is often defined as those born between 1946 and 1964, the baby boomers of the mid-20th century. This generation is often defined as those born between 1946 and 1964, during the baby boom period of the mid-twentieth century. Data, demographic context, and cultural identifiers may vary from country to country. Baby boomers tend to be described as a shock wave and a pig in the python. Most Baby Boomers are children of the Greatest or Silent Generation and are often the parents of Generation X and Millennials.
Experience of disclosing cannabis use to adult children
Until recently, I mostly avoided talking to my two children about my cannabis use, justifying my silence by telling myself, “They know their parents use cannabis, just like they know we had sex (at least twice, or they wouldn’t exist). But that doesn’t mean we have to talk about it openly. Many of my dear friends who are parents have never tried too hard to hide their cannabis use from their children. My wife and I, however, have always been more discreet, which was easy because in the 20+ years we’ve been raising our kids, we’ve rarely used marijuana.
We drank alcohol, of course, but mostly in moderation. Children may have caught us adults fooling around at parties, but they certainly didn’t attend unbridled bacchanalia, at least I don’t remember that. (But the idea of accompanying one’s meal with a glass of alcohol has always been more widely accepted than the idea of rolling a joint or pulling on a vaping pen at a family barbecue. The relatively commonplace acceptance of one substance versus the stigma of the other led to my reluctance to discuss my cannabis use with my children.
When did I finally have to tell my children? I got a job with a company that invests exclusively in cannabis-related businesses. As a result, I felt compelled to clarify my position on cannabis use to my offspring. In the spirit of full disclosure, this meant not only my position on issues such as legalisation, but also if, when and how their mother and father use cannabis themselves.
I wish I could say that I sat my children down in front of a carefully prepared PowerPoint presentation projected on the dining room wall, allowed a brief question and answer period before concluding with “We won’t talk about it again. Who’s ready for dessert?” But that’s not what happened. Instead, “The Talk” was leaked for several months, mostly in the form of cues. For example “Terry brought some of the flowers that he grew at home”. Gradually, my children and I moved on to more direct conversations about cannabis, but we did not consume cannabis during these conversations, even though they were all of age.
Eventually, we all shared cannabis together. The four of us were at a resort we’ve been visiting since the kids were little. We played cards, ate well, strummed the guitar and sang, we laughed a lot. The vape pen was passed around several times. Paradoxically, I don’t think we talked about cannabis. On the contrary, our joint actions resonated more clearly than any talk.
Did you talk about your cannabis use with your now adult children? If so, what did you say and how did they react? Share your experiences in the comments!
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Published by Sakul17/03/2023