A relationship is going to have challenges because dating is already as complicated as it is. You may be big on sci-fi movies while they binge-watch romantic comedies. They might like breakfast foods for dinner rather than you enjoying it for the first meal of the day. Your partner might cheer for your local home team, while you are a die-hard fan of your out-of-state team. Whatever the case may be, differences can be overcome in a relationship as long as there is a little bit of effort.
Cannabis and Couples
Finding ways to coexist with a partner who is cannabis-free can be daunting. For better or for worse, the legalization of cannabis has entered the dating conversation. If you’ve found yourself in a partnership with a non-cannabis user and want to continue the relationship, there are appropriate measures to take to ensure both are comfortable with your cannabis consumption. You may be reluctant to bring up your smoking habits at first, but there are plenty of ways to navigate a relationship with your significant other who isn’t educated on the benefits of cannabis.
Here are some ideas to keep your relationship thriving.
1) Honesty & Communication
First things first, communication and compromise are key. Right off the bat, it’s helpful to be open and honest about your cannabis consumption. Hiding your whereabouts to your significant other or keeping them in the dark may make them think that you’re lying. Treat the cannabis conversations and agreements just like anything else in the relationship. Confronting your significant other about cannabis does not have to be any different from discussing safer sex practices, finances, or even work-related conversations. It may be challenging for a non-smoker to understand how to adapt to a smoker’s world, so it’s important to accommodate your partner. If they do not feel comfortable when you bring cannabis into your home or when you ask them to enjoy it with you, then there’s no reason to pressure them. Creating boundaries and clear expectations together will help with any future problems or surprises further down the road.
2) Get on the Same Page
If you or your partner have faced difficulties or problems while talking about cannabis, take some time to discuss the emotions, reactions, and thoughts of each person together. Find the time to figure out where their cannabis experience went wrong or what you could do to help educate them since you are the cannabis expert in this case. Part of this ongoing negotiation will be listening and responding to the needs of one another.
Conversation starters to fit the situation:
- How do you see my/your relationship with cannabis?
- These are the benefits I see in cannabis consumption…
- Do you have any issues or concerns and what could possibly help?
- How can my cannabis habits be improved?
Being accommodating and understanding is effective in any relationship, especially when the topic of cannabis is involved. Cannabis users have to deal with judgment and stigma all day. It’s essential to adjust and meet in the middle while guiding your way through the rapport. Ask your partner why they may have a negative view about cannabis whether it’s because of work guidelines or a failed urine test that could end their career. It might even be the stigma or adolescence that has been holding them back from discovering the power of cannabis. Sparking up the conversation will lead to finding common ground. They might give it a second chance or become canna-curious in wanting their first experience.
3) Keep an Open Mind
To your significant other, it may be all fun and games, but they’ll need their own way to mellow out. Cannabis users consume for relaxation and unwinding after a long day. The best thing a non-smoker can do is find their own ways to destress. They can mimic your mellow vibes through a glass of wine, reading, or even yoga and meditation. They may also just enjoy the contact-high they get from your consumption.
Enjoying aspects of the cannabis culture together could be an everlasting bonding experience. Your partner doesn’t need to be a smoker to enjoy trippy books or movies. If you open up at least one element of the cannabis world to them, they could possibly change their perspective. If you have a high tolerance, advise your newbie cannabis partner to start slow with a low-dose. Smoking isn’t something that comes naturally to people, so consuming infused cannabis edibles can make for a better option if they don’t like the cough after a first smoke. Edibles are discreet for both recreational and medical cannabis consumers. Since the body has to work to digest the edible and the THC is broken down and filtered through the bloodstream, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours before feeling the full effect. Each person’s reaction is different after their first session. Whether they fall for cannabis or decide that they hate it, meeting in the middle is a must. Conversing and opening up different suggestions will lead to a little compromise. Couples can explore various approaches such as only consuming on days apart or opting for non-intoxicating CBD strains. Either way, it is definitely possible to have different views on cannabis, while tending to a lifelong, fulfilling relationship.
Our team at THRIVE is here to help ease the conversation and navigate a pro-cannabis relationship. If you live in Las Vegas our knowledgable budtenders are here to answer any questions either of you may have and can provide suggestions on the best products to keep your relationship THRIVING. You can have your favorite products delivered straight to your home with our 24/7 delivery service.