Remember the first time someone offered you a hit of marijuana? It’s that awkward moment where you either have to accept (come on, we’ve all succumbed to peer pressure at least once in our lives) or decline and possibly face the consequences of looking “uncool.” There were so many unwritten rules in high school it was hard to keep up. 

But let’s say you were that kid who said yes, liked it, and gradually made marijuana use a part of your daily life. How do you tell the parents? Your friends? Your grandmother who probably thinks marijuana is the devil’s work? Here are some tips on how to come clean about marijuana use.


The Safety And Health Statistics

Whenever you pick up a new hobby, whether it’s skateboarding, competitive eating, or smoking marijuana, parents are going to think about health and safety first. Now is the time to assure them you’re not going to die. That may sound like an over-exaggeration, but seriously, in the history of marijuana use, no one has ever died from being too high. There is such a thing as “greening out” but it passes within a few hours.

According to, “a study found that a fatal dose of TCH, the potent chemical in marijuana, would be between 15 and 70 grams. To give you an idea of how much marijuana that is, consider that a typical joint contains about half a gram of marijuana. That means that you would have to smoke between 238 and 1,113 joints in a day to overdose on marijuana.” Damn, that’s a lot.

**Side Note: Many parents respond well to facts and data — this is your “proof” that marijuana isn’t as scary as they may think**


The Laws And Legality Factors

Another worrying factor that may cross a parent’s mind is, “What if you get arrested? What if my baby goes to jail and has a mark on their permanent record?” This is a conversation that varies from state-to-state. Marijuana users in California, for example, can legally purchase marijuana (recreational and medicinal) as long as they’re 21-and-over and have a valid photo ID. Smokers in Texas, on the other hand, put themselves at risk of getting caught and facing the consequences of doing something illegal. As of 2019, marijuana is fully illegal in the following states…

  • Idaho
  • Wyoming
  • South Dakota
  • Iowa
  • Wisconsin
  • Kansas
  • Texas
  • Lousianna
  • Alabama
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Tennessee
  • Kentucky
  • Indiana

What Good Does Marijuana Do For You?

Now it’s time to get personal. It’s not so much about convincing others that marijuana is ____ (insert adjective), it’s more about helping them understand your reasoning. You may need to come clean about a possible medical condition, such as anxiety, depression, or insomnia. You may need to explain that a medical condition has gotten worse and that your go-to medicine doesn’t work like it used to, hence the addition of marijuana. 

Assuming most of us here are millennials, we’re blessed that the internet is loaded with studies and research on the health benefits of marijuana. For those who live in a state where marijuana is only legal medically, these are the most common qualifying conditions that may land you a prescription.

  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders
  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Glaucoma
  • Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Cachexia/Wasting Syndrome
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Break The Stereotypes

Thanks for nothing, Hollywood. Movies do an awful job of portraying what marijuana users are actually like. Not all of us are lazy, unmotivated slobs — albeit there are some exceptions. As a regular marijuana user, make it a priority to break the cinematic stereotypes once and for all. 

Prove to the rest of the world that you can be successful, smart, and an all-around good person even when stoned or high. In fact, marijuana can also help with that. Certain strains have shown to increase cognitive function, which correlates to heightened focus, concentration, and creativity. Then there are strains that naturally elevate a smoker’s mood to make them feel happy, uplifted, and social. 

In any relationship, honesty is the best policy. Be open and upfront about your marijuana use to the people who matter. You don’t need to shout your personal habits from the rooftop but keep loved ones informed in the case of an emergency. And if someone doesn’t approve — you know what, you’re an adult. You can make your own decisions and mistakes. That’s part of growing up.