You never know about boomers of color when it comes to legal cannabis.
A friend and I were sitting in Talulah’s in Asbury, NJ, sharing the Beekeeper’s Lament Pizza and a Farm Salad trying to figure out what CBD oil is. A well-dressed woman leaned over and said, “I was not eavesdropping, but I really was eavesdropping. I heard you mention CDB oil. I just want to tell you where the best store in NYC is to get it.” Imagine our surprise because we would never have suspected she knew what CBD oil was. All we could say was, in a boomer’s cannabis world, you never know.
Secret Lives In a Boomer’s Cannabis World
“ We are facing,” according to Consumer Reports, “a never before seen cohort of older adults who use recreational drugs.” My dinner conversation reminded me that there is no particular “look” that typifies a canna-curious boomer, particularly when it comes to boomers of color.
The couple at the next table was a picture of conformity. Some would say the same about my table where two black boomer women dined together. But this anecdote reinforces my claim that you really cannot tell a book by its cover.
Generally speaking, boomers of color will not advertise where we are coming from in our private lives. Part of the reason for this is 40 years ago, recreational cannabis was illegal. So, that this woman felt free enough to share with me was a break in decorum.
Cultural Reasons That Boomers of Color Hide Out
Boomers of color were sent into the world and encouraged to become “mainstream” adults. Assimilate was the message. Unlike our children, who are Millennials and Gen X’ers, we were taught to keep our business to ourselves. We were taught our survival depended upon mastering this skill, and our little pleasures and peccadillos were not to be broadcast. But at some point, we got sick of conforming (since it didn’t really yield commensurate benefits). We encouraged our kids to be all of who they are, and we too are now back to keeping it real ourselves.
To a large extent, changing state laws will continue to support a change in our behavior as it relates to legal cannabis. What more evidence is needed to support my belief now that public leaders refer to legal cannabis as a possible exit drug when 40 years ago it was considered an entry drug to further addiction?
Enhanced Quality of Life for Boomer In a Cannabis World
This post is the first in a series that will address the questions boomers of color discuss in private about the brand new world of legal cannabis.
What’s the difference between ingesting, vaping and smoking?
What should I do if I don’t want to feel like a zombie?
How can I tell the difference between indica or Sativa?
The bottom line is it doesn’t matter whether you think cannabis is for slackers or you think cannabis, like technology, will be integrated into personalized medicine. Either way, now is the time to pay attention.
I, CannaBoomer, and others in this community will address your questions. You don’t have to have a hip question because no question is too dumb. I promise you, I don’t have all the answers. But in keeping with the mission of EstroHaze, I am committed to destigmatizing the image associated with female consumers and minority communities, specifically directing my conversation to boomers, and to getting resourceful answers.
Everyone is welcome but boomers, this one is for you.
So, join me in building a boomer community. Send your questions. Share your stories. Feel free to shout out other interesting boomers you feel are worthy of note. Share the things you are learning about legal cannabis that might enhance the quality of all of our lives.
Remember, time is of the essence.