In anticipation of cannabis legislation changes, Bow Valley PCN, in partnership with AHS Bow Valley Addiction and Mental Health and Canadian Rockies Public Schools, is organizing two free parent information sessions – Cannabis 101 for Parents - in Banff and Canmore in October. Held in the Pioneer Room, 101 Bear St. Banff (space above Banff Public Library) and Canmore Collegiate High School Theatre, Cannabis 101 for Parents will provide information on how to engage in meaningful conversations with teens, backed by accurate, up-to-date knowledge.
Connecting with teens
The main focus will be on how parents and others can connect with teens on the subject of non-medicinal cannabis through sensitive discussion. "It can be a difficult area for parents so it's one that they need to have the opportunity to discuss," says Jolene Gunn, the PCN's Pharmacist, one of the facilitators for the sessions.
Discussions will also include what cannabis is, how and why teens use, some of the possible short- and long-term effects of cannabis use and the process of addiction, as well as Alberta's current legislation and resources available to parents.
A foundation of accurate information
"The teen years are defined by experimentation and learning, while for parents it's a shifting from a manager role into a consultant role," adds Kristin Spangenberg, Addictions Counsellor with Bow Valley Addiction and Mental Health, who co-facilitates the sessions. "We want to support parents to engage their kids on the subject with a foundation of accurate information. Hopefully this workshop will allow them to bypass some of the common challenges we see in the parent-teen relationship when it comes to conversations about substance use."
"Cannabis use is nothing new," continues Jolene Gunn, "Just because it's becoming legal doesn't mean it's safe for everyone, so it's important for parents and other influencers to engage in open dialogue that will help protect their teens' health."
Sessions are free of charge and registration is not required.
Cannabis 101 for Parents will be held at
Canmore: Canmore Collegiate High School Theatre, 7pm, Wednesday, October 3
Banff: Pioneer Room, 101 Bear St. Banff (space above Banff Public Library) 7pm, Thursday, October 4
For more information call Jolene Gunn, Pharmacist at 403 675 3000