I have been very honest with my son. I feel the best way to learn is to tell the truth and let others learn from our own experiences. WHY lie? That is part of the problem.
Parents are not perfect. Everything happens for a reason. When I was younger I was very much into drinking.
I can honestly tell you one time I was at a bar, ran into this guy that I despised.
I knew him well, we had worked together at a car company for a few years. I did not like him, how he treated women - I could barely stomach being in the same room with him.
To make a long story short. He offered to buy me a drink - "come on ! It won't kill you to have a drink with me.." Well I woke up the next day to the phone ringing, sicker than a dog,
I answered the phone and told the caller they had the wrong number... I opened my eyes and realized I was not in my own bed - horrified, I was in his. To this day it makes my skin crawl! I do not know how it happened. I was no stranger to drinking or getting drunk but this was different. Was it date rape? In my mind yes. I still can not believe it happened. YUK. I have to say, years later - I ran into him (my son in his stroller) and he said "remember that great night we had?" I wanted to vomit.
Imagine how many women this is happening to. I have yet to hear from anyone that used Cannabis, STRICTLY (not in combination with Alcohol) that this has ever happened. If anything when you use Cannabis and suddenly feel uncomfortable you can come down from your high quicker. When you do like someone and smoke cannabis- it might loosen you up also - but this is NOT to be confused with date rape. Ladies how many times have you had a guy say - "oh have another drink.. " because they know the more you drink you get the better their chances.. Sad really. So by sharing if I can save just one young woman from doing the same I am glad I shared. IF I had a daughter - I know that partying is a part of the college experience. I would be encouraging her - if she felt she need to get "high", to use cannabis and Not Alcohol. Sitting here now.. everything does happen for a reason, my experiences with alcohol have mostly been bad. My cartoons come from the heart.
Better to learn late than never.