DEAR HARRIETTE: When I was growing up, my parents never really talked to me about politics. They have never emphasized the importance of politics to me or expressed strong opinions. Now that I’m in college, I’ve gotten into conflict because I’m not sure which party my beliefs agree with. How do you know which political party you belong to? – Which party
LOVE WHICH PARTY: Great question. Interestingly, we live in such a polarized time that even choosing a party or political affiliation can seem volatile, but you can. Start by paying attention to the topics that are important to you. Look on site. Who is running for office in your place of residence and what do you think they value? Visit their websites and read their views on the subject. Instead of focusing on their political parties, evaluate what they are saying on the issues and look for their track record on those issues. Take your time and do this for each candidate. Decide who you like for the job in question based on who they are.
In order to vote, you may need to specify a political party. The two big ones are Republicans and Democrats, with Independent being just under a third. There are also a number of smaller parties. Read about each so you can figure out where to best target. If you can’t figure it out, the Independent Party might be the way to go, at least initially. Talk to your friends and ask them to share their political beliefs. Listen carefully, but know that a lot of people express ideas without fact or research.
DEAR HARRIETTE: I started taking CBD oil to help me sleep better. It’s often mistaken for marijuana because of the way the packaging looks, but it doesn’t contain THC and is completely legal. It’s so harmless that it’s allowed on my college campus – and I go to a Christian private school. The problem is my old fashioned father doesn’t understand. He’s still judging my CBD use and treating it like it’s a real drug. I’m terrified and the oil is helping me sleep so I plan to keep using it. He wrote me off as a drug user. How can i understand him? – CBD users
DEAR CBD USERS: Talk to your family doctor or even your school doctor. Ask your doctor to provide you with background research or other information that you can share with your father to help him understand the safety and effectiveness of CBD oil.
Know that your father is trying to protect you. His rigor on this issue is based on his knowledge of CBD. CBD has only recently been extracted and used medicinally on such a wide scale, so it is natural that many people are still experiencing its benefits. The fact is, CBD isn’t legal in every state. Even if you are not a “drug user” as your father imagines, CBD is not yet legalized at the federal level. So your father is not wrong to be concerned. For more information, visit healthline.com/health/cbd-oil-benefits#is-it-legal.
Harriette Cole is a lifestyleist and founder of DREAMLEAPERS, an initiative that helps people find and activate their dreams. Questions can be sent to [email protected] or c / o Andrews McMeel Syndication, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.