So, marijuana is being legalized for “recreational” (a term I abhor) use in an increasing number of states, and you want to take advantage of this by making a trip to one of these legal states. Or perhaps you’re a medical marijuana user and are lucky enough to have reciprocity laws with another state, and you want to get out of town for a while.
The traditional country of choice for a ‘weedcation’ was Holland, but this is changing now. Spain, Portugal, Canada and of course the United States are becoming “pot tourism” hotspots, too. Getting to other places in the US is often cheaper and quicker for those already in North America, and it is arguable that the quality of marijuana in the US is of far higher quality than that which is found in many other places.
Indeed, there are many states in the US that are perfect for a “Weedcation”. Here are 5 ways to do it properly …
1.Careful with the Concentrates and Edibles!
Concentrates usually have extremely high amounts of THC in them – enough to make even the most seasoned of stoners glaze over. Moreover, concentrates can increase your tolerance to THC rapidly, meaning flowers will have less and less effect on you.
As for edibles, the best advice would be to eat them slowly and in chunks. Cut that brownie into pieces, or only eat a quarter of that cookie at a time. Marijuana, when burnt, loses some of the cannabinoids through smoke and heat. This is not the case with edibles, where even small doses of THC can have more of an effect than when smoked.
Though both concentrates and edibles can be overwhelming, they are quite different. Smoked or vaporized concentrates have an immediate effect, due to the fact that it passes from the lungs and straight to the brain. Edibles, on the other hand, are digested, and the THC is turned into 11-hydroxy-THC. This metabolite is very effective at crossing the blood-brain barrier, making even small doses extremely potent.
Edibles are also notoriously “uneven” in terms of dosage, as batches can turn out to be stronger or weaker than advertised. Anyone unsure about concentrates and edibles ought to stick to the buds. Plus, those who stick to the flower get to take advantage of all the plant’s cannabinoids.
2. Avoid Drinking Alcohol
Cannabis and alcohol are not a good mixture and could see you end up over a toilet bowl or even an emergency room in some cases. You can drink legally in most places throughout the US and the world, anyway, so why detract attention away from cannabis? Use it legally and enjoy it while you can!
3. Do Some Physical Activity, If You Can …
… Whether it’s going out for a hike, walking your dogs, going for a swim, going for a dance on a night out or having a friendly game of baseball, being physically active and working up a sweat releases lots of endorphins. Doing so will not only make you fitter, stronger and happier, but you will likely get more pleasure from using the cannabis, too!
Of course, there may be several reasons to avoid physical activity. Should you be a pro athlete needing some downtime, gentle walks and maybe some golfing are ideal. Those recovering from injuries and/or surgeries ought to ask their physician about appropriate exercises, lest they make them worse.
4. See the Sites!
Spending all your time in dispensaries gets a little boring. Seeing live bands, going to the cinema, checking out the local museum and eating at great diners and restaurants is less so. Whilst you’re at the dispensary, ask the locals where the best places to eat, see music and visit are. You’ll likely get more out of your meds this way, too.
5. Green is Good For You
No, I’m not talking about cannabis. I mean actually going out and looking at the natural environment. This could mean a trip to the local park, or a full-blown camping trip out to the wilderness. Either way, looking at and spending time amongst the trees is a surprisingly effective stress-buster. Many people also report feeling at ease, less anxious and “more connected” to nature after using cannabis. This is a good thing.
There are lots of ways to enjoy your weedcation. The above five are some of them – feel free to tell us more about your ideal weedcation!