Tips and tricks for pot party hosts

Published Jul 19, 2020 09:00 a.m. ET
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If you’re fortunate enough to reside in a region with legal weed, then chances are pretty high that you’re gearing up for some fantastic cannabis parties this summer. It’s a wonderful thing, to be able to bring everyone that you care about together to embrace a general love for cannabis, and now that it can be done in the open without fear of repercussions, it can be a whole lot of fun, but if you’re looking to host one yourself, there are some things that you should know before you start planning.

You will need to consider both safety and fun, and it’s easy to be distracted by the long dreamt of cannabis ideas that you’ve been dying to try out. So whether you’re wondering how to host the safest marijuana party possible, or you’re just in need of some harder to think of party ideas, we’ve got your back, with these ten tips and tricks that every pot party host or hostess should know.

1. Keep water accessible at all times

In the summertime, the temperatures rise, and in some cases, they can do so to a dangerous degree, and that is why it’s always a good idea to keep a few cases of water or some pitchers in the fridge, that guests can help themselves to as needed through the festivities. It’s also a great tool to combat cottonmouth, which we know can often be a side effect of cannabis, so try your best to keep thirst-quenching and hydrating drink options available for all who attend.

2. Non-cannabis infused snacks are important too

Another common side effect of using cannabis is a bad case of the munchies, and this is something that can happen to anyone, including more seasoned consumers. Plus, if you want your party to last more than a couple of hours, you’ll need to keep everyone well-fed, so it’s a good idea to keep high protein snacks like veggies and dip or meat and cheese available. Though edibles might seem like a good substitute, having no other options will make it more likely that your guests will go overboard and eat too many resulting in a whole situation that no one really wants to be a part of or the subject of.

3. Create a safe space for guests who might take too much

A marijuana party can be a tonne of fun, but these festivities also lead to higher rates of consumption than usual, which means that it is highly likely that at least one of your guests will take too much and need a safe place to rest. That is why it’s best to plan ahead, and all you need is a small room, a comfortable cot, and some dimmed lights so that you can offer a comfortable space for people to recover in if it’s needed.

4. Dose edibles in moderation

Most experienced cannabis users use pot parties as a way of experimenting with high dosed edibles with a whole bunch of friends, and though that’s not necessarily a bad idea, if you’ve got an entire afternoon or evening to kill, it might be best to do so in moderation. A minor 10mg of THC in an edible can add up quickly once you’re guests have had a few, alongside whatever else cannabis-based that they may be enjoying at your party, so it’s a good idea to keep more potent goods like edibles to minimum doses as much as possible.

5. Prepare a well-stocked weed bar

One of the ultimate party ideas for a cannabis gathering is a weed bar, and no, we don’t mean that you have to supply every single person that decides to show up endlessly, though that would be pretty awesome, what you’ll need is a well-stocked area with a clean and contained surface where your guests can prepare their cannabis. A few grinders, a handful of different kinds of papers or blunt wraps, and some cardboard filters should do the trick. This way their mess stays contained, and you aren’t being bothered for your grinder or papers the entire time.

6. Abide by your local cannabis consumption laws

Parties that happen in private homes have a tendency to get out of hand, and that’s because we feel really comfortable within our own surroundings, but the problem is that this can translate to some believing that they are outside of the law, and if that happens at your marijuana party, you can be held liable for it. That is why it is best to brush up on the laws of your region so that you know things like minimum age and public smoking restrictions that might interfere with your event planning.

7. Plan activities to enhance the effects

When you get a bunch of stoners together, it isn’t uncommon to get stuck around a television, with some passing right out from sheer relaxation and boredom. Though we cannot deny that sometimes, a quiet afternoon of chilling on your friend’s couch while high might be ok, that really doesn’t sound like an overly exciting marijuana party. That’s why we highly recommend planning to incorporate fun games and activities that will keep everyone moving and thinking about weed, like Weed Jenga, or outdoor sports.

8. Tell guests to bring their own weed

A marijuana party is no small feat after all most of us have yet to be a guest at one, nevermind hosting such an event, and it can be incredibly costly both mentally and physically to pull off, but it’s one of those things you can get out of by telling people to bring their own cannabis products. Whether you host a cannabis-infused potluck meal, or simply ask that they roll their own joints, whatever they have can be complimented with what you have to offer so that everyone goes happy at the end of the night, and it doesn’t cost you a fortune.

9. Keep kids away from the festivities whenever possible

Adult parties such as this offer a unique environment that is great to unwind in if you are of legal age, but they also tend to have things like cannabis-infused edibles, drinks, and plenty of toking, which isn’t the best idea for children to be around. You really don't want to have to monitor both your guests and their kids, so if your friends can leave home without them, or you don’t have a sitter, then line up someone to watch them in a separate area from the party whenever possible.

10. Make arrangements for your guests to have a safe way home

When it comes to the best cannabis party ideas, this one takes the cake because, as it is with alcohol-fueled gatherings, you really shouldn’t let your friends drive home when they’re intoxicated. Even if they think they’re ok, you’ll sleep better knowing that you sent them on their way in a cheap cab or an Uber, and you won’t have to worry about being held liable for any accidents that could have happened had you chosen to let them find their own way home.

Know both the risks and the benefits before hosting a pot party

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