What you need to know about giving and receiving cannabis

Published Feb 26, 2023 10:00 a.m. ET
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To many enthusiasts, there’s nothing that could be better than receiving the gift of cannabis be it for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, a birthday or anniversary, or really any other day you’d like to show them a little extra appreciation. It shows that you pay attention to the things they love, that you’re willing to go the extra mile to get them something they’ll actually use, and it can save them money while also offering unique experiences they may not otherwise have had the luxury of enjoying.

Giving cannabis can be a thoughtful, personal, and fulfilling gesture that is very much appreciated by the recipient. It’s not too expensive, easy to have fun with, and just an all-around unique gift that not many are willing to go out of their way to get, especially if the person buying said present doesn’t have a whole lot of experience or comfortability surrounding these products and accessories. Gifting weed is a great thing in many ways. Still, there are some things you should know if you’re giving or receiving it.

Lovers of the plant, gift buyers, and receivers should be aware that there are some restrictions that must be abided by if you don’t want anyone to get into trouble or make someone feel uncomfortable.

What is a gift?

The first and most important thing to recognize is that a gift should have no strings attached and cost the recipient nothing. If money is exchanged, or something is traded by the person receiving the package, then it may no longer be legally considered a gift, which could land you in hot water in Canada and most U.S. states.

Cannabis may not be mailed or taken through regions where it is not yet legal

Now, you might already recognize how much of a bad idea it would be to drive through a country or state where cannabis is not legal, and that is especially true when you’re crossing monitored borders that are likely to check what you have in your vehicle but flying from one legal place to another could seem like a logical thing to do. Unfortunately, this is a common misconception that’s landed many consumers in hot water, because air space is governed by federal laws, and then there’s always the chance you might have to land somewhere where mere possession could get you fined, or even sent to jail.

For these reasons, it’s best to stick to gifting cannabis to those within your area.

Pay close attention to state and country specific laws

Even if you’re giving cannabis away, there are bound to be certain rules and restrictions you should pay close attention to. For instance, most places with legal weed require consumers to limit how much product they carry. In Canada for example the legal limit is four plants, and 30 grams of flower, and that maximum is typically even lower for concentrates.


More people than you think would love to receive cannabis gifts

As society fully embraces the importance of cannabis in both medicine and recreation, it’s become more socially acceptable, and people who never would have tried it are suddenly full-time customers at dispensaries, cultivating their own crops, and experimenting with topicals. Even those who might not appreciate the powerful effects of THC when consumed might benefit greatly from adding a little cannabis to their daily skincare routine or using it to soothe painful joints.

Gifting cannabis to people who dislike it is never a good idea

It’s one thing to give a basket of cannabinoid-laden goodies to someone who is open-minded when it comes to cannabis, but it’s never a good idea to go through all of that effort to give it to a friend who is entirely against it. In fact, they might even be insulted, or feel pressured to partake, and that’s not something anyone should experience after receiving a present.

You shouldn’t feel obligated to use or give weed gifts

As much as enthusiasts should read the room before deciding whether or not a weed gift is suitable, those who receive one should never feel obligated to use these products. If you aren’t comfortable with the idea, then a simple thank you will do before handing off the freebies to someone else who could truly use and appreciate them.

Otherwise, there is no such thing as a bad cannabis specific gift

This is an excellent time to get creative and think outside of the box. Even if the receiver typically smokes joints, there’s nothing wrong with taking a leap and buying them something more exotic like edibles, a disposable vape, or concentrates. There are so many options to choose from, and this could be your chance to give them an entirely new experience, so don’t feel restricted by what you know. Instead, go with your gut, and buy something that stands out to you. Or play it safe, and go with what they know. Either way, they’re not likely to be disappointed.

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