Things you should do when serving cannabis-infused food

Published Jul 16, 2022 01:00 p.m. ET
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Cannabis-infused food is the perfect addition to your Sunday night dinner, a holiday feast, or a weed-themed party. Alcohol is out, weed is in, and it's time to get this new age of cannabis experiences started. Legalization opened the door for easier access to cannabis products as well as recipes, so there's never been a better time to put your skills in the kitchen to the test, but there are some basics steps you should follow, especially if your plan is to serve edibles to your friends, neighbours or family members.

1. Get consent

Cannabis-infused food can offer the most incredible way to relax and enjoy one another's company, but it should never, ever be served to someone without their express consent. Even though it might sound silly, especially when you're dealing with friends who you know consume on a regular basis, it's the best thing to do because then everyone knows what they're getting themselves into and the host is not responsible in any way if things happen to go wrong.

2. Label everything

Labels can be cute decorations, as well as the perfect touch to any cannabis-infused meal because they'll give anyone who is indulging all of the information they need to make informed decisions on how to proceed.

3. Consider microdosing

Smaller concentrations of cannabinoids might not seem like as much fun, but they come with a whole lot less risk, which is a good thing when you're hosting an event with cannabis-infused meals. It might not be as crazy, and that means less risk for all involved, and that's why you should probably consider either only infusing one or two dishes or making the whole meal an offering that's dosed minimally.

4. Offer non-infused food and drinks

It might be a cannabis-infused party complete with a 3-course meal and, of course, smokables or cannabis cocktails, but if you don't offer something that doesn't have cannabis in it, then you're just asking for trouble because those who don't want to indulge will really have no other choice if they're hungry or thirsty. So be fair and safe by offering regular food alongside your delightful, elevated feast.

5. Provide a safe space without pressure

If you're going to serve cannabis-infused food, then you should be ready to provide somewhere where guests can sit back, relax, and recover from the potential effects of cannabinoids. It doesn't have to be fancy, but a comfortable couch or lounge chair combined with a quiet space can go a long way towards making someone feel a whole lot better.

6. Have an emergency plan in place

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What if something bad happens? Do you have emergency services on speed dial? What about a sober attendee who can help out in times of need? Regardless of the situation, a host should always have an emergency plan in place to minimize the potential negative effects on those who are responsibly enjoying the evening of elevation.

7. Make sure that no one drives home

You've probably had your keys taken at some point, especially during your younger years when hosts are conscious of how they might be held responsible for the action of their guests. Much like with alcohol, many states and countries will hold the host legally and financially responsible if someone leaves the party while under the influence, so this is something that should be taken into consideration. Grab a bowl, and take everyone's keys for the night, or arrange for a safe ride home. You'll be oh so glad you did.

8. Have safety barriers in place

Whether you have children in attendance or adults who haven't yet found their cannabinoid legs, it's a good idea to have as many safety barriers in place as possible, to ensure that nothing bad happens to anyone.

9. Only serve legal aged adults

It's important to recognize that cannabis is a controlled substance that can only be given to those who are of legal age, which is a certain number of years defined by each individual county or state. So to avoid any potential issues, charges, or mix-ups with the law, be sure that everyone who is invited is of a legal age to consume cannabis.

10. Don't be afraid to set limits

It may be tempting to let your friends and guests indulge and self-monitor, but the truth is that when it comes to parties, most people have the habit of taking things a little bit too far, and for that reason, hosts should consider microdosing. Small concentrations of cannabinoids will still deliver effects while ensuring that guests experience the fewest, least comfortable side effects, so while it might at first seem a tad overbearing, you have every reason to limit the amount of infused goodies each guest takes.

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