10 Perfect New Year's resolutions for stoners

Published Dec 30, 2020 10:00 a.m. ET
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It's that time of year again when many of us carefully plan out our New Year's resolutions. These goals are generally intended to help us grow as individuals, and they're based on the things that we find to be the most important. For some, this might mean achieving weight loss goals or healthier habits in general, but many prefer to take this challenge and get creative with it.

Whether you're looking for real pot inspired resolutions that might be perfect for adding to your list of resolutions for 2021 or searching for inspiration that will help you design your own, this is a great place to start. Here we bring you ten things that we think all cannabis enthusiasts deserve to achieve by the end of next year, especially after such a dark tone lingered over everything, we did in 2020.

1. Try a new pot product

Most cannabis consumers are familiar with the most common products like flower. Still, have you ever tried distillate or taken a ride to an elevated state with a handful of potent edibles? What about the powerfully sedating topicals or the most refreshing cannabis beverages? No matter who you are, there is something pot derived out there that you haven't tried yet, and 2021 could be the perfect time for you to make that happen.

2. Upgrade to your favourite piece

Whether you enjoy capsules and would like to switch to an easier to swallow size or shape, you dab, you love pipes or specifically fall for the power of bong or vapes. There will always be something better out there that you'd love to get your hands on and continuing to fawn over the hottest new designs isn't going to get you any closer to achieving a higher quality experience. For this New Year's resolution, you could slowly save each month until you've got enough to get the piece you've only dreamt of, and it would be worth it.

3. Seek out at least five elusive weed strains

A lot of us will fall back on popular, well-known strain names that we're familiar with because we don't want to end up disappointed after spending so much money, and that is normally an understandable take. Still, it also ensures that you miss out on a whole lot that cannabis has to offer. This can lead to boredom, or a less intense high, both of which can be avoided with a bit of experimentation outside of your comfort zone. You just never know. 2021 could be the year you discover the ideal strains for you.

4. Recognize when tolerance breaks are needed

Cannabis can be a useful tool for dealing with many of the challenges that come with day-to-day life, but it's easy to become too reliant on it, which can seriously reduce the amount of relief you get from using it. That is why we think this year should be the one that all cannabis enthusiasts take the time to assess their needs each day and take breaks when necessary, as it can only work long term if we use it right.

5. Dapple in new methods of use

It's easy to get caught in the same old habits that we've come to know and love. They offer security, reliability, and in many cases, a nostalgia that cannot be replaced with just anything. Still, it is essential to get outside of our usual rotation, just in case we're missing something that might be better. So, if you want a genuinely beneficial resolution for 2021 that might help expand your palette and broaden your horizons, then trying a new way of using cannabis might fit the bill.

6. Support your local green economy

Many consumers, approximately 80% in fact, are still heavily reliant on the black market to meet all of their cannabis needs. For some, this is a decision out of necessity, as this medicine doesn't come cheap, but for those who can afford to make the switch, there are no more noble 420-friendly goals than supporting your local legal market. Like many small business owners, these folks are having a hard time between strict rules and the pandemic, and they need our financial support to survive.

7. Be more proactive within the cannabis community

We all revel in the fact that we can freely buy, carry, and consume cannabis so freely, but very few who reap the benefits of legalization will get involved in the process of making it all work. 2021 holds a lot of potential for the future of the cannabis industry, but to succeed, they need you, the consumer, to speak up and ensure that governing officials hear your opinions. So, if you're looking for a goal to add to the list, then why not advocate for fairness, equality, and the needs of your fellow consumers.

8. Convince at least one person to think differently about weed

Most of us have more than earned the right to use cannabis in any way we see fit. So, it makes sense that the focus right now is on enhancing that experience. Still, thousands of people out there are either missing out on a therapy that could be helpful or lacking any understanding or compassion for those who successfully use cannabis. If we want the landscape to change, we need to alter people's minds, which is why we're challenging pot users to change at least one person's opinion of weed to something more positive at some point in 2021.

9. Find safer, more intimate ways to connect with your friends

This last year has been challenging for all of us, and since hiding away has been the most manageable plan to resort to, many of us have gone months or longer without regularly checking in and connecting with all of our friends. It might have helped to slow the spread of the illness that's plagued our lives, but it's left a lot of us lonely. Since we still have a long way to go in this battle, 2021 seems like the perfect time to get creative and put more effort into more meaningful connections that might have to happen long distance.

10. Get back to enjoying cannabis with friends

We can't control this resolution, but sometimes, we set these goals more about hope than they are about any particular action. Our resolution for next year is to do our best to work towards what will hopefully be a much brighter future for everyone, including the wide world of cannabis. Someday soon, we hope to gather with our friends and celebrate with our more traditional stoner circles, and it is possible. We just have to keep our eyes on this goal for a successful 2021.

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