10 Things that you'll need to attend online cannabis events

Published Sep 9, 2020 11:00 a.m. ET
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Now that most cannabis events have been canceled postponed or moved to online platforms, it’s time to learn what it takes to get the most out of technology. Virtual conferences, conventions, events and shows are now the norm, but they aren’t quite what you’re used to, and you’ll need to prepare for these types of events a bit differently than before. Luckily, you’ve got us as your guide, and we’ve got some insider knowledge that will help to ensure that you’re ready for all of the hottest online cannabis events.

1. Qualifications

One of the first things that you’ll need to do to attend an online cannabis show is to see if you’re qualified to participate. It might sound silly, but a lot of marijuana conventions and conferences are intended for a specific kind of audience. In some cases, they only want investors, and in others, they prefer attendees to have some sort of current experience from within the cannabis industry. Most will accommodate almost anyone who wants to take part, but some are picky, so this is an essential first step before making plans.

2. To get registered

Many of us are used to hearing about a cannabis event last minute and making an appearance spur of the moment, but these days everything is online, which takes a whole lot more organizing especially in the case of more interactive experiences. That makes it even more important for the event organizers to have some idea of who all to expect, so it’s best to register early whenever possible. Some virtual events will also charge for their services, and this is where you can take care of that and secure your spot.

3. A good night’s sleep

After going so long without much news or movement in the cannabis industry, it’s exciting to know that there are some things to look forward to coming right around the corner, but if you want to be absolutely prepared to take in the show and to engage with your peers, then you’re going to need to stay calm and get a good night’s sleep the day before your cannabis event. So head to bed early, and smoke a fatty or partake in a nightcap to make sure that you don’t have any disturbances because you’ll want to be wide awake and alert when you’re trying to take in all of the excitement and new information.

4. An alarm

You’re used to getting up early and in some cases, travel several hours to take in the hottest cannabis events, but now, you take them in from the comfort of your living room or home office which cuts the time you need to dedicate to the activity, in half. This is great, but it also tends to make us feel confident that we’ll make it no matter what, leaving the log on and preparations until the last minute. If you don’t want to miss any of the online festivities, then it’s a good idea to set an alarm at least one hour in advance on your phone or computer as a reminder that will keep you on point.

5. A device or computer

It might be the age of technology, but many of us don’t have home computers or laptops, and that can be a problem in an online world of events where you need a screen to partake. In some cases, presentations might even require a specific format that may only be compatible with specific devices, so this is an important thing to remember to check when you’re buying tickets. In certain instances, a regular smartphone or tablet will do the trick, but it isn’t always that easy, so make sure that you have the technology you’ll need for the full experience.

6. Reliable internet

It’s pretty obvious that you’ll need some sort of internet connection to get involved in the online world, but some people will utilize outside resources such as public Wi-Fi hotspots when they don’t have it at home, and not all internet connections are equal. If you reside in the country with a spotty internet connection, then you might experience things like lagging, which could get in the way of live participation sessions. This is something that is also common among public connections as they have trouble maintaining reasonable speeds with so many users or too much distance. So, if you’re going to attend an online cannabis event, try your best to ensure that this won’t be a problem for you.

7. A headset with mic

Computer and phone speakers tend to get crackly when they’re turned up, and they aren’t the best for having clear voice conversations either, so you’re going to need a headset with a microphone ready for your virtual cannabis event. This will help to block out any noise that you might have going on in the background so that you can hear every word clearly, and it will also conveniently hold the mic to your mouth so that your hands are free for doing other things like snacking, drinking, or writing. It will also ensure that those who are listening to you speak can do so without a struggle, which can help to make the whole experience a lot more enjoyable.

8. Snacks

Most online cannabis conferences and expos don’t last for more than a few hours, and even still, there will be times in between sessions, conversations, or competitions when you’ll be able to take a break, but when companies and speakers go live, you only get one chance to hear them. In most cases, you won’t have the option to go back and replay what you’ve missed if you walk away, so why not come to the table as prepared as possible with a healthy platter of snacks. Food will keep your stomach from growling, and help to keep you alert while you listen, so don’t waste any of your time on it and prepare something to munch on before the show starts.

9. Drinks

A lot of attendees of online cannabis events will have one thing on their mind, and that’s the green, and when they’re in the comfort of their own homes or backyards, chances are pretty good that a fatty, bowl or dab is going to be enjoyed at some point. This is one of the many perks of switching to an online platform, as you could never smoke in legitimate events in the past, but it can also be a problem once the pasties kick in. Even if you don’t toke before or during the event, there is nothing worse than dry mouth when you’re trying to converse with peers, experts, and professionals, so stay ahead of the game and keep a bottle or two of water at the ready before you log on for the event.

10. Pen and paper or recorder

When we go to in-person marijuana events, we have the opportunity to do things like take business cards or flyers home to refer to later on. This helps us to remember every interaction and to keep track of brand new information that we’re interested in, but things have changed, and aside from exchanging emails which is something that only some people will be ok with, there isn’t much for options, which makes this the perfect time to bring out the old pen and paper. Jot notes can be helpful in so many ways, especially if the content of your event disappears when it all ends, so be prepared and make sure that you have some way to take down personal notes along the way.

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