How to enjoy a couch-locked night in

Published Oct 25, 2020 09:00 a.m. ET
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The weather is getting colder, and with COVID still in the air, most of us are limited in options for a fun night out, which is why this is the perfect time to make the best of the situation with a couch-locked night in. It might not get as crazy as a night out at the bar with your friends, but it will leave you feeling tingly from head to toe as you relax and melt away the stresses of the week, which is almost as good.

Since you’re going to want this night to be different and stand apart from any other average evening stuck indoors, we’ve compiled a list of some constructive tips and tricks that can help you to make that happen. It includes everything from what you should smoke to how you should soothe your munchies cravings the whole evening through.

1. Pick the most potent weed strains

If you want to get so stoned that you’re left with that glorious couch locked feeling, then you’re going to need the right tools for the job, and the best place to start is with the right weed strains. It is also important to remember that this doesn’t just mean you should pick whichever kinds come with the highest labelled THC. No, instead, you should aim for strains that you’ve had positive experiences with in the past or those that resemble types you remember fondly based on terpene content or effects.

2. If you can opt for cannabis concentrates

The average bud contains enough of the euphoric elements to get you stoned no matter what your tolerance level. Still, if you want to get couch-locked, then it might be most useful to stock up on cannabis concentrates rather than the flower because the flower can be up to ten times more potent. Plus, it’s typically so much easier to consume more concentrates while coughing less as a result, and that’s a bonus by any stoner standards.

3. Choose less smokey methods of consumption

Since we’re on the topic of spending the night in, we’re going to say that it’s safe to assume that you’ll probably be hitting the green from the comfort of your home, which is indoors. Of course, not everyone has this option. Still, those that do might want to stick to less smokey methods of consumption whenever possible to reduce coughing and improve air quality which will leave you way more comfortable while you indulge. Some of the best cannabis products for a less smokey experience include:

  • Vape juice
  • Edibles
  • Capsules
  • Tincture
  • Distillate

4. Stock up on healthy munchies

If you’re going all out intending to get as stoned as possible on this particular night, then you’re going to need some good healthy snacks on hand for a couple of different reasons. The first is that junk food could add to an upset stomach, leaving you feeling crummy and unable to enjoy the evening, and the second is to keep you full so that you aren’t constantly distracted by a bad case of the munchies. Some excellent options include things like:

  • Carrots
  • Nuts (peanuts, sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds, etc.)
  • Celery
  • Cheese platter
  • Pickles
  • Salad
  • Tuna

5. Stream the best stoner flicks

These days, even if you don’t have a whole collection of DVD’s on hand, it’s relatively easy to find the classics available to stream free online. Whether you want to reminisce through a wave of nostalgia through a series like That 70’s Show, or you’d prefer an older classic that exaggerates the experience of getting stoned like a movie from the Cheech and Chong Collection, you’ll find all of it online. This little extra bonus can help to keep you entertained while you’re couch-locked.


6. Keep some loaded tunes ready to go

Cannabis users swear that the euphoric sensations help to make almost everything better, from the food that you eat to the smells that surround you and all of the musical notes that you already love, which makes this the perfect time to create a playlist that includes all of your favourites. Whether you’re looking for smooth songs that will take the edge off or more upbeat options that will get you pumping, music can help to enrich the experience.

7. Water, water, and more water

Good couch locking weed strains are going to leave you glued to your seat, which means that you aren’t going to want to have to travel too far for the basics. A great thing to keep on hand at all times is snacks, and when you’re stoned, you probably won’t forget them, but water is a whole different problem that tends to get glossed over despite its importance. That is why we highly recommend keeping a tall bottle of iced water nearby, so that it’s easy to access, and you avoid an uncomfortable case of cottonmouth before it strikes.

8. Avoid mixing substances

Once you’re locked into your seat, it might be tempting to reach for something else like alcohol to offer a different set of effects. However, if you want to truly enjoy this evening without any potentially uncomfortable side effects, then it’s best to avoid all mind-altering substances when you’re stoned. Of course, safely experimenting with things like caffeine or sugar is one thing. Still, anything beyond that should be off-limits for the entirety of this evening, as you focus your energy on cannabis.

9. Involve a close friend

Many of us reside in regions that are still implementing strict social distancing protocols. Nevertheless, if you’ve got a friend within your bubble that likes to get high, they could join you for this endeavor, or if you want to stay completely safe, you can get creative and figure out a way for them to celebrate with you from afar. That could mean a phone call to discuss a movie you both just watched, or taking the same products and then comparing the effects. There are tonnes of options to chose from if you’re willing to get creative, many of which should be safe to do from the comfort of your own homes.

10. Get comfortable

Couch locked is precisely like it sounds; the sensation of being attached to a piece of furniture after getting stoned, leaving you unable or unwilling to move. This can make it hard to get comfortable if you’ve got to go searching for pillows or blanket after the fact, so make sure to set up before you start by making the space you plan to chill in as decked out as possible by including everything that you might need to feel great.

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