How to get a buzz on with family this Thanksgiving

Published Oct 12, 2020 11:00 a.m. ET
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We’re all more than ready to spend some much needed time with family, even if it can be a tad painful, and there is nothing that compliments the experience of a three-course meal better than cannabis; but there are some things that you should keep in mind during this yearly family gathering of thanks, that can help to ensure that you have the smoothest most enjoyable Thanksgiving possible.

Don’t rush

It’s not uncommon to get anxious when going to see family, as we don’t always see eye to eye, and even if we’re on good terms with everyone, this situation is stressful, and probably wouldn’t be surprised if at least two people argue. This might make it so, the first thing you want to do is escape into a haze of smoke, but don’t rush it. Take the time to say Happy Thanksgiving and to assess everyone there, so that it doesn’t seem like you’re being rude for trying to take a breather.

Come prepared

If you’re wondering how to get high at an event like this, we're here to say, from experience, we know that tacky glass bongs or pipes aren’t always the best choice. They tend to draw unwanted attention from guests who may not approve. So instead, we highly recommend using either a vaporizer that emits less smell or joints, which can be pre-rolled and ready to smoke when you find you need it most.

Always toke outside

You might be visiting a cannabis-friendly space, but that doesn’t mean everyone in attendance feels the same way, and that is why it’s always best to take the smoking outdoors. This way, you can get stoned without filling the house with smoke, and whoever wants to join you can; without upsetting anyone else that is attending dinner.

Only invite like-minded family members

Granted, some families are so incredibly accepting of cannabis that it would be considered rude if you were to sneak out back for a few hits without letting everyone know. But in most cases, it’s best to scan the room and pull out the select few who would be happy to join you in getting stoned. You can even only invite the ones you’re most comfortable with, so you can catch up while getting high together, but it’s best not to extend the invitation to those who might not appreciate the gesture.

Stick to uplifting strains


You may be thinking, you need some of the strongest, most potent strains out there as you plan out how to get high at this year's Thanksgiving dinner, just to make it through the stress and awkward situations that tend to come up when families gather; but if you do that, then you’re going to feel super sedated once you pack some turkey back. That’s why we highly recommend that you opt for uplifting or invigorating strains that will keep you moving and engaged for the entire evening.

Bring some edibles

If there are going to be kids running around everywhere, or if you won’t really have a large space to escape to when you want to get stoned, then it might be a good idea to bring edibles, so that you can keep the buzz going. Plus, if you’ve got any family members who might be open to the idea, but don’t like the effect of smoking, then this might be the year that you can convince them to try one, which is always an incredible bonding experience to share.

Make sure to eat plenty of food and drink water

Of course, everyone packs back the turkey on Thanksgiving, as it’s the highlight menu item for this long-awaited holiday, but it will only make you sleepy, which won’t help to counteract any of the most intense effects of cannabis. However, drinking plenty of water, and munching on healthier water-based options such as fruit or veggies, can help to perk you up when you’re stoned, and you might need that extra boost to make it to the end of the night.

Have a great time

No matter what happens, your main focus should always be that you and everyone else in attendance are having the best time of your lives, next year is never guaranteed, and these memories are ones that you can treasure forever. As much as cannabis can be an integral part of the overall experience, it should be of minor importance compared to the interactions that you have during Thanksgiving with your family. If you do it right, you might even get to convince others to join you in some green along the way.

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