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How to make the best of this 4/20

Published Apr 11, 2022 01:00 p.m. ET
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With April 20th just around the corner, it’s time to start making plans for the official holiday, and we’ve got some ideas that can help. Whether you’re ready to go all out with everything 420 or just searching for a low-key day out on the town, we’ve got you covered.

1. Go on a tour of local or renowned dispensaries

These days it seems like there’s a brand new dispensary on almost every street corner, resulting in so many locations that it just doesn’t make sense to visit them all in person. This leaves plenty of undiscovered opportunities, and there’s no better day to soak them all in! On 4/20 this year, why not plan a tour that will take you to dispensaries you’ve been meaning to visit, with a put stop at those boasting stellar online reviews. You won’t know what you’ve been missing until you do, so why not test the waters in an intimate celebration with a friend or two.

2. Attend 420-friendly gatherings

Cannabis stores can offer a fun experience, but there’s nothing quite like the crowds that gather to celebrate their love for this glorious plant on 4/20, and there’s no shortage of options out there. Whether it’s a party, festival, conference, protest, dispensary grand opening, or comedy show, you’ll find all that and more to explore while surrounded by a sea of like-minded people. You never know, you might make a friend that lasts a lifetime here, so why not give it a go?

3. Host a cannabis party

Not everyone feels up to leaving the house, especially on a day when it’s not an uncommon goal to consume from the moment you wake, as no one wants to drive while impaired, and that’s ok! For those who’d feel more comfortable ringing in the holiday at home, there’s no better way than with a cannabis party. Take it as far or make it as simple as you like, using Google and dreams you might have had about this special night. With good people, cannabis, and a little imagination, this could be a wild ride with beds in close proximity at the end of it.

4. Log in to virtual cannabis events

With the pandemic just barely in the rearview mirror, it might not seem like the best time to rush out into public, especially if you or someone you know is struggling with a compromised immune system, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun! Practically every company was forced to go digital during lockdowns, and though some are excited to get back out there and enjoy this newfound freedom, there are just as many playing it safe by offering virtual entertainment that can be accessed from the comfort of your living room.

5. Stay at a luxury 420-friendly resort

The tourism industry is hot and excited to offer some of the most impressive cannabis experiences all over the world, so if there’s somewhere you want to go, now is the time to get those last-minute tickets booked! Whether you’d prefer a nature surrounded treehouse or a 5-star resort that leaves little chocolates on pillows and delivers grade-A quality cannabis products right to your door, there’s something for everyone to explore. With a little bit of research, you’re sure to open up whole new worlds of excitement with this idea on 4/20.

6. Try some new strains or products

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It’s not uncommon for consumers to fall into old habits, be it due to comfortability or budget constraints. Those who smoke toke just about every strain, and those that dab are more familiar with concentrates. Then there are the few who only indulge with drinks, tinctures, oils or topicals, and it’s not often these interests overlap by much because it’s easy to stick to what we know. Well, there’s no better day than today to pay a few dollars for a brand new experience. You never know, it just might change your life and perception going forward, and that’s always a good thing.

7. Reconnect with nature

Most of the ideas mentioned up until this point require some sort of money to truly indulge, and we don’t all have that luxury, nor do we all enjoy indulging this way, and that’s where this suggestion comes from, as there’s nothing more natural than cannabis, which compliments the great outdoors quite nicely. Go for a hike, ride a bike down a path, or visit some local parks to take in the views. You’ll get fresh air, leg work, and be able to enjoy cannabis the whole way through the adventure.

8. Start some plants

For some enthusiasts, it’s a bit too early in the year to get seeds going, but the plan can be put into action now, even if you aren’t one to smoke because cultivating is an excellent way to grow closer to the plant. Start by coming up with a plan, ordering seeds, working on organic soil, or building the perfect grow room to bring it all together. Even if you don’t ever harvest the plant, it can be a fun learning experience that gives you a whole new appreciation for what growers go through to bring us the products we know and love.

9. Learn about the history of cannabis

Many of us are fortunate to live during a time where cannabis and related experiences are so vastly available, even for those who don’t reside in legal regions, but a surprisingly small number of enthusiasts know exactly what it took to get here, so why not commemorate this 4/20 with an experience that will help you to appreciate how much sacrifice, damage, and pressure was required to make it this far. It might not be the happiest story, but this journey led us to where we are today, and that’s something worth celebrating.

10. Take a class

Cannabis offers a great way to relax, unwind, and, well, get stoned, but even the most experienced consumers have things they could learn to improve their experiences and relationship with the plant, so why not start right now? Celebrate 420 by taking a class, course, or lesson, to learn about anything from some of the best ways to cultivate to how to manage pests, get big buds, or create highly infused concentrates that are really easy to make into edibles. There are so many choices it might be hard to settle on just one, and you’ll have the pleasure of ending this day with more than just another buzz.

Happy 420 everyone!

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