The dos and don’ts of smoking weed at Christmas

Published Dec 23, 2022 10:00 a.m. ET
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The holidays are exciting as we gear up to buy presents, make feasts, get some time off work, and spend some much-needed time with friends and family. It’s fun and invigorating, but it can also be insanely exhausting and even anxiety-inducing, especially when we’re visiting people we haven’t seen in a while or gotten along with well in the past, so it makes sense to equip yourself with the tools that can help to make that easier, like cannabis.

However, with this being such a new addition to many family gatherings, it’s good to know what to and what not to do, so that you don’t inadvertently ruin your big day.

The dos

These are some of the most important things you should do as you celebrate with cannabis this Christmas.

1. Be as accommodating as possible

We often celebrate the holidays in other people's homes, as not everyone is equipped to handle a large gathering, and you might find that the host isn’t so keen on your choice to partake while in attendance. It is important to be as respectful and accommodating as possible so don’t go blowing smoke in grandma's face (unless she’s into that) or sparking up a joint around a bunch of kids. Go outside, take a walk, and do your best to consider the desires of others around you this Christmas.

2. Keep your stash hidden

If there are kids or pets in attendance, then it’s very important to keep your stash locked up and out of reach if you want to avoid the uncomfortable scenario where your cannabis ends up in the wrong hands.

3. Offer to share

Sharing is caring and that’s no less true when it comes time to celebrate the holidays. It’s also important to acknowledge that not everyone attending will be well prepared, and that’s especially true if they’re nervous about the prospect of smoking weed around close family members or friends who might not be aware of their interest in the plant.

4. Pick the right strains

You don’t want to be feeling sedated, but you could use an extra appetite boost, relaxant, and maybe even a pick me up to lighten the mood, and those are all things you can achieve with the right cannabis strains. Looking for inspiration? Well, we’ve got the perfect list for you here on our site.

5. Keep your doses low

We highly recommend using cannabis as a tool to your benefit this holiday season. Still, it’s essential to do so responsibly, and that means not smoking too much, which could make it harder for you to enjoy this special time and still be able to get home safely.


The don’ts

Here, you’ll find the ultimate list of faux pas to avoid over the holidays in the coming weeks.

1. Don’t stress if someone doesn’t approve

While attending Christmas parties and dinners it’s practically impossible to appease everyone, and there is sure to be at least one person who doesn’t like the fact that you’re smoking weed. Luckily, their opinion doesn’t matter so you do you, just be respectful about it, and you’ll be good to go.

2. Don’t try to pressure anyone into partaking

Whether it’s Christmas, or any other day of the year, peer pressure and trickery aren’t cool. Even though it might feel like fun and games, the best thing you can do is make sure that everyone feels comfortable, something that won’t happen if you’re bothering uninterested attendees by trying to get them to smoke with you.

3. Don’t be disrespectful

Though it should go without saying, we thought it was important to mention how far a little respect can take you this Christmas. Especially at this time when the stigma still remains, enthusiasts need to set a good example and show people that their choice isn’t going to negatively impact anyone around them. Don’t spark up indoors or even on someone's property without permission.

4. Don’t carry more than you need

A little bit extra to hand off to friends or family members is sometimes a good idea, but it’s best to travel as light as possible, with as little cannabis product and as few cannabis accessories as possible. Though you might be proud of your collection, it could come off as tacky, especially if you’re visiting a home that isn’t quite so 420-friendly.

5. Don’t drive home under the influence

We all just want to survive the holiday season and to do that, we need to be consuming cannabis in a safe manner that isn’t going to put anyone at risk. Avoid smoking cannabis for at least 1 hour prior to heading home, and if you’re taking edibles, then it might be a good idea to arrange for a way home that doesn’t put you behind the wheel of a motor vehicle in the middle of winter.

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