Ways to safely celebrate Thanksgiving with cannabis

Published Sep 25, 2019 11:00 a.m. ET
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The festivities are just around the corner, and everyone is getting excited about spending this special day with those that they love the most, but unfortunately, the joy from Thanksgiving is often shrouded under a cloud of stress. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to unwind from the insanity, that is family gatherings, and one of them is to include smoking weed or edibles on your turkey day. Though there is plenty of fun to be had when experimenting with cannabis over the holidays, there are also a few important things that you should remember to keep yourself and everyone around you safe.

1. Keep all smoking outdoors

Thanksgiving is a time for everyone to come together, and not everyone is going to be comfortable with smoking weed, and that’s ok. If you want to avoid making your guests uncomfortable or accidentally getting someone high from filling the room with smoke, then it’s always a good idea to stick to edibles or be sure that everyone who is smoking weed stays outside.

2. Label all marijuana edibles

Just like smoking, edibles take a little bit of extra care to present in a safe manner, especially if there are any youth in attendance. Hence the reason why it is a good idea to label all edibles in a clear and concise way, as we don’t want our unsuspecting grandma or aunt to get high if it isn’t something that they are comfortable with.

3. Store marijuana products safely away from children and pets

During a Thanksgiving dinner, it can be easy to misplace food items or other small items that are left about, which is why it is so important to keep everything locked away when not in use. That is especially true in the case of edibles or drinks that pets or children might accidentally consume while you aren’t looking.

4. BYOW (Bring your own weed)

There is something about smoking weed that seems to make everyone want to share, and while that certainly fits into the ‘sharing is caring’ narrative that so many stoners live by, it is always a good idea to supply your own marijuana products. Unless you are 100% certain of the quality and safety of the source that others in attendance purchase from, then to stay safe, it’s best to stick to your own buds and edibles.

5. Don’t mix substances

Some people enjoy the benefits of both weed and alcohol, and while the two, when combined, can offer an even level of effects that create balance, both elements can impact the other, depending on how they are consumed. Unless you have a high tolerance to both, marijuana products and alcohol, it’s probably safest to avoid mixing the elements, especially while attending a family function that you probably want to stay alert for.

6. Stay hydrated

Smoking weed will probably make you thirsty, as one of the most notorious side effects of marijuana is what is often referred to as cottonmouth. While that might prompt you to reach for a drink, it will probably leave you craving more sugary and thick option that is going to do more harm than good. Staying hydrated can help you to fend off most of the possible adverse effects of smoking weed, and to feel more alert throughout the festivities. So, if you want to keep a good dinner conversation going, then you might want to keep a cold bottle of water handy at all times.

7. Start low and go slow with dosing

Whether you are smoking weed or enjoying the more intense effects from edibles, it is important to know your limit and stay within it. Though it can be tempting to overindulge, especially on a day off, marijuana products and strains can affect everyone differently, so it’s better to start small and slowly work your way up.

8. Prearrange a safe ride home

This particular subject is highly debated, especially amongst the long-time cannabis enthusiasts, however, according to the law, marijuana use is enough to be considered intoxicated. To avoid any accidents or potentially hefty fines, don’t forget to either assign someone as a designated driver or to book a taxi service to get yourself home safely.

How long does marijuana stay in your system?

Smoking weed provides instant effects that can last for up to 6 hours after the initial consumption, but edibles are absorbed through the stomach rather than the lungs, which leads to a more time-released type of effect. The effects of edibles can last for up to 12 hours after ingestion, and they can take up to 2 hours to be felt, which makes it so easy to overconsume more concentrated options. Always remember to be careful and play it safe, especially if you are a new or less experienced consumer this Thanksgiving.

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