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What you should know before hosting a pot party

Published May 1, 2022 01:00 p.m. ET
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Alcohol-driven gatherings are out, and 420-friendly parties are in! It’s an exciting time for cannabis enthusiasts who want to host the pot party of their dreams, but it’s important to know that this is something to approach with the utmost care and caution if you want it to succeed. Here we’re going to cover some of the essential points to remember, and if party hosts follow them, their guests will be far more likely to have a great time.

1. Each individual has unique needs

5mg of THC might seem like a minuscule amount to you, while guests at a pot part might not be so experienced, and for them, that single dose could be a fair amount. That’s why it’s so important to offer edibles of different concentrations or small snacks that are easier to indulge in without going overboard.

2. Every product hits different

You might be able to roll up 20 joints and have everyone feeling good but relatively normal, while 20 cannabis drinks are much more likely to impair and for far longer due to the way the cannabinoids are absorbed. Concentrates might knock some guests off their feet, while others revel in the challenge, barely skipping a beat, so there are many possible outcomes that must be considered here, and they are often product-specific.

3. Local laws

It’s perfectly legal to spark one up and even serve cannabis-infused or derived products at parties. Still, at the same time, there are often limits to the amount of any particular good that may be possessed per guest. For that reason, BYOW is a good structure to stick with, spreading out the holding of pot products among all who will be in attendance rather than taking some pretty significant legal risks yourself.

4. No one should be driving home

The effects of a joint or two should wear off in as little as 30 minutes. However, the amount that’s consumed and if a different method is chosen well, that can significantly change that outcome, leaving individuals far too impaired to even consider getting behind the wheel. It’s safest to keep guests somewhere safe overnight, so they have somewhere to wait off the effects, so much like with alcohol-driven ragers, it might be a good idea to take everyone's keys before getting started.

5. Limits improve safety

As you’re dreaming up weed party ideas, it’s easy to assume that everyone is going to want to get lit, but not everyone knows their limits. In certain groups, it might be ok to host a free for all event with limitless indulges. If you’d like to stay safe though, it might be better to maintain some kind of maximum to keep guests from a bad experience.

6. Too much could mean a bad experience for everyone

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If one single person takes too much and ends up passing out, or in a fit of panic, that could be the end of the night’s festivities once and for all, as you’ll be forced to seek medical attention and worry about the person who made a mistake instead of having fun. In a room full of adults, it’s hard to take charge, which is why it’s so important to remember that at the end of the day, too much cannabis is bad for everyone including those who didn’t push their limits.

7. Invites might not always be accepted

If you’re inviting only friends you know are open enthusiasts, then you might not have a problem, but if you’re pushing this boundary within a group that isn’t necessarily so accepting, then it’s good to prepare for what might not be a full house turn out. Though we all hate it, the stigma surrounding this plant is still incredibly prevalent, and not everyone is going to be comfortable with the idea of wading through clouds full of smoke. It’s nothing personal – it’s a personal choice and that’s ok!

8. Creating an adult-only section

This added step isn’t always necessary, but it’s almost always appreciated by at least one guest. While setting up delectable cannabis goodies, it’s a good idea to post clear signage that is easy to read so everyone has a constant reminder of what is there. Even without kids in the vicinity, grownups who’ve had too much will sincerely be thankful for a section of food and drink that is separate from the infused, so there is no unnecessary confusion.

9. Alternatives are always a good idea

If you want to lengthen the guest list to include friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors who aren’t necessarily all that into cannabis, then the only way to appeal to them is by offering something they too will enjoy just as much. Whether it’s games, delicious foods, or alcohol, you should have alternatives and substitutions to suit everyone's needs.

10. Planning is essential if you want to succeed

Some of the best weed parties come together on a whim, but if you want everyone to have a great and safe night out, then planning should always be made an integral step in the process. That way, you’ll be prepared for anything that might come your way during this exotic adventure.

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