This article was written by Jessica Catalano and originally appeared at news.weedmaps.com.
Weed has in 2019 become a party essential, and knowing how to throw a great party with weed is a social art form. When it comes to throwing a party, especially when weed is involved, preparation and execution are key. Here are some tried and true dos and don’ts of serving cannabis at a house party with easy to follow tips and examples.
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Have a theme for the occasion
Every party has a purpose, whether it is a birthday, Super Bowl, housewarming, Solstice, or holiday. By having a theme, you can tailor the weed, food, mood, and atmosphere to fit the occasion. You can have decorations to reflect the tone, and even ask guests to dress the part.
Just make it fun (not mandatory) and don’t be afraid to get into it.
Have a Budget
If you shall feel as adventurous as to make your own food, write a budget and stick to it. And never go shopping for food while high and hungry! Nothing is worse than going over a party budget by hundreds of dollars. Think of all the frosty nugs you could have bought!
Sample budget for a mid-sized party with a medium budget of $350:
- Weed: $150
- Food: $100
- Beverages: $50
- Miscellaneous items: $50
Sample budget for a small party with a small budget of $150:
- Weed: $100
- Food: $25
- Beverages: $25
Tips for spending money wisely:
- For a mid-sized to large budget, a variety of cannabis products and food should take center stage.
- For a small budget, focus on flower and drinks. This will be more like a happy hour for guests.
- Chips and crackers
- Dips (guacamole, sour cream and onion, hummus, layered bean, artichoke)
- Sparkling water
- Appetizers and finger foods (chicken wings, assorted cheeses and meats, mixed nuts, dried fruit, vegetable tray)
- Main course with a salad and starch (hamburger or veggie patty sliders, potato salad, traditional chef salad)
- Desserts (chocolates, fresh fruit and whipped cream, pies, cookies, cakes)
- Disposable plates (instead of serving plates)
- Plastic cutlery (instead of silverware)
- Paper napkins (instead of fabric)
- Disposable cups (instead of glass)
- After-dinner mints
- Plastic tablecloths (instead of fabric)
- Assorted tea
- CBD water
Invite a Diverse Guest List
Invite your ride or dies, day ones, baes — but make sure your party doesn’t consist of the same people you always party with. Parties are for meeting new people and making connections, this is doubly true when introducing weed to the mixer. Diversify!
Smoke Up Your Guests
You can ask your guests to BYOB if your heart desires. That is after all, the cheapest way to do it. Or you can just get super-creative with picking out strains and do it yourself! Make sure to include plenty of diversely selected buds, smoking or vaporizing devices, and concentrates.
Follow your budget. The more money you save, the more you can put towards a bud station to ensure that you have enough weed to last the whole night. You also want your guests to have access to smoking methods that are friendly to career smokers and newbies alike.
- High-quality bud (no schwag!)
- High-quality concentrates
- Clean glass pieces (bongs, vaporizers, pipes, chillums, and bowls)
- CBD tinctures or water (to combat being “too high”)
- Each eighth or fourth broken into different indicas, sativas, and hybrids.
- Bowl savers
- Labelled foods to improve the high on the serving table (mangoes, nuts, sweet potatoes, tea)
- Instructions on dosage and smoking for first-timers
- Clear labels for each strain name
Set up a smoke station:
- Table with a tablecloth
- Clean glass pieces
- Rolling papers
- Blunt wrappers (if you don’t mind tobacco)
- Bowl pokers
- Rolling trays
- ½ to 1 ounce (14 to 28.35 grams) of cannabis in mason jars; make each quarter-ounce a different strain, if possible
- Disposable wipes for cleaning mouthpieces and glass
- A few grinders
- A few ashtrays
Don’t Place the Smoke Station Next to the Food Table
No one wants to have smoke and ash billowing over a fresh food display. Nor does anyone want glass pieces covered in guacamole or chicken grease. And smoking can sometimes cause coughing fits. Place your bud station away from the food table. A good spot is a communicable area such as a dining room or living room.
Don’t Cross-Fade Your Guests
Know your audience! Not everyone has the capacity to comfortably toke and drink alcohol. Give a short speech once your guests have arrived telling them about the perils of indulging in too much weed and alcohol and urge them to stick to one or the other, or be modest with their consumption. No shame or shade — it’s all about making a comfortable party environment.
Don’t infuse all of the food
Opt for a small medicated section on your food table with foods that are separate and clearly marked with dosage per serving.
An easy option that allows guests to consume to their own liking is having a tincture and cannabis-infused olive oil at your food and drink station with instructions on how to infuse and a reminder to wait at least two to three hours before consuming another dose.
Tinctures can be mixed into:
- Cocoa or hot chocolate
- Hot tea
- Ice cream
Cannabis-infused olive oil can be drizzled on:
- Assorted cheeses
- Assorted cold cuts
- Nacho cheese