It’s that time of year when everywhere you go there’s either food, a social gathering of some sort, a definite increase in partying, and probably more pie. You no sooner hang up your Halloween garb, when it’s time for turkey, stuffing and cranberries, and then there’s all that gift-giving.
So, unless you plan on hiding in your basement until January with only your favorite bong watching old movies, you might want to learn some holiday ‘high-time’ etiquette, like how and when to partake, what is and isn’t appropriate behavior, what to eat and drink, and various tips for gifts and offerings.
When visiting friends or family, respect the house rules when it comes to cannabis. Ask if they have any restrictions on where or how cannabis is consumed (only outside, no smoke, etc.). If children might be present, consider leaving the bong at home. A discreet, no-fuss option when traveling is a vaporizer or vape pen because it doesn’t produce carbon, smoke, or odor.
If you medicate with cannabis, however, be honest with your hosts and explain why it’s important for you to dose when necessary, find out what their limitations/rules are, and abide by them.
If you know your host partakes, bring a homemade gift to show your gratitude. Try making cannabis-infused honey, a batch of cookies, or CBD bath bombs, and make sure gifts are properly labeled in kid-proof containers.
Don’t expect your host to provide all the green. Always come to the gathering with an offering, and if you know what their preference is, try to find something in line with their tastes. Such as their favorite indica flower in a fun stash jar, high-end chocolate edibles, or a new tea they may not have tried yet.
A good subject to avoid at any social gathering is politics, and that includes the politics of cannabis legalization. No matter how committed or ‘woke’ you believe the party might be, a holiday gathering is rarely the right time for a debate.
But if someone asks – it’s always appropriate to educate! Teaching others about the latest gadgets, your favorite new shop, or how you made the cookies, is always great conversation and everyone learns.
Since cannabis is an enhancer, go easy on the alcohol, as the weed will increase the effects. If you are including cannabis in the meal, or edibles of any type, remember that everyone has a different tolerance level. Out-of-body experiences or someone getting ‘too high’ can spoil the fun.
That said, you might want to try skipping the edibles and replace your traditional holiday cocktails with infused alcohol. Infusing alcohol with cannabis and other flavorful herbs and spices can turn a normal cocktail into a beneficial tonic, and often negates the symptoms from alcohol that can cause a hangover.
If you feel you still need some education on proper holiday etiquette, you might want to give Lizzie Post’s “Higher Etiquette” (available from Penguin Random House) a read. As Lizzie, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, says, “for those who consume cannabis, weed etiquette is real, and it’s high time someone wrote a book about it!”
Regardless of whether you’re a canna-culinary expert hosting the whole affair, headed home to gather with family, or just joining friends, if you remember to be courteous and conscientious of other’s tastes and traditions, adding cannabis to your holidays can be uplifting, add bright variety, and if done just right, wind everyone down for a long winter’s night.
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