For many Canadian cannabis users, the past couple of years have been kind. Sure, the way legalization has actually unfolded has been far from ideal, and many Canadians still have unjust criminal records for cannabis, despite the fact that it was legalized nation-wide.
Putting those issues aside for a moment and comparing our situation to other countries, even our neighbors to the South, we have it pretty good. The fact that you can stand at the international departures gate and smoke a joint before you get on a flight is a truly magical experience and one that I would have never dreamed of several years back.
I was able to give my entire family edibles, flower and CBD products, all of which they will be able to fly home across the country with. That is most certainly progress in the cannabis movement.
Yes, there is a long way to go still. Not only in the rest of the world but here, at home in Canada too. That said, the Canadian cannabis community as a whole deserves to celebrate a decade of progress and bring in the 20’s with a massive smokeout.
Why Try a Cannabis-Themed New Year’s Eve Party
For a long time, weed got an unfair reputation as being unsuitable for parties. While some people may find that they get slightly more introspective after smoking, I’ve found that when a good number of people are participating; they have a way of landing on the same wavelength and it can offer a really fun take on an otherwise typical party.
When used right, cannabis makes people less self-conscious and more open to new ideas. A sort of social lubricant, cannabis can even help some otherwise quiet people to loosen up a bit and make them more comfortable around people. Comfortable people mean more enjoyable party. But of course, you should never push people to use cannabis if they don’t want to.
Alcohol obviously has a long and storied history of helping people come out of their shells, but when used incorrectly, as it often is, it can lead to negative outcomes as it is such a powerful intoxicant. Cannabis can help you open up in social situations, without seriously compromising your decision-making ability.
Conversations can become more personal and meaningful. You may find yourself becoming genuinely interested in what others are saying (even the guy who tells you for the fifth year in a row about his job as… some sort of… computer…guy).
Cannabis vs Alcohol at the Party
As previously mentioned, alcohol may be considered the more widely accepted social lubricant, but it can’t be denied that cannabis is a safer and healthier alternative. Too much alcohol can lead to all sorts of problems, one of them being alcohol poisoning, which when severe enough, can be fatal. Too much cannabis, on the other hand, leads to naps and excessive snacking. Obviously people can get too high, and it can feel temporarily uncomfortable, but that is about the extent of it. There are no records of deaths caused by too much cannabis. In fact, for cannabis to be fatal, one would have to consume a whopping amount of 1500 pounds of weed in 15 minutes.
Cannabis also won’t leave you with a severe hangover to deal with the morning after the party. Yes, the mouth and eye dryness may be uncomfortable, but plenty of fluids can help relieve these symptoms.
The choice between alcohol and cannabis is really up to you. The important thing to remember when hosting a cannabis-themed New Year’s Eve party is for everyone to have fun and, at the same time, be safe.
So, are you ready to prepare for your cannabis-themed New Year’s Eve party?
Spice Up Your Array of Party Food
A cannabis-themed New Year’s Eve party is not complete without a few weed-infused finger foods. Here are some of the best edibles that you can make for your party:
- MJ Jalapeno Poppers
Prepare your jalapeno poppers the way you normally would. But for every 10 jalapeno poppers, add two tablespoons of your favourite cannabis oil. Things will get spicy!
- Weed-Infused Guacamole Dip
For this dip, add some distillate or cannabis oil and pair it with your favorite chips. You can even add some ground up buds. It won’t be as effective as oil but you’ll be surprised how well the fresh weed compliments the dip!
- Classic Weed Brownies
If you have lots of party foods to prepare, you can simply use a box of brownie mix. Just substitute the vegetable oil with your cannabis oil.
- Cannabis-Infused Blue Cheese Dip
For every 3/4 cup of ranch dressing and 3/4 cup of crumbled blue cheese, you need at least half a cup of cannabis oil or butter. This dip goes well with fresh veggies like carrots, baby potatoes, broccoli, and celery. You can also pair them with dried fruits, crackers, and even meat like beef and chicken strips.
- A Bowl of Cannabis Goodies
You can go crazy with this one and add a bunch of your favorite cannabis candies, gummies, chocolate bars, lollipops, jellies, etc.
The most important thing is that you LABEL ALL CANNABIS INFUSED FOODS. Make sure they are completely out of the reach of any children or pets. Be sure to include the potency and help your guests choose wisely. If you are providing edibles, it is your responsibility to make sure everyone is fully aware of what they’re in for.
Spice Up Your Games
Games can make your cannabis-themed New Year’s Eve party even more unforgettable, so be sure to include a few at your party. Playing games offers a sort of emotional connection among the players helps relieve stress and can make your guests even more sociable and relaxed.
- Bong Pong Stoner’s Version
You play the game like you normally would. However, instead of beer, you put water in the cups. When the other team sinks a ball, you’ve got to take a bong rip. Drink the water to cool your throat after!
- Stoner’s Medusa
This is stoners twist on a party classic. Players are seated in a circle, heads down, looking at their feet. On the count of three, all players look up and gaze at another player. If you happen to stare at someone who’s not staring back at you, then you’re safe. However, if you find yourself staring at someone who’s also staring at you, then you have both must enter a staring contest. The first one to break has to take a hit.
For games like these, it is best to use popular cannabis party strains known for their uplifting and relaxing effects like Mango Sapphire or Alaskan Thunder Fuck. You can also use strains known to boost joy and energy like Green Crack and Moby Dick.
Help Your Guests Come Down from a High
Since you’re hosting a cannabis-themed New Year’s Eve party and you’re a responsible host, you will want to stock up on some pure CBD oil. Some of your guests may get a little too high and it’s best to help them calm down before they start worrying and make it worse.
To help them recover, or at least combat the side effects of high-THC strains, you can give them CBD oil. Have them place a few drops of pure CBD oil under their tongue and hold it for a couple of minutes. The cells under the tongue will absorb the CBD, and the cannabidiol will work to counteract THC’s effects.
Finally, make sure that everyone has a safe ride home. The same as a party with alcohol, it is imperative to have designated drivers. If someone is not fit to drive home but has brought their car, take their keys, roll them another joint, and invite them to crash on the couch. You can have a sleepover likes it highschool again. Smoking weed, watching movies and eating candy until the morning. It’s far better than the alternative of someone driving while high or drunk.
As we approach the 20’s there is a lot to be thankful for. As the year ends, we can celebrate it the usual way or make our celebration even more memorable and exciting with the addition of cannabis. What matters most is that we are surrounded by the people we love and who love us as we count down to the New Year and welcome 2020.
Just think that only 100 years ago we were on the precipice of cannabis prohibition. We had no idea the amount of harm that would come from criminalizing the plant. The amount of injustice that would result in its demonization.
This time, as we enter the 20’s, we do so as a stronger and more just nation. While we still have a long way to go in righting the wrongs of history, we should be proud that we were able to come together to not only fight for, but win, the battle of cannabis legalization. Now let’s work on creating a version of legalization that works for EVERYONE, rather than the highest bidders and those looking to monopolize a fledgling industry.