Ways To Celebrate Halloween Responsibly With Cannabis

Halloween is a spooky fun time of year, filled with fun events, themed parties, and CANDY. But the fog machine doesn’t have to be the only thing clouding up your living room this season. Cannabis, when used responsibly, can be the perfect addition to this year’s festivities.

This guide, brought to you by Hemper and their Halloween Inspired Smoking Box, will help you get your creative juices flowing with ideas for incorporating cannabis into All Hallows Eve.

1. Host A Costume Party

The best parties are always those that have an underlying theme for guests to follow. Whether it’s a black and white required theme, a masquerade, or even a get together inspired by Disney, themed parties are extra fun when it comes to showing off your creativity.

So this Halloween, why not try hosting a costume party? But not just any costume party… a cannabis inspired themed party! Tell your friends to come dressed as anything or anyone that involves cannabis, and see what kind of cool ideas stop by! Whether they show up as Snoop Dog or a giant pumpkin bong, a cannabis inspired costume party will be the highlight of your year!

Alternatively, you could host a non-cannabis inspired party and simply incorporate cannabis into the festivities. For example, make “Trick or Treats” such as cookies or brownies, with a twist.

Label them as “Trick” (weed-infused), or Treat (regular non-cannabis treat for non-users and designated drivers).

2. Movie Night

Halloween is a great night for a movie marathon! From comedic Halloween themed movies to traditional slasher films. Especially if you’re not typically a fan of scary movies, cannabis can ease fears and let you enjoy movies that you wouldn’t typically have the guts to watch.

Mellow out this season and toke up with your favorite strains guaranteed to help you enjoy, responsibly from the comfort of your own home…just don’t forget the snacks. Want to spice things up even more? Consider checking out Hemper’s October Hemper Box, filled with Halloween themed smoking tools and accessories, including a “Jack the Ripper Bong”!

3. Cannabis Arts And Crafts Night

It’s always more fun to smoke out of something that you made yourself. Well, maybe not always, but Halloween is the perfect time to challenge your creative skills and see who can make the best DIY bong or pipe!

Not into making a bong? Take this opportunity to make decorations for the season to hang up around the house or outdoors. From plastic milk carton skeletons to scary props, you’ll find countless “how to” videos online…just don’t use sharp tools or powered devices when high ok? Remember, fake blood is fun and creepy, real blood is downright scary. The last thing you want is to spend the night in the Emergency Room. Enjoy responsibly.

4. Halloween Game Night

Who doesn’t like a good game night? Many of us grew up playing games with friends and siblings, only to have graduated to drinking games in college and beyond.

But what about cannabis games?

Think of it as drinking games, but with a twist. Replace the shots of alcohol with hits of your favorite herb, and challenge your friends to a game of Never Have I Ever, Poker, Weed Jenga, Rock Band, or even an old school game like Pin The Tail On The Donkey! Cannabis will make any Halloween game into a burst of giggles and fun.

Just remember, moderation is still key and advised. So plan accordingly and make sure participants are staying within limits they are comfortable.

5. Cannabis Dice

Speaking of games, why not try a game of cannabis dice? The best part is, you don’t need to use any special kind of dice! Although, the more sides it has, the more fun the game will be. Split a piece of paper into 2 columns.

In the left column, make a numbered list of spooky dares, and in the right column, make a list of things you have to do while performing the dare. For example, scare a friend in the tune of a song. The loser has to take a hit until the winner says stop!

6. Nature’s Candy Cooking

If you like to bake, why not have a nature’s candy Halloween themed party? You can either invite your friends for a giant cannabis cook-off, or simply tell them to bring their own Halloween cannabis infused desserts, and see which one you like best!

Consider setting up blind taste tests, voting, and awards for the most unique, best tasting, best decorated, and other categories. The only limit is your creativity.

7. Carve A Cannabis Pumpkin

Step up your pumpkin carving skills and make your own pumpkin dab rig! Choose a nice, round pumpkin, and start by carving it out like you normally would do when carving a pumpkin. Next, scoop out the seeds, push the pumpkin stem through 2 opposite sides of the pumpkin, pour in some water, and kick off your Halloween with a pumpkin dab!

The best part about carving a cannabis pumpkin is that your October Hemper Box comes with all the things you need to complete your pumpkin rig! You can also check out their head shop to find many more smoking accessories.

Smoke Up this Halloween and Enjoy

We hope you enjoyed this Halloween guide on how to incorporate cannabis responsibly into your holiday festivities. Don’t be shy about sharing any ideas you have with us, we’d love to hear what you have in mind.

Shane Dwyer
Author: Shane Dwyer
Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn’t afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

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Toking About Town Responsibly With a Cannabis Tour Guide

Most national magazine stories about the cannabis industry like to focus on new-age pot investors and entrepreneurs, but the real folks in the know are still on the grassroots level.

Mia Jane, a former budtender and current cannabis hospitality tour guide, interacts with beginning and experienced consumers from all over the world, and has seen a lot in her nine years around the plant. Taking Loopr riders on tours of cultivations, dispensaries and other pot-friendly activities, she’s a seasoned veteran in the brave new world of social pot consumption. In advance of the 4/20 celebrations, we caught up with Jane to learn more about the best ways to enjoy cannabis actively and responsibly.

Westword: How’d you find yourself involved in the legal cannabis world?

Mia Jane: I moved to Colorado from northwest Florida in 2010 for medical cannabis. I had been struggling with severe IBS and had had no relief from the more traditional treatment methods available there at the time. After trying medical cannabis, I found that it alleviated a lot of my pain and helped me to function better overall. Inspired by this drastic change in my health, I got into budtending before the industry went recreational, and learned a lot from my years working behind the counter at both medical and recreational dispensaries. Ever since then, I’ve been exploring the many ways to help educate people around responsible cannabis use.

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What are your favorite activities that coincide with cannabis consumption?

Personally, I think cannabis makes most things better, so it’s a tough choice, but I do find that I particularly enjoy hanging out with friends enjoying some cannabis “mocktails,” or basically alcohol-free cocktails that are usually infused with a microdose of cannabis. We all have fewer hangovers and have a lot more fun.

What are some of the most common questions you get from tourists?

I get a lot of questions about concentrates and edibles, and how they compare to, say, smoking a joint. This can be difficult to answer when it comes to edibles, as the absorption methods are different. When your liver turns THC molecules into 11-hydroxy-THC, instead of Delta-9 THC, it is absorbed through the blood-brain barrier even better, and often will result in a more intense high, so I always advise plenty of time (at least two hours) between doses. As far as dabbing versus smoking flower, I’ll sometimes compare it to having a shot of liquor or a beer. Concentrates are a more potent version of cannabis, so you need much less to create the same effect. Some people will try to tell me that eating mangoes with their weed use will get them more high, but I’m pretty sure this is more of just an old stoner’s tale.

Jane and other tour guides show riders around on the Loopr, a mobile cannabis lounge.

Jane and other tour guides show riders around on the Loopr, a mobile cannabis lounge.

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How do you feel about Colorado’s current regulation of social cannabis consumption? How could it be improved?

Currently, we are waiting to see if the cannabis hospitality bill is going to pass. This could bring a lot of amazing opportunity to the realm of social consumption, and would help some dispensaries expand their offerings with tasting rooms, similar to breweries. Right now, there are limited options for social cannabis consumption, and only some are focused on educating their guests about responsible use as much as making a buck. The hospitality bill would help regulate these environments more soundly and clear up any gray areas around our current consumption lounges.

What are your preferred strains/products and methods of consumption before doing something active?

Exercise and outdoor activities, like hiking, also go great with a little weed. I usually will use a high CBD/low THC vape or edible prior to strenuous activities. I’ve found that this regimen allows me to work out longer, and I have less soreness and tiredness afterward.

4/20 is coming up. Any advice on how to safely celebrate?

4/20 is so much fun every year here in Denver, and it’s my favorite time to celebrate! I always remind visitors to stay hydrated, as being a mile above sea level can make pretty much anything more intense. I also recommend not to be tempted to break the law by consuming in public or in your car. Law enforcement is out in full force this time of year, and there’s no quicker way to ruin your high than to have an uncomfortable conversation with a police officer. Check out one of the safe and legal consumption lounges available to fully enjoy your 4/20 fun.

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Marijuana Policy Project Launches ‘Consume Responsibly’ Campaign, Battling Industry Stereotypes

As reported by The Washington Post, the Marijuana Policy Project, in partnership with marijuana industry leader Medbox, Inc., is now launching a $ 75,000 public education campaign to counter what communications director, Mason Tvert, describes as decades of “exaggeration, fear mongering, and condescension.” The campaign will launch at noon in Denver, Colorado in front of a billboard aimed at tourists.

The outdoor ad reads, “Don’t let a candy bar ruin your vacation. With edibles, start low and go slow.”

Consume Responsibly Ad
Consume Responsibly Ad

The ad is an allusion to the case of Maureen Dowd, a New York Times columnist who got sick from eating a marijuana edible on a visit to Denver to cover the topic of marijuana.

Ensuring the safe use of edible marijuana products has proven troublesome in Colorado since legal sales began in January. Many people have more experience smoking marijuana than consuming it in edible form, and because the effects have a slower onset with edibles, it is harder for inexperienced users to self-regulate. The headlines ridiculing legal pot advocates, as well as Dowd’s experience, have been enough for the industry to promote moderation with edible pot forms.

“So far, every campaign designed to educate the public about marijuana has relied on fear mongering and insulting marijuana users. Like most Americans, Ms. Dowd has probably seen countless silly anti-marijuana ads on TV, but she has never seen one that highlights the need to ‘start low and go slow’ when choosing to consume marijuana edibles,” Tvert stated.

The campaign will begin in Colorado, featuring print ads, online ads, and literature to be distributed at retail locations urging responsible consumption and directing people to ConsumeResponsibly.org, which is patterned after the alcohol industry’s “Drink Responsibly” campaign. It will present information about products, laws, and the effects of marijuana. The campaign will eventually expand to Washington, where marijuana is also legally taxed and regulated.

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