April 20th is known as being the “stoners’ holiday”. It is important to enjoy the holiday, but also be safe doing so. In this guide, we’re going to help you make sure that you’re prepared by providing you with your 4/20 celebration checklist. Be safe, partake responsibly and enjoy the day!
Download a Ridesharing App
While you may not plan to partake until you get home, others might have started their parties early. It’s best to use a ridesharing app, Lyft is offering discounts in several cities across the country on 4/20, to get around. Parking is likely to be minimal, if any is left, so this may save you a headache.
Lyft’s discount is $4.20 off of your next ride when you use the code LYFTTROOPERS. The ridesharing service is partnering with the movie Super Troopers 2 to help get cannabis enthusiasts around town safely.
Cities where the code is valid include:
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles
- Las Vegas
The service is focusing on major cities in recreationally legal states.
You may need to request your rides a little earlier than normal since this is expected to be a busy day for ridesharing services across the country.
Shop for Munchies Ahead of Time
Plan your munchie menu a little bit ahead, make a grocery list and go shopping the day before. Make sure that you’ve received a response to everyone you’ve invited to ensure that you have enough food for everyone, but you can always ask friends to bring a snack to share.
It is important to shop a little in advance because the stores may also be a little busier – especially in the snack food sections.
Prepare Snacks Ahead of Time
It might be difficult to make food when you’ve been partaking for hours, so it’s a good idea to prepare as much of your food in advance as possible. If you are celebrating alone or just with your spouse/significant other, try to portion out food too. This helps prevent over-eating.
Some foods may not be appropriate for advance preparation, but anything that you can make ahead of time or at least get started – do so and save yourself from a potential disaster.
If you plan to have food delivered, place a timed order the day ahead. Restaurants will also be busy with deliveries – especially pizza shops.
View Local Deals in Advance
If you receive newsletters from any media publications, view the deals they’ve sent you first. Those may be the best options in your local area. Next, visit the retail or dispensary pages of your favorite shops around town and compare deals. You may find that several places have good deals planned and you may want to visit more than one.
Remember to pack your patience and leave early. In recreationally legal areas, the lines will be long and are likely to form far before the retailers open (similar to what you’d see on Black Friday). Bring enough to drink (non-alcoholic) and a snack in case you do expect to wait a while.
Consider creating a 4/20 team with your friends and send each member of the group to a different retailer. This saves time, frustration and helps ensure that you get what you went for. Retailers may run out of certain strains, packages or deals early.
Do an Accessories Check
Before heading out to any cannabis retailers, make sure that you have enough accessories. This includes lighters, ashtrays, rolling papers, cones and other smoking devices. It’s also good to have some candles on-hand because it will help reduce the odor a bit so the neighbors don’t complain if they’re not cannabis friendly. You’ll also need extra scrapers and pokers (cocktail toothpicks work well and are very inexpensive).
Make sure you have enough wastebaskets to distribute throughout the space too.
Maintain your Budget
It is very easy to overspend on the cannabis holiday, so set a budget and stick to it. It is a good idea to set your budget, withdraw the money from the bank and then leave the plastic at home when you do head out to visit retailers.
The deals may be too good to pass up, but it’s not a good idea to overspend and put household needs in jeopardy.
Microdose and Take Breaks
Over-indulging is pretty easy to do on 4/20, so it’s a good idea to microdose and take long breaks between use. This helps prevent you from over-medicating and needing to leave the party early to grab a nap. It’s also a good idea to vary the strains that you’re using so that not everything is an indica or indica-dominant hybrid.
If you do feel yourself getting a little sleepy, have a cup of coffee and a few hits of a pure sativa strain. Then take a break for a couple of hours.
Microdosing helps you stagger the effects so that you can remain clear-headed and able to enjoy the atmosphere around you.
If you offer edibles at your gathering, make sure that everyone knows to wait 90 minutes after eating an edible to smoke any flower, use concentrates or vape. This could make the high too much to cope with. Edibles take a while to take effect. It may be best not to have edibles available so that overuse doesn’t happen.
Have Plenty of Hydrating Beverages Available
Most cannabis strains induce increased thirst. Sugary, carbonated drinks won’t help you much because of the extra sodium in those drinks. Sodium adds to dehydration and will likely only make thirstier. Consider purchasing several different types of water enhancers (like Mio, Crystal Light and others) and several cases of water. Also have juices on-hand. Low-sodium sports drinks are also a good idea, but water is your best bet. When water is flavored, you may drink more of it helping you prevent dehydration.
Have CBD On Hand
Why would you want CBD on 4/20? Well, if you or a friend overindulges a bit, using some CBD will help counteract the effects of the THC so that the uncomfortable feeling diminishes. Some cannabis strains may also induce paranoia or anxiety, so having CBD on hand is also ideal since it will help promote calm and relaxation allowing you or your friends to continue to enjoy the festivities.
Enjoy 4/20 responsibly. We hope you take these tips and have safe celebrations. Remember not to toke and drive, because you can get a DUI or OVI for driving while impaired by or under the influence of cannabis. Use ridesharing services and make sure not to let friends drive that aren’t sober yet.