A weed vacation is every pot smoker’s dream vacation. Buying marijuana in a legitimate dispensary is an experience everyone over 21 deserves to have if they so desire. Colorado is at the forefront of the cannabis tourism boom and some fans of the legalized state even call it the new Amsterdam.
But just how do you prepare for the trip of a lifetime?
We’ve taken some of the guesswork out of it for you and created this list of a few things to do before your dreamy cannabis vacation.
1. A Little Research
Simply, know before you go. If you are hoping to try a specific strain (or two or three) write them down and search Weedmaps.com for where to find it.
Be aware of different ingestion methods and how they work in your body. Smoking or vaporizing flower, dabbing concentrates and eating marijuana edibles all produce distinctly different experiences. ConsumeResponsibly.org has a thorough Know Your Limits page which details just these issues in an easy to read format.
2. Pick A Time Of Year To Visit
Colorado’s seasonal weather is some of the best – at least the residents seem to think so. Each season comes with unique weather, outdoor activities, festivals, concerts and more. Maybe there is a specific event you want to attend or a ski lodge you are hoping to visit. Suss out which month you think has the offerings you’d most like to take advantage of and book your flight!
3. Delegate Hotel Booking For Your Vacation
After doing your research, perhaps you’ve learned it’s incredibly difficult to find a place to legally consume marijuana, even in legal states. Chain hotels that do allow marijuana consumption aren’t advertising that feature, leaving cannabis tourists with limited options. Colorado Cannabis Tours provides a 420-friendly hotel booking service that allows you to choose from a range of cannabis friendly accommodations – and they’ll even arrange to have a vape waiting in your room upon check in! CCT also arranges for airport pickups and drop offs – so save some money and cross that rental car off your list!
4. Secure Your Spot on a Cannabis Tour
Speaking of Colorado Cannabis Tours, they also have a weekly Saturday tour through 420 friendly Denver. The tour meets up at a local sandwich shop, and then guests hop in a limo bus and and hit up a dispensary in Denver. Before the tour is complete, guests swing over to watch a glassblowing demonstration. Every moment on the limo bus in cannabis friendly – enjoy a smoke while you ride to each location.
5. Remember, You Can’t Take It With You
Try not to promise all your nearest and dearest friends their own nug of fresh Colorado pot as a souvenir of your trip because legally what you buy in Colorado stays in Colorado. It may seem like a cruel joke, that you get to vacation in the land of plenty but can’t take any of the goods to your ditch weed smoking pals back home in prohibition land. Make sure that you buy frugally – you can always go back to the dispensary for more – or you’ll end up with excess greens and no one to give it to. Don’t leave any paraphernalia in your room when you check out. The Cannabist reported what happened when one 2014 tourist did…you might find extra charges on your bill.