Are You Celebrating Danksgiving?

Happy Danksgiving! And yes, that’s not a typo, it is an actual holiday. If you haven’t heard of it but think it’s related to Thanksgiving, then you’re on the right track. We may have already celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada, but American Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and that means you’re about to get […]

The post Are You Celebrating Danksgiving? appeared first on Latest Cannabis News Today – Headlines, Videos & Stocks.

Don’t Wait for Black Friday—It’s Green Wednesday

Turkey. Stuffing. Cranberry sauce. And a nice platter of pre-rolls? 

It would appear that Thanksgiving will be quite green this year for many Americans celebrating the holiday, according to new survey data released Tuesday.

The study comes courtesy of Ayr Wellness, a self-described “expanding vertically integrated, U.S. multi-state cannabis operator focused on delivering the highest quality cannabis products and customer experience throughout its footprint.”

The findings suggest that more than a few people in the United States will sneak in a toke or two before pumpkin pie is served. Or, as a press release accompanying the survey put it: “Cannabis has finally earned a seat at the table in America.”

According to the data, “37 percent of cannabis consumers plan to serve THC-infused products with their Thanksgiving meal,” while “77 percent of cannabis consumers intend to consume cannabis with family or friends during the holidays.” And it suggests that “American cannabis consumers have become increasingly open about their cannabis habits, with 40 percent planning on consuming openly with family and friends this season.”

“One thing is clear: this Thanksgiving, cannabis is a family affair,” the press release said.

Just as a wave of cannabis legalization has swept over the country in the last 10 years, normalizing something that had long been taboo and scandalized, the findings of the Thanksgiving survey “suggest that cannabis is more mainstream than ever this year and a useful resource for managing family dynamics during the holidays.”

“Over the past decade, cannabis has become increasingly ingrained into the fabric of American culture and tradition, with cannabis sales on Green Wednesday reaching new heights every year,” Jonathan Sandelman, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Ayr Wellness, said in the release. “At Ayr Wellness, we’re passionate about enriching lives through this powerful plant by meeting consumers wherever they are in their cannabis journey, from novice to expert. From flower to beverages, and from extracts to edibles, our new portfolio of power brands offers something for everyone.”

The survey also suggests that “Green Wednesday,” the day on which potheads nationwide stock up on weed in advance of the long holiday weekend, is quickly joining the ranks of Black Friday and Cyber Monday as Thanksgiving-adjacent, consumer-powered events on the calendar.

The press release described Green Wednesday as “the industry’s second-biggest sales day in 2020, aptly dubbed the ‘Black Friday’ of cannabis.” Citing data “from Akerna and Headset published in Green Market Report,” Ayr Wellness said that “Green Wednesday cannabis sales beat Black Friday sales for the first time” last year, “with upward trends expected to continue this year.”

According to the new survey, “One in two Green Wednesday shoppers (49 percent) will purchase cannabis as gifts for friends and family,” while “71 percent of Green Wednesday shoppers expect to spend $50 – $100 or more at the dispensary.”

The survey went on to say that “60 percent of cannabis consumers intend to visit a dispensary on Green Wednesday.”

And just what will those customers be buying to pair with football and the feast? Twenty-nine percent said they would buy good old flower; 19 percent are in the mood for edibles or beverages; 11 percent said they would snag some concentrates and extracts; 10 percent are opting for cartridges; nine percent want the pre-rolled joints; five percent dig topicals and four percent say the holiday calls out for infused flower. 

The findings “are part of a national study conducted by real-time consumer intelligence platform Suzy in partnership with Ayr Wellness,” according to the press release. “

“The nationally-representative study, conducted in November 2021, surveyed over 1,300 Americans on their cannabis consumption habits, beliefs and purchasing patterns tied to the holidays and Green Wednesday,” the release said.

The post Don’t Wait for Black Friday—It’s Green Wednesday appeared first on High Times.

Tips for Traveling With Marijuana This Thanksgiving

Perhaps we’ve just been super stoned for the past year, but is anyone else out there perplexed about how it is nearly Thanksgiving again?

It’s almost as though the last several months have been nothing more than a THC-induced dream that we fell into during a previous holiday gathering and we’re just now coming out of that catatonic state for a second slice of pumpkin pie. Geez, the weed these cannabis farmers are producing today must be stronger than the stuff we used to get down on 20 years ago. Back then, we never go so stoned as to miss an entire year.

But lo and beyond it is the holidaze season once again – that time of year when even the most rotten breed of American nincompoop launches into a gluttonous journey of carbilicious savagery with friends, family and sworn-enemies to give thanks for all the advantages they have that others do not. For many people, the inconvenience of attending these annual festivities is a necessary evil to remain in good standings with the family. After all, nobody would dare risk being nixed from the ancestral inheritance simply because they were too lazy to endure the 2018 version of the dry turkey surprise that mom has been putting on the table every year for almost three decades.

For better or worse, this means a lot of folks will be forced to travel, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”-style all across the country this week to consume high-calorie meals, catch up with distant relatives and watch a slew of James Bond movies on television with the old man. Actually, that Bond-A-Thon, spy flick business isn’t all bad. There’s something to be said for maintaining certain traditions. But there is no way anyone in their right mind would dare show up for such a social spectacle without enough weed in their pockets to make it tolerable when that one aunt with a smoker’s cough starts grabbing them by the face and screaming, “When are you going to find a nice girl?” If ever there was a life-saving therapeutic benefit provided through the use of cannabis, it is the ability to persevere through some of the most unbearable situations with a smile.

But marijuana is still mostly illegal in the United States. Despite all the progress that has been made concerning statewide legalization over the past 20 odd years, the federal government remains hell-bent on treating the herb as one of the most dangerous substances in the world. This annoying detail typically isn’t a problem for the average cannabis consumer. Most small-time possession offenses are dealt with at the state level. Still, getting pulled over with weed in states like Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Arkansas, Idaho – anywhere where redneck politics are alive and well – is almost always going to end badly for the cannabis enthused. And if it just so happens to be a federal agent tapping on the glass, the chances of getting obliterated by a major drug trafficking charge could get real. An offense of this magnitude can bring on a steaming pile of nonsense that can jam someone up in the criminal justice system for years.

So, let’s try to avoid any such predicament if we can, shall we?

In order to do that, it is essential for the holiday traveler to understand a few in-and-outs for smuggling a stash of weed to a desired destination without any interference from Roscoe Law. Those folks traveling in any of the ten states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use are all clear as long as they abide by the state-mandated possession limits and their journey does not take them across state lines. For the ones who venture into other states to gather with family this year, it is necessary to exercise caution and common sense. Some of the latest data shows that 91 percent of long-distance holiday travel is done by car. This leaves a wealth of opportunities for those cops irked about having to work on Thanksgiving to swoop in and put a plethora of pre-turkey tokers in jail before the end of his shift. So, while there is an abundance of articles out there about flying with weed, we felt it would be beneficial to share some quick tips on transporting it on America’s highways.

Out of state license plates can cause trouble, so can Bob Marley window stickers: Driving from a legal marijuana state, like California or Michigan, can cause some snags in areas of prohibition. Cops have been known to profile vehicles coming from where weed is legal and waiting for the driver to commit the slightest roadway infraction so they can initiate a traffic stop. From there, the officer will do everything in his power to find illegal drugs. We don’t hear about this happening much these days, but it still does from time to time. Furthermore, vehicles branded with the images of Bob Marley, The Grateful Dead and even Pink Floyd can get a police officer snooping around for reasons to conduct a search. These fan badges tell the cops one thing: There is someone in the vehicle who enjoys marijuana. Your ride should scream more soccer mom than hippie caravan.

Avoid breaking the law: Be smart. If you must travel with weed, don’t break every law on the highway while you do it. Watching your speed and wearing a seatbelt goes a long way in averting an unwanted shakedown. Smoking weed in the vehicle should also be avoided at all cost. If the car reeks of marijuana when a cop steps up to the driver’s side window, good luck staying out of jail. If that’s your plan, perhaps you should go ahead and familiarize yourself with the basic Thanksgiving menu behind bars.

Don’t drive stoned: Police are trained to examine the eyes and body language of a motorist as soon as they utter the words, “License and registration, please.” If the driver’s peepers are bloodshot and nearly sewn shut from a roadway “safety meeting,” you had better believe the next thing out of the cop’s mouth is going to be something like, “Have you boys been smoking some of them reefers?” From there the situation is going nowhere but downhill. We can almost hear the K-9 unit now!

Keep the car clean and the marijuana stash hidden in the trunk: All it takes is for a police officer to suspect that there is pot in the car to ramp up his or her harassment tactics. Keeping a clean vehicle (no fast food bags on the floorboards, no signs of paraphernalia, forgotten roaches, etc.) is invaluable in preventing most nosey cops from grilling the driver about illegal drugs. Also, by stowing the pot in the trunk, a motorist can hinder the possibility of a cop catching a whiff of marijuana permeating from the vehicle. If you smoke weed in your car all of the time, consider a rental car for holiday travel. You can thank us later!

Avoid traveling with felony amounts of marijuana: Getting busted for pot on the way to or from Thanksgiving dinner would no doubt be a bummer. But a pinch for felony amounts of weed is sure to make the situation ten times worse. In most cases, a first-time offense for minor pot possession is treated as a misdemeanor. Some states have decriminalized it, and cops just dole out fines. Considering the shape of the marijuana climate these days, it is not uncommon for prosecutors to offer up a plea agreement to keep offenders from spending time in jail. This is good. It’s still not a pleasant situation, but it beats being embroiled in a legal battle that ultimately ends in prison. Our advice: Check the possession limits in the states you are traveling through this holiday season and keep that stash light. Also, having the contact info of pot-friendly attorneys is never a bad idea.

Safe travels!

TELL US, are you traveling for the holidays?

The post Tips for Traveling With Marijuana This Thanksgiving appeared first on Cannabis Now.

How to Handle Edibles In Front the Family This Thanksgiving

It’s that time of the year when everyone is coming together to celebrate everything they are grateful for with the people they love and a lot of food. Whether you’re going to be chilling at home with your loved ones, heading to an extended family member’s house for a big feast or putting together a special Friendsgiving, you definitely want to be able to enjoy the day your way without making anyone else feel uncomfortable.

If you plan on partaking in edibles to enhance your Thanksgiving experience, there are a few things to consider before you commit to your plan. Do you want to arrive before or after the edibles kick in? Should you eat enough of your edible to make it last a while or consume it in a few smaller doses to keep you nice and evenly lit throughout the celebration? The details are really up to you, although there are some basics to follow that will ensure that you not only make it through the meal but through the entire day with a little grace.

Don’t Overdo It

Although you might have a usual amount of THC that hits the spot when you’re eating edibles, you should plan to have a little less than normal on days where you might need to have more of your wits about you. Even if you have a long car ride ahead of you or know that you will be sitting around for a few hours until the food is finished, don’t go overboard or you most likely end up sleeping through the festivities.

Give Yourself a Minute

Depending on when you eat your edibles, it may take a little longer than usual for you to feel the effects of them — particularly if you choose to eat them during (like with these recipes) or after you get nice and full. If that happens, then you will have a little more patient and wait to feel the way you’re typically used to. Just resist the urge to have more of your edible and you will be fine.

One Thing At a Time

If you have decided you want to enjoy edibles for the day, then just stick with edibles until you’re home or the party has ended. It may be tempting to go take a puff or dab with your favorite cousin or sneak your vape with you, but for your own sake, just take it easy. The same goes for wine and spirits, so make sure you have made your choice so that you aren’t regretting overindulging later.

Have a Back-up Plan

Getting higher than planned after eating an edible can happen to the best of us. If that happens, there are a couple things you can do to make sure you are able to keep your cool and come back down to earth. First things first, have some CBD help calm things down. If things don’t settle, you can follow some of these tips for what to do if you get too high, which include finding an entertaining distraction, going for a stroll or just taking a nap.

Stick With What You Know

Yes, special days do call for special treats, but it’s probably best to stick to an infused snack that you have tried before just to be on the safe side. Even if you are pretty confident about how 10 mg or 50 mg of THC makes you feel on a normal day, there’s no use taking any risks with an unfamiliar brand that may be using an oil or strain you aren’t used to. So, you will have to wait to try that new soda or spicy nut mix until you’re in an environment where you can relax and see how it affects you.

TELL US, have you gotten high around your family before?

The post How to Handle Edibles In Front the Family This Thanksgiving appeared first on Cannabis Now.

7 Cannabis-Infused Recipes for Your Danksgiving Feast

Still finalizing your epic Thanksgiving menu? Don’t stress! This is the holiday that the munchies were made for — with an entire day dedicated to eating and good vibes. This year, if you’re looking for a new way to incorporate cannabis into your celebration (perhaps because you are doing a Zoom Thanksgiving and you’ll be preparing your own meal), these recipes will help you put together an entire meal with the fixings.

But be careful! These recipes were all written with a THC dosage that would allow each dish on its own to provide psychotropic effects. So if you want to add cannabis to every dish in your Thanksgiving menu, make sure to lower the dosage for each dish. It also might be smart to pick-and-choose which elements of the meal you prefer to be cannabis-infused and give yourself a few non-medicated dishes that you can consume with reckless abandon. Ultimately, be intelligent about how much THC you can safely ingest — and be sure to inform whoever you might share your delicious food with that they’re eating cannabis!

PHOTO Dianne Rosete

1. Kush Infused Turkey

This simple, decadent take on a Thanksgiving classic harnesses the complex flavors and relaxing effects of Kush to make this year’s Thanksgiving feast too good to forget, but maybe a little difficult to remember.

PHOTO Alexa Scordato

2. Canna-Mashed Spuds & Stoner Stuffing

It only takes a few simple ingredients, along with some cannabutter, to make these smooth and fluffy mashed potatoes that you can have boiling on the stove while you start cutting up the veggies and herbs that will go into the stuffing. This quintessential side dish combo comes together very easily and makes your Thanksgiving dinner complete.

PHOTO Glory Foods

3. Kief-Infused Spicy Gravy

This hearty gravy recipe has multiple uses — from a nice drizzle on your turkey to a generous puddle on your canna-mashed potatoes or stuffing. Skip the sausage (or use soy sausages) to make it friendly for your herbivore friends or switch out the milk and butter for non-dairy alternatives to make a vegan version.

PHOTO Bruce Wolf

4. Cannabis-Infused Salad Dressings

Make one or all three of these infused dressings that you can put on a salad like the double-seeded vinaigrette or use as a dip for chips or veggies with the classic ranch or tahini dressing.

Edibles Pumpkin Cannabis Now
PHOTO Kimberly Vardeman

5. THC-Infused Cream Caramel Pumpkin Pie

Keep it classic with a seasonal pumpkin pie with a little bit of a twist. Although Cream Caramel is highly suggested as the strain used in the recipe, you can substitute any other strain that might match its buttery, sweet flavor or have a mild, honey profile. You can’t really wait for the last minute on this one. It’s best to make the dough for this recipe the night before you plan on serving it. Otherwise, give yourself at least one hour before cooking time, so that the dough can properly set.

PHOTO Justin Leonard

6. Cannabis-Infused Pie Crust & Apple Pie

Thanksgiving is a holiday where one pie usually will not suffice, especially if you have a large crowd at your dinner table. This recipe is made with a sweet strain that really compliments the flavor of the dish. The cannabis-infused crust is what gives this traditional pie a kick, so feel free to substitute your favorite fruit instead of the apple, without compromising the buzz. Look for an energizing sativa strain that tastes bright and has a profile bold enough to stand up against the richness of the fruit filling.

A cutting board holds butter, cheese cloth, and a pile of shake, someone is preparing to make homemade canna-oil and canna-butter.
PHOTO Bruce Wolf

7. Canna-Butter and Canna-Oil

This is a classic recipe that can be used alone and not just in place of regular better as in ingredient in dishes. You can use a small pat of butter to add a buzz to just about anything from mashed potatoes and corn on the cob to cornbread and dinner rolls. This recipe also lays out how to make canna-oil. Whether you choose to use olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil or otherwise, you can choose how you want to use this recipe to add a special touch to your meal. 

The post 7 Cannabis-Infused Recipes for Your Danksgiving Feast appeared first on Cannabis Now.

High Times Greats: Chef Ra’s Worldwide High Times Thanksgiving Feast

In the November, 1988 edition of High Times, Chef Ra (1950 – 2006) gave us a recipe for cannabis-infused “Rasta Pasta Alfredo Fettuccini.”

Once upon a time, there was a group of dudes and dudettes just hangin’ around, smokin’ a few doobies. We were wondering what we were gonna do with ourselves a couple days before Thanksgiving. Hell, we knew that we weren’t Indians. And we surely couldn’t be Pilgrims. But somehow, we wanted to consummate the same togetherness that those folks did in the old days. But we wanted to put a freaky accent to it.

After passing the peace pipe for a few more hours, Chef Ra had a brilliant mental flash. Most of our friends were leaving town to have Thanksgiving dinner with their parents and family, leaving us hardcore freaks behind. So I said to myself, “Why not have the First Annual Freaky Friends Thanksgiving Bash?”

The idea snowballed. A very rotund hippie earth-mother named Big Susie took Chef Ra’s idea and ran with it. She took the Pied Piper’s position in front of our ragtag group and said, “Let me lead you to the land of bountiful munchie delights, you hungry freaks! ”

And so a grand tradition was born that day, and has continued ever since. This year, Chef Ra proposes to all of the readers of High Times to join together with us this Thanksgiving with the largest Freaky Friends Fest Feast in history. We’re gonna break away from the chains of antiquity and put the “Thanks” back into the “Giving.”

The first thing you have to do is find a place to hold the meal. It doesn’t have to be the traditional “chestnuts roasting on an open fire” homey fantasy trip. Be creative. Hold the party in an open bar, a friend’s house, hell—rent the local VFW! Then decorate the spot with tie-dyed banners and obnoxious-colored crepe-paper strung out all over the place. Maybe throw in some origami hangin’ from the ceiling.

The object of the fest is to be about art, communication, and cross-cultural revolution just as much as it is about chowing down. Let’s move away from the me-generation yuppie bullshit selfishness. How many times have you seen people show up at a gathering or a meal and not contribute a damn thing, not even a joint? Well, it’s time for the “me-attitude” shit to end! It’s time to reach back for our roots, our communal hippadelic traditions. Let’s be about caring again. Social living is the best policy!

Put the United Nations flag up outside the crib. Pick a few folks from the colors of the rainbow different than your own and invite them to the party. Invite a long-lost friend you haven’t seen in ages, and someone who lost his or her job. Pick a homeless person you know in your neighborhood and invite them over for chow. This doesn’t have to be a patronizing affair. Hell, maybe you’ll make some new friends.

Chef Ra wants EVERYBODY to join the party. This is the biggest people’s party ever! Learn to party and then learn to love to party! And make sure you cook one of Chef Ra’s cosmic recipes for all the people. My one year anniversary issue recipe is…

Rasta Pasta Alfredo Fettuccini

  • 4 chopped cloves of FRESH garlic
  • 1/4 cup of FRESH basil (basil in Greek means “king”, but we know what herb is king!)
  • 1/2 cup FRESH parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 lb. egg fettuccini
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/4 oz. fine green sinsi

Cook rasta pasta fettuccini noodles 7-9 minutes in boiling water. Set noodles aside, still sitting in warm water. Melt butter in double boiler setup, making sure not to burn or overheat butter. Add sinsi to butter and let simmer for ten minutes. Take a large bowl, drain egg fettuccini, and put the drained noodles into a large bowl or pot. Then add the herb butter with the heavy cream, basil, and parmesan cheese to the fettuccini in the bowl. Toss mixture well in the bowl. And start jammin’ on it right away!

The post High Times Greats: Chef Ra’s Worldwide High Times Thanksgiving Feast appeared first on High Times.

Kiva Confections Launches Fast-Acting THC-Infused Gravy in Time for Thanksgiving

With the winter holidays rapidly approaching, you’re probably getting bombarded with holiday-themed foods and drinks everywhere you look. But this year, there’s something completely unexpected in store for cannabis fans: THC-infused turkey gravy, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Kiva Announces New Thanksgiving-Themed Edible—THC-Infused Gravy

Cannabis company Kiva Confections today announced its newest weed-infused food product.

THC-infused gravy is part of a new line of holiday-themed products coming this year from the edibles company.

And according to Kiva, the new gravy is much more than just a Thanksgiving condiment. It’s reportedly the result of some clever cannabis engineering designed to produce a very unique high.

“Kiva’s fast-acting technology utilizes individually encapsulated molecules, which radically transforms the cannabinoids,” the company said in a statement.

“Not only are these encapsulated molecules isolated from other molecules they might interact with, they are also small enough to be absorbed directly into the body’s endocannabinoid receptors, one molecule at a time.”

This rapid absorption, the company claims, allows for a much faster-acting high. Typically, edibles are metabolized first through the liver before then passing into the bloodstream. This slightly more delayed route is why the effects of edibles usually take longer to set in than those from smoking or vaping.

As a result, regular edibles typically take anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes to produce noticeable effects. But Kiva says that, thanks to its products specialized molecular design, consumers will feel the effects of its new THC-infused gravy in as little as two to 15 minutes.

“The resulting experience is predictable, precisely dosed, and controllable, every time,” Kiva said.

Kiva’s special edition weed-infused turkey gravy will only be available in limited quantities. And for now, it will only be sold in select California dispensaries.

Each package of gravy contains 10 milligrams of THC. The product will be priced at $5 per package.

Courtesy of Kiva Confections

Initiating a Full Holiday Lineup

If you’re into the idea of weed-infused gravy for Thanksgiving, then Kiva has more good news. The company said that the THC-infused gravy is just the first in a new line of products designed to coincide with the winter season and end of year holidays.

So far, the company has stated that it has plans to unveil a new cannabis-infused hot cocoa product. But beyond that, Kiva has not revealed what else will be in its winter-themed lineup.

At this point, the following statement is the only hint the company has dropped about what could be coming up: “This festive, cheeky moment is just a precursor to the milestone holiday products launching later this month and December.”

The World of Edibles is Rapidly Changing

THC-infused, holiday-themed foods are nothing new to the world of cannabis culture.

In fact, there is a longstanding and incredibly rich tradition of coming up with clever ways to infuse marijuana into virtually any imaginable food, dessert, or snack.

But today, the legal cannabis market is opening up seemingly endless new possibilities.

Now, anybody can get high from virtually any food they plan to eat—without having to cook or bake anything.

In fact, edibles are fast becoming one of the biggest segments in the legal cannabis space. According to stats released in April, the edibles market is now on pace to hit $4.1 billion by 2022.

The post Kiva Confections Launches Fast-Acting THC-Infused Gravy in Time for Thanksgiving appeared first on High Times.

The Case for Making “Drinksgiving” into “Green Wednesday,” Explained

It’s almost Thanksgiving time again and you know what that means — going back home to get grilled by your extended family, reuniting with old friends, and maybe getting blackout drunk

Whether you call it “Drinksgiving,” “Blackout Wednesday,” or just getting trashed at your hometown bar, the night before Thanksgiving has become one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year for college students and young adults. But over the last few years, the cannabis industry has been pushing a greener holiday that can prevent you from being severely hungover at Thanksgiving dinner.

Cannabis retailers have dubbed “Green Wednesday” the Black Friday for weed-lovers by offering major sales on flower, edibles, vape pens, and more on the day before Thanksgiving. The cannabis industry makes the case that it’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on your products of choice on the assumption that young people will find it easier to answer invasive questions from grandma about their dating lives and eat a massive meal with the help of a bit of weed. 

Making a new tradition that isn’t focused on binge drinking

In addition to being a conveniently-timed shopping holiday, “Green Wednesday” promotes the idea that having a smoke sesh with friends could be a way better alternative to getting drunk. Molly Peckler, CEO of the cannabis matchmaking company Highly Devoted, thinks “Green Wednesday” is the superior tradition. 

“My business is based on bringing people together using cannabis and it’s just so incredibly powerful,” Peckler said. “It allows you to really be present in the moment whereas when you’re drinking or blacked out, sometimes everything gets foggy and you make decisions you wouldn’t normally make or you feel terrible the next day.” 

(Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
The cannabis industry has been pushing “Green Wednesday,” the day before Thanksgiving that is full of discounts on weed products, for several years. Molly Peckler thinks there is a significant cultural argument to substituting drinking for smoking weed, too.

This is perhaps one of the strongest cases to be made for “Green Wednesday.” Binge drinking can be dangerous, so much so that several cities have increased patrols to keep people safe on “Drinksgiving.” Unfortunately, drunk driving is another result of this cultural trend. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “Drinksgiving” and the remainder of the Thanksgiving break (from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Monday) produced the highest number of fatal car crashes of any holiday between 2012 and 2016, accounting for 800 drunk driving-related deaths. 

Staying off the roads is one of the selling points for smoking with friends at home as opposed to hitting the bars. You’ll avoid potentially making the poor choice to drive under the influence, and you’ll steer clear of drunk drivers who may be on the roads that night.  

Weed helps with the entire point of the holiday: connection

Peckler believes that along with being a safer option, having a holiday sesh helps friends and family bond in a more intimate, meaningful way. 

“Cannabis really does facilitate connection,” Peckler explained. “I think a lot of people find camaraderie when they’re drinking together but when it gets to the point that you drank too much then the whole experience can be soured.”

As any regular cannabis user knows, there’s something very intimate and nostalgic about smoking weed, ordering pizza, and laughing all night in your parents’ basement. Plus, you won’t run into anyone you don’t feel like seeing at the bars (your ex won’t be invited to the smoke sesh). It’s the perfect way to catch up with your chosen family before spending the next day with your biological family. 

Peckler also believes that “Green Wednesday” can be a great time to bond with your own family over cannabis. “For me, ‘Green Wednesday’ means family time. I live in Los Angeles and for Thanksgiving, I go back to Chicago to spend time with my family. For the last five to seven years we have created a really fun family tradition where we have a big family smoke sesh and then we play Cards Against Humanity,” Peckler said. “It’s one of my absolute favorite nights of the year and everyone in my family looks forward to it.” 

For those of who have not discussed cannabis use with your families, Peckler suggests using the holiday as an opportunity to introduce them to it. “You can bring your favorite product and educate your parents or the people in your life who maybe aren’t familiar with cannabis,” Peckler advised. “I would definitely say to start with strains that are lower in THC. If you want to do edibles bring [low-dosed] edibles so you can really help people dip their toes into the cannabis pool in a way that’s not threatening.” 

Which goes back to the entire idea of “Green Wednesday” marketing from cannabis brands and retailers, providing tons of options when choosing the right products to bring to a family smoke sesh. Whether you want to take huge bong rips with your friends or buy some low-dose mints for your folks, your local dispensary or online delivery service will probably have sales on everything you need. 

For those not sold on skipping Blackout Wednesday this holiday season, Weedmaps News contributor Lindsay MaHarry writes about how much better you’ll feel at Thanksgiving dinner with the help of weed. You’re less likely to be as hungover and nauseated at the sight of food and if you and your family smoke before eating, and you’ll probably enjoy the meal more. Your stress levels are likely to be lower and it will seem easier to have a good conversation with your extended family that you only see a few times a year. 

Peckler added, “I think that when you use cannabis you become more empathetic. You’re a better listener, you’re more open to other perspectives. And that’s really beneficial when it comes to creating connections and making memories.” 

Feature image by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

The post The Case for Making “Drinksgiving” into “Green Wednesday,” Explained appeared first on Weedmaps News.