Cannabis In The Wild: Tips and Tricks
It is adventure time! Grab your hiking boots and get out. Cannabis is the best friend of explorers of the great outdoors because it connects people to the beauty of nature. But before you take off, here’s a couple of tips on how to use cannabis in the wild safely.
Safety & Etiquette for High Explorers
Safety is always first, but etiquette is paramount to providing everyone with a good experience on the trail. Here’s what you need to keep in mind:
- Respect other hikers — some people just don’t like cannabis, period. Make sure you do not bother them with your choices. Be especially careful around crowds and children.
- Leave no trace — this is the golden rule for all hikers. While tossing an extinguished roach may seem like nothing, it is not okay. No one wants to see cannabis butts on the trailside. Take care of your trash no matter how small.
- Be careful around fire — summer, dry areas, and heat is a recipe for disaster. Tossing a roach could have devastating effects on a dry ecosystem. Be smart with campfires and adhere to the fire laws.
- Have plenty of water — another golden rule is to bring more water than you think you may need. If you are going to consume cannabis, double the amount because the dry mouth is annoying. It would be smart to invest in a water filtration pump because things can happen.
- Know your route — some trails are easy, others are not. Being high doesn’t help navigate so bring a map or a GPS system and pay attention to natural landmarks.
Which cannabis product should I try outdoors?
There are plenty of ways to consume cannabis, and there is what you may want to consider before trying them outdoors.
Joints are classics. Roll before hitting the trail and puff some time for energy.
Upsides: joints stay lit in the wind, you can share them with friends, they hit big.
Downsides: they are hard to light in the wind, roaches smell (because you need to pack them and never throw), a strong breeze will finish them fast.
Vaporizers and oil pen allow enjoying your favorite flower or strain-specific cartridge on-the-go.
Upsides: no lighter is required, minimal odor, you take puffs whenever you want.
Downsides: oil cartridges provide you with tricky high, and batteries can run out.
Pipers are old school. It is a perfect go-to piece, giving you quality high.
Upsides: pipes are lightweight, easy to share.
Downsides: breakable, difficult to light with the wind, hard to hit while walking.
Travel water pipes
Bongs and bubblers are still an option, especially if you opt out for small and lightweight ones.
Upside: water provides extra cooling and filtrates smoke.
Downsides: heavy, take much space, not always discreet.
Edibles / Tinctures
Edibles are an excellent smoke-free way to enjoy cannabis outdoors. Use small doses for a long-lasting gentle high. Tinctures get you faster and tend to be less intense.
Upsides: edibles last longer and give a good body high for relaxing muscles. Tinctures are easier to dose and offer more mild effects than edibles.
Downsides: edibles can cause an extreme high.
What Else Should I Think About?
The main rule is simple: be careful and use responsibly. Always get to know local and federal laws that govern a particular place. On federal land (national parks) marijuana is still illegal, even if the national park is in a legal state. Respect laws, fellow hikers, and nature — and you are good to go!
This article is based on this Leafly material.
(Sweedsy in no way encourages illegal activity and would like to remind its readers that marijuana usage continues to be an offense under Federal Law, regardless of state marijuana laws. To learn more, click here.)