Prior to legalization, cannabis was still a major part of many people’s lifestyles. It’s not like edibles and tinctures and the like are anything new. But the risk of jail time certainly kept it behind closed doors, making only occasional public appearances in a chill park or concert. However, now there are dozens of opportunities to work your weed habit into legally endorsed pursuits in some of the coolest cities in the country.
We’ve gathered a list of a dozen activity categories and highlighted a standout in every entry. Please know that though we may be writing about doing a sun salutation in rainy Portland, Oregon, chances are you can also find a class to enlighten you in snowy Denver, CO, too. So, we hope that you’ll get inspired and head to a search engine to sleuth out opportunities closer to you. Or plan a visit to one of the cities listed and make the most of a posh hotel and catered event. After all, what could be better than taking a trip that not only respects but encourages your love of weed?
Take A Yoga Class
Since 2009, author Dee Dussault has been leading people through Ganja Yogaclasses in over 15 North American cities (Including: Oakland and Los Angeles, CA and Gig Harbor, WA). They often have specific themes, think women’s tantra and slow flow wake and bake. But regardless of the particular bent the sessions take, the basics are the same: use some cannabis, do some yoga. And because students are in an enhanced mind space during all of the posing and stretching, the classes tend to be a bit slower and more guided than a traditional class so no worries about it being beyond your ability. They’re beginner friendly.
If you are looking to get blissed out by doubling up on relaxation practices, this is for you. Plus, imagine the amazing meal you’d have after getting high AND a good workout. This couldn’t be a better appetizer if it tried.
Pump It Up At The Gym
If yoga isn’t your speed, but you still want to tap into some endorphins via a solid workout, the world’s first cannabis gym, Power Plant Fitness, in San Francisco may be exactly what you need. Focused on integrative full body and mind training, the gym has spaces for cannabis use. It even offers its own line of edibles made for pre-workout focus and post-workout recovery. This isn’t a place to get completely stoned and couchlocked on a stationary bike. On the contrary, the gym’s founders fully believe that a little cannabis incorporated into your fitness routine can keep you motivated, ease discomfort, and allow you to focus more fully on your body.
If you are tired of hitting the vape before you head to your gym, you definitely need to get in on the athletic side of cannabis. Plus, given the relative newness of legalized cannabis, getting to toke up in a gym is, in itself, pretty rad.
Vacation At A Grow Operation
We know that a person who uses weed is no more likely to want to help grow it than a person who drinks beer is to want to brew it. But there are always those enthusiasts who truly want to throw down and get in on the production of the intoxicants they love so well. If you are one of these people, there are a ton of grow operations who also host guests. This is the chance to live your cannabis fantasies in relative comfort. For example, Farmhouse Enlightenment in California is an organic, sun-grown business with a brand-new cabin where guests can stay when they aren’t out working alongside the growers or soaking in an outdoor tub. And you get to do it all while using some of the choice bud being harvested on the property.
These sorts of hosts are generally anxious to give you the trip of your dreams — which can mean they load up on the amenities or connect with other business owners in the area to craft a one-of-a-kind travel package. When you find a grow operation with services that interest you be sure to communicate with the owners and really work with them to shape a freaking awesome dream vacay.
On of the coolest things a cannabis user can experience is an event catered by a chef who incorporates weed into a series of fine dining courses. It is a million times cooler than a sommelier creating a flight for a gourmet meal (although that’s pretty awesome as well). And, with the growing popularity of cannabis cookery, there are more and more chances to dine that way. Taking a cannabis cooking class not only allows you to taste multiple dishes and have facetime with the culinary genius behind the recipe, it lets you become a culinary genius in your own right. Aren’t you swanky?
There are a fair number of these classes and one great example is Stir Cooking School in Denver. They’re offering a class every Sunday starting this winter. During the two-and-a-half-hour class you create three cannabis dishes. You also learn some cooking basics, like cannabis oil breakdown and decarboxylation. With these skills, you can build your culinary repertoire beyond brownies and Rice Crispy treats. Or you can just work on perfecting those.
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Published: July 31, 2018
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