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It’s fall! And while others dream of spooky stories and cozy nights in, we dream of throwing fabulous cannabis dinner parties. Especially during those chilly Autumn weekends when you can bring together a group of your cannabis consuming friends for an infused dinner party. But whether you’re infusing the dinner or just openly consuming, there are so many ways that you can delight and elevate your friends.

Trust us, curating this type of event can prove to be night and day from throwing any other party. Especially when you add the element of consumption, as things can get hazy very quickly. But don’t fret! High Minded Events has put together a quick guide to help you throw a fabulous cannabis dinner party that will wow your friends. Looking to skip all the planning? Hire High Minded Events to do the leg work for you.


The Importance of a Proper Guest List

The largest and most obvious difference when throwing a cannabis dinner party is that you will have to be very mindful of your guest list. Make sure to include those who have dabbled as well as those who are regular, and open, consumers of cannabis.

But don’t leave anyone out! Also consider inviting those who would be willing to try it. Remember, you will be providing a safe space, perfect for the canna-curious. Consumption doesn’t have to be required, but should be encouraged.

Consider asking them their tolerance and consumption preferences.

Keep a mental tab of your guests and what you know about their cannabis consumption. It can be easy to forget in the heat of the moment and you want to make sure your guests aren’t over consuming. This can change the direction and mood of the night very quickly.

Over consumption is the act of ingesting or smoking too much cannabis at a time. This can create feelings of anxiety and even paranoia in certain people. It’s of vital importance that your guests measure their intake in order to avoid a negative episode. Over consumption is also the main culprit behind negative first time experiences.

Being a conscious host is important in intimate settings, especially for those curious first timers. Sure it can seem fun to just smoke and get as high as possible, but there are negative side effects to that. If for any reason you feel that someone has over consumed at your cannabis dinner party, make sure you:

Keep CBD Nearby

We always recommend keeping some CBD on hand at events where cannabis consumption will take place. CBD is a natural way to remove the “high” after over consuming. Whether in edible or pill form, ingesting CBD will help alleviate the negative experience associated with over consumption.

Research has shown that CBD is a great way to counteract the effects of THC due to its attachment to the endocannabinoid system. Both THC and CBD interact with these receptors, and while it is not known for certain why, they counteract and balance each other out. Cannabis as a plant has many purposes and benefits, including CBD.

Create the Proper Ambiance

Anyone who has consumed cannabis knows how important the right ambience can be. Remember that cannabis calms, and your smoking area should feel serene and tranquil. Consider dim lighting in your smoking area. Music volume should be kept at a minimum, just enough to be enjoyed.

Depending on the consumption methods available, here are some of the items you want to make sure to have on hand:

  • Lighters
  • Rolling Trays
  • Q-Tips
  • Alcohol
  • And plenty of Water


The Guest of Honor: Picking the Right Cannabis for your Party

You won’t be surprised to know this is one of the funnest parts of planning a cannabis dinner party. You might go down the rabbit hole of studying strains and their effects, but remember that smoking is a personal and learning experience. That means that the effect that certain strains, and their terpenes can have, will vary from person to person.

In fact, it might sound easy to opt for Sativa dominant strains. Commonly referred to as the uplifting and energetic strains, you might be surprised to smoke a sativa that leaves you couch locked. That’s because of cannabis’s effects on our own endocannabinoid system.


No Dinner Party is Complete Without Mocktails!

What would a dinner party be without an assortment of drinks? But if you want to throw a successful cannabis dinner party, we suggest opting out of serving alcohol. With so many non alcoholic options readily available, we promise you won’t even miss it. Skipping alcohol might even help you avoid a social faux pas from one of your guests.

Alcohol is also known to create negative side effects when mixed with cannabis. Some people have reported feeling nauseous, feeling a new and different type of “drunk”, as well as those who experience feelings of severe intoxication. Don’t risk ruining your dinner party, and instead research a few delicious and alcohol free mocktails.


About the Main Course

The food is going to be the most important part of any dinner party, but especially at a cannabis dinner party. No, we’re not talking about the munchies. You’re going to want to serve a full course meal that is filling but not heavy. It might become overwhelming trying to decide on the courses, but the most important thing is to keep it simple and fresh.

Just like in cannabis, you can have fun with the terpenes in your food! Choose fresh fruits and vegetables. Have fun putting together a charcuterie board. You want to excite your taste buds with a combination of sweet and savory, and different textures. After your guests have consumed cannabis, they are going to take their time enjoying all the flavors in front of them. Make them fun!

If you need help putting together a menu, we can definitely help curate that for you! Visit our gallery to take a look at some of the delicious meals we’ve served and how beautiful they look in any setting. We have worked with some amazing chefs and have put together place settings that would impress any guest.


Make Travel Arrangements

One of the key parts of closing out the night will be to coordinate how each guest gets home. Especially for those newbies or curious consumers who might not yet feel comfortable in their altered state. Communication is key at any party of this sort, and you want to make sure you’re staying aware. Driving impaired is illegal, and you don’t want to set your guests up for a ruined night.

With apps like Uber and Lyft readily available, there is no reason to risk driving intoxicated. Consider setting up a carpool or even offering sleeping over as an option. Some guests might just need a little nap to get them back to driving state.


The Most Important Part: Listen to Your Guests

As the host, you want to make sure you’re paying attention to your guests. You don’t want to have any unfortunate encounters, especially for those who are still learning their tolerance. Make sure to keep plenty of water on hand as well. Cottonmouth can be a real downer, especially in social settings. You also want to make sure to provide a separate “quiet area” away from the party for those guests who are being overstimulated, or who might’ve consumed too much.

High Minded Events is proud to provide different experiences, and different ways to consume our favorite plant. If you don’t feel fully committed enough for a full infused dinner, you can start small with a personalized cannabis bar. If you don’t want harsh smoke in your area, you can opt for vaping tools. High Minded Events takes care of all of these for you.

We will walk you through the entire process, from choosing the cannabis, to putting together your bar. Choosing High Minded Events means choosing the best in cannabis event planning. It means choosing a company that not only values cannabis education, but also values safety and sanitation. Eliminate the worries and schedule your call with our event consultants. Make sure to sign up to our email newsletter so you can stay up to date on more posts like these!