The desert cannabis scene isn’t what Canadians are used to. Here are five savvy stoney travel trips
I love to travel—the adventure, the people, the food! But the thrill of it all can sometimes leave me feeling nauseous, anxious and headachy.
At home, I turn to cannabis as a remedy for these symptoms. So travelling to places where cannabis is legal and accessible is preferable, to say the least.
Enter Las Vegas, Nev., where alcohol and overindulgence can easily exacerbate a nervous tummy, but where the redemptive effects of cannabis come in diverse and plentiful options. I was there for a bachelorette party for one of my dearest friends and I wanted to make the most of my first visit to the desert oasis. So, I did my research, and also learned a lot on the ground. Sharing my top five savvy stoney travel tips:
1. Scope out the dispensaries and menus beforehand
There are so many options of cannabis products in Vegas that it is overwhelming: edibles, concentrates, oils in all flavours, shapes, sizes and dosages. I scanned many websites and found the highest-rated dispensary closest to my hotel: Planet 13. I even calculated product cost conversion rates ahead of time, so I could budget them into my trip. Cannabis in Vegas isn’t exactly cheap.
2. Explore the perks
Another reason I choose Planet 13 was because their website said they had a free shuttle (picking up from most hotels on the strip) from 10 am to 10 pm. They also have late-night discount prices.
After getting there after midnight when our plane was delayed, I bypassed talking to a customer service rep, and with my internet knowledge in tow, went right up to the checkout counter and asked for my 10 one-gram pre-rolls, priced down from US$16 each to US$45 for five. You can also save money if you are a medical cannabis patient and bring your original medical paperwork along with you (which I didn’t).
Added tip: My favourite choices were Wedding Cake and Pineapple Upside Down Cake joints by Reina. They smoked well, did the job, and most of them tasted great. If I were to do it again, I would purchase some concentrates and a dab straw, which were both available and reasonably priced. All the joint-smoking was harsh on my throat.
3. Buy water, sunblock and lip balm
Buy these things immediately upon landing. Even better, bring the balm and block and use often. The desert heat is no joke y’all.
4. Don’t bring your doobies to the club
Yes, I learned this the hard way. Cannabis and casinos are a no-go. And something I didn’t realize until I got to Vegas is that most things—clubs, restaurants, hotels, stores, even museums—are inside the casinos. Even outside is inside the casinos.
They won’t check your bags going into the casino or stores or restaurants, but they will check your bag before you enter the club. So make sure it’s green-free! If you are asking me what I did with my doobies when I rolled up to the club and whether it involved my bedazzled bra, I politely decline to answer.
5. Unfetter yourself
If you are baked and walking around Vegas, you are going to want to have the least amount of responsibilities possible. On our first night I was convinced I lost my phone (I left it at the hotel) and so I immediately added my Vegas crew to my Find My iPhone app in case it happened again and organized my bag so it wouldn’t happen again.
Most vacation-ruining events can be avoided with a little planning: Do not bring your best jewellery or clothes. Bring a small purse (even a fanny pack). Have a place for everything and put things where they belong—every time! Wear comfortable shoes. Carry a small amount of cash. Most important, be in the moment!
The more things you do from home—booking hotels, alerting your bank of your trip, downloading airline and ride-sharing apps on your phone, cannabis scouting—the more you will enjoy your Vegas trip!
I know I did and cannot wait to return. If you have any Vegas travel tips for us fellow cannabis consumers, drop us a line @flatshanlon.
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Written by Angela Stelmakowich