Cannabis has many uses and ways of being consumed, though one might imagine a typical stoner to hit their bong in the comfort of their home and maybe watch some TV with a bag of potato chips before crashing for the night. Smoking weed has long been a treasured, but hidden, past-time for many, as cannabis has long been excluded from mainstream culture by the law and outdated anti-cannabis propaganda. With the rise in cannabis legality & usage, it’s becoming more and more acceptable to share cannabis with friends, and unabashedly leave the house while high. We wanted to take a look at what people’s social experience with cannabis is like, and where they like to enjoy it collectively.
While this plant medicine is not for everybody, and there are many varying experiences with its different strains and usage, studies are starting to show that one of Cannabis’ many uses includes combating social anxiety. The strains that most often produce fruitful social experiences are sativa-dominant, like our energizing & award-winning “Premium Jack.” Successful cannabis use can help keep the consumer relaxed and present in the moment. Social cannabis experiences certainly vary from person to person, as Courtney (32), said, “If I’m going out to a public place like a bar or big party, I tend to smoke less. I don’t like the idea of having to socialize with new people while high. With friends, though, it tends to be a bonding, silly experience that I love.”[i] For many cannabis lovers like Courtney, being high around new people can feel uncomfortable or overwhelming, but with friends, smoking becomes a fun bonding experience. Set and setting can be very important and impactful to one’s experience of cannabis—having a safe and comfortable environment to be in, and having a good mindset going into the experience, will better help you to relax and experience the positive effects cannabis has to offer.
[i] Sundial Cannabis: https://www.sundialcannabis.com/discover-cannabis/connecting-through-cannabis
[ii] Cannabis Café: https://cannabis.cafe/
[iii] Statistics Canada: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/11-627-m/11-627-m2018032-eng.htm
[iv] Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/11/15/only-percent-americans-say-marijuana-should-be-completely-illegal/