Holiday party season is in full swing. And what better way to make sure your soiree stands out from the rest than with some cannabis microdoses. Offering your guests a small amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as they arrive (or early on during the party) gives them the opportunity to experience cannabis without overwhelming them.
For some people, a small amount of marijuana relaxes them, while for others it brings out their talkative side. And for some wallflowers, a little bit of cannabis can help them truly enjoy a party anxiety-free. It’s just a fun, natural way for you to help your guests get in the mood to chat, connect and have fun.
Cannabis edibles nowadays don’t mean a crumbly, earthy-tasting brownie that isn’t labeled with strain or dosage information. Modern-day marijuana edibles are delicious, crafted with top-shelf ingredients and precisely dosed. There’s also a whole category of marijuana edibles that contain only a few milligrams of THC per serving, perfect for serving at a party.
These microdosed edibles are beautiful, too, so they’ll look inviting set out on a festive tray, which you can walk around your party. Offering cannabis edibles individually to your guests is probably the best way to present them, rather than just setting out a bowl of the treats and letting people serve themselves. These edibles are so delicious, people may not be able to stop themselves from eating just one, so it may be best for you to dole out these elevated treats.
As always, label your cannabis edibles and explain to people the advantages of microdosing and how the treat may affect them. And don’t forget to keep them away from children and pets.
If you’re serving alcohol at your party, keep in mind that alcohol can affect how people react to the cannabis, even if they’re ingesting just a microdose. Anecdotally, people report feeling the effects of THC more when they’re drinking alcohol, and now there’s science to back that up. One study showed that alcohol causes more THC to be present in the bloodstream, so people feel the THC more when combining it with alcohol, as opposed to when they take THC on its own.
Here’s four of our favorite cannabis microdoses sure to bring holiday cheer to your party.
If your party guests are into coffee, a great cannabis edible perfect for microdosing is the Espresso Terra Bites from Kiva. The company coats micro-roasted Tanzanian coffee beans with cannabis-infused dark chocolate to make these delectable and potent treats. There’s no hint of a marijuana taste, and the chocolate is rich and luscious, so people will definitely be tempted to eat more than one.
There’s 5 mg of THC in each terra bite, and Kiva use a 24-hour panning technique to make sure every espresso bean has exactly the right amount of cannabis on it. So, with these bites you can be sure you’re getting a precise dose each time.
Since there’s 5 mg per espresso bean, it’s a good idea to tell guests to start with just one and wait at least an hour before going back for more. These sophisticated and delicious marijuana edible will help your guests feel calm, loose and ready to have fun.
If you think a fruity gummy marijuana edible would fit in better at your shindig, pick up a few tins of Sour Watermelon Sativa Gummies from Plus. These flavorful gummies are low-calorie, gluten-free and made with natural, kosher ingredients. They’ve got a sweet and fruity flavor profile and aroma that’s a definite crowd-pleaser.
Each gummy has 5 mg THC, though they’re easier to split in half than some other kinds of cannabis edibles. So, if a guest is a little wary of eating a whole gummy, there’s no problem offering them half of one instead.
People report that these Sour Watermelon gummies are great for relaxation and easing stress and anxiety. So, if any of your guests is feeling nervous about being in a crowd or anxious because they don’t know many people at your party, a sour watermelon gummy will have them ready to mingle in no time.
For a cannabis edible that’s a little bigger and stronger than other options are, you can’t go wrong with Venice Cookie Company’s The Surfer cookie. Each scrumptious peanut butter cookie also contains coconut and white chocolate chips—a healthy way to indulge just a bit this holiday season.
Each Surfer cookie contains 10 mg THC, so it’s the most potent marijuana edible on the list. But cookies are easy to split in half or quarters, so you can accommodate your guests’ tolerance levels and desired effects.
People who’ve tried The Surfer from Venice Cookie Company say that the cookie helps ease anxiety and pain. Many folks agree that it’s a potent edible. So if you’ve got any cannabis newbies on your guest list, definitely suggest only starting with a small piece of the cookie, then waiting at least two hours before seeing if they want more.
Unlike the rest of the list, these little tablets aren’t technically edibles—they’re sublinguals. Level’s Elevate Tablinguals are designed to dissolve in the mouth, so you don’t chew or swallow them. This allows the membranes in your mouth to absorb the THC quicker than eating the cannabinoid.
Each tablingual contains 3 mg THC, making it a perfect little dose to help people relax and uplift their mood. The tablinguals have a nice, clean peppermint taste. People report feeling the tablingual’s effects in about 5–15 minutes without any crash or groggy feeling after it wears off.
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