The days are getting longer, the rain and snow are showing themselves out the door, and it’s starting to feel like you can put that winter coat back into storage. Spring is finally here. And after a long winter, everyone needs and deserves to spend some time in the sun.
So get outside and enjoy the warmer weather—and take a little cannabis along for the ride. After all, there are studies highlighting how cannabis can:
Combine all of that with the health benefits that come from spending time in the sun, and you’ve got the recipe for a truly fine day.
We compiled a list of some of the best outdoor activities and paired them with a perfect cannabis product for the occasion. Let us know how you like to enjoy a sunny day in the comments below.
No matter where you live, odds are your city has at least one park to check out. Lace up your walking shoes and invite a friend or listen to a podcast while you stroll around town. You don’t need an agenda or a real plan. All you have to do is start walking. Exploring local parks is a free and easy way to spend a beautiful day.
While you’re making your way around your local park, you can pop in a sativa tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) lozenge from Pure Ratios. Lozenges are a discreet, portable and smoke-free way to enjoy cannabis, perfect for parks that may have strict no smoking policies. These lozenges are fast-acting, because they bypass the digestive system—and they can even combat bad breath, too.
Whether you live in a town with nature trails readily accessible or you have to make a quick day trip, exploring nearby trail systems is a great way to get up and moving. Get online to find out what hiking, biking and even urban walking trails are near you. Pick a path according to your experience level and then get moving.
If you want a quick way to elevate your hike or bike ride but don’t want to smoke, a vape pen will give you what you need. Disposable vape pens are convenient for medicating on the go as you don’t have to mess with batteries, cartridge changes or other accessories.
DomPen offers a Pineapple Coast disposable vape pen made with the famous cannabis strain Pineapple Express. This strain is known for imparting an energetic and invigorating high, perfect for a daytime excursion on the trails.
When we think about outdoor activities, people tend to think of exercises like hiking and biking. And while both of those are great, getting outside doesn’t always mean being physically active. If you’re having a lazy day, feel like splurging on some good food with friends or are too tired from your last workout to exercise again, try out a local restaurant with an epic rooftop or patio.
Think about bringing along a tincture like this high-THC formula from Rosette Wellness. Made with Royal Treat, a cannabis strain high in terpenes, the tincture ensures a balanced and earthy experience, perfect for a social gathering.
Tinctures are an incredibly discreet way of consuming cannabis. Unlike other cannabis consumption methods, tinctures don’t require heating up because the cannabis has already been activated. Order a soda water with a splash of juice, add 1–3 drops of tincture, and you’ll have a cocktail without the inconvenience of a hangover. (Be careful about mixing a tincture with an alcoholic drink, as alcohol can heighten the effects of THC.)
You may not think your town or city has a botanical garden, but it’s more common than you might expect. There are privately owned arboretums open to the public, botanic gardens on the campuses of universities, and some that are owned and operated by state governments. And visiting any of the above are well worth your time. Botanical gardens and arboretums are full of lush, gorgeous foliage that make for a beautiful background for a walk.
Since nearly all botanical gardens are smoke-free, any cannabis you bring will have to be consumed some way other than smoking or vaping. In this case, we’d recommend Elevate tablinguals by LEVEL. These little tablets are meant to dissolve under the tongue so that the cannabinoids are absorbed through the tissues in the mouth. These little tablinguals are a discreet way to consume cannabis while you’re strolling through the gardens. And it’s easy to up your dose if more is needed.
If you want to knock out two activities in one, go for an outdoor workout class. Check out meetup.com to see if there’s a group already in place near you. If you can’t find one, you can always start your own. The setting doesn’t have to be fancy. Run through a local park, use playground equipment for creative exercises, run sprints up and down the bleachers of a local high-school football field. You’ll get a great workout and some much-needed vitamin D all at the same time.
Kick your workout into high gear with an upbeat sativa edible like Plus Sour Watermelon Gummies. Not only can cannabis increase airflow during exercise, THC can act as a shortcut to the elusive runner’s high everyone wants to achieve during a workout.
Strolling through a farmer’s market is one of the absolute best ways to spend a morning. And the spring season really brings out some of the best fruits and vegetables, including strawberries, corn, green beans, apricots and so much more. Bring your reusable shopping bag to carry home all of the fresh local produce, and get ready to try all of the samples. If you’re lucky, there will be some epic baked goods waiting for you, too.
Kikoko’s Positivi-Tea is a HelloMD staff pick for a good reason—and a great way to sip your cannabis while strolling through the farmer’s market. Each tea sachet has 10 mg of THC and 5 mg of cannabidiol (CBD), a perfect dose for someone still pretty new to cannabis or for experienced consumers looking for a smaller dose of marijuana. Brew this tea and toss it in a thermos so you can enjoy it as you meander through the market.
You don’t have to go anywhere to enjoy the spring weather if you have a backyard, patio or deck. All you have to do is step right out of your door. Toss a blanket on the lawn and invite friends over for a spring picnic. Or put out a table and chairs.
The only thing that can make snacking outdoors better is a little cannabis. And the best part of staying within the comfort of your own home is that you can smoke flower freely, if that’s your preferred cannabis consumption method. Grab a pack of these Garden Society Hybrid Dogwalker Joints to enjoy before, during and after the picnic. These pre-rolls are known to produce a mellow and sociable high, and are just the right size for personal consumption.
How are you enjoying the spring weather? Let us know how you’re combining cannabis with the new season in the comments below.
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