Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu may be more popular than ever, but sometimes you just need a break. And a lot of times, in spite of the five streaming services that you’re currently subscribed to, there’s absolutely nothing to watch.
In these cases, it’s best to do something a little old fashioned—that’s right: Go to the movies. How else are you going to see the newest “Star Wars” flick or the Rock’s latest project?
Besides, the movies still hold a certain mystique: There’s something about the smell of popcorn, the giant screen, that superior sound system and the camaraderie of watching something with a group of people that’s hard to replicate at home.
And of course, when going to the movies, why wouldn’t you bring along a little cannabis? Anyone who’s had a bit of marijuana before seeing a movie knows that the plant can make the experience more pleasurable and fun. Maybe this is because marijuana increases focus and attention, and it keeps your mind in the moment.
Depending on what you’re consuming, sounds can take on a new dimension and colors may become more vibrant. So, if you’re seeing an action flick, or a highly stylized science fiction film, cannabis can help take your enjoyment to a new level.
But let’s be honest, cannabis can make almost all movies—no matter the genre—a little better.
Any responsible cannabis consumer knows that enjoying cannabis at the movies requires discretion. With this in mind, edibles may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s 2018: There are so many other discreet choices available that the options can be dizzying.
To help you make a good decision, we’ve rounded up a few products that you can take along with you—edibles and more.
Move over Raisinets—there’s a new snack in town. Chocolate-covered raisins are a movie theater classic, and Satori has updated them with its California Raisins in Milk Chocolate; the chocolate surrounding these raisins is infused with a little tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Each piece contains about 1 mg THC, so you can microdose to a T.
Since edibles can take a while to kick in, have a few about an hour before the movie starts and reassess how you feel once the trailers are playing. You can always pop a few more if you don’t think you had enough. Just don’t get carried away and eat too many at once.
Sour gummies are another movie theater staple, and now they’ve gotten an adult upgrade. These PLUS Sour Watermelon Sativa Gummies contain 10 mg of THC a piece. That’s enough to get most of us through a two-hour movie and more, though if you’re a pro you may want to consider having two.
The upbeat, creative nature of these sativa gummies lends itself well to a variety of movie genres, be it a whimsical fantasy flick or a light-hearted comedy. Plus, these gummies come in a compact tin that fits neatly in your pocket.
Again, depending on your metabolism, you’ll probably want to have at least half a gummy 45 minutes to an hour before the movie starts and assess how you feel when the trailers finish up.
If you’re the type who prefers to sip on a hot beverage during a movie instead of munching on popcorn, Jetty’s Dablicator in Reckless Rainbow may be just the thing for you. Concentrates can be intimidating, but Jetty aims to fix that with its Dablicator. All you have to do is twist and click the pen to apply a concentrate in precise 0.5 g increments.
Some movies theaters serve tea and coffee, but if the one you’re going to doesn’t or you’re headed to an outdoor screening, just pack along a thermos filled with your favorite hot beverage and add a bit of this Reckless Rainbow concentrate to the mix. A potent hybrid strain, Reckless Rainbow is known to bring about euphoria as well as creativity and calm—a good fit for a visually stunning period piece or perhaps a dreamy noir flick.
Typically, cannabis in beverage form tends to hit consumers more quickly than edibles will. So, you can start sipping during the previews and feel the effects once the plot kicks in.
If you like the idea of sipping on something during a movie, but aren’t sure you’re ready for concentrates, we’ve got you covered with Kikoko’s Positivi-Tea. Each tea bag needs to steep in hot water for at least 90 seconds, so be sure to pack a thermos. You can also cool things down and bring it along iced. Either way, pair this mellow tea with an upbeat chick flick or a serene indie film.
With a manageable 10 mg THC and 5 mg CBD per bag, Kikoko’s Positivi-Tea is a great option for newbies or those who are sensitive to THC, as CBD balances out THC’s psychoactive effects. Compared to edibles, this tea’s effects tend to kick in and subside more quickly; this can be a pro or a con, depending on the length of the flick you go to see—so choose wisely.
If you want a cannabis consumption option that takes effect immediately, consider an all-in-one vapor pen. No, we’re not suggesting that you vape in the movie theater—please don’t be that guy. Instead, have a bit outside before the movie starts.
DomPen’s Pineapple Coast is a no fuss, all-in-one vape pen, so you don’t have to worry about charging up a battery beforehand. This blend imparts balanced, hybrid effects that’ll relax both body and mind.
Providing a versatile, upbeat high, DomPen’s Pineapple Coast pairs well with almost any movie. Bring it along when you’re being dragged to the latest superhero movie or a new rom-com that your S.O. doesn’t want to watch alone.
The effects from vape pens tend to wear off in about one to two hours, making DomPen’s Pineapple Coast a good fit for shorter flicks.
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