It’s just not a Colorado summer without grills and lawn games and getting together with favorite friends and family for an afternoon of backyard fun. Thanks to an ever-expanding range of products, cannabis is a great BBQ companion, either as a chill alternative to alcohol or a refreshing treat with an energetic buzz. Here are some tips for enjoying your weed while keeping your event safe, fun, and legal for all.
Since summer BBQs tend to be multi-generational affairs, they’re the perfect place to swap out the flower for smokeless alternatives. And beyond the classic edibles, there are some fun BBQ-ready products that can be enjoyed casually and in moderation.
Cannabis-infused sodas are sure to be a summertime favorite. Colorado’s Keef Cola line offers a range of flavors, including classic sodas and fruitier alternatives, including, Root Beer which won the 2015 High Times Cannabis Cup for Best Edible.
If you’re into consuming your cannabis under the radar (or just don’t love the flavor of standard edibles), Ripple is a purified THC distillate product that can be added to just about anything, poured into your favorite non-cannabis soda or sprinkled over a burger.
Remember, whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned consumer, edibles can take from 20 minutes to an hour or more to kick in and last for hours once they do, so it’s essential to pace yourself, start small, and pay attention to dose.
Keef Cola’s sodas are sold in single cans including 10mg THC or shareable 100mg THC bottles that would be great for making floats for a big group. But they’re epically drinkable, so don’t let yourself accidentally chug — easy to do on a hot day or when you’re distracted by good conversation. To pace yourself, consider splitting a can with a friend or pouring part into a cup then stashing the rest (out of the reach of anybody else!) for later.
Ripple products take effect more quickly (about 20 minutes) than most edibles, and they come in single-serving packets. Both of these factors can help manage dose, but each serving can have up to 10mg of THC in it, which is just too much for a lot of us. Consider using half of the packet now and saving the rest for later — the packet will easily fit in your pocket.
And remember, if you’ve waited an hour or two and still don’t feel enough you can always have a bit more.
Preventing accidental consumption
However you decide to manage your own cannabis consumption, you’ll also want to make sure others don’t accidentally indulge. Just as it’s a good idea to keep alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in separate coolers, go ahead and designate a spot for cannabis-infused food or drinks. Make sure they’re clearly marked and out of the reach of kids or pets.
And don’t just leave your open soda can or cannabis-infused salsa lying around for anybody to pick up. Keep them with you and store or dispose of any left-overs safely.
Where you can consume
As normal as cannabis has become in Colorado, there are still regulations about where you can consume. You’re totally legal in your friend’s backyard, but not in a public park. Make sure you’re on the safe and legal side of things if you decide to incorporate cannabis products into your summertime celebrations.