A guide to Cannabis and Camping,•
Posted on December 26 2019
Cannabis and camping go hand-in-hand. Since cannabis has anti-anxiety effects, it can enhance the relaxing nature of your camping trip. Immersing yourself in nature while enjoying a joint can be an effective antidote to a stressful and busy week.
But before you plan your camping trip and pack up your gear, be sure to think about the safety precautions you can take. While cannabis is safer than most other drugs, there are still potential safety risks - especially if you’re enjoying cannabis while camping.
Camping often involves being away from the city, other people, and even modern plumbing. Part of the fun is giving up the comfort and safety of familiar surroundings. Unfortunately, that means it’s a little more risky to indulge in a toke or two.
Here are a few safety tips for using cannabis while camping.
- Make sure you’re familiar with the cannabis you’re taking.
Since you’re in a totally different setting, away from home and familiarity, it’s best to use cannabis that you’re used to.
Cannabis isn’t just cannabis nowadays. The cannabis industry is growing, which means more and more strains are being grown and sold. Each strain has a different effect on different people, and what works for one person might not work for another. For example, your favorite strain for relaxing and meditating could give your friend a bout of paranoia.
For this reason, it’s best to stick to the strains you know - especially if you’ve had an uncomfortable experience with cannabis in the past. Nobody wants to have a bad trip while stuck in the woods!
- Avoid edibles.
Unless you’re a pro at making - and consuming - edibles, it’s best to avoid them.
Edibles are often unpredictable. Their strength and effect depend on a number of factors, including the exact measurements of the ingredients, the strength and strain of the cannabis, the way the edibles are prepared, as well as your own physiological features - your weight, frame of mind, and tolerance can all come into play.
To avoid an accidental bad trip, stick to something more predictable like vaping or joints. Experimenting with edibles is great, but it’s safer in the comfort of your own home.
- Don’t go adventuring too hard.
If you get particularly high, it’s best to chill at your campsite rather than try risky activities - such as hiking in unknown areas, tree or rock climbing, or swimming in tricky areas.
Cannabis can take a toll on your cognitive and physical abilities, meaning that your thought processes and reflexes can be slower. This makes some activities a lot more difficult than usual. Keep those activities for when your mind is clear and sober.
- Keep plenty of water and food around.
Okay, the munchies probably hasn’t killed anyone yet, but we’d rather be safe than sorry!
To keep cotton mouth and the munchies at bay, be sure to pack plenty of water and food. If you doubt a can of baked beans will satiate you, try our chipotle and lime rump steak taco recipe. Our stainless steel water bottle will keep your water cool, and the convenient open-and-close carabiner means it’s easy to keep on your person.
- Make sure you have emergency contact numbers.
This is important for all campers, but it’s especially important if you’re planning on getting high on your camping trip.
It’s unlikely that you’ll need to get to a hospital, but on the odd chance that your cannabis-fueled antics lead to an injury, it’s great to have emergency numbers at hand.
If you’re going on a hike or if you’re camping away from well-marked trails, make sure you have the contact numbers of local park rangers or rescue services. This is helpful in all situations, but it’s especially important to err on the side of caution if you’re going to use cannabis because it tends to make us a little forgetful.
While cannabis is a fun addition to any camping trip, it’s always a good idea to be cautious. Be sure to keep a first-aid kit on hand, plan your trip carefully, and have fun!
A note of caution; although recreational cannabis is legal in the states of Washington, Oregon, and Colorado, It would be wise to exercise caution when attempting to smoke on Federal parks. Smoking cannabis on Federal land is still illegal. Despite their popularity, it’s illegal to smoke in Rocky Mountain National Park, Olympic National Park, and Yosemite National Park. First time offenders can receive a minimum fine of $1,000 and may serve a maximum of 1 year in jail. Most often campers are stopped by rangers for other offenses and are then caught with marijuana. To avoid forthcoming issues, check your tail lights, keep pets on leashes, and follow all park rules.
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