420 in Canada is a pretty massive deal, but in other parts of the world that are less permissive, pot lovers may need guidance on how to celebrate 420 when it’s illegal.
Celebrating the 420 even when it is illegal is participating in global solidarity for cannabis without putting you in a precarious position. That said, there’s no point in sucking up all the fun and living in fear, so you need to make sure you’re having fun and having a memorable experience.
Here are some of our tips on how to celebrate 420 years when it’s illegal and you need to keep things low key.
Organize a small gathering at home
Not to be confused with a house party, this celebration is all about inviting a few (trusted) friends over to join in on the good stuff, watch relaxing movies, play games, or listen to music. If you are looking for community and camaraderie, this is the option for you.
However, you must be careful not to be too visible because the neighbors may suspect something and report you.
Pro tip: If you’re worried that the smell will attract unwanted attention, stick to edible. Prepare it well in advance and in small batches at a time so as not to arouse suspicion. However, if smoking is your preference, be sure to prepare the space to mask the scent as much as possible. Air fresheners, incense, and air purifiers can work wonders for you. You can also create your own sploof, which is a handy DIY device used to mask the smell of cannabis. Just get an empty toilet paper roll and fill it with dryer sheets. Stick the end firmly and blow your cut or smoking bong in the other end. Have a few lying around.
Clubs, raves and live music
One of the challenges of living in a country where cannabis is illegal is that you may not know many people who also smoke. This suggestion for a 420 celebration is perfect for people who have a friend or two participating.
It shouldn’t be too difficult to find a club that plays great music on the big night, or even a bar, pub or live event venue that plays great music. With your small group of two to three people, you can easily head out for an evening of partying while being stoned.
Pro Tip: If you are afraid of being literally sniffed, edible would be the way to go. If you plan to smoke, be sure to do so in a secluded or private place and try to mask the smell with perfume or cologne. Also, finish your cannabis products before entering the room, as some places may perform bag checks. You can always hide joints inside cigarette cases or other more inventive ways. Typically, pubs and bars with small live music shows don’t do bag checks, so they’re a safer bet.
This activity is more of a daytime celebration and is all about addressing cravings.
It’s especially suitable for places with a strong street food scene, as you can quickly hop from place to place, trying a wide variety of foods in small portions without spending a lot of money.
Obviously, the main disadvantage of these outdoor activities is that there is little privacy to enjoy a good puff. You will need to be extremely careful if you plan to smoking.
Pro Tip: Vapers are probably the best option if you want to smoke in public without arousing suspicion. Vapers tend to produce milder smells or smells that are not immediately identifiable as cannabis. That said, it is difficult to acquire reliable cannabis vapes in many places where cannabis is illegal. In order to keep suspicion off your back when you smoke a cut, try smoking with smaller groups of people, as a large group of people together will attract attention. Be sure to sanitize your hands afterwards and mask the smell with perfume Vaporizers.
The era of virtual events
If COVID-19 has led to positive results, it’s the proliferation of virtual events that enable cross-border connections.
There are many live events these days that will allow anyone to celebrate 420 with like-minded people from all over the world. For example, see the events organized last year.
For this year’s events, check out this listing.
Pro tip: In the privacy of your room or home, you should be able to enjoy your 420 celebrations more comfortably. However, if you live with others who may not agree, you should take care to breathe smoke through a window or try to acquire edible someone else’s instead of cooking your own. It is also important to remember that when it comes to edible, a little can go a long way. This is especially important for more public activities, as obvious public intoxication can lead to detection.
Wherever you are in the world, people deserve to be able to consume cannabis peacefully and safely. That’s the 420! One day, we may no longer need guidance for celebrating 420 when it’s illegal. Until then, stay safe and high!
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