Popular, iconic, (terrible) movies like EuroTrip & Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo immortalized Amsterdam as the go-to tourist destination for all things cannabis.
But in a 2019 post-legalization world, cannapreneurs in cities across North America have begun providing their own exciting and creative types of tourism and canna-curious travellers are eating (and smoking) them up. In fact, 25% of people who traveled to Colorado between 2013 and 2018 listed cannabis experiences and consumption as a go-to reason.
Here are the 10 types of cannabis tourism that are exploding across North America
Party Bus Buds & Suds Crawls
All aboard the stoner express. Many states allow for cannabis consumption in confined private spaces – even on 4 wheels. This has led to a plethora of party bus crawls involving education, brewery stops and dispensary visits.
Canna-History Walking Tours
Not all canna-tourism is about getting high. While many of us may now take legalization for granted, the right to smoke up has been a long and treacherous battle full of activism, arrests and excitement. Canna-history tours visit famed cannabis locations and businesses while and providing guests with key information and education.
Sushi & Joint Rolling Classes
Seaweed meets legal weed. Turns out the fine art of fish rolling ain’t so different than prepping a doobie. Whether you’re looking to switch up your date-night routine or hone your skills, these popular dinners are perfect for anyone looking to learn top techniques for rolling authentic sushi and flawless joints. Saki recommended.
Grow-Op Facility Tours
If you hadn’t heard – weed tours are the new wine tours and all the rage in states like Colorado and California. From seed-to-sale you can now learn all about licensed producers production chains, check out their cutting-edge grow facilities, meet the workers and sample products fresh from the farm.
Puff & Paint Classes
Does smoking cannabis make people creative or do creative people smoke cannabis? Find out for yourself at an interactive Puff & Paint class. These 420-friendly events are meant to channel your inner Bob Ross in a relaxed and open-minded environment. Who knows what happy little accident you might create.
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Cannabis Yoga Classes
Cannabis yoga classes are pretty much what you would expect. Guests either toke up before and/or during, often via vaporizers. The benefits? The mind-body connection is thought to drastically improve as your thoughts move a little slower and you truly focus on your body and your breathing.
The cannabis plant’s non-psychoactive component (CBD) is known to combat pain, inflammation and stiffness while reducing anxiety and increasing relaxation. CBD topicals are becoming increasingly available and therapists have begun including them in their treatments for the ultimate spa day.
Cooking With Cannabis Classes
For non-smokers, edibles and cannabis infused foods hold great appeal. While the stereotypical associations are with cookies, brownies and candies, cannabis cooking classes can teach you how to include marijuana as an active ingredient in your kitchen and use it in healthier meal choices.
Cannabis Lounges, Cafe’s & Clubs
420-friendly coffee shops were first popularized in Amsterdam but today these social lounges, cafe’s and clubs can be found all throughout the Western Hemisphere. For tourists staying in smoke-free hotels and vacation rentals, they are often the best spots to light up legally.
420 Friendly Festivals, Events & Conferences
CannaCon, Expo CannaBiz, HempFest, Lift & Co Cannabis Expo, High Times Cannabis Cup, MJBiZCon, The Emerald Cup… the list goes on and on.
There are now hundreds of cannabis events, festivals and conferences every year across North America which offer education, industry panels, networking opportunities and often designated smoking areas.
Whether you’re a first-time consumer looking to learn more or an experienced member of the industry – cannabis festivals and conferences have become the go-to meeting grounds to share ideas, talk shop and spread knowledge.