Covid-19 has fundamentally changed the way we live and interact with each other. Close hugs and packed parties have given way to face masks and a six-foot radius. And as governments around the world reenact mask mandates and social distancing as the Delta variant surges, it's pertinent to stay protected and diligent when attending gatherings.
We know that many will be itching to get out and see friends and family as summer winds down, but you shouldn't throw caution to the wind to do so. Below, check out how you can still get stoned with your mates by the BBQ while keeping yourself and others safe.
Tips to keeping your distance
Restrictions are tightening up again, but we know the urge to see your friends in person is skyrocketing day by day, and it's important to proceed carefully when you're finally gathered.
- If you're already planning your end-of-summer BBQ, it's recommended that the total attendees do not exceed 10 people (depending on how much backyard space you have to work with). There should be enough room for everyone to relax yet still be physically distant at the same time. Traffic in and out of your home may pose a risk, so it would be best to let people right into the backyard from the get-go or host the event at a nearby park.
- Hand sanitizer, wipes, and disposable masks should be freely available, and it may also serve guests best to bring their own glasses, plates, and silverware. When inviting the BBQ group, you can also ask that everyone bring their own favorite foods for themselves as an extra step and precaution. Everyone can take turns on the BBQ as the party goes on.
- Last — and most importantly — opt to get your cannabis goods by pickup or delivery. If you want to smoke, don't pass the joint, or consider making these gatherings edibles only.
Great strains for livening up the BBQ
If you choose to smoke or vape, find the following strains to make the most out of your social distancing BBQ.
Best strain to increase appetite: Legend OG
Legend OG is a strain that WM users have found makes them hungry and feel relaxed. Big BBQ energy, for sure.
Open up your appetite with a couple of hits of Legend OG. Thought to be an OG Kush phenotype, this heavy-hitter will get the digestive juices going and put you in the mood for a BBQ feast.
Best strain for an energetic boost: Green Crack
Green Crack is a classic Sativa-like strain to get energy and mood up. For some, it's also a strain that helps sharpen focus while avoiding some of the heavy-body effects associated with smoking weed.
Nothing can brighten up the day quite like Green Crack. Packed with energy in every draw, once this light up you'll be cooking up a storm and getting creative.
Best strain to relax post-meal: Dosidos (Do-Si-Dos)
Lastly, no BBQ would be complete without a strain that helps you kick back and relax when the BBQ is all said and done. That's where Dosidos comes in.
When the food has been devoured, the only dessert you'll want will be a delicious hit of Dosidos. Relaxing and uplifting, it's the perfect pair for an end-of-summer gathering.
Best edibles for an infused BBQ
From beers to chips, you don't have to look far for delicious BBQ-inspired edibles. Keep an eye out for these stoney eats to really get the summer vibes going.
Weed beers and infused seltzer
Weed beers are a no-brainer to bring to a BBQ with weed, right? For those who want to avoid alcohol but still want the refreshing, social aspect of cracking open a beer with friends, infused beers and seltzers hit the spot.
Non-alcoholic with 5 milligrams THC, Two Roots Mango Dango IPA packs a tropical punch and tastes just like a smooth and delicate IPA. It's currently only available in California, but there are various brands and breweries experimenting with infused-beers in a couple of states.
If you don't like the taste of beer in general, shoot for an infused seltzer instead like Magic Number in Oregon — cans contain 10 milligrams of THC and feature flavors like mandarin lime, classic cola, and ginger beer.
It goes without saying that sweet, dessert edibles are going to be a must for your 420-friendly BBQ. Brownies, cookies, and rice krispies are always great bets in the baked goods department.
If gathering around a fire pit is too close for comfort, you can still get your classic s'mores kick elsewhere with incredibles' mouthwatering S'mores Bar. Clocking in at 100 milligrams THC for the whole bar, you can portion your elevation with 10 milligrams THC per piece.
Infused cooking ingredients and condiments
When it comes to adding a kick of THC to any meal, there are a ton of options with infused butter, honey, and sauces made for slathering all over your favorite BBQ foods.
Spice up your burgers, hotdogs, chicken — and whatever else you throw on the grill — with an infused twist. Portland Oven's Pot Sauce comes in three heat flavors, so you can choose to go mild or sweat through your clothes with hot peppers and 50 milligrams THC per bottle.
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