How to not embarrass yourself at your weed dinner party
OK. Now that you comfortable making weed food, it's about time we talk about the only uncomfortable part of eating weed: mainly, that occasionally it makes people extraordinarily uncomfortable -- in a, "I'm freaking out man!" kind of way.
"You want to control the amount people are eating, for sure," Mike said. "For us, at our dinners, we use time. We try to space out the dishes and keep everyone at a solid high."
But it's not always that easy.
Know that some foods make the cannabis hit harder: If you don't want to get super-high, you might want to stay away from cooking with coconut oil. "The 'best' vehicle for cannabis absorption is coconut oil, which means it will make whatever you put it in, more potent," Mike advised. So, if you want a supercharged THC-bomb, use coconut oil. "If you do that, you can also use the coconut oil topically," he added. And damn, that must feel good, right? "It does," he added, confidentiality.
Your kitchen (and house) doesn't need to smell like bud: Cooking with cannabis will make your kitchen smell like weed. It's that simple. But there are some ways to get down, clandestinely. "You can boil the bud, which sucks out the color, and a lot of the smell," Mike said. Do that for about five minutes, and you should be solid. Or, if you live in a legal state, you can purchase extractions that are scentless and tasteless -- which is what Mike and his team use in the first place.
Be careful mixing weed with alcohol...: "I really recommend not mixing the two so much," Mike said. "At our dinners, we'll give people two cocktails, with one coming before we even start the dinner. We call that our 'gateway drug.' It kickstarts the effects and just loosens people up. But, it can cause things to get a little too intense. So really, I wouldn't serve more than couple drinks per person."
Especially one type of alcohol: "You know, every time we've had an 'issue' with someone drinking too much and not feeling so well, it's been with red wine," Mike said. "I have no idea why, maybe it's just a coincidence, but it's been red wine every time." So maybe leave the pinot noir at home when dealing with pot. And don't even think about merlot, you goddamn peasant.
What to do if you get too high: "First off: remember, nothing is going to happen. The problem is, you can't go backwards, you can't make it go away, you need to keep moving forwards. You just kind of have to ride that wave till it's over," Mike said, waxing poetically. "Just try to chill and realize this is all temporary, it's not going to last forever. You are going to be fine, even if you aren't feeling fine." Just so you know, "smoke breaks" while eating cannabis tend to make you more high. Duh.
Don't try to be a big shot: "I think some people go into something like this with a lot of machismo, thinking they can eat whatever they want, wanting to show off or whatever," Mike said. "But that's how you get into a bad situation. You should be hanging out, having fun, and relaxing. If you feel too high, don't keep going. That's not what you want. Take it easy and know your own physiology. Don't overdo it. Everyone is there to have a good time, and you don't want to be the one to ruin it, right?" Right. Don't be that guy. And if you are that guy, don't tell them we sent you.