How to Fly High While Going Solo
By Ben Owens
What’s it like to take a cannabis tour by yourself? Whether you’re in town for a Denver vacation or simply traveling for work, you may end up with a few extra hours in your day and start looking for things to do in Downtown Denver and surrounding areas. Denver has plenty to offer, and a cannabis tour is a great way to meet new people and learn about legal cannabis in a fun environment.
It’s common to find yourself wanting to hit the town, see new sights, and explore the area, and there’s not always a big group of friends around to take with you — especially if you’re visiting from out of town. Either that or your group of friends may not be interested in cannabis attractions. Regardless of your reason for attending alone, there are quite a few perks to taking a weed tour alone.
Meet new people with common interests
Duh, you’re going to meet people; you’re attending a tour full of them. That being said, when you go on tours or participate in activities with people you already know and enjoy, you often miss out on meeting new people, learning about their backgrounds, and finding out what you have in common. On a cannabis tour, you’ve already got a few things in common (you’re both on a Denver vacation, you both enjoy or are curious about cannabis, etc.).
Be fully immersed in the tour
As much as our friends and family contribute to the moment, they can also bring with them distractions from day-to-day life, gossip about the in-laws, and even concerns and worries they may have. Attending a tour alone allows you to leave these distractions behind and focus on the information before you.
I went on the Complete Cannabis Tour by myself and learned about the entire process that legal cannabis goes through to get from a plant to a product, including everything from packaging to what terpenes are and how they affect your cannabis experience. We were shown what final products look like and the various processes that cannabis flowers are subjected to in order to create live resin, shatter, wax, and distillate.
Less stress, less responsibility
Especially if you’re always the one organizing stuff and getting the group together for dinner or social events, it can be nice to just take a tour without the responsibility of locating everyone and making sure your entire group is on time, in the right place, finds parking, etc. You only have to worry about you. Which also means you’re only shopping for one. Without the helpful suggestions of others, you’ll get to light up and learn in a stress-free environment.
Enjoy a legal space to consume
Even if you’re alone, you need a legal place to smoke weed in Denver. Scheduling a cannabis tour (even if it’s by yourself) before your activities will allow you to learn, explore the town, and light up comfortably without worrying about stinking up the hotel, bothering fellow travelers, or, worse, receiving a ticket for public consumption.
A Few Nugs of Advice:
Bring something to smoke
Most tours allow you stop at a recreational dispensary at some point during the tour, but many people forget to bring something to smoke prior to shopping. When I went on my tour alone, I knew that passing a joint or a blunt is a great way to meet new people and break the ice, so I made sure to bring a few options.
Bring/wear a conversation piece
Something that sparks curiosity or a response from the crowd is a great way to break the ice as well. If you’re like me, you’ll combine this one with bringing something to smoke, and turn that something into the conversation piece. For my tour, I rolled a 3g thai stick that was wrapped in a woven Pure Banana and Empire Papers wrap. It burned for just under 45 minutes and handing someone a woven joint that looks like a hundred-dollar bill is always a great way to start a conversation.
Handheld items are best for the tours
Items like vapes, joints, bowls, etc. are easy to hold in your lap and hand, and bumps in the road aren’t likely to cause issues. Conversely, tabletop options such as glass bongs and concentrate rigs are harder to use and there’s not a lot of flat surfaces for you to set up on. Be prepared to hold that dab rig in your lap as you fire up your torch.
Come with cash ready for the dispensary visit
This will save you time and expedite shopping for your group, allowing you to get back to consuming your favorite products.
Make sure that your to-do list for the day is empty
Having pending tasks and responsibilities can hang over you and prevent you from enjoying all that the tour has to offer. You’ll want to have unrestricted enjoyment to get the most out of your tour. Also, if you make friends with other tour passengers, you’re free to see what their after-tour plans are and join in if it sounds fun.
Wear comfortable shoes
Even if it’s a bus tour, expect to do some walking. We took a bus to and from multiple locations, and we still ended up walking for a majority of the tour as we explored the grow and learned about each stage in the process. We walked through Seed & Smith dispensary, which is just over 21,000 square feet in size. Make sure those shoes are comfortable for a couple hours on your feet, especially if you’re planning a walking tour.
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The Final Hit:
Take the plunge and climb aboard. Worst case, it’s a few hours getting high and learning about cannabis with a group of people you’ll likely never see again. Best case, you make some new friends from around the world and begin lasting connections that are personally and professionally beneficial. I learned all about the seed-to-sale process, met some incredible people from multiple countries, celebrating all kinds of things from 40th birthdays to anniversaries to bachelorette parties, and got to enjoy cannabis all in a legal environment that showed me more of what Denver has to offer.