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Cannabis in New England

Half of New England states allow recreational cannabis

Retail pot shops are widespread
in Maine and Massachusetts


Recreational use of marijuana / cannabis is now allowed for adults in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont. (Also, possession is decriminalized – meaning subject only to fines – in New Hampshire and Rhode Island.) So, a visit to New England is a nice opportunity for people over age 21 to enhance their vacation by smoking or ingesting cannabis in edible forms.

Cannabis in New England

Cannabis Curious?

Vacation also is a time to try something new and maybe a bit adventurous, right? People who have little or no experience in smoking or ingesting pot may want to try it but not know how to begin. The short answer is to seek guidance from staff members at pot shops. These people are knowledgeable and eager to guide you. Maine and Massachusetts have an abundance of recreational pot shops for customers over age 21. (As of this writing in June 2021, retail sales are not yet open in Vermont.)

Cannabis Curious?

Where to Smoke?

There are few places to legally smoke it outside one’s own home. You may not smoke marijuana in all the places where smoking tobacco is prohibited, like public facilities, commercial lodgings, restaurants, and other indoor public spaces. You may not smoke pot outdoors or in a car while it is being driven. This leaves a few options, including smoking in a private home or on a private boat, with permission.

Where to Smoke?

One Solution: Edibles.

Another option is buying the various types of edibles that you may consumer without smoking. Especially if you are new to cannabis use, you must be careful about size of dose when using edibles. The high from edibles comes on much more slowly than when smoking weed, so people may be tempted to take unadvisable second helpings. Get expert advice and follow it when you use edibles.

One Solution: Edibles

Your Best Friend: the Budtender.

Budtender is the term used for expert sales people at pot shops. They are like your concierge to marijuana products and use. Part of their job is to educate you. Never hesitate to ask questions to your budtender about products, delivery systems (smoking, edibles, tinctures), and dosage levels. These people are trained to advise and guide you. Don’t be shy about seeking help or admitting to lack of knowledge when you are working with a budtender.

The Budtender

Explain: Strain?

Strains are different breeds of the cannabis plant, usually created with the purpose of creating different effects on the user.
The word strain is often thrown around alongside indica, sativa, and hybrid. These words refer to categories of marijuana; usually, people think of indica weed as being relaxing; sativa as being energizing, and hybrid as being a blend of the two. However, the terms indica and sativa are used so broadly as to be almost meaningless.
“Strain” refers to a particular and established breed of plant. Let’s hasten to add that you don’t need to be an expert at any of this to choose, buy, and enjoy marijuana; as always, your bud tender is your ally and guide.
If you want to do some research before buying, though, keep in mind that strains are created with certain effects in mind. Here are some of the most well-known strains and how they work on the body, as described by user reviews in Leafly.

  • Acapulco Gold - Very popular. Creates a feeling of well-being and energy. Helps sufferers of fatigue, stress, and pain.
  • Blue Dream - Soothing but still somewhat uplifting. Helps with pain, swelling.
  • Purple Kush - Relaxing and rest-inducing. May help relieve insomnia.
  • Sour Diesel - The choice to raise the user’s energy and spirits. Helps relieve pain.
  • Bubba Kush - Brings on restful sleep and relief from stress.
  • Granddaddy Purple - Also a strain that induces relaxation, rest, and relief from anxiety.
  • Afghan Kush - Very relaxing; brings on a nice sleep.
  • LA Confidential - A hedge against insomnia, Reduces pain and swelling.
  • Maui Wowie - This strain works in many directions: relaxing, but with a push toward creative energy. Reduces tiredness.

Cannabis Around Your Kids

Parents want to enjoy family vacations with their kids, but if adults want to partake in some cannabis, complications can arise with children nearby. Experts and seasoned parents know how to manage family travel and marijuana, starting with frank talk with the young ones.

Cannabis Around Your Kids

Glossary and Guidelines:

Cannabis chemicals – The cannabis plant contains hundreds of chemicals compounds:
THC – Creates a feeling or euphoria, and may relieve pain and nausea.
CBD – this non-intoxicating compound will not get you high. For many people, CBD may relieve inflammation and pain.
Indica – tends to be physically sedating and very relaxing. Remember: Indica could send you “in-da-couch”
Sativa – creates invigorating and cerebral effects. Best for socializing, physical adventures, mental or physical projects.

Cannabis Glossary

Delivery methods

Smoking pot is traditional and sociable, with the advantage that control is dosage is easy. It is easy to inhale small amounts and wait for the effect to come on, which is usually quick, then to adjust intake. Can be harsh on the throat.

Vaping is easier on the throat and portable vape pens allow discreet intake.

Edibles, such as candies, are a work-around to blowing smoke in the air. It’s very important to manage the dosage, because the effect can come on very slowly, which might encourage people to nibble second helpings way too soon. Start slowly and dose low. The high from edibles is more intense and longer-lasting than with smoking. Ask your budtender for advice on dosage and follow it!

Cannabis Delivery Methods

Basic Guidelines:

  • Don’t smoke marijuana in public places (similar to open-container laws for alcohol)
  • Do not drive under the influence of pot (similar to DUI or DWI laws)
  • Don’t drive with an open container of marijuana inside the passenger area (similar to open-container laws for alcohol)
  • Never offer marijuana to minors

Use these links for recreational marijuana laws for each New England state:
Cannabis in Connecticut
Cannabis in Massachusetts
Cannabis in Vermont
Cannabis in Rhode Island
Cannabis in New Hampshire
Cannabis in Maine

The Shop - Canna Provisions - Lee, MA
Canna Provisions (Lee)

220 Housatonic Street Lee, MA, 02138 Phone: 413-394-5055

Convenient cannabis dispensary should be your first stop in the Berkshires

Before you continue your journey through the Berkshires, stop in to Canna Provisions in Lee, the recreational marijuana dispensary with the most diverse selection of premium cannabis products in New England. Just a half mile off Exit 10 on I-90, the dispensary offers everything from flower and prerolls to concentrates, oils , ointments and vape pens. Lots of edibles, too, including baked goods, drinks, bars, and gummies. An assortment of accessories features roll paper, grinders and ideas for product storage. And, their friendly staff will help guide you to the right products for your cannabis journey. Check the dispensary website for specials, staff picks and new arrivals, added weekly (sometimes daily). Accepted payment forms are cash and debit cards. Pre- orders are preferred but not required. #betteryourjourney
The Shop - Canna Provisions - Holyoke, MA
Canna Provisions (Holyoke)

380 Dwight Street Holyoke, MA, 01040 Phone: 413-650-2500

Recreational dispensary’s staff will match you to the perfect cannabis products

Stop in at to Canna Provisions in Holyoke and let their friendly staff guide you on your cannabis journey. Whether it’s to find the right pre-roll, ointment or a pumpkin pie-flavored bar, their guides are there to help. The recreational dispensary, located inside a 150-year-old historic former commercial paper mill building, has a diverse selection of products chosen for their quality and content, and is truly a destination. Shop an assortment of flower, concentrates, oils, pre-rolls, vape pens and accessories from roll paper and grinders to product storage. Edibles include baked goods, drinks, bars and gummies. (You can even buy edible treats for your dog.) Check the website for new products – added weekly, sometimes daily – as well as specials and staff picks. Cash and debit card only. #betteryourjourney
Cannabis Disclaimer
Cannabis Disclaimer

Cannabis/marijuana products have not been analyzed or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There is limited information on the side effects of using such products, and there may be associated health risks. Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding may pose potential harms. It is against the law to drive or operate machinery when under the influence of this product. KEEP THIS PRODUCT AWAY FROM CHILDREN. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. The impairment effects of Edibles may be delayed by two hours or more. In case of accidental ingestion, contact poison control hotline 1-800-222-1222 or 9-1-1. This product may be illegal outside of states that have passed cannabis legalization laws.
  • Please Consume Responsibly.
  • Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug.
  • For use only by adults 21 years of age or older. Keep out of the reach of children.
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