Get it right and combining cannabis with outdoor adventure can be nothing short of epic. Unsurprisingly, this is the time of year when stoners in huge numbers find themselves doing exactly that.
There’s something uniquely enjoyable, liberating and some might even say spiritual about getting baked under an endless sky and surrounded by nature. Outdoor cannabis consumption in general is a pleasure without comparison. But at the same time, the fact that you are partaking any public place means you need to keep common sense etiquette in mind.
Not to mention, a couple of general safety no-brainers.
So if you are planning to get out and about this summer for a bit of back-to-nature bud-time, have a read of the following tips before you do:
1. Stay respectful
First of all, if planning to hike or spend time anywhere popular, you need to be respectful to those you may come across along the way. Just as is the case with standard cigarettes, not everybody likes cannabis or approves of its use. Which is particularly true if there happen to be families with kids around. So in order to keep things as amicable as possible, try to do what you do as respectfully as possible when out and about in public places.
2. Leave nothing behind
Don’t fall into the habit of thinking it’s fine to leave a few roaches, cigarette butts, crisp packets or anything else of a similar nature out in the open. Not only is it just plain wrong, but it’s also the kind of thing that fuels the fires of cannabis critics all over the world. The golden rule of getting baked at and about in the wild is to leave absolutely no trace behind whatsoever when you leave.
3. Fire safety
You only need to look back at the recent wave of devastating forest fires to understand the importance of being careful. The number of deadly outdoor fires that have been started by nothing more than a discarded cigarette or joint is as shocking as it is depressing. It takes only the tiniest ember to start a raging inferno – don’t take the risk.
4. Heat and exposure
Also on the subject of heat, you might want to plan ahead for the kind of dehydration and dry mouth you might never have experienced before. When out and about in direct sun, you need to pack and drink more water than you usually would. Combine the two and you are going to need a hell of a lot of hydration! In addition, don’t make the mistake of getting so incredibly high and happy that you don’t notice the sun gradually changing your skin into a red, crispy and painful mess. Use plenty of sunscreen before you go – chances are you won’t bother doing so later.
5. Keep it simple
Last but not least, one of the biggest mistakes adventurous stoners make is also one of the most common. You set out, you take an enormous and ambitious hike into the middle of nowhere, you find the perfect destination after a few hours and you settle in. Unfortunately, when the time comes to set off home the entire journey suddenly seems a thousand times longer and more perilous. That, or you have absolutely no idea how you got there, nor do you have any clue how you’re going to get home. Unless you know exactly what you are doing, where you are going and have done it all before, try to keep things relatively simple. With enough pot doing its business, even just a two-mile hike back through a nearby forest can feel like a pretty epic adventure.