So you’ve decided to have a wedding with cannabis. Congratulations, you are helping to pioneer a new trend in the wedding space! Confused about where to start? There are a lot of things to consider, especially when cannabis is consumed by a wide range of tolerance and experience levels. No need to worry, with the proper guidance you can select the perfect bud for your perfect day.
Balanced Energy / Low THC / 1:1 Varieties
Low THC strains are perfect for guests that are new to cannabis, or for those who have not used cannabis in a while. With the lower or equal ratios of THC and CBD the experience is very mild compared to the higher THC low CBD varieties. These varieties are excellent for anyone who may suffer from social anxiety or panic disorders. You could even use these as a tool for bridesmaids or groomsmen before the big moment to help calm their nerves. (without causing too much euphoria) I recommend always having a low THC strain, as you never know when a first timer may want to try cannabis, these are perfect for ensuring that the experience is enjoyable. Many of these strains have an earthy, peppery, or lemony scent associated with them.
Strains to look for:
- Harlequin / Harle-Tsu
- Tora Bora / Tora-Tsu
- Cannatonic / AC/DC
High Energy / Sativa Dominant
With sativa dominant strains, you should be looking for citrus, fruity, and pine scents. These strains will ensure a good pair with the “high energy” receptions. (for when the in-laws want to dance) However, it is critical that your budtender be fully aware of tolerances and gets to know your guests. Some high energy strains are prone to causing paranoia and anxiety in some people, so be cautious when selecting these. These strains are perfect for exciting your guests with unique and powerful scents, as well as, a very nice uplifting mood boost. By showing guests that cannabis can smell like something other than a skunk, you can make the experience much more approachable and interactive.
Strains to look for:
- Blue / Tangerine Dream
- Strawberry Cough
- Key Lime Pie / Cherry Pie
Low Energy / Indica Dominant
Indica dominant varieties are great for winding down the party or for people looking for less of a euphoric experience. Be mindful that some of these strains can cause your guests to get sleepy, which could bring the party to a premature halt. The advantage to these strains is that they are less likely to cause anxiety or paranoia, but still pack a potent punch. These varieties can be a perfect finishing smoke to ease tired muscles after an active night on the dance floor. Scent profiles can include woody, vanilla, lavender and floral.
Strains to look for:
- Grape Ape
- Girl Scout Cookies
- Purple / Bubba Kush
Variety Is Essential
To ensure a safe, fun, experience it is essential to provide a balanced mix of potency, smell/taste and aesthetics. At a minimum, I always recommend providing a low THC variety, an energetic variety and a low energy variety. Since everyone reacts to cannabis differently, this will allow any guest with any tolerance to enjoy the experience. Different colors, tastes, smells, shapes and sizes will spark the curious side of your guests and leave them with a memorable experience.
Follow Your Nose
Regardless of the strain, try to find examples that make a big impact with smell and taste. The smell and taste profiles in cannabis resemble other fruits, plants, and even some obscure smells like diesel or rubber. These smells are very important indicators of how the strain might affect a guest. Typically fruity, citrus and pine scents are associated with more energetic and mental effects. Peppery, earthy and skunky scents are associated with relaxing and body heavy effects. Make sure you have a wide variety of scents and tastes to keep your guests engaged. This will ensure that they can tailor the effects to something that they are comfortable with. These unique smells and tastes can be paired with the meal, drinks and even the wedding cake. You could even prepare a pairing menu to guide the guests on what strain pairs best with what course.
Make A Name For It
Strain names are mostly irrelevant, other than getting you in the ballpark for certain effects. You could come up with your own creative names instead! No matter what strain you choose, you can name it anything you want. Now this might be a bit misleading for events with cannabis connoisseurs, but if you are providing for mom, dad and the in-laws, changing the name could be great.
You could try names like “Wedding Cake Kush,” or “Honeymoon Haze.” This is a creative way to drive traffic to and generate discussion at the bud bar. This sets a fun tone for the event, making the bud bar more approachable even for the most weed-timid guests.
If In Doubt, Consult
One of the most important factors when deciding on what cannabis to choose is selecting the proper budtender. Be sure to select a budtender that is receptive to your needs and the needs of your guests. Consulting with the budtender before the event and even taking your budtender into the dispensary before you purchase the product is advised. This will ensure that you are getting the correct strains you need for the big event. This step is essential, as cannabis is non-refundable after the transaction is completed. Great budtenders, like sommeliers, should be able to detect many of the smell and taste profiles, while educating the guests they are serving. Most importantly, it is paramount that the budtender is educated in tolerances and dosing, as safety and responsibility directly influence the experience that your guests receive.
**Disclaimer — The terms “Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis” are all ways to define how the plant physically looks while it grows. These terms were used to describe the varieties in this article due to the popularity of the terms in the industry. Not all sativa varieties are energetic and not all indica varieties cause sleepiness. These should be looked at as generalizations and as a simple roadmap to get you in the ball park for which effects you are looking for.**