No matter where you live, the arrival of spring is a breath of fresh air for your body, mind, and soul. More hours of daylight and warmer temperatures mean more opportunities to get outside, so let’s talk about the things you need to know before you pack your favorite cannabis products for your next outdoor adventure.

Know the law Are you thinking about going for a hike or camping out at your favorite National Park? Even if you live in a state where cannabis is entirely legal, you still can’t possess it or consume it in a National Park. That’s because National Parks are under the jurisdiction of the federal government which considers marijuana an illegal Class 1 controlled substance, so if you get caught with cannabis in a National Park, you could face criminal prosecution – whether or not you have a state-issued medical. Even in states where it's legal, using cannabis in a public place such as a park may still be illegal under state or local law. Do your research before you pack your backpack, and when in doubt, leave your cannabis out. And remember, transporting marijuana across state lines is illegal everywhere.

Consider your neighbors John Denver always claimed that “Rocky Mountain High” had nothing to do with marijuana use, but the fact is for some, one of the great joys of life can be “friends around the campfire and everybody’s high.” Unfortunately, not everyone who enjoys camping or RV’ing shares this belief. Before you fire up your favorite flower at the campground, take a moment to survey the landscape. Are your neighbors within “smelling distance”? Are there minors (<21 years old) nearby? Do any adults nearby have a problem with cannabis, and will your use cause an uncomfortable situation? Camping is supposed to be a relaxing and friendly experience. The last thing you want to do is cause stress for someone else while relieving your own. If your neighbors are close by, either ask them if they mind you smoking or choose a stealthier option like a vape pen, tincture, topical or edible. The world needs more selfless and considerate people, so never miss a chance to be one.

Prepare for wildlife In our humble opinion, edibles taste even better in the great outdoors, and the effects are even more enjoyable after an active day in the woods. Of course, when you set foot into the natural world, you put yourself and your edibles in the domain of creatures with superior senses of smell, insatiable appetites, and sharp teeth that can slice a backpack to ribbons in minutes. To ensure your edibles are still intact when you come back from a hike or wake up in the morning, be sure to store them the way you would any food item. Sealed, durable plastic containers are best. For maximum security, consider placing your containers in a sack and hanging it from a tree branch as an extra layer of defense from food-motivated raccoons, squirrels, and chipmunks. While rodents like mice are known for eating marijuana plants, your dried flower holds little to no interest to them but, better safe than sorry.

Respect the elements and the terrain At Curaleaf, we believe cannabis is a natural way to support overall wellness and encourage being mindful of your surroundings including consuming in controlled environments. When you’re in the backcountry, you need all the physical coordination and mental clarity you’ve got. If your camping adventure takes you deep into the woods, up to significant altitudes, or into areas where roots, rocks, and other tripping hazards are plentiful, be sure to dial back your consumption accordingly. While certain THC strains have been reported to improve focus, THC is an intoxicant and can adversely impact physical coordination, balance, judgment, etc., so take a moment to think about how cannabis affects you and evaluate the situation thoroughly before choosing to consume. A CBD tincture to unwind at the end of the day may be something to consider.

As always, leave no trace While vape pens are an excellent choice for on-the-go situations like camping and hiking, be sure to take them with you and dispose of them properly at home in a safe trash can or receptacle, where they cannot be found or used by others, especially minors. The same goes for edible wrappers, vape cartridges, and pre-roll filters.

We hope this post inspires you to take a hike, make a reservation at your favorite campground, or simply get together with friends in your backyard. The outdoor playground is free for everyone to enjoy, and nothing enhances an incredible outdoor experience like nature’s original party favor.

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