Which pot strain works best for gambling? Vegas budtenders share their tips
Las Vegas and cannabis consumption may sound like a match, but with so many things to do and so many options to consider consuming, how do you know which buzz-builder to bet on? To cut through some of the cannabis clutter, we tapped some top budtenders (those who work behind the counters) at a selection of the city’s dispensaries and asked them for a few pot-pairing pointers.
Before we dive in, here are a few important things to remember.
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• Although recreational cannabis use is legal in Nevada and has been since 2017, public consumption is not, and this includes at most hotel and casino properties.
• You’re likely to hear the folks across the counter (and below) using some technical-sounding jargon when making their recommendations. Of the two types of cannabis plant, cannabis sativa is generally thought to produce a more energetic, uplifting high, while cannabis indica produces a more mellow, relaxed high. A hybrid of the two shares some characteristics of both.
• You’re also likely to hear a lot about terpenes, the aromatic oils that give different cannabis strains their distinctive smells (limonene has a citrusy scent, for example, while pinene is redolent of pine trees).
• The effects of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound in cannabis, can vary by person and consumption method (smoking versus ingesting it, for example), so be cautious. “You can always take more,” the saying goes, “but you can’t take less.”
When there are wedding bells
If you’re visiting Vegas without a vehicle, beat feet to Essence Cannabis Dispensary (2307 S. Las Vegas Blvd.), a small dispensary on the northern end of the Strip between the Sahara and Stratosphere.
The interior feels spare and clinical but the staff is friendly, knowledgeable and patient with the walk-in canna-curious. Because the Las Vegas Boulevard outpost (there are several across the state) is just a few steps from the Chapel of the Bells wedding venue, budtender Lil Bit Atkinson offered some wedding-specific recommendations.
A bachelorette party-starter: “Think edibles,” Atkinson said. “Definitely consider a THC-infused drink like CannaPunch’s Pineapple Mango Delight, which is good for socializing, or maybe BaM Pretzel Bites, which is THC-infused caramel sandwiched between two pretzel squares and dipped in chocolate.”
Wedding-night wind-down: “Go with a topical — like an intimacy oil,” she said. “Evergreen Organix makes a really nice one that you can use as a massage oil. It’s a base of coconut oil infused with vanilla essence, lavender oil and cannabis.”
If you’re going to a casino
Jardin Premium Cannabis Dispensary (2900 E. Desert Inn Road), in an office park about three miles east of the Strip, caters mostly to locals and the celebrity set (including 2Chainz, who shot an episode of Viceland’s show “Most Expensivest” here). It’s also where you’ll find veteran budtender Brandi Lawrence offering weed wisdom.
If you’re hoping to court Lady Luck on the casino floor — or at a bare minimum keep focused for a night at the gaming tables, Lawrence suggests a sativa. “Or maybe a hybrid, because a hybrid will give you a nice balance and keep you from being too jittery,” she said, recommending Viva La Buds’ Bruce Banner for its relaxing but not sedating effects, and Virtue’s Pure Haze, which she says keeps the mind alert but the body relaxed.
“You don’t want to be too uptight but you want to still be able to focus,” she said.
If you’re pulling an all-nighter
NuWu Cannabis Marketplace (1235 Paiute Circle) is about three miles north of the northern end of the Vegas Strip so you’ll need a car, cab or ride-share. (Do not, under any circumstances, consume cannabis and try to drive.)
It’s home to a 24-hour drive-through and the only legal cannabis consumption lounge in the city because it’s on sovereign land.When it comes to pairing pot with your Vegas adventure, don't gamble — seek expert advice
Where to Buy Weed in Las Vegas
In 2017, the state of Nevada passed one of the most progressive marijuana laws in the country. They now allow marijuana use for both medicinal and recreational purposes. Since 2017, the number of marijuana dispensaries has increased significantly. We’re going to show you how and where to get weed in Las Vegas.
Medicinal marijuana was legalized in 2000. However, weed for recreational use only became legal in 2017. Now, anyone over the age of 21 can purchase weed from a dispensary. All we need to do is provide some form of identification, such as an ID, a driver’s license, or a passport. In order to buy something from the shop, our ID needs to be valid and up to date.
Smoking weed in public places, such as bars, hotels, or boardwalks, is still illegal. Furthermore, driving while under the influence is an offense punishable by jail time. We can get a $400 fine and two days in jail for a first offense. We would advise against talking to dealers or buying weed on the Strip — undercover cops tend to patrol around the Downtown area or the Strip.
Finally, Nevada citizens can cultivate up to 12 cannabis plants. However, they can only get permission to grow the plants if they live more than 25 miles from a dispensary.
Where to Get Weed in Las Vegas
We no longer have to worry about finding a reliable dealer or getting in trouble when we want to buy a few grams of weed. There are many shops where we can buy it legally. Let’s take a look at some of the best spots to buy weed in Las Vegas.
1. Licensed Dispensaries
Over 40 dispensaries have opened in Las Vegas since the legalization of cannabis for recreational use in 2017. There is a difference between medical and recreational dispensaries. Medical marijuana cardholders can buy marijuana anywhere. However, if we don’t have a medical card, we have to go to a recreational dispensary.
Furthermore, there are many cannabis tours we can sign up for. The tour guides will take us to visit some of the shops, and we can stop and buy whatever we want. Moreover, weed in these dispensaries is always high-quality. We can buy cannabis-based products there as well. Depending on where and what we want to buy, the average price is $15 per gram.
2. Delivery Services
We recommend ordering online only from authorized sellers. Scammers have recently started using websites, such as Craigslist, in an attempt to sell questionable products. If the seller doesn’t ask us for an ID or a medical marijuana card, it usually means the weed wasn’t sourced legally.
3. Cannabis Lounges
There are only a few spots in Las Vegas where we can actually smoke weed. However, in a new pilot program, Nevada has opened three consumption lounges in Las Vegas. They plan on opening many more in the near future. More and more hotels are also trying to get a license to open a marijuana lounge. For now, we recommend not smoking in hotel rooms or bars.Where to Buy Weed in Las Vegas In 2017, the state of Nevada passed one of the most progressive marijuana laws in the country. They now allow marijuana use for both medicinal and recreational ]]>