High For The Holidays: Can I Bring Cannabis To A Party Instead Of Wine?

For some, the holidays are a time of tradition and togetherness. For others, it’s a tinsel-covered hell on Earth. Whatever your perspective, we bet every chocolate in our advent calendar that wreaths aren’t the only green making a cameo this holiday season.

With this being the first holiday season where cannabis is legal in Canada, we thought we’d offer a guide to help navigate etiquette around cannabis during the holidays. That’s why we spoke to etiquette expert Mindy Lockard and founder and CEO of Altitude Products Krista Whitley for a five-part weediquette guide for the season.


When attending a party hosted by a friend or family member, it’s tradition to bring the host a gift. You know, to reward them for putting the whole shindig together. This gift is almost always a bottle of wine. While uninventive, it’s a safe option and has come to be expected. But now that cannabis is legal, attendees have a more creative option to gift their hosts. But how do you know the gift will be well received – or better yet, preferred?

“If the host of your holiday party is pro-cannabis, I would absolutely consider bringing cannabis instead of wine,” Whitely says. “Cannabis offers similar relaxation benefits to wine without the hangover the next day. It shows you care.”

Lockard is a tad more wary about the prospect.

“There are two times you bring something to a holiday party,” she begins. “One is a standard hostess gift. The other is when the hostess requests that guests help with the food or drink – a sort of potluck.”

If it’s the latter, you’re not helping by bringing cannabis. If anything, you’re making guests hungrier. So if your host wants food or drink, definitely opt for wine. While edibles could be an option (as long as they’re clearly marked as containing cannabis), you should first check with your hostess to see if marijuana is something he or she wants to make available to their guests. If you’re uncomfortable asking, err on the side of caution – don’t do it.

This article was originally published by Lift & Co.