What to do at Cannabis Conventions
If you’re reading this, you probably love smoking weed just as much as we do.
Lighting up is great when you’re just chilling out at home, but we like to think that bud is best when you’re with your best bud!
That’s why cannabis conventions are some of the most exciting events of the year. You get to link up with some like-minded people, learn more about everything going on in the world of weed, and stock up your arsenal with some new marijuana merch.
If you’ve never visited a single convention before, this is your sign to register for your nearest cannabis event today! Here are some awesome things you’ll get to do.
Check Out New Vendors
Conventions of any kind are great places for marijuana industry leaders and newcomers to show off some of their stuff. This will probably be the main reason you’re going to a convention in the first place.
When you enter the exhibition space, it might be a bit overwhelming at first, as there will be tons of booths, tents, tables, and stations that are all there to talk about the happy little leaf we all know and love.
Everyone at a cannabis convention is there to learn and educate themselves about everything new and exciting happening in the world of weed.
Some booths are CBD manufacturers, and they’ll walk you through the process of how their CBD gets from farm to tincture.
You might also find some tech industries who are there to show you how new technology has created new and exciting uses for marijuana that have never been possible before.
You’ll probably find some tables that are marketing lotions and oils to help relieve discomfort and ease feelings of stress and tension. These are some of the most persuasive and educational vendors that help hammer the importance of cannabis in our daily lives.
On top of that, you might find some fun games to play, munchies to snack on, and some new weed memorabilia to check out. It’s really just the best place to be if you want to learn everything there is to know about the cannabis industry.
Listen to a Panel Presentation
After walking around all day long, you’ll probably want to find a place to sit down and take a load off. And the best place to do that is right in front of your favorite guest speakers at the convention.
Panel discussions are some of the best ways to learn more about the cannabis industry while also allowing you to interact with notable personalities. Most panels are organized as Q&A’s, so you can finally get an answer to the questions that have been burning in your mind.
Panels range from the typical keynote presentations and discussions to cooking how-tos and craft demonstrations. Some of the biggest conventions have even seen celebrities like Chelsea Handler teach the audience how to make their own edibles.
Many of these presentations require extra tickets outside of the general admission, so be sure to keep an eye on the convention’s website to make sure you don’t miss out on one of your favorite presenters!
Pick Up Some New Weed Merch
All of those fun vendors aren’t just there to teach you information — they’re also there to sell you stuff! This is definitely a good thing because cannabis conventions allow you to get some of the highest quality merchandise for cannabis lovers/
It is also super helpful to see everything in person and talk to one of the employees before purchasing to help assess if the product is right for you.
Cannabis trade shows are also really great places for creators to show off some of their work. In addition to art booths, we’ve also seen some homemade bowls and pipes that are the perfect decorative addition to your bookshelf when they’re not in use.
Outside of weed memorabilia, you’ll probably also be able to find a ton of different CBD products for sale.
Although THC isn’t legal for distribution at conventions like this, CBD is!
This means attendees can stock up on some more CBD serums, bath bombs, gummies, and more to help you feel calm, cool, and collected while you continue your journey throughout the convention.
Not to mention, you can load up on fun t-shirts, blankets, hats, and other merchandise to help spread the love everywhere you go.
Meet New Friends
Although this isn’t usually the purpose of a cannabis convention, it is a great opportunity that comes along with it. Since you’ll be surrounded by like-minded people, these are great places to make new acquaintances!
People at conventions are coming from all over the country to express their love for everything cannabis-related. This means you’ll be exposed to some diverse backgrounds and personalities, letting you indulge in the world of weed through a brand new lens.
So, who knows?
Maybe you’ll meet a new buddy and head over to the park for some recreational time after the convention’s over! But even if you meet someone who lives across the country, the beauty of technology can let you stay in touch even at a distance — marijuana knows no bounds!
Learn to Grow
Many cannabis conventions will feature scientists and expert growers who can show you how to cultivate your own marijuana business right from home.
Since many states are beginning to legalize it, you can have homemade hemp whenever you need it. Vendors are there to help you through the process, so this is a great place to get started or maybe get a little bit of guidance if you’re having trouble.
What are Some of the Best Cannabis Conventions?
Cannabis conventions being held all over the country. But most of the best conventions often take place where recreational marijuana is legalized. It might be worth crossing state lines to experience the magic for yourself.
The New England cannabis industry has been behind on the times, having legalized recreational marijuana fairly recently. However, one of the first east coast states to turn the tides was Massachusetts in 2016.
Because of that, the weed culture in cities like Boston has become somewhat comparable to places like Denver — encouraging cannabis conventions to follow suit.
The New England Cannabis Convention, or NECANN, is the east coast’s largest cannabis industry event.
Exhibitors range from local dispensaries to industry leaders, making it a can’t-miss event of the year. So if you live anywhere near the Boston area, mark your calendars now!
Moving towards the midwest, you can still get tickets to one of the most prominent cannabis conventions in the U.S. CannaCon is one of the nation’s biggest cannabis expos in the country, with loads of presentations, workshops, vendors, live podcasts, games, and more.
One of the best things about CannaCon is that it travels between five different cities: Detroit, Chicago, Columbus, Biloxi, and Oklahoma City.
This makes it one of the most accessible conventions, especially for those who live out in the midwest.
NoCo Hemp Expo
This is one of the largest cannabis-centric trade shows in the country, probably because it is located right in America’s hemp heartland: Denver, CO.
At NoCo Hemp Expo, you’ll be treated to industry insights from leading personalities in the field while also getting your hands on some new marijuana products.
What we love about NoCo is that it’s not just about cannabis; it is also about recreational substances in general. They feature vendors that represent psychedelics and other natural compounds that make us feel great inside and out.
Virtual Cannabis Conventions
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way that conventions and public gatherings work.
Nowadays, most cannabis conventions are entirely online. While this is a bummer as it removes a good chunk of what makes them so exciting, the positive note is that it opens the door for even more people to attend since you won’t need to worry about the safety precautions of traveling.
With that in mind, here are some of the most sought-after tickets in town that you can attend from the comfort of your own home.
Cannabis Capital Conference
The Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference is one of the leading expos for cannabis business owners and industry leaders in the marijuana sphere. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, they’ve shifted everything virtually for the foreseeable future.
Cannabis enthusiasts worldwide can access immersive and robust presentations from top CEOs, investors, and leaders in the cannabis industry.
You can even get view-only passes to access the cannabis conference live stream and interact with the presenters. This is typically reserved for cannabis industry professionals, but now that it has moved online, anyone can be a part of this highly-coveted hemp convention.
High Times Cannabis Cup
This isn’t your ordinary cannabis convention, but we think it might be your favorite.
The High Times Cannabis Cup serves to show off the best cannabis products in the country in front of a panel of judges. But in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, things are being done a little differently.
For the first time ever, they’re letting the people decide which products are best by safely sending judging kits to your home. These will be filled with some of the hottest new products on the market.
All you’ll have to do is test them out and rank them based on aesthetics, aroma, taste, effects, and other qualities.
Cannabis conventions are some of the most exciting events for anyone who fancies a bit of bud every now and then. If you’ve never been, this is your sign to reserve a ticket ASAP.
While there, you’ll be treated to a sensory overload of different vendors — each loaded with information and paraphernalia to enhance your marijuana education.
On top of that, guest speakers will give panel presentations to let you grow even more fond of your favorite hallucinogenic plants.
Don’t forget to stock up on some new bowls, CBD gummies, lotions, t-shirts, and other memorabilia to remember your next favorite convention.