Cannabis weddings and events are sleeker than ever, with celebrities putting an extra spotlight on CBD parties: Kim Kardashian’s baby shower featured customized CBD body lotions and oils, and Kate Hudson had a full blown canna-birthday party. And millennials are keeping the weed wedding trend alive by hiring professional budtenders, dabaristas, creating CBD-infused cocktail stations, infused foods, gourmet desserts, and personalized vape pen party favors.
“The trend is towards microdosing, taking a very low dose so nobody needs to feel an unwanted response,” says Julie Roth Novack, CEO of PartySlate, a party planning inspiration and digital marketing platform. Presenting this kind of alternative to the alcoholic bar is seen by some as a social revelation. There is a different mindset around cannabis,” says Novack. “It is now an acceptable luxury.”
The cannabis flower is celebrated, too, just as wedding bouquets are. At a vintage Americana farmhouse wedding by Le Festin Events in Central California, native floral arrangements and bouquets were woven with cannabis leaves, the wedding cake featured a carefully chosen cannabis strain as a topper, and the bride wore a hemp and silk wedding dress with a cannabis braided floral crown.
“It has to be the right crowd, but things are no longer hush hush in the backroom of a party,” says Novack. She notes mixologists serving cannabis infused sparkling water with a mixer and 1.5mg of THC per drink, an edibles station with 1.5–2mg CBD and THC infused flatbreads, pasta and soup shooters, cannabis tokens for guests 21+, where a guest receives 3–4 tokens which they can redeem for a low-dose edible or cocktail. She is careful to note that everything should be clearly labeled and separate from the rest of the food. “There is going to be someone at that party that it turns off,” says Novack. So the host needs to decide first, if they care, and if there is a way to present it in a tasteful way so that people can opt in to participate.”