Pairing marijuana with soaking is like the paint and sip trend so popular today. These painters are trained by a professional on important skills such as how to mix colors and use different brush strokes. Like the artists in their classroom creating masterpieces while getting drunk, a beginner soaker needs to learn how to successfully marry the soaking process while getting high.
As a master soaker/stoner, I have an assortment of tactics to elevate your hot spring experience to greater heights. These strategies can apply to those who do not infuse THC into their bathing experience. Although why you wouldn’t is beyond me.
- Unless you are visiting a weed-friendly hot spring (and if you are, please tell me where it is), you will need to smoke your bowl or joint just before pulling up to the parking lot. I’m not an advanced stoned driver so I advocate smoking it when you only have about 200 feet to actually drive.
- Once parked, eat your edible before getting out of the car. If you plan to stay only two hours, eat enough to get you high but not too much that you’ll be peaking when you’re ready to leave. If you have conned someone into being a designated driver, eat as much as you like.
- Keep your car keys in an easy to remember place. I keep mine in the zipped front pocket of my backpack. EVERY TIME.
- Before going, check if there is a water cooler, fridge or microwave – cotton mouth and munchies are inevitable.
- Have your snacks prepared and easily accessible. I bring a small cooler or lunch bag and keep it next to my lounge chair.
- Speaking of snacks, make sure you bring the crunchy/salty kind and chocolate. During my last outing, I brought two kinds of Doritos and had an in-depth taste test with my friend. Later, the peanut butter and chocolate granola bars hit the sweet spot.
- Keep a water bottle within reach while you are in the hot spring. Soaking can be dehydrating and see strategy #4.
- Take your pee break every time you get out of the hot spring. Do not read into this to mean I expect you to pee in the hot spring. What I mean is, don’t take a break and then go back into the spring without making a pit stop. Trust me, just as you start to relax in the water, you’ll need to pee and not want to get out.
- Don’t be stingy with towels. Bring at least two – one to dry off with at your lounge chair and another to dry off with before changing into your clothing. If you have one, bring a terry cloth robe. Those who don’t have one will be jealous of you.
- Even in winter wear sunscreen and hat. As a mother, I am obligated to say this.
- Don’t bring your cell phone in. If it’s a clothing optional hot spring you won’t be allowed to, but even if it’s not, you’re supposed to be disconnecting.
- If you have an easy to blow up raft, bring it. When you are high, having a raft that would require a pump would be dangerous and you’ll never stop laughing enough to actually blow it up. The raft keeps you in the water but buoyant so that you never get too hot. It also keeps you from having to hold yourself up.
- Floating on noodles is an option but a raft is preferable, especially in clothing optional hot springs. It acts as a barrier when you bump into naked people while you aimlessly float.
- Clothing optional hot springs will make you feel better about yourself. There will always be at least one other person there who is fatter than you.
- This may cause a bit of contention but…please don’t bring your children to my happy place.
Perhaps soaking and toking is not only an art but also a science. I hope intersection of the artistic process and scientific method inspire you to become a master soaker/stoner.