Good morning, crustaceans and cephalopods! There has been a surge of interest in DC’s marijuana events since the Associated Press article about CannaMania came out a couple weeks ago, so I figured a spiffy new guide was in order. As the AP reported, these ganja galas are essentially like pop-up dispensaries. A number of Initiative 71 brands will get together in one place and you can go there to receive weed gifts. The coolest thing is that you can have a look around the joint before deciding on what you want. I’ve reviewed lots of these brands since I-71 kicked in- the Event tag will show you everybody that I have personally checked out and enjoyed. Some of the best weed gifts in the city are available exclusively at sinsemilla-shindigs like these. No further ado, baby, let’s get into it!
How do I find weed pop-ups like CannaMania?
Easy. Instagram is the best, but Initiative 71 cannabis brands are on every social media, so whichever platform you’re currently using to steal money from your employer throughout the day will work. Try searching the hashtag #Initiative71. Plenty of brands and bigger Groups are on Facebook, some folks put out email newsletters with a list, there’s even some other websites out there that list some. But here’s the thing- nobody lists them all. There is a staggering number of parties on any given night, some of them from smaller, exclusive brands, and so I find the best way to stay informed is to Follow my favorite brands on Instagram. You can Follow me too, while you’re at it. I might post something again, you never know. Actually, I’d rather you Subscribe to my newsletter if you’re feeling the need for a bit more of the Gent in your life.
I want to go to CannaMania! So who are the best brands to Follow?
Personally, I think the world of Silly Bees and District Connoisseurs, both of which are exclusive to events. I have also enjoyed some great gifts from Phone Homie, Acure by Design Plus, Butter Nugg Cookies, ROIL, and many more. There are also some brands that work events AND offer delivery, like Washington Vape Co and District SweetGreen, that your Gentleman is quite fond of.
And Follow one of my oldest sponsors, Funky Piece! They’re a head shop in Adams Morgan and often sell glassware, pipes, etc. at events like CannaMania, which is the event that was featured in the AP report and is TONIGHT, Monday, October 16! And and AND Funky Piece is celebrating their 1 year anniversary today! Congrats, guys! Here’s my interview with them and my review of some of their bud from sister plant-nanny company Funky Farmacy.
The brand isn’t Following me back. Help?
Are you a cop? You have to tell me if you’re a cop.
I’m kidding. It’s probably because you haven’t posted anything personal about yourself yet. Having a dummy account looks shady, Slim. If you don’t want to post anything personal about yourself connected to weed cuz Lockheed Martin pays you to design things that kill people, I get it, and you totally need to smoke with all that horrible death on your conscience. Well, the good news is not every brand is private, so you can look at their pages without Following them and still get the info. Or maybe you’d just prefer Delivery if you don’t want to show your face at CannaMania. The Gentleman is here for ya either way, mon frere!
Are pop-up parties like CannaMania legal?
Look- I’m a patient and consumer. I’m not a lawyer and Initiative 71 is complicated. I suggest you talk to one of our fine city’s many, many, many lawyers if you have questions about the law.
Ok, are CannaMania and the other pop-up events safe?
I am not personally responsible for your safety. Not one bit. The world is a dangerous place and there’s nothing we can do about it because America needs guns to keep us safe from the government that wants to kill us by letting us all shoot each other to death.
That being said, the answer you’re looking for is ‘yes.’ They’re mostly held in public spaces & not in folks’ basements so much anymore, and you can expect to see security at any event.
Do I need to be a DC resident to attend CannaMania or other pop-ups?
Absolutely not. Everyone is welcome- 21+
Do I need a medical card to attend CannaMania or other pop-ups?
Absolutely not. Everyone is welcome- 21+.
Do I need a ticket to get in to CannaMania? What about other pop-ups?
EDIT: CannaMania now requires a ticket.
No, CannaMania is free and doesn’t require an RSVP, but some events do require a ticket, a nominal charge at the door, or at least an RSVP via DM (direct message on social media. No, its the other button, Grandpa). Some have upgraded VIP packages that get you a set of gifts walking in the door, exclusive seating, etc. I’d suggest you check out the event itself, then spring for a VIP package on your next visit after you decide that you like that party. They usually repeat. In any case, the brand you’re Following will say if you need tickets, pay at the door, or they’ll refer you to another page that explains things. Keep an eye out for ticket links.
Oh! A lot of the time, the addresses are only available 24hrs before the party. Ticket-holders are typically sent the address. In the absence of tickets, the brand (or page they refer you to) will tell you how to obtain the address. It’s a lot less complicated than I’m making it sound with words. You just need to pay attention.
I can smoke weed at pop-ups like CannaMania, right? I mean, right?
Eh, it’s more complicated than that. Some of them do have a designated smoking area- a rooftop or back alley sorta deal. But imagine running an establishment where a hundred people came in and everybody was blazing jays. It would stink, right? I mean, that good stink we all love, but you’d have a devil of a time getting the smell out. We don’t have *many exclusive clubs in the city, they all need to do other business, so there’s generally not much smoking inside.
On the other hand, dabs do not leave the same unmistakable odor as burning flowers, and so Dab Bars are very common at events like CannaMania. You can come out, try some dabs, and take some home if you like. Dabs are super potent so you should only try them if you’re very experienced/have a high tolerance to flower. Edibles are also usually available.
*I do know of one club that allows smoking inside their private events- King Weedy’s Cannabis Collective. You have to join the Collective (here’s the link) in order to go, but their parties are amazing. I went to the Mansion last week and if a room full of edibles (featuring some super potent brownies by Uptown Edibles) and hot, scantily clad women insisting they roll you joints while you watch Thursday Night Football appeals to you, weirdo, then what the hell are you waiting for? Dammit. You guys are gonna blow up my spot, aren’t you? I’m way too nice. Dammit dammit dammit. Here’s the link again. Dammit!
How do I know if I have a high tolerance?
If you smoke weed and find yourself giggling like a Japanese schoolgirl, so restless you can’t sit still, or your brain turns off followed shortly by your body, then you do not have the tolerance for dabs yet. Most folks with a high tolerance to flower and/or dabs also exhibit a high tolerance to edibles, but this is not always the case, and as such you should always start your edible experiments with low dosages, slowly building til you know what potency is comfortable for you. Personally, a 200mg edible is just enough for a nice buzz for 2-3 hours. I might still smoke some flower. The advisement I’ve seen repeatedly is for you to start at a measly ten mg. So keep your tolerance in mind when you get to the land of plenty that is CannaMania.