Illustration by James the Stanton

Illustration by James the Stanton

At the Movies (With Marijuana)

Now that the nights have grown long, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a bong-worthy blockbuster

With chilly weather and long nights coming on, it’s high time we all enjoyed a well-curated pot-themed movie night. Also, our world is pretty intense right now, and the escape that a good, stoned movie session can provide is a fairly effective and inexpensive form of therapy.

First off, what are you going to watch? If you’re looking to have a fun night out, check out the Far Out Film Series, a collaboration between Headlight Cannabis Co. and SIFF Cinema Uptown that features six trippy films that are excellent while high. From sci-fi to ’80s nostalgia classics, the series offers non-traditional films for your stoney entertainment. Headlight Cannabis Co. even has strain-pairing suggestions for the films on its website. While you won’t be able to imbibe in the theater, feel free to get lifted beforehand.

Staying in? Hosting a marijuana movie night at home is a cheap and easy way to have a fun night with friends. You could plan a night of classics like Easy Rider, Reefer Madness, and Up in Smoke; go a little more modern with films like Pineapple Express, Half Baked, and Friday; or go traditional with stoner flicks like Dazed and Confused, The Big Lebowski, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, How High, or Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.

If you’re taking the opportunity to throw a party around your medicated-movie fest, go all out; grab some marijuana leis from Champion Party Supply and get all green cups and plates (biodegradable, of course). Create “stoner stations” around the room with ashtrays, rolling papers, lighters, hemp wicks, and other smoking utensils. Create a place for people to easily charge their vape pens, or set up a dab spot. Make bingo cards to keep track of stoner movie cliches: tie-dye shirts, rooms filled with smoke, or munchie pig-out scenes. Or create a toking game around classic stoner moments—every time someone drops their joint, freaks out about cops, or brags about the strength of their weed.

Flying solo? The world-famous Scarecrow Video in the U District just got a whole new batch of Studio Ghibli films on Blu-Ray, and I can guarantee binging on Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Kiki’s Delivery Service will absolutely help relieve any SAD you may be experiencing.

Or make it a date. Cannabis is a known aphrodisiac, after all. You could always take your movie night in a different direction by creating a cuddle puddle in the middle of the room and snuggling with your new BFFs while watching racier content like Fritz the Cat, Kaboom, or Y Tu Mama Tambien.

Remember to appropriately pair your film experience and strains. Sativas traditionally will complement a night of hanging out with friends and campy ’80s horror movies. If you’re feeling introspective and gearing up for a Planet Earth marathon, indicas and strains high in CBD can help relax you and get you into a place where you can hang out with your thoughts. If you really wanna be a badass, score some of the strains featured in your late-night double-feature picture shows.

Last but not least, you will need snacks to complement your cinematic excursion. If you followed my suggestions last week, you have some stoney treats already made, but millions of pounds of Halloween candy is now on sale, and you can just gorge yourself on that. Also appropriate, and incredibly tasty: cannabutter on your popcorn. 

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