Spliff, Splash: Getting High in a Weed Bath

Green bathing after Mary Jane’s Medicinals Heavenly Hash Bath.
Green bathing after Mary Jane’s Medicinals Heavenly Hash Bath. Amber Taufen

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click to enlarge The cannabath market is growing in Colorado. - AMBER TAUFEN
The cannabath market is growing in Colorado.
Amber Taufen

How to draw the perfect cannabath

Hot water will help release the active ingredients while encouraging your skin to absorb the good stuff. Make it as hot as you can stand; it’s a lot easier to cool down a too-hot bath than to heat up a lukewarm tub of water.

Soak for some time
The longer you’re in the tub, the more time your body will have to enjoy the experience — and the better you’ll feel when you get out. Try to aim for at least thirty minutes, but closer to a full hour is even better.

Add some extras
Bath culture is kind of a thing now, and if you’re going to be in the tub for a good amount of time, you may as well fancy up that water. Add more epsom or sea salts for sore muscles, essential oils (lavender and tea tree are always good in a bath) for aromatherapy, bath bombs and so on to customize the experience to your liking.

Dose slowly
If you’ve never taken a cannabath before, you might be surprised by the intoxicating effects; you’ll likely feel euphoric and floaty in the tub, but if you overdo things, getting out might be a struggle. Start with small doses of your bath products at first — especially if you’re also consuming in the tub — so you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Don’t forget to hydrate
Many of these products contain salts in addition to cannabis. If you add more salt to the bath, you can wind up dehydrated faster than you’d imagine. Make sure you have some drinking water (not just beer, because that will ultimately make you more dehydrated) nearby to guzzle while in the tub and after you get out.
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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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