Before you hit the trail, read these tips for Traveling California's Cannabis Trail.

Know Before You Go

Things to know before traveling The California Cannabis Trail

Cannabis has played an important role in California’s history and culture. Since the early 1900’s, cannabis has woven itself throughout California, reaching into various communities in inspiring ways, often grounded in human rights, freedom, and safe access to medicine.

The Cannabis Trail is your trusted guide to a cannabis-infused story-rich California cultural adventure. The Cannabis Trail is an immersive modern day multi-stop cannabis experience that celebrates the plant’s journey to legalization and its role in California’s history.

Since 2018, it has been legal for anyone ages 21 and up to purchase and consume cannabis in California. However, it’s still federally illegal, and thus important to understand what is and isn’t allowed so you are able to relax and fully enjoy The Cannabis Trail experience.

The Cannabis Trail Know Before You Go Guide

The Basics:

Travel The Cannabis Trail with a sense of wonder and curiosity, and be prepared for certain moments along the Trail that call for sensitivity and compassion. The history of cannabis in California includes stories that are heart-wrenching and difficult to hear from some.

Certain communities were targeted during the ‘War-on-Drugs Era’ and these communities continue to suffer from PTSD. Be aware of your environment and be sensitive to certain situations when visiting legacy cannabis communities.

If you are 21 and older, you can purchase and carry up to one ounce of dried cannabis flower and up to eight grams of cannabis concentrate infused-products like gummies, chocolate, or a beverage. You are not allowed to give or sell cannabis to anyone under 21 years of age.

Consumption Tips:

Please know that you do NOT have to consume cannabis in order to appreciate The Cannabis Trail cultural adventure. However, if you do decide to partake in the delights of cannabis, consider the following Consumption Tips.

You can consume cannabis on private property, but property owners and landlords may not allow smoking or vaping cannabis on their properties. Do not smoke or vape cannabis in locations where it is not permitted. Check with individual hotels for their policies.

It’s illegal to consume cannabis in public places. You cannot consume cannabis within 1,000 feet of a school, daycare center or youth center while children are present. Do not consume or possess cannabis on federal lands including national parks.

If you are new to cannabis or even if it’s been a while, for products containing THC, go low and go slow. THC should be consumed with consideration of your surroundings. When consuming edibles or beverages, it may take 2+ hours for effects to set in.


It’s illegal to drive or bike under the influence of cannabis and it’s illegal to have an open container of cannabis in a vehicle while driving or riding in the passenger seat. If you have cannabis in a vehicle, it must be in a sealed container. Otherwise, it must be stored in the trunk of the vehicle while in transit.

Rideshare services, like Uber and Lyft, operate in some cities along the trail if you are under the influence of cannabis and need a ride. Check availability or look up a local taxi service before you set out on your adventure.

Do not carry cannabis across state lines. Even if you are flying within California, TSA agents may confiscate cannabis given they are a federal agency and cannabis is not legal under federal laws.

Cannabis Travel Glossary

CannabisA flowering plant with unique natural therapeutic compounds that support wellness, well-being, and balance. Cannabis is one of the most powerful renewable resources on earth.
CultivarA botanical term that describes plants cultivated and selectively bred to have distinct and desirable characteristics and effects. Another term is variety, strain, or chemovar.
CannabinoidsHow cells communicate within the human body. CBD and THC are two types of cannabinoids. They dock on receptors found throughout the human endo-cannabinoid system including receptors in the gut, brain, and central nervous system.
TerpenesAromatic compounds found in throughout the plant kingdom that create the characteristic of scent such as pine, lavender, or lemon.  Terpenes influence the sensory effects one feels when consuming a cannabis.
Mindset and SettingThe internal (mindset) and external (setting) factors that influence one’s cannabis experience.
Flow StateAlso referred to as a ‘runners high’ or ‘being in the zone’. Flow State is an optimal state of consciousness. Sense of self, time, and space dissolve; to feel present in the moment and completely immersed in an activity or experience.
Effect PairingThe art of selecting and consuming a cannabis cultivar or product, in an effort to optimally enhance a specific activity or experience.
BudtenderA customer service person at cannabis retail shops and lounges. Not sure where to start? Wondering what the difference is between two products? A budtender can provide recommendations and suggestions based on their training, knowledge, and experience.


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