Since Massachusetts legalized the recreational use of cannabis in 2016, the state has become a prominent destination for cannabis-themed events. Cannabis enthusiasts who are interested in socializing with like minds, learning how to use cannabis for wellness, or learn more about the latest technologies have a wide range of 420 events to choose from.
Whether you’re a local or visiting from out of state, here are 10 events that you can mark on your calendar.
1. Draw & Smoke
Get a free drawing lesson from multimedia artist Frandy Suero at Draw & Smoke. Drawing materials, snacks and even rolling paper will be provided. Test your creative skills in a fun, supportive environment with your favorite cannabis cultivar. Bring your own cannabis.
This private event will be in the heart of Chinatown in Boston. Register for the event for more details on the location.
2. Buddha Budz Yoga Experience
Buddha Budz is a cannabis-themed yoga class that takes place in the Witch Dr. Glass Blowing Studio in Salem, which sells cannabis paraphernalia like smoking devices. This bring-your-own-cannabis event includes yoga and meditation guidance set to music, with yogi photography so you can take home memories from your time on the mat.
Attendees get a store discount, too.
3. Intro to the Effects of CBD
This free seminar on CBD at Cells Bright Health Solutions in Worcester presents a talk by former Northeastern Institute for Cannabis instructor Bill Downing. Downing has been a cannabis researcher for more than 25 years and explains the latest on current CBD research and how the compound can help with health issues.
This event is great for new cannabis consumers who want to learn exactly what CBD is and what its effects are.
4. Wellness in Worcester: Cannabis Health for Your Mind, Body & Soul
Wellness in Worcester is an alternative wellness event featuring massage therapists, reiki healers, Thai bodyworkers, medical cannabis experts, alternative medicine experts, sound healers, and tarot card readers. Attendees can get a CBD massage, learn about cannabis, and participate in other CBD/cannabis/wellness-themed activities, priced per minute.
Register early and you may receive local CBD product gift bags.
5. NECANN 6th Annual New England Cannabis Convention
March 20-22, 2020
The 6th Annual New England Cannabis Convention at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston expects to attract more than 10,000 cannabis consumers, growers, and business cultivators across the region. Exhibitors include farmers, packagers, growers, cannabis technology developers, medical cannabis producers, and more.
Attendees will hear professional speakers on topics ranging from medical cannabis, to cannabis entrepreneurship and cannabis trends. The event encourages patients, recreational consumers, and caregivers to attend and learn about the cannabis industry evolution in New England and beyond.
6. CBD Senior Health and Well-Being Expo
April 24-25, 2020
The business-focused CBD Senior Health and Well-Being Expo at the Boston Marriott Newton teaches business owners like chiropractors, nutritionists, massage therapists retailers, health and fitness club owners, drugstore owners, and more the benefit of adding CBD-derived cannabis products to their existing product lines.
The expo highlights how CBD products can aid seniors with medical issues such as joint pain, arthritis, mood and sleep disorders, diabetes, PTSD, fibromyalgia, dementia, and more. This 420 event includes product demonstrations, speakers and panel discussions, and interactive workshops.
Attend will discover new CBD products, sample CBD offerings, get to ask experts questions, get wholesale pricing for products, and more.
7. NECANN 2nd Annual Springfield Cannabis Convention
June 20-21, 2020
Just like its sister event in Boston, the NECANN 2nd Annual Springfield Cannabis Convention in Springfield brings together cannabis consumers, patients, caregivers, and business owners for an informative cannabis and CBD product and trends expo. This is the largest cannabis industry convention for western Massachusetts and surrounding markets, including southern Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and Connecticut.
Attendees can explore the latest in cannabis technology, purchase CBD products, and hear from professionals working in the cannabis industry.
8. Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition
October 21-22, 2020
The Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston is geared toward cannabis entrepreneurs and highlights up-and-coming cannabis trends. Curious consumers might enjoy attending the event, which brings together dispensary owners, growers, suppliers, government regulators, and more to talk all things cannabis.
The event includes an educational forum with high-profile guest speakers, exhibitors, networking events, comprehensive classes and workshops, industry updates, and more. The Boston event is one of three annual events — the other two are in New York and Los Angeles.
9. Medical Cannabis Patient Therapies and Wellness Summit
November 6-7, 2020
The 2nd Annual Medical Cannabis Patient Therapies and Wellness Summit in Worcester presents talks by healthcare providers and physicians on medical cannabis-based treatments and therapies. The 2020 program will focus on opioids and cannabis as an alternative to opioids, with discussions related to opioid addiction and alternative medicines.
Attendees will be able to learn about the latest cannabis medical research, medicinal uses and industrial applications, and how cannabis helps patients, including those with mental illness, PTSD, diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain, and cancer. The conference will also include discussions on the benefits of medicinal cannabis for pediatrics and aging populations, and examine how cannabis contributes to disease prevention and health maintenance.
10. The Harvest Cup
November 14-15, 2020
Described as “New England’s Premier Cannabis Competition,” the Harvest Cup at the DCU Center in Worcester hosts cannabis contests in categories like edibles, beverages, concentrates, tinctures and capsules, CBD flower and extract, CBD topicals and transdermals, and syrups, sauces, and condiments.
The event also includes demonstrations, cannabis vendor booths, and educational speakers. Visitors can hear talks on topics such as cannabis medical uses, social justice in cannabis, growing cannabis, cannabis cooking tips, and more. The competition is open to submissions from the public.
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