How to spend a quiet stoned night in

stoned night in: person reading in a bath

The summer season gets busy. Weekend barbecues, beach vacations, and all the planning it takes to make it happen can get overwhelming. Sometimes, a quiet night at home is the perfect way to rejuvenate after a busy couple of weeks.

When I’m planning a night in, I’ll definitely be infusing the evening by enjoying a specialty edible, rolling up a joint, or watching a medicated bath bomb fizzle my worries away. Here are some of my favorite ways to cozy up with the plant during a quiet night at home alone.

Puzzles, playlists, and pot

stoned night in: person does puzzle
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Rolling up a joint, getting out the puzzle board, and turning on my favorite playlist of the moment is a go-to agenda for self-care nights. Growing up, my mom would give me a puzzle for every holiday and I would commandeer the dining room table for weeks building the picture hiding amongst the pieces. The love for this activity has followed me into adulthood, right now I’m doing a gorgeous and difficult Piecework puzzle.

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When it’s time to “puzz” I like having some weed that I can puff a few times until it goes out naturally and re-light while I sort pieces and match patterns. Look for strains like Blue Dream or Gemstone, something that is a little relaxing but with enough uplifting properties to stay focused on a mental task. Whether it’s Stone Road limited edition pre-rolls from the dispensary or a blunt filled with some homegrown, choosing the right stain is essential.

A fresh stone can help me key into the nuance of problem-solving through 1000 pieces. As for the playlists, the recent update to Lorem on Spotify has been on repeat in my house lately.

Books in the bath

Stoned night in: top down view of a bath
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A cup of tea and a good book in the bath is a grandmotherly pastime that I’ve oddly enjoyed since I was 8 or 9. Maybe it’s the water in my astrological chart or the reminder of my time in the womb. Anyways, a bath is an excellent way to decompress at any age. Adding in a good book chased by a hot cup of tea, a cold Pilsner, or a robust glass of red wine–and that’s a recipe for relaxation.

It’s also a stellar time to smoke a joint while soaking, and don’t forget the water can be infused too. Bath bombs are fun, fizzing, enhancements to a warm soak. Now, companies like Kush Queen add cannabinoids alongside other essential oils to promote relaxation, muscle recovery, and more. Whether you light up or soak in–cannabis can be bath appropriate.

Crafts and comedy

When it’s time to really chill out and vibe, knitting is a great choice. The way working through a knit pattern eventually hits an unconscious rhythm alleviates my anxiety in a very special way.

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Oftentimes, I’ll take a bong rip and put on my favorite podcast or maybe a comedy special, before giggling my way through a kind-of well-made, definitely homemade scarf (or beanie or socks). If knitting isn’t of interest, embroidery, painting, crocheting, mending, and tons of other crafts would work.

Edibles and video games

How long do edibles last: a photo of green hard candies with pink light on them.
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There was a time in my life when I lived in the Pac Heights neighborhood of San Francisco when I regularly planned nights with edibles and Sims. I would order food and weed from the Vapor Room (they usually arrived at the same time). Then I would eat the edible I ordered (generally an Om Peanut Butter Puffed Rice Truffle) and zone into my Sims’ worlds.

The timing was symphonic. I’d get things cleaned up and squared away for the night after putting the orders in. I’d eat the edible and by the time I was finished with dinner it would have kicked in. Then I was in the perfect headspace to create a random little person’s reality for a while.

I often romanticize this existence now that I’m at a station of life where I rarely have a night to simply vibe. But whether it’s stoned N64 with my husband, or a mini vacation into Sims land after the kiddo’s bedtime–I still enjoy new variations of that beloved ritual.

As a former inside kid turned extroverted introvert adult, these are some of my favorite ways to spend a quiet, high evening at home. While they won’t work for everyone, this list should be enough for people to perfect their own ways to chill out with the plant.

Cara Wietstock is Senior Content Producer of and has been working in the cannabis space since 2011. She has covered the cannabis business beat for Ganjapreneur and The Spokesman Review. You can find her living in Bellingham, Washington with her husband, son, and a small zoo of pets.