The Cannabis-Enthusiasts’ Guide to a Greener St. Patrick’s Day

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In the days before 2020, St. Patrick’s Day was, for the barely-or-not-at-all-Irish American, generally associated with bars and Guinness and pretending to know the lyrics to drinking songs. But as another March 17th rolls around with a worldwide pandemic still raging, it’s a little hard to don a “Kiss Me, I’m Irish!” shirt with any zeal.

While we love to celebrate the luck of the Irish with a pint ourselves, this year’s St. Patty’s will be a little quieter than usual… meaning it could get a little greener.

Here are a few ways to light up St. Patrick’s Day with your own “pot” of gold.

1. Greet the day with the greenest matcha

Say “Top o’ the mornin’!” to this extra-green caffeine machine. Made from green tea leaves and our favorite green leaf, this latte promises to wake you up AND reduce your inflammation levels.

1. Puff an Irish cannabis strain

OK, so these aren’t actually from Ireland, but the creators of some strains must have thought the leaves were so green that they could be Irish. Here are a few of our favorite cannabis strain names that reference Irish culture:

  1. Albino Leprechaun (hybrid)
  2. Irish Cream (indica)
  3. Mighty Irish Hope (indica)
  4. Pot o’ Gold (indica)
  5. Green Goblin (sativa)

3. Satisfy your cravings with a CBD-infused shamrock shake

No need to go out of the house for a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. You can easily make an elevated version from home.

4. Try this cannabis-infused leek and potato soup recipe

For ultimate chill at the end of the day, curl up with this cozy, stress-relieving, and yes, green soup.

5. Trip over “Darby O’Gill and the Little People”

Now that you’re buzzed, it’s time to get the giggles out over a good – and appropriately trippy – movie. We recommend tuning into “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” on Disney Plus, in which Irish actor Albert Sharpe embarks on a quest for a pot of gold, despite being constantly thwarted by the King of Leprechauns (Jimmy O’Dea,) and a pre-007 Sean Connery makes an appearance.

It’s not a stoner flick per se, but we like to think shamrocks weren’t the only plants involved in the making of this hilarious film.


Elissa Esher is Assistant Editor at GreenState. Her work has also appeared in The Boston Guardian, Brooklyn Paper, Religion Unplugged, and Iridescent Women. Send inquiries and tips to