Jason Abrao, manager at The Apothecarium Medical Cannabis Dispensary, holds an edible marijuana gingerbread cookie at The Apothecarium in San Francisco in 2011. Low- dose edibles are one way to get a discreet high for the holidays. (AP File Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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4 cannabis products for a discreet high for the holidays

After an election that polarized the country, there’s a big chance that awkward conversation and rage repression are on the menu this year for your family’s holiday festivities.

What pairs well with an hours-long exercise in keeping your cool? Well, you know.

But don’t go straight to the dab rig, unless you can handle your brain being on another planet while your body drinks eggnog and eats roast beef on earth. And if you’ll be around relatives who wouldn’t be happy seeing you emerge from a giant cloud of smoke, there are plenty of discreet products out there to help reach a manageable state of mind for the holidays. And if you’re just starting out, it’s important to know why low-dose cannabis is important.

1. Low-dose edibles
Edibles are many stoners go-to for a discreet high. But for the casual user, they are often too powerful. There are low-dose edibles on the market, including Dr. Norm’s 5 milligram THC cookies, that give the user a little more control. The Dr. Norm’s website recommends starting with one low-dose cookie, waiting two hours, and gauging how the cookie affects you. Too much too soon could easily put you on that other planet in addition to spoiling your appetite. Looking for more guidance? Check out High Times’ “10 Commandments of Marijuana Edible Safety.”

2. Loose-leaf vaporizers
If you’re willing to drop the money, loose-leaf vaporizers such as the Pax 2 are a high-tech way to smoke on the low-down. Like other vaporizers, the smoke dissipates quickly. A loose-leaf vaporizer allows you to pack your own weed instead of buying oil extract juice. They’re small enough to fit in your pocket, and sturdy enough to survive a drop. Gizmodo described the Pax 2 as what it would be like to smoke in the future.

3. Disposable vaporizers
Relatively new to the market, disposable vaporizers are an on-the-go option for those who don’t already have vape pens. Among the highly rated options out there are  W Vapes All-In-One disposables. Each pen contains 420 milligrams of cannabis oil, which should be enough to get you through the caroling. They come in sativa, indica and hybrid strains.

4. THC Gum
Trying to keep your breath fresh and head hazy? THC gum may be your best bet. Bhang NuGum THC Gum was a popular item at the High Times 2016 SoCal Medical Cannabis Cup. Judges praised the product as being quick-acting and potent, but weren’t crazy about the taste. And with each piece containing 50 milligrams, beginners might want to break it into smaller pieces.