By Rebecca Olmos | Correspondent

‘Tis the season of giving, and cannabis is a great gift to receive. A recent poll revealed that 9 out of 10 cannabis users in legal states plan to incorporate weed into their holiday festivities. But before you head over to your local dispensary to shop, here are some things to consider.

1. When in doubt, it’s the thought that counts

It can be daunting enough to buy cannabis for yourself with the plethora of items available on the menu. Just remember, everyone has unique cannabis preferences, and what is for you might not be for your loved one.

You can always check out some holiday cannabis gift guides before you go. Still, a general rule of thumb is: Prerolls are always a convenient gift, chocolate and gummies are dose-able and delicious, and wellness products like bath bombs and lotions are perfect stocking stuffers. Budtender recommendation are key if you’re not sure what to choose.

Cannabis accessories are also always a safe bet. In almost all stoner stash boxes, lighters, rolling papers, rolling trays, and grinders are necessary. Some dispensaries might even offer gift cards! 

2. Keep your gifts local

Travel is a big part of holiday culture, and it can be tempting to pack that canna-gift into your bag to take with you. If you’re driving within the confines of California and over the age of 21, you’re in the clear. Just don’t consume and drive. 

If you’re flying, it’s a different story. Cannabis remains a federally prohibited substance, and air space is technically federal territory. So it is illegal to bring your infused goods with you on a flight. TSA may not be intently looking for your stash – but If airport personnel find it, they will turn you over to authorities.

3. Don’t mail your weed gifts

It is extremely convienent to be able to ship your gifts to your loved ones out of state. But just make sure it’s not anything infused with weed.

It is prohibited to ship any cannabis-derived product through any mailing service because cannabis is still federally illegal. And if you do, there are risks and penalties, including prison. Hemp-derived products are okay, though, as long as they follow local, state, and compliance guidelines. If you’re going the hemp route, make sure you order from a trusted vendor.

Whatever or however you choose to gift cannabis, just make sure to give with good intention, don’t fly with it and don’t ship it anywhere. That way, you and your loved ones are safe to enjoy all the fun that comes with infusing the holidays with cannabis.