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Dank days in Orlando: a weedy journey through the City Beautiful 

If you partake, our anonymous stoner friend has some suggestions on how to make the most of it in the City Beautiful.

Editor's note: Medical marijuana is legal in the state of Florida, but recreational marijuana is not. The city of Orlando passed an ordinance in 2016 effectively decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana – police officers may issue citations rather than make arrests – but if you're new to Orlando, bear in mind the risks may be different here than in your hometown. For a list of local doctors and dispensaries, go to

Most local stoners will attest that if they have a full day of zero commitments, they would likely prefer to spend their day at home chillin' out in the AC. Rigorous activity might consist of a dip in the pool or local swimming hole ... naked, preferably. But there's plenty to do in Orlando with a mild buzz.

Wake and bake Start off the day with a big toke off an artisanal water pipe. Take a shower, slather some of Dr. Duffy's pain-relieving CBD cream on that elbow that's all fucked up from too much typing, and don't skip the SPF. Pick up a coffee from New General, Café Linger or Gratitude Coffee – all offer CBD as an add-in.

Mid-morning Before the heat of the day sets in, bike out for some nature spectating – but first, breakfast: grab a quick CBD-infused açai bowl or smoothie at the Purple Ocean truck in Lake Ivanhoe. Then visit Leu Gardens, Mead Botanical Garden or even the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey (visit some baby owls!). Take a quick vape hit to keep the juices flowing.

Midday Hunger sets in; keep it fresh and easy. East End Market provides local, fresh options (and more amazing coffee), though it may be tough to make up your mind between the various food stalls. This is a great time to put those THC/CBD tinctures to good use. Add a little to your cold-pressed juice, local kombucha or water. Check out Park Ave CDs and pick up a new find for later listening. Head home for a quick snooze after the busy morning.

Happy hour A solitary morning and a disco nap; now it's time to get social. Smoke a bowl and put on your new vinyl while you get dressed, then head out for friend time. Bike or Uber over to Mills 50 for a chill happy hour that'll complement your buzz – we like the Sunroom, which is filled with natural textures and houseplants to zone out on, plus amazing craft cocktails. If you're feeling generous, share some weed gummies with your pals.

Dinner After a day of being faded, dinner is time for Netflix and gluttony. Order in tacos, barbecue, ramen or any of Orlando's other culinary delights that will satisfy the munchies. Whatever you get, douse it in Happy Hempy Hot Sauce from local hot sauce queen Poca's Hottest. Wind down in a leisurely bath with a locally made CBD-infused bath bomb from Naked Bar Soap Co., reflect on the day, and relax into a great night of sleep.


Audubon Center for Birds of Prey 1101 Audubon Way, Maitland,

Café Linger 2912 Edgewater Drive,

East End Market 3201 Corrine Drive,

Gratitude Coffee 1307 Edgewater Drive,

Leu Gardens 1920 N. Forest Ave.,

Mead Botanical Garden 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park,

Naked Bar Soap Co. 1520 Edgewater Drive,

New General 155 E. New England Ave., Winter Park,

Park Ave CDs 2916 Corrine Drive,

Poca's Hottest

Purple Ocean 1620 N. Orange Ave.,

The Sunroom 1321 N. Mills Ave.

This story is from the Aug. 8, 2019, print issue of Orlando Weekly's Newcomers Guide 2019. Stay on top of Central Florida news and views with our weekly Headlines newsletter.

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