If this Sunday’s Oscars speeches are a little more bizarre than usual it may have something to do with what was in the nominees’ $100,000 gift bags.
The legendary goodie bags, distributed to the 25 nominees in acting and directing, will include hand-made chocolate truffles infused with cannabis.
California recently legalised the drug for recreational use. So if nominees feel like calming their awards nerves during the ceremony in Los Angeles, they can do so on camera without fear of arrest.
Their swag bags will also feature skin care products infused with the drug, including a cannabis facial moisturiser, and free membership of the first cannabis-friendly social club in Los Angeles.
Other freebies for the Hollywood stars will include private “phobia relief” sessions with “the world’s number one phobia expert”.
They will get the choice of a boat trip down the Amazon or to the Galapagos Islands, and a week in a California spa worth $10,000. The quirkiest gift is a distinctive-looking “Mister Poop” toilet plunger.
The cannabis truffles won first prize in the High Times Colorado Cup and come in three flavours – burnt caramel, earl grey, and juniper lemon.
Each chocolate in the “Crescendo Collection” contains 10mg of THC, the high-inducing part of the cannabis plant.