Canadian startup HiBnb: an airbnb alternative for the cannabis community

HiBnb has just launched their services to the public. HiBnb can be described as an airbnb alternative for the cannabis community and the “canna curious,” offering staycations geared towards customers who want lounge-like experiences (pillow lounge, pool, jacuzzi, fireplace) and creative experiences for customers who are looking to keep that spark of excitement alive in their entertainment calendar.

The listings range from a staycation paradise in Hamilton, with jacuzzi tub and old-school video arcade machines, to a tree-view studio in Halifax, a luxury suite in downtown Toronto steps away from Ripleys Aquarium, to a series of clamping “bunkies” in Hepworth ON.

Event listings include a cannabis education class followed by a walk with alpacas in Parkhill, ON, a bellydance bootcamp in Toronto, a hike to a waterfall with a cooked meal in Nova Scotia, a bubble hash workshop in Toronto, and a partner dance class on Vancouver’s Granville Island.

While not all HiBnb listings are able to offer smoking inside, some make smoking areas available, while others encourage smoking outdoors on the property. Many provide rolling stations or tabletop vaporizers.  Some accommodation hosts even provide guests with cannabis or edibles on site when they arrive; others offer connections to nearby cannabis retailers. Many of the hosts say they feel a sense of camaraderie with other cannabis lovers.

One host near Belleville, Ontario, has a listing with the title “Cannafam are welcome here.”

That’s the kind of thing that makes Elizabeth Becker smile. “The best feeling I’ve ever felt is transparency with friends, the feeling of acceptance I get that with the cannabis community,” she
says.

Becker, who spent decades in television, left a successful career come into the cannabis industry. “People are very welcoming, honest, sincere, and forgiving,” she says. “This feeling of community and acceptance is what I want every person to enjoy when they engage in a HiBnb experience. I built this platform – to help others feel connected.”

HiBnb is her brainchild. Kelly Ehler who, along with his strategic planning and financial acumen, brought contacts and relationships to the ta ble.

Becker said it was the “passion behind the cannabis community” that led her to create this platform. “So many people have fought for so long to be open and for society to embrace the positive benefits, it’s time to come out of the dark!” she says. “I’m proud to be in Canada and to be able to offer the general public a way to make money, especially at the hardship we’ll be facing as we get back on our feet after Covid, and also for people to engage in low cost events in small groups per Covid regulations.”

“Most of these events are actually run by mature cannabis lovers who have enjoyed the positive aspects of the cannabis plant for years, and want to pass the good they’ve taken from it forward.”

With the added revenue from advertisements on the site, Becker says, the company plan is to “take care of our hosts as best as we can, something AirBnb has not done. We’re nothing without our hosts.”

HiBnb supports the producers and retailers who have very limited avenues for advertising.By bringing people together on the age gated site, we can connect consumers with the brands so they can enjoy the consumer driven advertising that the cannabis industry needs.”

Becker and Ehler say they plan on taking HiBnb into the US sooner rather than later.

Find HiBnb listings at www.hibnb.ca

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