Smoking weed may seem like a free-for- all to the naked eye, but there are rules to this thing—a cannabis etiquette if you will. These ground rules are the kind of thing that no one really teaches you. It’s often something you have to learn for yourself over time as you become a more experienced cannabis aficionado. And that’s where we come in.
Much like Emily Post, the pioneer of American etiquette, we’re going to share with you some of the do’s and don’ts of weed so that you can impress your smoke circle with your classy new attitude. So without any further adieu, put your pinkies up and let’s do this.
Do follow “Roller’s Rights”.
If you rolled the blunt, packed the bowl, or loaded the dab rig, you have the right to take the first hit, no questions asked.
Do not “Bogart” the joint.
Or blunt or bong or anything else for that matter. Bogarting is a term that derived from the way that old school Hollywood star Humphrey Bogart would let a cigarette hang from his mouth for an entire film, without ever taking a puff. This is your friendly reminder that to simply pass the weed.
Do “puff puff pass”
With origins going back to Rastafarianism, this rule is common knowledge for anyone who loves to share a smoke session with friends. This well-known phrase simply instructs you to take two puffs before passing it on to the next person. Any more than two, and you’re bogarting the weed.
Do not come empty-handed.
Of course, there are people in your life that always down to smoke you out, but if you’re heading to a dinner party or other social gathering, we suggest showing up with some shareable weed, munchie-approved snacks, or something sippable to drink. Think of it as a housewarming gift or a sign of goodwill amongst your fellow stoners. The karma will always come back around to thank you when your well runs dry/
Do pass the green to the left.
No matter what you’re smoking, pass it to the left. Keeping a proper rotation is important (especially when high) so simply passing the weed to the left keeps things simple. You never have to wonder who is next in the rotation.
Don’t pressure people.
Everyone has a personal relationship with weed so be sure to respect our differences. If someone does not want to smoke, don’t make a big deal out of it. Like we learned in school, peer pressure just isn’t cool.
Do respect the space.
Whether you’re at a house party or an Airbnb, do your best to play by the rules. When you aren’t considerate, it not only looks bad on you but it also gives the rest of your fellow stoners a bad name. Treat any space as if it was your own, or better.
Do not come to the circle if you’re sick.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but seriously. If you care about your smoking buddies either grab a rain check or, at the very least, smoke a solo joint.
Do relax and enjoy the ride.
At the end of the day, cannabis in its many forms is supposed to be fun. So kick back and just enjoy the ride.
While each smoke circle has its own individual nuances, we hope this guide gave you some insight on proper cannabis etiquette—or as proper as weed can be. When all is said and done, make sure to relax, have fun and get your green from JARS. Now that’s a recipe for success.