People who enjoy smoking cannabis with each other have developed a code of etiquette when they are with each other. While it is unspoken, it can help the smoking circle to keep its order. These have become almost universal with group smokers.
1. Put Others First
Remember that if one of the members of your group does not want to smoke, they do not need to. And if they have already smoked a bit but no longer want to, then they do not need to be pressured to doing it. Remember, if they smoke less, then there will be more for you and everyone else to smoke.
If you can, then try to bring some of your own stash to the smoking circle. However, your contribution does not have to be limited to cannabis. If everyone else has that covered, then consider bringing a dessert or some soda and chips.
It doesn’t cost very much, and it is a tangible way of thanking the host or hostess and everyone who supplied the cannabis. Just remember not to expect something in return if you are the one smoking with some friends.
Once you are smoking in the group, you should pass the joint, blunt, or pipe to your left. That will help you to keep the right rotation and going in the same direction each time will help you to maintain that.
2. Who Should Smoke What?
When it comes to starting the blunt or joint, the person who rolled it should be the one to start it unless they agreed on something else before. The person who packs the bowl of the pipe should be able to light it and take the first hit.
With a green hit, you are lighting the green flower instead of lighting a pile of carbon and ash. Green hits offer a much better experience than what is left at the end. If the smoking circle is large, then the people near the end might not get so many good hits. To be polite, you can try to hit the pipe lightly from the bowl’s rim. That will leave some more green hits for others, and they will appreciate the gesture.
3. Respecting Others and Your Space
The house rules are important when it comes to sharing your marijuana. If you are at a person’s house, you should be respectful. Don’t be afraid to politely ask them ahead of time if they have any special house rules for you to follow. This is also true for parks, hotels, or other areas where you decide to smoke. If you are not considerate, then you can give cannabis users a poor reputation.
To respect others, you should let people know if you are sick. Do not share your smoke with them. If you know that you are sick, then you can let them know, so you can have your own smaller pipe or joint. That way, you can still be with your friends and smoke, but you will not share your germs.
4. Smoke Responsibly
When you are smoking the blunt or a joint, you should only take two hits before you pass. With bongs or bowls, you will usually take two hits and pass it around. That way, there will be enough for everyone. Of course, your friends might decide to do things a little differently, especially if there is a smaller group or more cannabis to smoke.
Don’t hold the joint or pipe for a long time when it is your turn. It is not a microphone, so you should avoid going on a long ramble during your hits. Take a couple of hits and then pass it to the next person. You can use the time before and after that to go on a ramble if you desire.
If you are supplying some of the smoking tools, then you should avoid bringing in any cigarettes. If you feel that you want to smoke some cigarettes, then you should step away or go outside if you can. It might be OK if you agree with everyone ahead of time, but others may not want to smell the cigarette if they are trying to enjoy a new strain of cannabis.
5. Ask Before Posting on Social Media
Many people do not mind when you post pictures or videos of them using cannabis online. In fact, lots of cannabis users like to take pictures at their sessions to document the highlights. But marijuana can make people behave differently than they would in real life, and they might not want to see pictures of themselves behaving that way on social media. It could even potentially hurt their chances of getting a good job in the future since many employers look at social media accounts.
Sometimes, people prefer to have a little bit of discretion when it comes to their use of pot. By posting pictures of them without permission, you are broadcasting to the world that this person uses cannabis, especially if you tag their social media accounts. If you want to post a picture that includes them, just ask for permission. You could take a picture of the joint when you have it and make sure no one is in the picture. And if you have a picture that includes them, you can always crop it or place an emoji over their face.
While these are generally considered to be the rules when you are smoking cannabis in a group, that does not mean that you should never break them. They are more like helpful initial guidelines if you do not know everyone who is in your smoke circle. Many times, however, smoking circles are close friends. In that case, they might do something different than these basic rules.
When it comes to smoking etiquette, as long as you respect your fellow smokers, you should find yourself fitting into the smoke circle with ease.