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Marijuana Etiquette: Expert Advice on Consuming Marijuana

Let’s begin with some cannabis etiquette that should be recalled in any gathering of marijuana consumption.

  • Be respectful of your surroundings. In someone else’s house, be polite by cleaning up after yourself and asking before helping yourself to food, especially if you want to get invited back. In public places, be mindful that your actions may harm the reputation of cannabis consumers.
  • Be respectful of other people by not applying peer pressure. Let people take the amount they are comfortable with and keep gatherings a non-judgemental place where everybody can enjoy the effects without feeling pressured or paranoid.
  • Know your limits! If it is your first time, start slowly and build up. You don’t want to find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.

Whether you are new to the game, or an experienced player, sometimes it’s good to familiarize yourself with the etiquette of ‘how to smoke cannabis’ to make sure you’re not the one making the faux pas. By using the following pointers as a guide, you can be sure to not embarrass yourself in new situations.

Marijuana Etiquette when Smoking a Joint/Blunt

smoking jointYou may have heard of the saying ‘puff, puff, pass,’ which is a good way of remembering to only take two tokes of the joint/blunt before passing to the next person. There is nothing more irritating than someone who hogs the joint so that not everybody gets their fair share.
Be considerate by not taking too long in between each drag so that people are not waiting forever for their turn.
Make sure you contribute your fair share of marijuana. People are often very generous with their marijuana, but that does not mean you should take advantage. Offer to buy in the next time from a marijuana dispensary and bring snacks as a gesture of appreciation. Be grateful for people’s generosity, as well as being generous yourself, and it is likely you will always have a group to smoke with.
If you aren’t the best roller, then don’t waste time rolling. Don’t be practicing your skills, make people wait, and offer poorly rolled joints in a new group, especially if you are wasting people’s papers and supplies.
Learn in your own time! A good friend won’t mind offering their knowledge, and there are plenty of youtube tutorials! It is also good, however, to recognize if a roller does not want the responsibility every time. Consider learning so that more group members can share the load. Rollers are most often thanked for their efforts by being the person who lights the joint.
A few rules to remember when passing; always pass to the left (which helps to keep tabs if people get too high), ash before you pass, so people don’t get loaded with ash on their clothes, don’t pass if it’s just the roach that’s burning and try not to be the guy who gets the end soggy with mouth saliva.
Be mindful when you are sick to not pass on your germs. Refrain from smoking or wait until everybody else has finished and then take the final drags. Try not to blow smoke in people’s faces (even when you’re not ill).

Marijuana Etiquette When Smoking a Pipe/Bong/Vape

smoking bong If you are changing between smoking a joint/blunt to smoking a pipe, bong or vape, or vice versa, it is good to know that the etiquette is very similar, so you don’t need to worry about learning a whole new set of rules.
Again, be fair with contributing marijuana, let the experts set it up, pass/take turns to the left, and don’t take too long. Do not pass on your germs, and don’t blow in people’s faces (unless they ask you to).
It is usually fair to take in one lungful of smoke, providing it is a good hit (you will know from the amount of smoke you exhale). Additionally, with bongs, try not to light all of the green in the bowl unless you are refilling for each person.
If you knock over the bong, make sure to apologize (but not excessively) and get the bong cleaned up. Mistakes happen, but try not to be the guy who is always so clumsy.
Although it is often for medical purposes, there is still etiquette on how to vape CBD oil. When smoking in public, refrain from smoking in busy areas so that the smoke does not disturb or irritate anybody.

Marijuana Etiquette With Edibles

Weed Edibles The cannabis etiquette concerning edibles is slightly different. Sometimes, Edibles Give You A Different High Than Smoking. Edibles often have a more potent effect and can last up to twelve hours (so please be mindful and choose a time when you do not need to drive).
When offering edibles to other people, make sure you know the dosage so that people can consume to their limits. It is best that people take a small amount and wait an hour or two in between to test the effects.
Label your edibles to ensure no accidental consumption takes place by tempted adults and keep out of the reach of children.
It is optional, but also kind, to take edibles only when there is enough for the people who want to take them. Be the nice guy, and don’t leave anyone out.

Wrap Up

Bear in mind that these rules are rough guidelines, including standards that many cannabis consumers will be familiar with. Every group may have its own particular rules, especially those in close friendship groups, but by being respectful you will likely be welcomed into the group and invited for another session.
Happy smoking, and stay safe!

Written By

Ian Baker

Ian Baker does content and customer communications with Happy Leaf Collective through the website and blog. With 5 years of total experience working in cannabis niche, 3 were spent as a budtender in Arizona. 2 years ago, following his passion of writing and educating, Ian made the move into content and communications.