Using cannabis for recreational purposes can be just like drinking beer; sometimes, it’s nice to do it with your best buddies. Sometimes, too, it’s a good way to meet new people and make new friends.
However, enjoying weed in a social setting involves following some basic rules. And most of these rules are unspoken or are not really discussed. No “expectation setting” happens. Plus, these rules apply even when you are with long-time stoner friends or people you are comfortable with.
So what are these rules?
Clean up your tools.
If you are hosting the smoking session and you are using glass, make sure it is clean before your friends arrive. Nobody wants to use a bong that is black with residue and with water that has not been changed for days. It’s just nasty, and while your friends may take a hit without saying a word about it, they may be cringing deep inside.
It’s just basic hygiene, really. And making sure your stoner essentials are clean is just the right thing to do, even if you are smoking all by yourself.
You can clean up your glass pieces by taking some rubbing alcohol and some salt and rubbing it on the surface. And do change your bong water every day because sitting water can be gross.
Bring your own marijuana to share.
Legal pot can get expensive, so it is just polite to contribute and bring your own to share with the group. Even if the smoke session is not really your idea and you were just invited, or even if others in the group also brought their own and there’s plenty to go around, offer your weed as a courtesy.
Long-time stoners say that other people would notice if you never load a bowl. And since nobody wants a freeloader, they might stop inviting you to smoking sessions eventually. Besides, contributing when you can means that others will happily share with you at times when you are without.
Corner the bowl all the time.
Newbies ought to know this: green hit tastes the best. Green hit simply means the first hit off the pipe or bong when smoking marijuana. Or fresh weed that has not been burnt by flame.
So when you are the one making the first pass, don’t be selfish and keep all the green hit to yourself. Make sure others get to enjoy the good stuff, too, and not just a mouthful of ash. You can do this by lighting just a corner or a small side of the packed bowl.
Now, how do you actually corner the bowl when it’s too small and the flame from your lighter can easily torch the whole thing? You can use a hemp wick.
Can’t properly roll a joint well? Just say it.
Rolling a joint may look like it’s an easy thing to do. But it’s actually not. It’s a skill that requires plenty of practice. So if you are not good at it yet, don’t pretend otherwise. Be honest and tell others; it’s not something to be embarrassed about.
Does it really matter if you can roll a joint or not? It does matter when you are smoking with a group. It’s because there are people who find smoking a poorly rolled joint annoying or a total downer. You wouldn’t like it, too, if you take a puff from a joint or blunt and the weed starts falling down your lap. It would be like eating a burger and seeing the mustard, tomatoes, and lettuce ooze out the bun.
If you still need to perfect the art of rolling a joint, there’s no need to worry. It’s really not a prerequisite to getting invited to a smoking session. Somebody in the group is bound to be more experienced and therefore really good at the job.
Whoever rolls the blunt or joint gets to spark it.
If it is your weed and you rolled the joint, you can light it. If it is your weed and somebody else does the rolling, then that person should be the one to light it.
Are you the host? Offer guests the green hit.
It is basic common courtesy for the host of the smoke session to offer guests the first hit. Even if you are not the host but were the one who packed the bowl, you should offer others the green hit.
Puff, puff, pass. Don’t hog the weed.
If you are using a pipe, take one hit then pass it on to the next person. And if you are smoking a joint or a blunt, you can take a couple of puffs before you pass it.
In other words, don’t hang on to the bong, pipe, or joint any longer than you should. If you are chatty, just make sure to pass it to the next person before you go far with your story.
And, oh, remember to pass to your left. Passing the weed around in a clockwise direction is the most common rule in smoke circles. Besides, this rule is helpful for when people in the group start forgetting things after a few rounds.
Remove stems and seeds from your weed.
Stems and seeds are unpleasant to the taste when they are burned. So make sure to keep them out of your circle, lest it ruins the experience.
Do not slobber on the mouthpiece.
Nobody wants a mouthpiece that’s full of somebody else’s spit, so do not slobber on it. Be sure to wipe the mouthpiece of the bong or pipe before you hand it to the person next to you.
Do not pass a cashed bowl.
If you noticed that the bowl is completely cashed or consumed, you can either reload the bowl yourself using your own weed or hand the piece back to its owner. You also have to be careful not to trash a half-smoked bowl. This is why it is always a good idea to have some sort of stirrer. That way, you can stir the bowl and make sure it’s been completely cashed.
Now, it is not always easy to tell whether the bowl’s been cashed and yours was already the last hit. This is especially true for newbies. What you can do is to just tell the next person in the rotation that the bowl might be cashed or to just tell them to be careful.
Do not swipe weed that’s not yours.
Never take someone else’s weed. If you are at somebody else’s place and you see some freshly ground bud just begging to be smoked, stop yourself. You have to wait for your host to offer it to you or to load the pipe and pass it to you.
Don’t blow in another person’s face.
Good manners dictate that you should not blow smoke in anybody’s face. Yes, even if they are also smoking. It is simply rude and inconsiderate. It can also cause bad vibes. Your supposedly fun session could end up being a wrestling match if you don’t follow this rule.
Do not share a pipe when sick.
If you are sick, tell other people in the group and be careful not to share the pipe with them. And, no, do not make an excuse about marijuana having medical benefits. It still won’t keep people from getting a cold or from contracting the flu. The best thing you can do is to bring your own pipe, and your own weed, of course.
Now, if you forgot to bring your and sharing is the only option, you can cup your hand around the mouthpiece so your mouth does not touch it.
Ask permission before starting a session in someone else’s house.
Or at least wait for one of your friends to offer their place. And always be gracious and thank them for it when the session is over.
Handle the piece with care.
Handle a pipe or bong with care, especially if it’s not yours and it’s made of glass or other fragile material.
Be mindful of the neighbors.
If you are having a smoke session in an apartment, be mindful of the smoke and the smell. Make sure it doesn’t disturb or cause distress among your neighbors, especially those who have kids. And when you are having way too much fun, be mindful and keep your voices down. You don’t want to give recreational cannabis a bad name.