A Guide to Marijuana Etiquette

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It may surprise many people, but marijuana etiquette plays an important role in the culture & community consuming it. Basic dos and don’ts impact how others perceive you within your different circles. If you want to get into this kind of community, keep these etiquette tips in mind.



Don’t Get High at Bad Times

A fundamental of marijuana etiquette is everyone who smokes, vapes, or consumes cannabis does so to get high or achieve relief. If you don’t, maybe you’re doing it wrong.

But some moments in life require sobriety. Smoking before an important event or business meeting can cause a lot of problems.

Don’t Fake It

Never pretend to feel high before the euphoria actually begins. People will see right through you. And it doesn’t make you look cool. Just enjoy the experience of cannabis and it’s numerous effects. In fact, most people won’t invite you back. No one wants to hang around someone trying too hard to fit in.

Don’t Be Greedy

When the pipe, bowl, or bong gets to you, only take one or two hits out of it. Then pass it around. This rule of thumb makes sure everyone has the same amount.

As with every generalization, you have exceptions. For example, smaller groups might prefer taking longer drags instead of passing around all night.

It’s all about showing consideration.

Avoid Assumptions

As part of marijuana etiquette, never make assumptions. If someone declines a hit once, offer it to them again when the bowl comes back around. Just because someone didn’t take anything last time doesn’t mean they won’t want anything this time.

No One Likes a Leech

People notice things. Your group will realize if you never provide any joints, but always bum off of everyone else.

If you don’t want to supply the weed, for whatever reason, you can do other things to avoid leech-status. Give some money back to the host to thank them. Buy munchies for the group all the time. Just make sure you do your part.

Commit to Your Crew

Once you find a compatible circle, stick around. Marijuana smokers form strong communities. And each member deserves to receive respect, trust, and loyalty.

You’ll never regret truly committing to the right group. Using cannabis helps forge friendships, experiences, and memories that last a lifetime. It helps with exercise and creativity.

This one principle will help you with the hundreds of small details in marijuana etiquette.

Do You Practice Good Etiquette?

Members of cannabis culture understand the importance of good marijuana etiquette when smoking with others. And if you’re new to the scene, you should understand it too.

Believe me, it’ll save you from a lot of embarrassment.

What etiquette practice means the most to you? Do you have any embarrassing stories of times when you didn’t show good etiquette?

 

Joey Wells contributed to this article.