Smoking Etiquette: 10 Rules for Joints
No matter your smoking experience level, it’s always important to stay current on your joint etiquette. By following the code of conduct below you'll ensure you don’t embarrass yourself the next time you're handed a joint. Think of this guide as cotillion for joint smokers - retain your invite to the smoke circle.
Respect Rolling Seniority
You don’t have to be the best joint roller in the world, but you should know how your rolling skills stack up against others. If you can’t roll well and you know someone else can, it’s best to let him or her take the reigns. Everyone will have a more enjoyable experience smoking a pearled joint instead of your hack-job. This doesn't mean you shouldn't practice though! One day you might find yourself as the most experienced roller available, and we can help you improve your joint rolling skills.
Learn to Use a Crutch
A crutch can be made from just about any paper-like material, and you can even buy pre-cut crutches. There is no need to hand someone a sloppy joint that barely rips. Crutches eliminate Scooby snacks, soggy ends, and make the entire social smoking experience more pleasant. Furthermore, you can use the crutch as a handle when you hand the joint to the person next to you. Similarly, if you’re on the receiving end of the hand-off, grab the joint by the crutch instead of crushing the tube of ground cannabis.
Don’t Expect to Hit it without Contributing
We all know someone who frequently jumps in the joint rotation without contributing – not cool! Don’t be this person. Even if you don’t have bud, it’s appreciated when someone offers cash, food, or otherwise if you want in on the joint. Those who typically smoke out the group will take notice, and you'll maintain a comfortable, open invite.
He Who Rolled Shall Light
The person who rolled the joint has the right to light it and hit it first. While this sounds trivial, wouldn't you be upset if the joint you just spent time rolling was carelessly lit like a cigarette by an amateur? It’s acceptable for the roller to offer this privilege to someone else, but they have full control over the ignition process.
Puff, Puff, Pass
This is the cardinal rule of joint smoking – take two hits and then pass that thing! Don’t hog the joint or it may be the last time your welcome in that smoking circle. If you’re smoking with close friends and you have a different rule, that’s okay – but in most scenarios, stick to puff, puff, pass.
Ash Before You Pass
You don't want to be responsible for ruining your friends favorite piece of clothing or furniture – ash before you pass! It's very simple. Nobody likes to be on the receiving end of an un-ashed joint.
The Joint is Not a Microphone
Cannabis has a unique way of bringing people together and part of getting acquainted is telling stories. By all means, keep sharing, but please don’t use the joint as your personal microphone! Remember rule #5? Nobody likes it when you hold the joint and forget to smoke it until the cherry goes out.
Stick to the Original Rotation
Regardless of whether your actually standing in a circle, everyone should stick to the original joint rotation. Typically, the joint roller lights the joint and passes it to the left. The joint continues to be passed left until everyone hits the joint once and the ‘circle’ is completed. It's more relaxing when this order is maintained until the joint is finished. Otherwise, no one knows who's turn it is.
Keep Your Exhale to Yourself
This is a common accident, but be mindful of the direction and force with which you exhale your hit. As pleasant as cannabis smoke is, no one likes to take a cloud to the face. A slight upward or downward tilt of the head when exhaling can alleviate this faux pas.
Don’t Pass the Roach
The passing of the joint is a ritualistic process, and being on the receiving end means two more hits...unless, you get passed a roach. Not cool. If the joint is gone, put it out – there's no need pass the roach. It's like getting a gift wrapped box with no present inside.
Bonus: Carry Your Joints Responsibly
Part of polite social smoking is carrying your stash responsibly. Not everyone enjoys the smell, but that doesn't mean you have to leave your stash behind! I recommend a discreet, smell proof stash box for storing your joints and rolling supplies. We've all rolled a nice joint and saved it for later – only to find it's been destroyed your pocket. Not anymore! The Safety Case is the ultimate storage solution for joint smokers of all ability levels.