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TOP 13 MARIJUANA SMOKING ETIQUETTE RULES
Conscientious Stoners throughout history have been guilty at sometime of violating some of the following smoking etiquette “rules” – fortunately there was usually a cosmic Tribal Chief to remind offenders of their manners.
However, things were a bit different in the ’60s and the ’70s – there was a different Vibe back then.
TOP 13 MARIJUANA SMOKING ETIQUETTE RULES
1. Bring your own to share
Marijuana can get pretty expensive, especially when you consider that your purchase will literally go up in smoke. That’s why it’s important to bring your own marijuana to share with the group. Even if others will have some, it’s polite to offer your own.
Now while that is all well and good, back then everyone was “holding”; most people had stash to share, so everyone supplied the smoke – cost and value were relative to the times, then and now.
In most cases it was cool to go to someone’s pad and get their friends high. 00individual doesn’t ever recall where anyone really cared one way or another – your pot, my pot, why not?
” . . . especially when you consider that your purchase will literally go up in smoke.” Wow, 00individual never thought of it like that, and doubts that the vast majority of Hippies, Stoners, Rockers, Tribe members and the Counter-Culture ever looked at it like that either.
Smoking and Turning-On others would eventually be reciprocated in kind, and maybe from someone else – that was part of the Vibe; getting oneself and others high.
On many occasions, like many others, 00individual supplied the Marijuana at his own pad, a friends pad, at a concert, while cruising, on a road trip or just hangin’ with friends – the joy they all experienced and classic times and memories that were created were priceless.
2. Don’t hassle someone who doesn’t want to consume
Sure, weed is great for a lot of people, but not everyone feels the same way. If someone is reluctant to try marijuana (or seems disinterested altogether), then don’t hassle them to try it. Respect everyone’s decision to either try it or not, but don’t be a pusher!
Now while that is all well and good, back then getting people high on Marijuana was half the fun! The worst that would happen to those who chose to never smoke again was to have their consciousness raised just a little from the experience, and once consciousness is raised, it can never be lowered. And those who benefited from the experience and continued to get high would forever be grateful for the Turn On.
If that’s being a pusher, then the entire Counter- Culture is guilty, and they were not, they were fortunate.
3. Always remove seeds and stems
Unless you’re planning on growing your own marijuana, there is really no need to hang on to any seeds (or stems, for that matter). Not only do they taste bad when burned, but they’ll cause your bowl or joint to pop and spark. That’s why it’s best to keep them out of your circle.
Now while that is all well and good, back then . . . DUH!
But 00individual has to admit that when a seed did slip by and the cherry on the joint reached the seed’s terminal popcorn status the result was a high-pitched pop and a explosive whiplash spark that surprises the inhaler and projects the mini-fireball in a random direction – you could put your eye out!
It was Russian Roulette schadenfreude; kind of fun to see the avoided bullet happen to someone else.
4. If you can’t roll a joint, be honest about it
Rolling a good joint is hard to do and it takes a lot of practice to improve. But smoking a poorly-rolled jay can be a real downer during a smoking session, resulting in either wasted weed or an unsmokable product. If your rolling skills aren’t quite up to par, let your friends know. Someone else will probably offer to help.
Now while that is all well and good, back then it wasn’t an issue; rolling a good decent joint was the sign of a respectable Stoner. If you smoked, you rolled.
5. Whomever rolls the joint or blunt should spark it
As an exception to rule #6, it is correct to light your own marijuana if you’ve rolled the joint or blunt. If someone else uses your weed to roll, however, they should light it.
Now while that is all well and good, back then unless there was a lady present it was natural for the roller to light up the joint – however, just to be cool and brotherly one would offer it up to whoever; which only enriched the good Vibe.
6. Offer guests the first hit
This is basic common courtesy, really, but it applies to group smoke sessions, too. If you are the host, make your guests feel welcome by offering the first hit (the “green hit”). The same can be said if you pack a bowl, whether or not it’s your place.
Now while that is all well and good, back then there were rarely any “guests” – they were called Brothers and Sisters – equals – and if just introduced were certainly offered first tokes. However, there was no importance placed on smoking hierarchy as they all knew that they would be stoned, inspired, trippin’ and smiling soon enough.
7. Don’t torch the bowl
The best hit is always a green hit, so don’t keep it all to yourself. Instead of burning the whole surface of a bowl, light only a small corner so that the next person (or two) can enjoy a green hit, too.
Now while that is all well and good, back then anal-retentive people wouldn’t even get high so this seems like a non-existent rule; even today.
To quibble over the green hit is to insult the just-as-rewarding remaining, a bit danker, resinous-soaked and warmed Marijuana. Mm-mm – good!
8. Puff, Puff, Pass
When smoking out of a pipe, you’re expected to take a single “hit” before you pass, but if smoking a joint or blunt, you’re allowed to take a few hits before passing to the next person. The common phrase “puff, puff, pass” is therefore nothing more than simple instructions for toking in a group.
Now while that is all well and good, back then the “puff, puff, pass” phrase never existed.
There were no limitations or critiques of an individual’s technique on their inhale; Double Dip, Turbo, French Inhale, Lung Expander, Hipster Hit, Quick Withdraw McGraw, Hyper Hit, or ’40’s/’50’s style Drag – a hit was a hit, whatever your lungs could hold was a hit.
9. Don’t hog (AKA “Bogart”) the weed
Some weed naturally makes people chattier, but no matter how great the story, it’ll probably be a lot cooler if everyone has a tasty buzz going on. Instead of hanging onto the piece to finish your story, hit it and pass it; you can finish your story after you exhale.
Now while that is all well and good, back then this was absolutely true too. However, sometimes the cosmic ramblings and story-telling of a Tribe member were worth the joint or bowl going out.
A playful groan may be heard, but otherwise a re-light re-roll, or re-load was never an issue – sometimes the lull was perfect for the continued classic art of real-time, face-to face human interaction and/or music appreciation.
10. Don’t pass a cashed bowl
It’s not always easy to tell when the last hit has been had, but if there’s a chance that this is the case, be sure to tell the next person in the rotation about it. Say something like “this might be cashed” or “be careful” to let them know that they may get a mouthful of ash if they try. If you know it’s cashed, ash the bowl and pass it back to the owner.
Now while that is all well and good, back then, barring ash, Marijuana was good to the last righteous bowl-end/roach hit. The heat from the hits activate the collected concentrated resinous oils, whether in a roach or in the confines of a pipe’s chamber, and those dank concentrates when inhaled can actually be the heaviest hit of the bowl. Every Stoner worth his psychedelic soul knows that.
11. Be gracious
If someone smokes you out, offers their place to do so, or provides munchies and/or drinks, be sure to thank them for it. Better yet, use your cannabis experience to gain a better appreciation for you friends all together. The smoke session is a great time to get to know your friends on a more personal level, so be gracious for it.
Now while that is all well and good, back then the Counter-Culture’s basis in Love encompassed graciousness.
Marijuana’s first transcendent revelation, other than the physical and visual aspects, was that it stripped away the ego. There was no need to project a false image of yourself, better to enhance the personalty that is the Real Me. The truth was revealed pretty quickly. Through this new found ability to discern truth, friends and foes were easily defined – and the Counter-Culture were gracious for that gift of insight.
12. Make everyone feel welcome
Cannabis is certainly a fun pastime, but it is also notorious for making people feel anxious or uncomfortable. If you’ve got newbies in your smoke circle, or just someone who seems uncomfortable, make sure to remind them that they are among friends. Be careful not to pass judgement on people in your circle and remember everyone responds to marijuana differently.
Now while that is all well and good, back then everyone was fair game; if you couldn’t swim, stay out of the pool. While it was fun to Turn On people for the first time, it wasn’t a goal, just a natural urge to share a world they would otherwise never have known.
But in regard to the “fair game” aspect, some smoke sessions could get funny and weird and scary as some of the best times ever were when someone would get relentless with hilarious, bordering on mind-bending “performances” that went from good clean fun to causing some to question reality and freak out as they ran away . . . and with that in mind: Welcome!
13. If you’re the Host make sure that you provide righteous music to listen to while smoking
While this is fairly essential, choosing the right kind of music to appeal to all tastes and to the present Vibe while smoking Marijuana is basically a lost art.
Now while that is all sad and disappointing, back then there was so much Nectar of the Gods Music to listen to that nearly any random selection would be excellent and appropriate and approved.
As Host to five pads from ’69 to ’75 where the Tribe could and would congregate, 00individual was the house DJ among Cannabis Connoisseurs, Discerning Audiophiles, and Psychonauts. The fact that he was a Vinyl Fiend even before he was a Record Store Manager and then a Record Rack Jobber and then back to Record Store Manager contributed to his psychic judgement of what was just right for the moment.
His attuned Vibe was backed by an impressive audio artillery, 00individual delivered exquisite rockin’ sounds via his state-of-the-art sound system with a Sansui Quad 4500 AM / FM receiver / amplifier power station, four Altec Lansing floor speakers, Pioneer turntable, TEAC 2340 four channel simul-sync stereo reel to reel tape deck, TEAC stereo player / recorder cassette deck, TEAC mix-down unit, and over 3,500 albums, and hundreds of tapes.
Here are 13 select albums to enjoy while smoking Marijuana – pick your Vibe:
So mind these Top 13 Marijuana Smoking Etiquette Rules
to avoid getting busted by Goofy.
Detail from “1969 Psychedelic Collage” copyright 00individual 1969/2016
Basis for Pot Smoking Etiquette courtesy of Abby H. from the Colorado Pot Guide.
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