Here’s some “stoner superstitions” from Leafly. I’ve never heard of the “white lighter” one:
Smoking cannabis with one carries extremely negative vibes. The bad juju can lead to broken bongs, getting busted, or even having your grow ruined by weather. Avoid using a white lighter to smoke cannabis at all costs or suffer certain catastrophe.
When I was in high school, people said that some color lighter meant you were gay. I don’t remember which color (maybe red?). Anyway, this just seems like fleeting rumor, not a real superstition. But we shall see whether people are still talking about it in a few years.
Also, the idea that you should punch people who cough on a hit is stupid. Aside from being mean and needlessly violent, coughing is a good thing; it gets you higher. No one should be punished for that.
Should you always follow the “puff, puff, pass” rule? I say it’s not a rule so much as a guideline, and I endorse the views presented here in Dear Stoner.
The basic rule: No more than two hits (a small third hit is acceptable the first go-round if you pretend to be intrigued by the taste) if you’re in a circle of people you don’t know. The joint is a privilege for everyone, and you should share accordingly. If you’re with one or two friends, four or five hits is usually fine, but nobody likes the storyteller who thinks his tale about almost getting in a fight last Friday means he can smoke half the blunt while he’s telling it. Some people like to hear the sound of their own voices when there’s pot in their hands; try not to be that person.
Here’s a rule that often gets ignored: when you’re invited to smoke, Bring Your Own Weed. It’s just polite. Obviously if you don’t have any, that’s fine, but you should apologize for not providing any. If you do have weed and you simply choose not to smoke it with your friends, that is not fine at all.
We all know weed can be expensive, especially if you aren’t smoking alone. You can burn through weed pretty quickly between a group of people. To be fair, bring your own stash or money to contribute. Even if someone else has plenty, it’s polite to bring something to the table. Sharing is caring!
Puff, Puff, Pass: Stoner Etiquette Around The Globe
According to a NIH study from 1989, holding in your breath longer does NOT get you higher. That is a surprise! Appears to be a valid study, not that I’m an expert in that sort of thing. It is just one study, of course, might not be representative — I could easily imagine that it depends on how long you’ve been smoking, for example.
Here’s a fantastic list of 75 rules of stoner etiquette from reddit
Not all of them I agree with, especially near the end. But there are some good ones on the list you don’t normally see in these kinds of guides. So to highlight some good points:
Try not to kill the mood by bring up some disturbing or arbitrary topic like the mortality rates of curtain cancer patients- remember some people get paranoid and this will make them potentially freak out.
never ask where a dealer gets his supply-it makes you look sketchy as fuck.
pets are fun, stoned pets are more fun, but don’t be a jack ass and get someone else’s pet high with out asking, the pet could have something wrong with it and shouldn’t be around smoke.
Just for the record, huge-ass bongs are pointless. They’re a neat novelty, but they’re unwieldy to smoke, easy to break, expensive and an inefficient way to smoke weed.
Also this post was sparked by seeing someone on the side of the road being arrested with like a two foot bong. What a waste, America!
TheStranger.com has a list of things to do when you’re high. Hardly breaking new ground, but it’s some ideas (very specific to DC, but don’t worry, your city probably has rough equivalents).
It’s subtitled “Yes to Equal Rights, No to Shrimp Chips”. I’m almost frightened to read on and find out what shrimp chips are… I had squid jerky once, that was disgusting.
If you haven’t seen the Morgan Freeman interview about weed, you are obviously dead (in which case you’re not the target market for this blog) because it’s all the Internet seems to be talking about today.
Not that it’s a bad interview, it is interesting, even if it comes from People, a magazine whose journalist expertise leaves something to be desired.
The 77-year-old Oscar winner, well known for his deep, mellow voice, spoke candidly about his own marijuana use during an interview with The Daily Beast last week.
Thank goodness we all remember his voice. It has great relevance to his significance and his thoughts on marijuana. Good job choosing the important details, People (that’s directed at People magazine, not all people).
Perhaps the most interesting takeaway is that Morgan Freeman snorts weed. Is that a black people thing? If so, I look forward to whitey co-opting that so I can try it.
Is it wrong to smoke marijuana in public? NPR investigates…
I think the same rules should apply to marijuana as to tobacco. Anywhere smoking cigarettes is banned, smoking marijuana, in any form, should also be banned (with the exception, on both the tobacco and marijuana side of things, of vaporizing, which doesn’t have a smell and is therefore acceptable anywhere but formal occasions). That just seems like common-sense to me.
So do people avoid smoking cigarettes outside or get a ticket? No, then marijuana shouldn’t be treated any differently. If you’re in a downtown city — which seems to be the context of the NPR piece — you are inhaling smog, cigarette smoke, probably some radon, leaking gas and god only knows what emanating from the industrial district. Marijuana smoke is probably about the healthiest contaminant you are inhaling. Just get over yourself.
Just kidding, Seattleites, I know you are incapable of getting over yourselves.
Have a merry 4/20 everybody! It’s the international day of weed, and my own just-published book of marijuana etiquette is free for today and the next couple of days! This is an incredibly useful tome for non-smokers and light smokers who don’t want to embarrass themselves because they don’t know enough about cannabis politeness rules.
I also want to say that it sucks that today is the anniversary of the Columbine shooting and Hitler’s birthday. It’s also the anniversary of the French Revolutionary Wars, the creation of Wisconsin Territory and the dissolution of the League of Nations. Obviously, I got this stuff from Wikipedia.