Here’s a good summary of the basic rules, from the Daily Nexus’ Laurel Rinehart.
Stoner Etiquette: A Beginner’s Guide
It’s not the best-written or the most thorough example of a guide to stoner etiquette, but it is a good one and it’s free. My book is, of course, also available and is much more complete, not to mention better-written.
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.
Here’s a supposed list of 9 smoking necessities! Most of them are silly nonsense, it’s just a listicle, but it’s worthwhile to highlight one thing in particular: a grinder!
A grinder is definitely a go-to stoner tool because it makes for easier, quicker smoking. You place your bud in the top of the grinder – the lid and the bottom of the top chamber have teeth and this is what grinds up the weed – put the lid back on. In just a quick few seconds of grinding, you have perfectly ground-up cannabis that can be used to roll a blunt or a joint, or pack a bowl of fresh greens.
There are metal grinders that are magnetic so you don’t actually have to screw the lid on, and you can twist the lid both ways to grind up the buds. Most of the better metal grinders have 3 units; the top part grinds the bud, the middle section stores the ground greens, and in the bottom, a screen catches and collects kief that falls from the buds when it gets ground up.
One of the few pieces of specialized weed equipment that I wholeheartedly endorse. I don’t know how I smoked weed before I had one.
Here’s the stoner rule of the day: always save some green!
That means that, if you take the first hit off a bowl or bong, you should only hit it from one side, that way you get a bit of the green unburnt weed on top, but there’s still more green unburnt weed on top, on the other side of the hitter. This way the next person in the circle will get some greens as well. Even if you are the only person smoking, you’ll enjoy it more if you get a couple hits with greens rather than just one.
Of course this can’t continue forever. Depending on the size of the bowl, you should get at least two, maybe three or even four green hits. (If you’ve got a Cheech & Chong-sized bowl, you’ll get like a dozen).
Also don’t expect new smokers to follow this. A lot of people like to show off how much they know, but new people won’t know or understand what this means. Let them get the hang of smoking a bong first, then hassle them about this.
For the record, I don’t know of any scientific evidence that smoking “the green” gets you higher than smoking “the black”.
Here’s a list of times you shouldn’t be stoned, which is always good to keep in mind. Number Five is the most important one IMHO
5. When you’re the only person smoking weed at a party
You thought it would be cool with the host to spark up your J upon walking in the front door. But now you’re being asked to leave, having offended everyone in the party – and now getting the attention of the off-duty cop who just showed up. Yikes!
Yikes… I’ve been that dude, sorry to say.
Is this a real rule? What do you think? I say no, there’s not really any reason to follow it. It’s just tradition. If it makes you happy, then you should always pass to the left. Otherwise don’t worry about it.
For the record that “Pass the dutchie to the left-hand side” song does not have anything directly to do with weed. The “dutchie” is a cooking vessel, like a Dutch oven. The singer is suggesting you share your food (to the left). It is, however, a cover of a song about weed, but the band, Musical Youth, was a pop group, so they removed any reference to marijuana and made it a song about food.
Also, when you’re in a car, you should pass to the right, such that the person in the driver’s seat passes behind him and the driver receives it from the person in the front passenger seat. That’s because it is easier for the driver to receive it from someone he can see. I am not endorsing smoking while you drive. This is how you should do it when you are sitting in a parked car.
Here’s an article from Ladybud with some great tips on buying weed in states where it is still illegal.
I want to bring attention to one rule in particular:
Plan carefully and be clear with your source. Ensure they know exactly what amount you intend to purchase, either by weight or monetary worth. Also be specific if there is a choice of strain.
That’s because this is important, and a lot of people forget it. They’ll say “oh, okay, here’s some weed, hand over the cash” as though this is a movie and you can just glide over the details like how much weed you’re getting, how good it is, etc. You need to actually talk over the transaction before you do it.
Good luck, and be sure to read the whole article if there’s any change you’re going to buy weed in an illegal state anytime soon.
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.
Okay, here’s a good one that everyone seems to ignore:
Marijuana has many health benefits, but keeping a person from getting a cold isn’t one of them. If you’re sick, make sure to tell everyone. Better yet, bring your own one-hitter or cup your hand around the mouthpiece to avoid cross contamination.
It’s from the excellent Colorado Pot Guide.
I don’t know why everyone forgets about this. Even stoners who are excessively germ-conscious in other contexts — like sharing drinks — often have no compunctions about sharing a slobbery blunt. I have been told that the heat from smoking kills bacteria, which is undoubtedly true to some degree but not enough to sterilize it, certainly (maybe a cheapie one-hitter, since they get very hot indeed, but not a bowl or bong, and certainly not a joint or blunt).
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