8 Things NOT to Do When Smoking Weed With Your Friends

We all love to get together with our friends and pass around the cannabis, right? It promotes bonding, stimulates conversation, and it just makes everything better – food, music, movies, you name it.

But just like any other social activity, there’s etiquette to be observed; unspoken rules that must be followed so that everyone can enjoy the smoking session to the fullest. These are bound to vary from group to group and place to place, but I’ve put together what I think are the most universal cannabis “no-nos.”

Here is what NOT to do when getting high with your friends:

1. Stealing Lighters

If I had a nickel for every time my lighter went missing during a smoking session, I’d have shit load of nickels.

I get it. You’re stoned, zoned out, not paying attention, and there’s several different lighters being passed around… it’s easy to pocket someone else’s. (I’ve probably done it myself.) But it’s a definite buzz kill when you go to light up later on, and find that your trusty flame has disappeared.

So be aware, and make sure that lighter in your pocket is your own.

2. Torching The Bowl

When sharing a bowl with your friends, don’t hold your lighter over it until the whole thing is ablaze. It burns up the weed too fast, and the next person in line is gonna taste nothing but burnt herb. Just a touch of flame is all you need to get one edge burning. Save some green for the next guy – it’s common courtesy.

3. Never Throwing In

Let’s face it: nobody likes a mooch. We all know that guy who always wants to come over and smoke, even though he’s never got any weed of his own. Not cool. So whenever you get your hands on some good cannabis, remember your friends who smoked you up when you had none. Call ’em up, and return the favor.

4. Slobbering On The Joint

Don’t you hate it when you’re smoking with your friends, someone passes you the joint, and the end is all soaked in spit? It’s hard to hit because the tip keeps sealing closed. Not mention it’s just gross. Don’t drool on the joint. Just don’t.

This goes for pipes and other smoking accessories, too. No one wants someone else’s slobber on their glassware.

5. Holding The Joint Too Long

You know that guy who gets so caught up in the story that he’s telling that he forgets to pass the joint? And by the time he realizes it, the damn thing has gone out. So annoying!

But I have a confession to make: I am that guy. I’m sorry. I know it sucks, and I’m working on it. Really, I am. Don’t be like me. When it’s your turn, shut up and hit it. Pass it on, then you can finish your story. Okay?

6. Taking Too Many Hits

This is similar to holding the joint too long, only it’s less about being absent-minded and more about being a selfish, weed hogging jerk. You know the rule: “Puff, puff, pass.” Two puffs. Count ’em! Don’t try to sneak in a dozen hits every time it’s your turn. We see what you’re doing, and it’s not cool.

7. Smoking In Public

Just because cannabis is being decriminalized across the country, doesn’t mean you can get high whenever, wherever you want. Alcohol is legal, too. Getting drunk in the parking lot… not so much. Same goes with smoking and driving – don’t do it. Come on, we’re not in high school anymore. Smoke responsibly. Smoke at home.

8. DIY Pipes & Screens

And speaking of high school, remember making your own pipe out of a Pepsi can? Or a bong from a 2 liter bottle? Cutting a screen out of an old, rusty window screen? Yeah… it turns out that’s not such a good idea.

Aluminum, plastic, and other DIY materials can release toxic chemicals when exposed to high heat. So, you end up inhaling a lot more than just cannabis – and possibly doing real harm to your throat and lungs. So, unless you happen to be a professional glass blower, don’t make your own pipes. It’s just not worth it. Save up for a real piece. And in the meantime, go get some papers, and roll it up!

What did I miss? What are your weed smoking pet peeves? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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  • I really hate it when there’s no weed to be found and some jackass keeps talking about wanting to get smokey, it’s a real drag when a nagging ass hole knows as well as you that no one has weed yet they keep yammering about wanting some. I get it. We all get it, we want to get high too so shut the hell up about it. If you don’t you might find yourself on the outside looking in the next time there’s a weed share ..

  • Never tell a stoner that you’re done smoking, it’s annoying and none of us give a fu*k!!!!!! especially when you’ve smoked them out before, it’s just not cool.

  • I HATE when someone shows up with a shit ton of weed, and doesn’t share. IT PISSES ME OFF. I always end up smoking like one bowl while this a*shole is smoking blunts after blunts after blunts.

      • About 20years ago I was at a party with my friend, it was his cousins house. We walked into the house from being outside for a while and saw that about 5 people(including his cousin) were standing around a bowl of what looked like 1 gram of weed someone was cutting up. They said, this is all ours, you can’t have any.
        We didn’t ask for any but said “thats fine”.
        I went out to my car and got a massive bag of weed out (I always used to have shit loads in the car) and brought it back inside.
        I was going to share it with everyone but as they were so exclusive towards us we just said, “this is all ours, just for us, you cant have any” lol

  • I hate when people don’t smoke corners.. it’s like the bowlcwent fast! No one should rush through a bowl they should just enjoy it and savor it a little so there is enough for everyone in the group.

  • Playing with a dog, cat, parrot or other intelligent pet can be one of the most fun things to do and the variety of games and activities is endless. Go for a jog on the beach, play hide and seek, throw a ball around, play fighting, petting them… Training them to perform tricks while stoned is amazing too. You actually teach them better because your high makes your mood increase and verbal praise, which animals thrive on to learn, so much more effective. Plus it’s good bonding and exercise for both of you.

    • Every word of the above is true…just DO NOT attempt to perform said activities with a fucking OCELOT! ESPECIALLY if the owners name is Silver and she swears the damn thing is tame!

  • I hate that weed is illegal in some countries and get 8 years if caught smoking. I hate that u get to find a guy in a scary place buy it, get caught by police on the way back, run, get chased, get away, find ur friends, get high and laugh about the whole thing. Wait i love it.

  • never show off how good you are at rolling joints. And never tell another person to “roll quickly”. you’re smoking to relax, it’s not a competition.

  • in my corner of africa, therz these freshly harvested and home oven baked ‘greens’ , maaan , u first got to have prepared food for a construction worker

  • If you happen to be smoking with a lightweight, respect their limits. Be grateful that you are saving more when you smoke with them, then you do smoking with people who need a lot to get high. Just because one person is done smoking for the time being, it doesn’t mean that you can’t keep smoking.

  • don’t chat with family member, if possible avoid getting caught by the popo choose a spot where no one bothers to look and finally don’t talk about weed with some thrifty people that “Just want to have a good time”. well apparently you can’t coz you ain’t broke your broken..#Stoned

  • I smoked weed first when I was 16. I was by myself and I thought I was a smurf.obviously I have only quit when in a rehab or jail.
    I love it and I have many things to do while smoking it.
    one thing I do NOT do is go to the gym and exercise with weights. I would probably die.
    and that diy chemical problems that is awesome now I want ot do that again.’
    well, I already go to fast food restaurants and they put whatever they want in a glass and I drink it and they give me free food.
    S M O K E

    oh by the way Friday had smokey in it.
    the 2nd and 3rd and even 4th ones do not.
    because he was the B EST and that made cube mad so he did not let him in again.
    which made the others no good.
    I miss smokey and if I had a million dollars I would give him a couple hundred to come hang out and smoke with me one day

    • All the folks commenting here, except a couple, must be doing some kind of Research Chemicals…..? WTF are U people talking about? Like This:
      (and that diy chemical problems that is awesome now I want ot do that again.’
      well, I already go to fast food restaurants and they put whatever they want in a glass and I drink it and they give me free food.
      S M O K E)

      Like I said…..WTF!?!?!?!?

    • Driving is so fun when I’m high. Feels like I’m floating above the ground and it feels like my hyundai is a fuc**ng Bugatti or something.

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