As cannabis continues to become legal in various parts of the world, its growing acceptance has fostered a greater understanding of the plant and the surrounding culture as a whole. Though societal norms and the acceptance of cannabis have come a long way, it is essential to understand and adhere to proper cannabis etiquette wherever you go.

There are unspoken rules and considerations within the cannabis society that help guide users and those around them to be comfortable and have a positive experience. Here are some things to consider when enjoying cannabis.

Respect The Law Wherever You Are

Whether you are in your hometown, on a road trip, or in a completely different country, it is important to familiarize yourself with the local laws and regulations with cannabis.

Discovering where you can legally consume, age regulations, and limits on possession are some key factors to consider to not only to avoid legal trouble, but to show your respect for the law and the surrounding community.

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Be Aware of Your Surrounding Environment 

Where ever you light up your joint, be cautious of your surrounding environment, even if it is in the comfort of your own home.

As we all know, cannabis produces a very unique and pungent smell, a smell that not everyone is comfortable with. Not only can the aroma cause discomfort for others, subjecting others to second-hand smoke should be taken into proper consideration.

Taking that extra step of being mindful of your surroundings, especially when in social settings, will help you avoid any social discomfort or tension with others.

Puff, Puff, Pass

Although many people enjoy cannabis alone, it is commonly known to be enjoyed in a social setting with a group of friends as a way to socialize, bond, or interact with others. This can be done by passing around a joint, bong, or vaporizer.

Common courtesy while sharing a joint with a group can be as simple as making sure you are holding the joint gently to avoid potentially damaging the filter and affecting the overall smoking experience.

Avoid holding onto the joint for an excessive amount of time or taking extremely long hits – don’t be the “Bogart” of the group. Like the phrase “puff, puff, pass”, taking a few hits before passing it to the next person will allow everyone to enjoy the joint.

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Clean Up After Yourself

Cleaning up after yourself in any situation is imperative, and after a cannabis session is no different. Whether your session takes place in a friend’s backyard or in a public place, keeping the area clean of any mess or waste is just common courtesy. Leaving the area and environment as you first found it will display that you are consuming responsibly and respectfully, not only for others, but for the environment as well.


As with any other social activity, there are unspoken rules and considerations to ensure that everyone involved enjoys a positive experience.

In understanding and practicing cannabis etiquette with these simple yet efficient guidelines, you will be able to contribute and promote positive cannabis culture.