Weed Etiquette: 10 Rules for the Smoke Circle

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Over time, a code of weed etiquette has emerged. This code forms an unspoken set of rules to keep order amongst the smoking circle. The following have become practically universal among smokers. 


1. No Peer Pressure

If someone doesn’t want to smoke they shouldn’t have to. Also, if someone has smoked some but doesn’t want another hit them you shouldn’t pressure them into it. Live and let live. Plus, the less they smoke, the more you get to smoke. 

2. Try to Contribute

We all have times where we can bring bud to the circle, but you should still try to contribute. A bag of chips and a two liter is a great way to say thanks and it only costs 3 or 4 dollars. With that said, if you offer to smoke with someone you shouldn’t expect anything in return. Just remember all the times you were helped by friends when the well ran dry. 

3. Pass it to the Left

Keeping a proper rotation is important. Always rotating to the left makes it easy. So, just pass it to the left. 

4. Roller’s Rights

Whoever rolls the joint/blunt gets to spark it. Same goes with bowl – whoever packs the bowl get to spark it. From there, please review number 3. 

5. Respect the Space

House rules always rein supreme. If you are smoking at someone’s house please be respectful. This also goes for hotels, parks, or any other place you light up. If you aren’t being considerate then you’re giving all pot smokers a bad reputation.

6. Don’t get Down with the Sickness

If you’re sick do not bring it into the smoke circle. For real! Let the group know and you can smoke a personal pipe that won’t get passed around. 

7. Greens

A green hit is when you smoke a pipe and light green herb as opposed to lighting into a pile of ash and carbon. The first greens is discussed in number 4; however, if you hit a pipe lightly from the rim of the bowl you can leave additional green hits for others. This is always a polite gesture and proper weed etiquette. 

8. No Cigarettes in the Circle

You would be hard pressed to find anyone who would honestly claim that cigarettes are good for you, but that’s neither here nor there. If you do smoke step outside or away if possible. If everyone in the circle is a smoker it’s okay, but I still think you would be happier having that cigarette outside.

9. Two Puffs and a Pass

When smoking a joint or blunt you should only hit it twice before passing. Bowls and bongs are typically one hit then pass it. Of course, if the circle agrees to do it different that’s no problem. Just refer to number 1o. 

10. The Rules were Made to be Broken

Weed etiquette isn’t really rules at all – they’re initial guidelines. They are helpful if you are entering a smoke circle where you don’t really know everyone. Often smoke circles are close friends in which case they may do things totally different. 


Just be chill – that’s pretty much all you have to do to fit into a smoke circle.


  • Charles says:

    Treat weed like alcohol- thanks

  • Evil Ian says:

    These are all great points but I would amend #4. Even if I pack the bowl I usually offer the first hit to the next person in the circle, just as a courtesy, but I certainly don’t begrudge anyone else who packs the bowl and takes the first hit. I tend to find myself smoking others out a lot, but I’ve always believed that if you aren’t willing to freely share your bounty with others then you are not a true stoner. It’s always better when the experience is shared with others IMO.

  • Maina says:

    Just to add a few rules
    1. Don’t mess with the host’s playlist or movie they are watching.
    2. Avoid freeloaders in your weed circle because no matter how much weed you share with them, they will never return the favour.

  • vivek says:

    Also, while we pass the joint, its always nice to hold the joint or blunt between your index finger and thumb, pointing up. A way of offering the ‘good good’.

  • Rolandsfunnyface says:

    And for goodness’ sake: don’t take your first hit, launch into an Edith Bunker 30 minute story and HOLD THE BOWL – puff, puff, pass dammit!

  • VermontKindBud says:

    An exception to rule #3 should be made when more than one joint or bowl has been consecutively prepared and passed around. On the 2nd joint/bowl rotation should reverse to the right so the person who was last when the 1st one was passed to the left is the first when passed back the other way. This prevents the same person from getting the cashed hit consecutively. This is the way I was taught by old Vermont grassroots hippies.

  • KieferLogan says:

    Number 8 is very true. I do smoke cigarettes, but I’m respectful to the circle. Anyways I like to smoke outside to enjoy the scenery be it pot or cigs. Love the blog btw this has become my favorite blog about herb so far. Keep up the good work Mary Jane :)

  • jibbz says:

    In africa its never puff puff pass its puff till your tired then pass too much weed here

  • jibbz says:

    Its just one,big blunt like a bat one blunt can be hit by 10 people no puff puff pass

  • Rice says:

    Who ever BOUGHT IT takes the greens

  • GKN Life says:

    Just take it off the list! So many more dangerous drugs than cannabis are not on the list, like alcohol and tobacco. Why make this more complicated than it needs to be. Stop creating new law enforcement opportunities and loopholes.

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