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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

    • Mary Jane says:

      Yeah, someone freeloading every once in a while is one thing, but if they’re doing it every time it gets old quick. Thanks for sharing!

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  • 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.

  • Adam Gloer says:

    am I missing it ? or have i been following to many of you suggestions?

    was looking to sign on maybe a suggestion board or weekly cool tip? if you don’t have one i understand. just like your site and was interested in signing up

  • LNweaver says:

    That seems really valuable to avoid peer pressuring someone. Like you said, the less they smoke, the more for you. I’m thinking about smoking for the first time when I visit Colorado this summer, but I’d like to think that I can back out if it still doesn’t feel right.

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  • Don Bruce Chege says:

    Hey,just ran into your site,tots love it….all the way from Nairobi,Kenya with love.I’ve shared your rules with my friend and she’s so true.I’ll make sure to save this page and read ou the rules to every smike circle I join….

  • Edison Daily says:

    Great tips. #2 and #6 are definitely my biggest points of weed etiquette. #2 is one of the biggest unspoken rules. I generally always have weed ready to throw down but when I don’t, I’m definitely the guy with the papers, lighters, water for everyone and probably some sort of delicious snack. Thanks for sharing these!

  • Weedster says:

    ChillAms are not passed in left.. they are passed in right.. it’s is because the next person is waiting for his hit.. and it goes on right side because mostly smoking from right hand and passing to right side is good.. this rule was made so that everyone gets their turn in line.. no person is big or small while smoking weed.. it’s a divine herb God gave us ❤️ #smokeweedeveryday

  • Tracy Stout says:

    I don’t know how I came across this, but as I was reading I was thinking wow, so many “rules” of etiquette. Why can’t they just smoke it and enjoy? Then I got to thinking about when I first started back in the girl’s bathroom at school with my friends in the 8th grade. Nickel bags were $5 then, so were albums lol. Anyway, looks like the same rules apply, we just never wrote them down. Enjoy!

  • Tim Yaotome says:

    Since you mentioned that one rule of etiquette when smoking weed is to not join in a weed circle when sick in order to avoid infecting everyone else, I believe that one should invest in weed accessories to combat sickness. In my opinion, purchasing the right equipment will help prevent injuries and get one’s investment while smoking a joint. If I want to start smoking in the future, I would find an accessories shop so that I can get the right tools to use while know a place to get a replacement once it breaks.

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