Joints are a simple concept, wrap some rolling papers around ground up or broken down cannabis, light it up and smoke. Their convenience and mobility make them a go to method for many a cannabis smoker. In Northern America we roll our joints pure, whereas most of the rest of the world rolls theirs with tobacco. Joints rolled with tobacco in them are referred to as spliffs.
Just as there is an etiquette to smoking from glass, joints have their own formalities, though seemingly less well known than the informal “pass to the left” rule.
As an avid joint roller and “partoker”, the code of conduct around joint smoking is something that I have learned over time rather than been taught by others. Whereas most of the joint smoking dos and don’ts are commonsensical, others come from experience.
1. Rollers rights; he or she whom rolled it, lights it.
The roller has the option to pass the right to light off to a person of their choosing, if they do so wish.
2. Puff, puff, pass; unless otherwise dictated
I personally don’t implement the puff, puff, pass rule, for I feel joints shouldn’t be rushed, and I roll big enough joints for anyone in the circle to puff as the please before passing.
3. Ash before you pass, no one wants to be treated like an ashtray
If there isn’t an ashtray, a sink will work fine but beware of flicking hot ashes into the garbage, fires have been known to occur.
4. If the joint runs, fix it before passing
A run can be fixed in many ways, you can press the cherry into the part that isn’t burning, light it on fire, or by pinching the opposite side while you smoke.
1. Licking your lips before hitting the joint, no one likes a soggy hit
The moisture from your lips can cause the end of the joint to seal closed, this can be helped by adding a filter into your joints, but even with the filter, saliva can cause the cardboard to become moist and cause it to start to lose its shape.
2. Hitting the joint like there’s no tomorrow
Casually smoking your joints will help to maintain the taste, to keep your joints from running, as well as keep the heat down making your hits smoother.
3. Holding the joint while you tell your story
Everyone has that friend whom will camp on the joint/bowl for a good hour, waving it around while telling their story, do us all a favor and don’t be that friend.
4. Smashing the joint between your fingers
It’s not going to run away if you hold it lightly. Smashing the joint can create holes, and cause the cannabis to burn less evenly.
In every culture the etiquette around joint smoking can and will vary, but these simple dos and don’ts are a great foundation from which to start, and will help to guarantee your future spot in smoking circles. How do you smoke your J’s?