Great, great granddaughter of Emily Post thinks that her book on cannabis etiquette at weed-friendly gatherings would have received a nod of approval
Some people might roll their eyes at the concept of cannabis manners, but there truly is an etiquette to consumption in a group setting.
There are time-honoured tips like following “puff, puff pass” and recent conversations around proper plant vernacular. Making a cannabis faux-paux could leave one feeling embarrassed or even the subject of a standing no-invite for the next sesh.
The New York Times recently reviewed a book focusing on the nuances of cannabis etiquette, making the topic accessible to connoisseurs and the canna-curious alike. Higher Etiquette by Lizzie Post outlines the proper way to consume cannabis in multiple situations, such as dinner parties or backyard gatherings.
Some tips may seem like common sense (and courtesy), but certainly bear repeating. Among the recommendations: Don’t slobber on the pipe, don’t take too many hits at once, and don’t call cannabis weed or marijuana.
In her book, Higher Ettiquette, Post talks about why puff, puff pass is a common courtesy and emphasizes the importance of not going on a stoned ramble while holding (and not smoking!) a joint, which is commonly referred to as bogarting. “Bogarting is a term derived from the way Humphrey Bogart would just let a cigarette hang out of his mouth, not seeming to actually smoke it,” the review cites Post as writing.
Another party foul best avoided is getting saliva on any shared element, including joints, pipes, blunts and bongs. There are likely few things worse that receiving a slobbery dutchie during a session.
But cannabis etiquette doesn’t just pertain to rules around sharing; it also touches on a new movement of cannabis-themed dinner parties and high-end social gatherings. The book discusses cannabis and place settings (hmm, should the vape pen be positioned to the right or left of the place setting?). Although that may have once seemed insignificant, it could make or break a flawless high tea.
“When changes occur in a culture (like the legalization of cannabis), new manners emerge, and others become traditions of the past or obsolete,” Post writes. “If we base our behaviour on ‘consideration, respect and honesty,’” she notes, “even when things go badly, others can understand our good intent.”
The author’s great, great grandmother Emily Post was a maven of U.S. etiquette. Following in her footsteps, Lizzie Post has written several books on manners and etiquette.
While her family matriarch may not have specifically dealt with matters of social cannabis consumption, she considers what Emily Post would have done in the legal age of cannabis.
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Written by Ashley Keenan