No one’s an expert on their first pass. It doesn’t take long to get into the groove, but there are a few things not to do so you don’t gross out your friends.
Know these beginner mistakes and be sure to avoid them when you puff and pass for the first time.
Ash is the gross-but-inevitable by-product of burning flower. It stinks, it stains, and it’s a huge pain to clean if it lands anywhere other than the ashtray.
For experienced smokers, ashing the j is basically done on auto-pilot. But as a beginner, you’ll want to be careful not to drop ash where it doesn’t belong (ie your lap, your friend’s shirt, etc).
If the joint in your hand is growing an ashy tail, tap it off an ashtray before you pass. As for ash-filled bowls, only blow on it like an Nintendo cartridge if you’re outside and a safe distance from the group. Your best bet is to gently tap the ash out or pick it out using a toothpick or paperclip instead.
First-time tokers are bound to let out a cough or two. That’s alright. But there’s a right and a wrong way to do it.
Use the same coughing courtesy you would have outside of a smoke sesh. In other words, don’t hack up all over the piece you’re sharing. Turn away, cover your mouth (not with your lighter hand), and cough in the direction opposite to your friends. If you’re having trouble, it might be wise to take smaller hits — you don’t have to hold it in for long and you can always go back for more.
Ash: gross enough to make the list twice. This time, the mistake involves repacking a bowl with fresh flower.
When the bowl is all tapped out, try to get it as clean as possible so it can be ready for more. The incorrect (and gross) thing to do is pack some perfectly good flower on top of the sad remains of the previous round. Not only does it mess with the flavor of the new stuff, but it increases the chance the next hit will come with a mouthful of ash.
Receiving a joint? Cool. Receiving a soggy joint? Far less so.
No one likes handling a joint that’s saturated with saliva. And it’s not just the ick-factor to worry about — taking hits from a joint full of someone else’s germs can actually get you sick.
Learning to hit without spit comes with practice, but the only way to guarantee a germ-free sesh is to put a MouthPeace between your lips and the joint.
It’s rare, but it happens, and it’s more likely to happen when you haven’t learned your limits.
Greening out is essentially an unfortunate side effect of overconsumption. The results? Nausea, dizziness, excessive sweating, anxiety, and vomiting, all which put a damper on an otherwise-fine session.
There’s no sure-fire way to predict it, so it’s hard to take preventative measures as a beginner. But there are things you can do to cope with the affliction when it hits. You can’t smoke your way out of it, so it’s best to take a break, lay down, breathe deeply, and stay hydrated.