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Mother Knows Best: Double Dipper

Bong etiquette 101.

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Dear Mother,

I checked with Miss Manners, but she didn't know. What is proper etiquette for passing of the bong? Will my cohorts hate me if I take two hits before passing it along?

— Double Dipper  


Dear Bong Beginner,

Bong etiquette is indeed a real thing, and I'm shocked Miss Manners did not have an answer for you. What a slacker! Perhaps Martha Stewart can tackle this the next time she has Snoop Dogg over? In the meantime, allow me to set your mind at ease with some simple tips for pulling on a bong in a group setting.

First, the basics: Once a bong is passed to you, hold it with one hand, place your mouth over the chamber, light the cannabis with your other hand and start to inhale. Once the chamber has filled with enough smoke, remove the carb/bowl (where the cannabis hangs out) and inhale all that good smoke. If you're a bong newbie, start by taking a smaller hit, as a rip from a bong is a lot more intense than a hit from a regular bowl or joint.

When it comes to sharing a bong, manners are expected, but they're fairly straightforward:

And how about one last rule that is applicable in all situations: Never, ever, ever pocket someone else's lighter. It's happened to the best of us. You get home and you notice that you've got a Bic that doesn't belong to you. Accidents happen, I get that. But do your best to be as observant as possible, given the circumstances, and ensure that the lighter makes its way back to its proper owner.

— Mother

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