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A Pot Etiquette Guide, From a Somewhat Surprising Source

Primer from Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, could be very helpful to a newbie
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2019 10:30 AM CDT
Updated Mar 18, 2019 11:14 AM CDT

(Newser) – New to pot smoking? Concerned you'll embarrass yourself? Who better to turn to for advice than a trusted co-president of the Emily Post Institute—Post's own great-great-grandaughter, in fact. Yes, Lizzie Post has published a book on the subject of cannabis etiquette, appropriately titled Higher Etiquette, nearly a century after the iconic Etiquette: In Society, In Business, In Politics, and At Home that Emily Post published in 1922. That book covered such topics as how to smoke cigars and cigarettes politely, but it did not, of course, cover cannabis. As legalization becomes more widespread and pot is smoked at more social gatherings, there are real questions of how to partake without making a fool of yourself or accidentally offending someone. Enter Lizzie Post, 36. Quartz offers up a number of sample "do's and don'ts" from her book:

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  • Do "corner" a bowl of packed buds when lighting a joint, meaning light it at an edge rather than along the entire top. This ensures some fresh green will be left as it gets passed along, rather than the entire thing being blackened at once.
  • Don't "Bogart" the joint, meaning let it hang out of your mouth without seeming to actually smoke it, as Humphrey Bogart did with cigarettes.
  • Do consider offering finger bowls of water on the table in case someone needs to wet their fingers to deal with an unevenly burning or otherwise troublesome joint.
  • Don't offer cannabis-infused foods without clearly labeling them.
See more at Quartz, or order the book here; it will be released March 26. (Read more Emily Post stories.)

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