#1 Rule: Respect everyone's personal choice and rights
While NZHF fully supports cannabis use both recreational and medicinal, there is some important protocols to consuming cannabis both at home and in social situations.
Cannabis consumption is for adults only. Did you know that regular or heavy consumption of cannabis on an undeveloped brain ie - a child or teen is morel likely to cause mental health problems, school dropout and educational underachievement. It is irresponsible to provide recreational cannabis to people aged under 18. Cannabis medicinally however has many benefits for children who need it. We highly recommend you seek advise from an expert
or doctor before doing so.
NZ Harvest Festival will host people from ALL walks of life. Cannabis enthusiasts come in all shapes and forms, some of us will blow minds at how much cannabis one can consume, on the other side of the scale there are those of us that are simply enthused on cannabis but do not consume it at all.
No means no, it's not rude to offer someone some cannabis, if no is their answer, move on.
Driving and Cannabis
Responsible cannabis users do not drive while impaired. Reflexes are slower, and you are more easily distracted. NZHF do not condone any driving to or from the festival while impaired, how ever due to reasons below, we will not test for, or enforce this upon attendees.
While research might suggest that regular/heavy cannabis user pose's far less of a threat than many other allowed substances (prescription for example). As citizens we owe it to our fellow man and woman to be safe, when driving on the roads, and not put innocent lives at risk. Think before you get behind the wheel.
While we at NZHF very much don't agree with cannabis being illegal, we DO agree with laws against driving while impaired.
However, this is where it gets tricky for us. The ways in which this is enforced are not fair. 1 Puff of cannabis will remain in ones system for a minimum of 2 weeks. Though you may be impaired for only 4 hours... you run the risk of persecution for 2 weeks (minimum), and this is for light smokers, making regular/heavy cannabis consumers doomed for conviction, whether impaired or not. We do NOT agree with this.
NZ Police are generally quite fair when it comes to this, not to actively seeking drivers and test them for cannabis in their system. If you look and act intoxicated, then they probably will. So play it safe, don't drive stoned :-)
Social cannabis protocol
Cannabis in New Zealand very much has its own culture with a bunch of generally unspoken rules for social circumstances. These "rules" or protocols though we advise you follow, are more just for fun, and to ensure a less confrontational experience when consuming cannabis with people whom you don't know in the cannabis community.
Bring your own to share
Cannabis can get pretty expensive, especially when you consider that your purchase will literally go up in smoke. That's why it is important to bring some of your own stash to share with the group. Even if others will have some, it's polite to offer your own, especially if the smoke session was your idea in the first place.
Always remove stems and seeds
Unless you're planning on growing your own cannabis, there is really no need to hang on to any seeds (or stems, for that matter). Not only do they taste bad when burned, but they'll cause your bowl or joint to pop and spark. That's why it's best to keep them out of your circle.
If you can't roll a joint... be honest about it!
Rolling a good joint is hard to do and it takes a lot of practice to improve. But smoking a poorly-rolled jay can be a real downer during a smoking session, resulting in either wasted weed or an unsmokable product. If your rolling skills aren't quite up to par, let your friends know. Someone else will probably offer to help.
If you are sick... ADMIT IT!
Cannabis has many health benefits, but keeping a person from getting a cold isn't one of them. If you're sick, make sure to tell everyone. Better yet, bring your own one-hitter or cup your hand around the mouthpiece to avoid cross contamination
Make everyone feel welcome
Cannabis is certainly a fun pastime, but it is also notorious for making people feel anxious or uncomfortable. If you've got newbies in your smoke circle, or just someone who seems uncomfortable, make sure to remind them that they are among friends. Be careful not to pass judgement on people in your circle and remember everyone responds to cannabis differently.
Your manners speak volumes about your personality. Make sure they’re saying the right things by practicing proper stoner etiquette during your next social smoke-out.
The most common cannabis product you are likely to encounter. Though common, it is important to be aware that in the average sized joint ( 1 and 1/4 sized rolling paper) contains $10 to $25 street value in cannabis. This is some massive love being shared! So always be thankful. Cannabis in a joint is one of the best ways to enjoy it, some will employ good papers such as "Raws" or OCD" papers to ensure maximum taste in toking.
It is bad protocol to:
- Have more than 2 puffs on a joint before passing it to the next person. "puff puff pass"
- To rundown the joint, or cannabis within it. Its the intention that counts here, you're not going to like every strain you try... so kindly turn down another puff rather than shaming the love and good intentions
A spliff is a joint that has had a small amount of tobacco added within it, this is a personal preference by some consumers, done right this helps eliminate harshness of straight cannabis, and in some cases helps bring out some flavors. On the downside, the health implications of adding tobacco are not pleasant.
Spliffs are as common as joints, and basically the same protocol as joints applies to those whom receive a spliff. This time however protocol falls onto the roller of the spliff, to ensure that those participating in consuming the spliff are aware that there is tobacco within it BEFORE they take a puff.
Bongs, waterpipes, billies, hookah pipes, bubblers, what ever you want to call it, Kiwis LOVE their bongs, and these days there are some amazing bongs on the market.
Bongs are enjoyed by kiwis in many ways. From straight flower hits, and "dabs" using concentrates. To core crews blending their cannabis with tobacco (much like a spliff) for bong hits (the dutch way). Which ever way you enjoy your cannabis there is some important bong etiquette to keep in mind.
- Don't torch the bowl
The best hit is always a green hit, so don't keep it all to yourself. Instead of burning the whole surface of a bowl, light only a small corner so that the next person (or two) can enjoy a green hit, too.
- Don't slobber on the piece
No one wants a mouth full of someone else's saliva (unless the mood is right, but that's usually not the case in a smoke circle). So please, be polite and keep your spit to yourself. If it can't be helped, then at least wipe the mouth piece before handing it off.
- Clear the Chamber
Stale smoke is awful. It tastes bad and causes a mean cough. That's why it's important to clear the chamber of your bong or pipe before passing it on.
- "Never throw a bong kid, ever"
Whether it's your piece or a friend's, be sure to treat it with care, especially if it's made out of something fragile like glass. Dante from the movie "Grandma's Boy" understands this, but it can be easy to forget a piece in your lap after the session has ended. If using glass pieces, please be careful.