Emily Post has gone to pot.
As we enter the dawn of a new "post-prohibition" era, the stigma surrounding cannabis use is fading, and the conversation about what it means to get high is changing. When it comes to being a respectful, thoughtful, and responsible consumer of pot, there is a lot you need to know. In Higher Etiquette, Lizzie Post--great-great granddaughter of Emily Post and co-president of America's most respected etiquette brand--explores and celebrates the wide world of legalized weed. Combining cannabis culture's long-established norms with the Emily Post Institute's tried-and-true principles, this book covers the social issues surrounding pot today, such as:
• How to bring it to a dinner party or give it as a gift
• Why eating it is different from inhaling it
• How to respectfully use it as a guest
• Why different strains affect you in different ways
• How to be behave at a dispensary
• How to tackle pot faux pas such as "canoed" joints and "lawn-mowed" bowls
This handy guide also provides a primer on the diverse array of cannabis products and methods of use, illuminating the many convenient and accessible options available to everyone from experienced users to newbies and the canna-curious. Informative, charming, and stylishly illustrated, this buzzworthy book will make the ultimate lit addition to your stash.
In the introduction to this well-intentioned but often stilted guide to cannabis consumption mores, Post quotes her great-great-grandmother, legendary etiquette expert Emily Post, to the effect that "whenever two people come together and their behavior affects one another, you have etiquette." Post thereafter mixes the prim-and-proper tone associated with her famous ancestor and the terminology of a veteran stoner: "One or two hits of vape can go almost unnoticed," she writes under the heading Discretion Is Still the Better Part of Valor, "as opposed to taking a hit from a bong or passing a blunt." Likewise, her suggestion for passing on a hit ("you know, I never got into spliffs, but thank you") is perhaps more adorable than instructive. Still, Post's observations regarding the stereotypes still associated with stoner culture, even in a new era of expanding legalization, are insightful, as are her thoughts on the difference between weed and edibles; in the case of the latter, because the cannabinoids will first be metabolized through the liver, "your high won't take effect immediately, and it will be stronger than inhaling." Those new to the cannabis scene, or those curious about it, would do well to check out Post's work, directed as it is to a more enjoyable and stress-free experience for all involved.