20 Bag: Also known as: Dub, Dub sack, 20: A bag containing 20 dollars worth of marijuana. The total volume of product you will receive for 20 dollars depends on who you buy it from and where you are located. Typically, a 20 bag contains about 2 grams of weed.
40 Bag: Also known as: 40, Double-Dub, 40 sack.
A bag of marijuana priced evenly at $40. The total amount of weed you will get out of a 40 bag depends on who you buy it from, and where you are located.
420: When California teens in the 1970s needed a covert way of discussing their after-school plans, they used their meeting place and time as shorthand to avoid suspicion. Eventually, they shortened the phrase to just the time they would often meet after track practice, 4:20 pm. Soon after that, they used the number 420 as code for getting high. To this day, 420 has a major place in cannabis culture, and while it’s not much of a code word anymore, it’s a quick way to get your point across. April 20th is now an unofficial holiday for most users, and chances are if you’re smoking with a group of buddies around 4:20 pm, one of them will point out the clock when it rolls around.
710: While 420 refers to all things cannabis, 710 (or July 10th) refers specifically to all things related to oil and concentrates, including wax, shatter, budder, and resin. If you flip 710 upsides down, you’ll note that it looks like the word OIL, thus the reason for this specific date. It may not be as widespread as 420, but you’ll often find great deals on dab tools, oils, and concentrates at your local dispensaries on this day. Referring to yourself as 710-friendly also is an easy way to let people know you’re comfortable with these types of products.
Acapulco Gold: An heirloom variety of cannabis originally grown in the mountains of western Mexico.
Adult Use: Also known as Recreational: Legal cannabis not designated for medical purposes is often called recreational or adult-use cannabis. Recreational users consume cannabis for a pleasurable altered state of consciousness, similar to the use of alcohol or tobacco. Laws for recreational and adult-use often vary from place to place, and in some cases, they can vary between cities. To enter a cannabis storefront for recreational products in the United States, you will need to be at least 21 years old and present a valid, unexpired state ID. Whereas laws may vary country to country, location to location.
Agent Provocateur: A person who, out of their own sense of duty or employed by the police, commits or provokes others to commit illegal or inappropriate activity, or falsely implicates them in a criminal act.
Alcohol Extraction: One of many ways of making cannabis concentrate. This method requires flower to be soaked in food-grade alcohol for a certain amount of time and then strained, with the remaining liquid put over a low heat source to remove the alcohol while still preserving the cannabinoids. Though the process is relatively accessible, it can be unsafe if not done properly, so it’s important to use a reliable recipe when attempting to make concentrates at home. The concentrate made with this method is not suitable for smoking or dabs, but it can be great for edibles.
Alice B. Toklas: Alice B. Toklas (1877–1967) was author of an autobiographical book, The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, first published in 1954, which includes a recipe for “Hashish Fudge.” Her name has become a common slang name for a cannabis edible.
Amendment 64: The Colorado Marijuana Legalisation Amendment, also known as Amendment 64, was on the November 2012 ballot in Colorado, and it successfully legalised cannabis from 2014 onward. The measure specifies that anyone over the age of 21 can possess up to one ounce of cannabis and that the state will regulate the industry by enacting taxes and legislation governing the cultivation and processing of cannabis manufacturing and retail facilities. Due to Amendment 64, Colorado became one of the first states to legalise cannabis for recreational use. A similar amendment was made in Washington and was called i502(WA), as well as Prop 215 (CA) and Prop 64 (CA) in California.
Amotivational Syndrome: A psychosomatic medical syndrome which creates a lack of motivation in cannabis consumers, this syndrome has been challenged.
Aristocrat: Long and skinny joints rolled mostly for the aesthetic. While they can look impressive, they can be fiddly and difficult to smoke, especially if not rolled properly. Some aristocrats can reach up to a foot in length, with some reaching over 16 inches total! These joints are definitely not for the inexperienced roller or smoker, and they’re more of a display of skill than anything else.
Autoflowering: A term used to describe cannabis strains that automatically switch from vegetative stages to the flowering stage based on age, and growth time, as opposed to the balance of light to dark hours required during the growth period, also referred to as the photoperiod dependent/short-day strains. The term autoflowering is mostly used in reference to Ruderalis strains. Many autoflowering’s will be ready to harvest in less than 10 weeks from seed. Dwarf varieties can have even shorter stature, while still giving a good yield. Also, “super autos” can take over 100 days to reach full maturity and can reach over 6 feet tall.
Backroll: Also known as rolling inside out, the backroll is a European joint rolling technique that provides smokers with a slower, more even burn. This method also reduces the amount of paper used, which showcases the taste of the flower rather than that of the rolling paper itself. Though it can be tricky to master, some people find backrolling easier than traditional rolling. It’s worth trying out if you struggle with rolling joints.
Backwoods: They are a brand of machine-rolled cigars that are popular for blunt rolling. They are rolled using a whole tobacco leaf, and they come in a variety of flavours. While brittle and hard to roll, the size of the leaf allows for more product in your blunt while still maintaining a tight roll. The tobacco buzz of the leaf is an added incentive for many. Avid fans swear Backwoods blunts provide a more authentic experience. If you’re avoiding tobacco, it’s best not to smoke these, but don’t fret–you’ve got plenty of other options.
Bake Sale: Deriving from the existing term “baked,” meaning high, a bake sale often refers to a smoke session. Some argue that a bake sale should involve cannabis-laden baked goods, but opinions vary from person to person. Regardless of the meaning, participating in a bake sale means you will likely end up very, very stoned.
Baked: The warm, fuzzy feeling resulting from certain strains. A person who is baked might be giggly, red-eyed, and unwilling (or unable) to move from their spot. “Baked” is also very rarely used to describe being under the effects of alcohol, but as cannabis culture becomes more widespread, it has become more synonymous with being high.
Beatnik: 1950s cannabis subculture, also known as the Beat Generation. It was a media stereotype prevalent from the late 1940s, 1950s, and to mid-1960s that displayed the more superficial aspects of the Beat Generation literary movement of the late 1940s and early to mid 1950s. Elements of the beatnik trope included pseudo-intellectualism, drug use, and a cartoonish depiction of real-life people along with the spiritual quest of Jack Kerouac’s autobiographical fiction.
In 1948, Kerouac introduced the phrase “Beat Generation”, generalising from his social circle to characterise the underground, anti-conformist youth gathering in New York at that time. The name came up in conversation with John Clellon Holmes, who published an early Beat Generation novel titled Go (1952), along with the manifesto This Is the Beat Generation in The New York Times Magazine. In 1954, Nolan Miller published his third novel Why I Am So Beat (Putnam), detailing the weekend parties of four students.
“Beat” came from underworld slang—the world of hustlers, drug addicts and petty thieves, where Allen Ginsberg and Kerouac sought inspiration. “Beat” was slang for “beaten down” or downtrodden, but to Kerouac and Ginsberg, it also had a spiritual connotation as in “beatitude”. Other adjectives discussed by Holmes and Kerouac were “found” and “furtive”. Kerouac felt he had identified (and was the embodiment of) a new trend analogous to the influential Lost Generation.
In “Aftermath: The Philosophy of the Beat Generation,” Kerouac criticised what he saw as a distortion of his visionary, spiritual ideas, and did lead on to many artistic revolutions which grew out of this Beat Generation.
Bhang: A traditional Indian preparation of cannabis that is often made into intoxicating food and drink. Bhang is culturally significant to Hindu spiritual culture, and it is an important part of the Holi festival when bhang-laden chutneys and lassis are sold in celebration. It also has a place in the medicinal culture of India, as it’s believed to assist with digestion and sleep. Because of this, cannabis is legal but regulated in India and people can purchase bhang at government-licensed shops.
Bifter: One definition is the rocks or spots of bare ground that appear when a sky-slope gets worn out from over use. In context of this site, a Bifter is a marijuana cigarette, generally, a really big one. A Bifter can also be beer, typically, one that’s drawn in a pub from a tap.
Blazed: The pleasant result of a cannabis high. The high itself varies depending on the strain, but it is generally positive and pleasurable. Sometimes being blazed is synonymous with the kinds of highs portrayed in media, where the stoner is slow, relaxed, and kind of dopey. However, “blazing” and “being blazed” often just refer to “getting high” and “being high” so it tends to depend on your region. The term appears to originate from the word “blaze,” which refers to something which burns brightly–in this case, the end of a joint or the bowl of a pipe as it’s being used.
Blitzed: The feeling of being under the sudden, heavy influence of cannabis. This term derives from “blitz,” an abbreviation of the German word “blitzkrieg.” Historical connotations aside, most stoners only realise they’re blitzed after it’s happened, often leading to even more euphoria. It can also have the opposite effect, however, and lead to greening out.
Blunt: A cigar sized smokable filled with marijuana.
Bogart: To selfishly keep a joint to yourself without passing it on to the next person in your smoke circle. It originally referred to keeping a cigarette in your mouth as you talked, just like classic actor Humphrey Bogart does in many of his films. As cannabis became more popular, it started to only refer to joints and blunts shared among friends. It can also be applied to any situation where someone is hogging something all to themselves.
Bomb Chron: Any particularly high-quality weed. While Chronic is the name of a specific (and legendary) hybrid strain, the term bomb chron generally tends to refer to anything better than what you usually smoke. Bomb chron is ideally lush in colour, fresh-smelling, and covered in trichomes. It’s always disappointing when someone tells you they’ve got bomb chron, but it turns out what they have is no better than ditch weed.
This is weed that gets you high to the point that you feel like you’re going to explode. Although that might seem risky to non-consumers, true stoners know that this is a good thing.
Bong: A bong is a smoking device, commonly made of glass or plastic. It has a space designated for the marijuana slide and another space designated to pour in water/place your mouth to smoke. It is unique compared to other pieces as it relies on water for to filter out some of the carcinogens.
Bongwater: The water that goes into a bong or water pipe that makes it function. After extended use the water usually becomes murky. Some mischievous stoners will claim it contains THC because of this and will try to trick newbies into drinking it, but don’t bother–it’s just gross water that needs to be dumped.
Boof Carts: Low-quality or counterfeit cartridges for oil pens. These include the unsafe ones made by unlicensed vendors, as well as cheaper or poorly made carts. These should be avoided if at all possible, especially if purchased from outside a reputable dispensary or made at home.
Bouldered: Extremely intoxicated. Being bouldered usually includes intense couchlock, cravings for food, laughing, and drowsiness. The word derives from the idea that one is beyond stoned, and instead absolutely bouldered. Perhaps it might also come from the sensation of being trapped under a boulder of THC.
Bowl: A bowl is a marijuana pipe, as well as a term used both for an amount of ground cannabis ready to smoke and the section of a pipe, bong, or bubbler that one loads ground cannabis into. Bowls are traditionally shared among a group of friends, though it isn’t uncommon to enjoy one alone.
Brownie Mary: In California, before medical marijuana was legalised by voters in 1996, Mary Jane “Brownie Mary” Rathbun (1922–1999) who was arrested three times for baking cannabis brownies using her Social Security to buy ingredients and cannabis that was donated, giving them away free to AIDS and cancer patients, was able to successfully defend herself in court, arguing that medical necessity outweighed the reprehensibleness of her actions.
Bubble Hash: Bubble hash is a concentrate that is made using ice water as a solvent. The name comes from the bubbling effect that happens to the finished product when it’s smoked. Bubble hash has been around since the 1980s and until the development of modern extraction techniques, it was the go-to method for making a cannabis concentrate. It tends to have lower THC content than products like wax or live resin, but it has more of a focus on terpenes, allowing for a clearer high that tends not to result in a “weed hangover.”
Bubbler: Bubblers are glass pipes that use water to reduce irritation from inhaling smoke. After lighting the cannabis, smoke is pulled through a stem into a small supply of water, and into the user’s lungs. This makes for a much smoother and more pleasant experience than directly inhaling and adds a fun bubbling noise to the sesh.
Bud: A common term for cannabis in general, but also used more specifically to refer to the smokable flowers of the cannabis plant. It’s often grown and distributed in smallish, fragrant clumps. These are usually ground by the consumer and smoked, but after grinding they can also be decarbed to make edibles and other goodies.
Budder: Cannabis concentrate with a texture and consistency similar to butter, hence the name. Because it’s neither solid nor liquid, budder is often favoured for its ease of use in dab rigs. The consistency makes it much easier to control the amount of product scooped on to a tool. For this reason, it’s often considered a good entry point for consumers who are new to dabbing.
Budtender: The employee or employees of a dispensary from whom consumers purchase cannabis products. The ideal budtender is as knowledgeable as possible about the variety of products available, has a polite and professional demeanour, and can also provide personal recommendations should a customer ask. They are the primary line of communication between customers and all other aspects of their cannabis products, and as such, customers tend to be quite fond of them.
Burn One: The act of smoking weed. “Burn one” can be used colloquially to mean consuming cannabis in any form, but more specifically refers to the combustion of a small-to-moderate amount of pot often rolled up into a joint.
Burnout: A term referring to both the feeling of being burnt and a person who regularly consumes so much cannabis that they’re in a perpetual state of unfocused dullness. While burnouts are either portrayed in media as loveable, goofy stoners or pitiable people who are throwing their lives away, the connotation is usually negative because of their overindulging habits. If you’re feeling burnt out from cannabis use, a T-break may be in order.
Burnt: To be burnt is to experience the “come down” of an intense weed session. Also called a “weed hangover,” the feeling usually lasts anywhere from 8 to 12 hours. A person who is burnt might feel unfocused, dull and slow to react or process anything going on. The best course of treatment is to take a short T-break and focus on treating your body kindly by staying hydrated and eating nutritious foods. Feeling burnt can also occur from too much cannabis in one session, so remember, be wise if you have a heavy session.
Can: A unit of measure for purchasing cannabis, originating from a 1950s term. During that time, cannabis was sold in tobacco tins, and people would purchase one can at a time. It’s roughly analogous to an eighth of an ounce, or 3.5 grams.
Cannabis: A tall plant with a stiff upright stem, divided serrated leaves, and glandular hairs. It is used to produce hemp fibre and as a drug. A dried preparation of the flowering tops or other parts of the cannabis plant, or a resinous extract of it (cannabis resin), smoked or consumed, generally illegally, as a psychoactive (mind-altering) drug.
Three recognised species of cannabis include:
Originally from the Greek word Kannabis, which grew into the Latin/Scientific name Cannabis for the entire plant hemp.
Legally named marijuana or marihuana in some jurisdictions. There are many other names for cannabis, a few commonly used terms include grass, weed, and ganja.
Many ancient language names for cannabis originated before the 5th century, these include:
Kάνναβις (Kánnabis), Greek
قنب (Kinnab or Quinnab), Arabic
Generations of other names have appeared from different areas, a number of these are:
भांग (Bhang), Hindi
Cần sa (Vietnamese)
चरस (Charas), Hindi
ගංජා (Gaṁjā), Sinhala
గంజాయి (Gan̄jāyi), Telugu
Grifa (Mexican Spanish)
കഞ്ചാവ് (Kañcāv) Malayalam
កញ្ឆា (Kanhchhea), Khmer
Kan-jac (Panamanian Spanish)
กัญชา (Kạỵchā), Thai
قنب (Kinnab or Quinnab), Arabic
Конопля (Konoplya), Russian
麻 (Má), Chinese
마 (ma), Korean
삼 (Sam-gwa), Korean
ဆေးခြောက် (Se-gyauk), Myanmar
Spak brus (Hiri)
大麻 (Taima), Japanese
Cannabis Concentrate: also called marijuana concentrate, marijuana extract, or cannabis extract, is a highly potent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and/or cannabidiol (CBD) concentrated mass. Marijuana concentrates contain extraordinarily high THC levels that could once range from 40 to 80%, up to four times stronger in THC content than high grade or top shelf marijuana, which normally measures around 20% THC levels. By 2017, distilled concentrate was reportedly available at 99.58% THC content.
Volatile solvents such as ethanol, butane, propane and hexane are often used to prepare extracts, leading to fire and explosion hazards in uncontrolled environments. Super-critical fluid extraction using carbon dioxide alleviates concerns of fire and explosion and results in a high quality product.
Legally produced concentrates for retail sale in legalised USA states are often packaged in small lip-balm sized containers.
Colorado, state agency the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) regulates almost every facet of the cannabis seed-to-sale process. There are heavy regulations on the containers that hold the concentrate, containers must be child-resistant, opaque, and have a multitude of legal text warning the consumer of the risks of consumption. MED also regulates the creation or extraction of cannabis extract.
Cannabis Culture: The phrase cannabis culture generally describes a social atmosphere or series of associated social behaviors that depend heavily upon cannabis consumption, particularly as an entheogen, recreational drug and medicine.
Throughout history cannabis has been used as an entheogen to induce spiritual experiences – most notably in the Indian subcontinent since the Vedic period dating back to approximately 1500 BC, but perhaps as far back as 2000 BC. Its entheogenic use was also recorded in Ancient China, the Germanic peoples, the Celts, Ancient Central Asia, and Africa. In modern times, spiritual use of cannabis has become mostly associated with the Rastafari movement of Jamaica. Several Western subcultures have had marijuana consumption as an idiosyncratic feature, such as hippies, beatniks, hipsters (both the 1940s subculture and the contemporary subculture), ravers and hip hop.
Cannabis has now “evolved its own language, humour, etiquette, art, literature and music.” Nick Brownlee wrote: “Perhaps because of its ancient mystical and spiritual roots, because of the psychotherapeutic effects of the drug and because it is illegal, even the very act of smoking a joint has deep symbolism.” However, the culture of cannabis as “the manifestation of introspection and bodily passivity”, which has generated a negative “slacker” stereotype around its consumers is a relatively modern concept, as cannabis has been consumed in various forms for almost 5,000 years.
The counterculture of the 1960s has been identified as the era that “sums up the glory years of modern cannabis culture,” with the Woodstock Festival serving as “the pinnacle of the hippie revolution in the USA, and in many people’s opinion the ultimate example of cannabis culture at work”. The influence of cannabis has encompassed holidays (most notably 4/20), cinema (such as the exploitation and stoner film genres), music (particularly jazz, reggae, psychedelia and rap music), and magazines including High Times and Cannabis Culture.
Cannivore: People who prefer edibles to other types of consumption call themselves cannivores. A cannivore may consume edibles exclusively or occasionally, and it can be out of preference or necessity. From the sweets sold at cannabis storefronts to full-on meals made using flower and concentrates, edibles of all kinds allow users with asthma or other lung problems to medicate without putting their health at risk in the process.
Canoe: To “Canoe” a joint is to accidentally burn it on one side more than the other, some people claim that this uneven burn makes a joint look like a canoe, because it’s more open on one side than the other, hence the name.
Carb: Also known as Carb Cap: This can refer to the hole on a piece that you place your finger over in order to gain the suction that is necessary to pull the marijuana smoke down into your lungs. You release your finger from the carb after taking your initial “hit” to clear the remaining smoke out of the piece. It can also mean A dabbing tool, usually made of glass or nonferrous metal, allowing more controlled heat distribution and airflow. Cannabis concentrate is sealed inside the carb cap, after which heat is applied by a torch. They’re useful for dabbing at lower temperatures, allowing users to taste those flavourful terpenes.
Carts: Also known as: Vape Carts: Short for “cartridge” this refers to the disposable, pre-packaged cannabis oil cartridges available at dispensary storefronts. The cartridges attach directly to a battery which heats a coil or wick that vaporises the oil inside the cart for inhalation. They come in a variety of strains and flavours, consumers who choose this method are bound to find a favourite or two.
Cashed: When any prepared quantity of cannabis has been smoked through, that the cannabis is said to be “cashed.” While the origins of this term are quite difficult to pin down, it seems to be derived from “cashed out,” a phrase signaling the end of someone’s participation in (usually) a gambling game. A cashed bowl is full of ash and sticky resin leftovers, which should be promptly cleaned out of the bowl before repacking.
Chad: This word is an Americanism for the type of person may or may not have voted for legal cannabis, but they are trying to profit off of the legal industry. A Chad will often be wearing smart attire collared shirt and attending all of the major cannabis business conferences. Chads are an entity where bro meets cannabis poser and is a common noun in industry circles.
Charas: The name given to a hashish form of cannabis which is handmade in the Indian subcontinent and Jamaica. It is a cannabis concentrate made from the resin of the cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica). The plant grows wild throughout Northern India along the stretch of the Himalayas (its putative origin) and is an important cash crop for the local people. The difference between charas and hashish is that hashish is made from a dead cannabis plant and charas is made from a live one.
Cheeba: A common term for cannabis, traditionally in the flower form. It derives from the Spanish “Chiva,” the term for heroin, but Brazillian stoners soon adapted it as slang for weed. Cheeba Chews, a brand of potent, weed-infused taffy available in Colorado, California, Nevada, and Oklahoma were named after this popular term.
Cherried: A bowl that stays lit over time instead of needing to be reignited. This term derives from the warm red glow that burning cannabis takes on. the cherried bowls are the ideal for most situations. Inhaling keeps the cherry lit, so don’t be tight share it about.
Chiefing: Hogging the weed in a group smoke session or taking huge rips. This term comes from the idea of a Native American chief smoking in large, deep hits off their pipe. It’s usually used to poke fun at someone who’s taking a bit too long to take their hit, or seems to think they’re more important and deserve more weed than everyone else, silly and selfish of course.
Chillum: Also called a chilam, a chillum is a conical pipe design originating in 18th century India. They can be used for smoking any sort of ground, dried product, such as tobacco or chamomile, but are more commonly used for cannabis. In the 1960s, chillums became popular with smokers in the United States. They also have spiritual significance to followers of the Rastafari movement. Users put a filter inside and pack the wide end with ground flower before lighting the flower and inhaling from the smaller end of the glass, wooden, or metal pipe.
Chop: Also known as: Cherry Popper, Moke: A bowl packed in a bong, bubbler, or pipe that is equal parts cannabis flower and loose tobacco. The bowl is generally enjoyed in multiple hits. This slang originates from areas of New Zealand, Australia, and the UK.
Chronic: While Chronic is the name of a specific hybrid strain, stoners generally use it as a slang term for exceptionally strong cannabis. The definition even differed depending on your location: East Coast dwellers are known to use “chronic” to refer to cannabis laced with cocaine, while the West Coast used it to describe high-quality weed. The ‘90s West Coast rap scene cemented the latter meaning as definitive with Dr. Dre’s beloved triple platinum album The Chronic and sextuple platinum Chronic 2001.
Clam Baking: Also known as: Hot Box: This is the act of smoking cannabis in a small, enclosed space. This fills the space with smoke, resulting (in theory) in each breath getting you a little higher. Popular hotbox locations include cars or bathrooms, but more ambitious smokers may aim to hot box larger rooms.
Clone: A clone is an exact replica of a host marijuana plant; it looks and smokes just like the marijuana plant that was used to create it. A clone can be created from just a part of the plant; a branch is clipped from the host and is then dipped in cloning gel which helps it grow correctly once planted. After the cloning process is completed, another clone can be created by simply clipping off another piece of the host (or fresh clone) and repeating the process all over again.
CO2 Extraction: The process through which carbon dioxide is utilised to extract the cannabinoid oils, marijuana’s “liquid gold”, from a marijuana plant. These cannabinoid oils can then be easily mixed with any type of food. THC is one of the principal components of cannabinoid oils and is essentially what the process is designed to extract.
Cola: A botanical term relating to the flowering site of a cannabis plant. This is not to be confused with the actual cola nut plant, which is found in the tropical forests of Africa. Some stoners also use “cola” to refer to really gorgeous buds, but that usage is more of an industry term.
Combustion: Igniting cannabis with a flame to inhale the smoke. Combustion is quick and easy, and it’s often the way most people are introduced to cannabis. It’s not the cleanest or healthiest way of consumption, but it’s still considered the most popular consumption method. This term is also common with vape products.
Concentrate: Also known as: Extract: Extracted material from cannabis plant resulting in much more powerful high. A solvent is used to pull the most desirable parts of the plant while keeping them in a consumable state to be vaporized and inhaled when heat is applied. Concentrates come in various forms, from liquids and solids. It can also be consumed in any way that applies intense heat, from high-tech vaporizing rigs to rolling up a snake of wax into a joint.
Cone: An empty joint paper with a small end fitted with a crutch for inhalation and a wide-open end for packing ground flower. Cones can come pre-rolled, or they can be purchased empty with filters attached at the end for loading ground cannabis. They’re a great option for people who haven’t quite gotten the hang of rolling their own joints yet.
Cooked: Similar to baked, cooked is simply a term used to describe being high. This makes slightly more sense, as the application of flame is closer to cooking than baking. Some people claim being cooked is a more extreme version of being baked, where the user is more likely to green out , but, as always, the connotations can differ even among individual people.
Cotton Mouth: Smoking marijuana can cause the mouth to dry out resulting in a “cotton” sensation. A quick sip of water should take care of it, though.
Couchlock: The familiar, sedative feeling often associated with the body highs of heavy Indica strains. The term comes from the feeling of being “locked” in place to your seat and unable to move. Couchlock can happen accidentally or intentionally, but either way, you’ll be out of commission for a good few hours.
Cross Joint: A term that was popularized by the 2008 movie Pineapple Express, a cross joint consists of two joints fitted together in the shape of a cross. This results in three ends which can be lit, and the consumer gets to enjoy the novel experience of smoking two joints at once. While it may seem strange, the process is quite simple, and star of the film Seth Rogen has demonstrated how to roll a cross joint many times on Youtube.
Crossfaded: When a person is high and drunk at the same time, some people refer to them as being “crossfaded.” The depressant nature of alcohol combined with the psychoactive effects of THC is so different that they lead many people to feel strange as their brain tries to combine the two unique sensations. As fun as this can be, it’s important to never take it too far unless you want to regret it in the morning, oftentimes crossfades end in vomiting. Always intoxicate responsibly.
Crystals: Also known as: Trichome: The tiny, delicate growths that give weed that appealing “frosty” look. for many years these crystals were often the center of a debate. Less-experienced users worried that crystals signified that their weed had “gone bad” or had been laced with another drug. However, it actually means that the buds are filled with THC, and they’re a signal of the weed’s potency. In areas where weed has been legalised it has allowed for strain development to favor crystal-covered buds, therefore increasing the quality of the weed.
Cure: A slow, controlled process of removing moisture from freshly-grown cannabis makes the buds smokeable. While there are many ways to cure the flower, the most basic method involves hanging your cuttings in a dark room with controlled humidity and temperature over a period of 1-3 weeks. This results in a shelf-stable product with maximum flavor and potency that can be distributed to retailers. Curing can also be done at a home grow and most farmers swear by the process.
Cypher: A circle in which a marijuana gets passed around. Those who take consecutive hits from the piece or pass it to someone aside from the person next to them is “breaking the cypher”.
Dab: Dabs are marijuana concentrates typically made with butane. Also known as wax and BHO (butane hash oil) a dab is simply highly concentrated cannabinoids that are either smoked, vaporized or eaten. Dabs are extremely potent so go easy until you build up a tolerance for this creation.
Dagga: A South African word for marijuana that dates back to the 1600s. The term originates from the Khoekhoe language and indigenous tribe from South-Eastern Africa. In this dialect, the term also means ‘a feeling of intoxication’. Since the word has been adopted it has been spelled many different ways including daggha, dacha, dacka, tagga, and dachka.
Dank: Dank is a term used to refer to cannabis that is of superior quality/potency.
Decarboxylate: Known as “decarb” for short, this is the process of applying low heat to ground flower to convert the plant’s THCA into its more potent, psychoactive version – THC. The decarboxylation process is vital when cooking with cannabis because THCA doesn’t provide any intoxicating effects. You can decarb cannabis in many different ways, but the most common is to bake it in an oven on low heat for anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour.
The THCA in cannabis begins to decarboxylate at approximately 220 degrees Fahrenheit after around 30-45 minutes of exposure. Full decarboxylation may require more time to occur. … For example, CBN (cannabinol) is formed through the degradation and oxidization of THC, a process that can occur alongside decarboxylation.
This process also unlocks the full medicinal potential of the other cannabinoids
Decriminalization: The action or process of loosening criminal penalties for certain illegal activities, in this case, the use of cannabis. This is not the same as legalization. Under decriminalization, cannabis is still illegal, but those caught with it only face fines, confiscation, or a metaphorical slap on the wrist, instead of serious criminal charges. A few areas have opted for decriminalization over legalization, and many see it as a stepping stone toward full legalization.
Diamonds: Crystalline structures seen in some sauce-like concentrates. Diamonds tend to form at the bottom of extract containers, and while they can be quite potent they need to be decarbed before they have any effect. While some people exclusively dab using diamonds, others like to combine it with liquidy concentrates for a more intense experience.
Diesel: A specific Sativa genetic that smells of diesel fuel, hence the name. Diesel is popular among consumers for its visible trichomes and uplifting effects. It is a root genetic for many popular Sativa-leaning hybrid strains, such as Sour Diesel and Cheesel, that are popular among medical patients for stress-relieving and energizing properties.
Diffuser: An extra piece to a bong that enhances airflow and provides a smoother, cleaner experience. They force the smoke to pass through the water in the bong to clear it of any burnt plant matter before reaching your lungs. Diffusers can be as simple as a straight tube, or they can be extremely complex with multiple additions, shapes, and holes to provide extra filtering. Worth noting that, the more complex the diffuser, the harder it is to clean.
Dime Bag: Also known as Sawbuck: A bag of marijuana that costs $10.
Dispensary: Dispensaries traditionally distribute medication and other medical supplies to anyone with a prescription, known in the UK as a pharmacy. Cannabis dispensaries are quite similar, although they specifically dispense medical cannabis.
Distro: Also known as: dispensary: This is a corporate-owned dispensary or vertically integrated cannabis business model. These companies are often referred to as a ‘distro’ which is short for ‘distribution’. This moniker relates to the fact that the company distributes cannabis to the public, and is used more for corporate cannabis entities rather than small businesses.
Ditch Weed: Also known as: Schwag, Ragweed, Dirt Grass: Also called “feral cannabis.” Essentially, this refers to cannabis plants found growing in the wild. These plants are remnants of the days when industrial hemp was grown in the midwest, and as a result, they have little-to-no THC content and are not necessarily suitable for consumption. While some entities put forth efforts to eradicate ditch weed, it’s a low priority for many, since it’s similar to trying to get rid of thistle or dandelions.
Dome: Typically made of glass, a dome fits over the nail of a dab or oil rig to capture all of the vapor created when the concentrate hits the nail. They’re essential if you want to get the most out of each dab. Domes can be simple, but it’s common to see domes made with ornate and unique designs. You’re sure to find one that fits both your piece and your aesthetic.
Down Smoke: Secondhand smoke, inhaled either from someone’s lit cannabis or as another has exhaled it. Lengthy exposure to down smoke in an unventilated room (also known as hotboxing) can result in a contact high, but it will not be as strong as one achieved through direct consumption. However, it’s not possible to get high or test positive for THC from catching a whiff of someone’s joint, or from being with a smoker in a ventilated room.
Downstem: Essential for bong operation, a downstem is a small, removable piece of glass that houses ground cannabis. Once lit, the user inhales from the mouthpiece, filling the chamber with smoke. Removing the downstem at this point then allows the user to inhale the produced smoke inside the chamber. They also tend to be the most delicate part of the bong, but thankfully, many head shops and dispensaries sell spares.
Dub Sack: Roughly USD 20 worth of cannabis. “Dub” as a term is borrowed from West Coast car culture, as many in the scene use it to refer to the oft-coveted 20-inch tire rim. As measuring by weight and not monetary value becomes more common, this term is slowly leaving the stoner lexicon. However, it may continue to prevail in prohibition areas, where monetary value continues to be the standard measurement when purchasing cannabis.
Dugout: A small, portable, traditionally wooden box that holds a one-hitter pipe (or pre-rolled joint) and amount of ground cannabis for on-the-go smoking. They’re considered a discreet option to carrying cannabis, and they don’t take up very much space in a pocket or purse. Today, dugouts are made in a variety of colors and durable materials, and ultra-luxe, artisan wood options exist for the classy toker.
Earwax: Hash oil which has been whipped and heated during the extraction process for a lighter viscosity. As a result, it’s referred to as “earwax” or even just “wax.” This term is also used as a synonym for concentrate, due to its amber colour and goopy consistency. It rose to popularity sometime around 2013, and many stoners at the time saw it as a new and exciting innovation in cannabis use due to its potency.
Edible: An edible is a marijuana-infused food item. Edibles are typically made with cannabutter, a substance that is a combination of butter and the THC from marijuana, but can also be made with other forms of concentrated cannabis. Common marijuana edibles include brownies, cookies, candies, teas and drinks.
Eighth: An eighth is the most commonly purchased amount of marijuana. It represents one-eighth of an ounce. People tend to buy eighths as they are easy to transport and affordable.
Elvis: A term named after the classic Rock n Roll singer Elvis Presley, and his famous sideburns, therefore, if you Elvis a joint, you’ve burned it too much on one side than the other, and have created a “sideburn”.
Endo: Also called “indo”: While the origin of the phrase seems hard to pin down, most agree that it generally refers to cannabis plants that are grown indoors using hydroponic systems. Indoor-grown cannabis is favoured over plants grown outdoors by many since temperature and weather control results in a consistently high-quality product. In fact, high-quality weed is often called endo as slang. This term can also be used as a shortening of the “endocannabinoid system,” but this is not as common. In simple terms, the endocannabinoid system or ECS is the aspect of the human nervous system responsible for getting humans high. When weed is consumed, these transmitters bind to the THC receptors introduced into your system, resulting in that familiar pleasant feeling of being high. Health-conscious consumers may be interested in diet tips or other research that can enhance the effects of this system.
Extract: Also known as: Concentrate: Extracted material from the cannabis plant, resulting in much more powerful high. A solvent is used to pull the most desirable parts of the plant and keep them in a consumable state, ready to be extracted and inhaled when heat is applied. The concentrate comes in various forms, running the gamut between liquids and solids, and can be consumed in any way that applies intense heat using methods varying from high-tech vaporizing rigs to blasting it with a blowtorch.
Fatty: An excessively packed joint or blunt. Perfect for passing around with a group. Fatties can contain flowers alone or they can contain extra goodies like kief, oil, or wax that increase the effects. They’re often rolled for the “wow” factor or for when you’re feeling especially indulgent, but having them regularly isn’t cost-effective.
Fire: While it can be used to describe strong, high-quality cannabis positively, Fire is also the name of a specific Indica-dominant strain. It earned its name from its appearance. The little red hairs growing all over the nuggets give it the look of being ablaze. Many see it as the perfect remedy for unwinding after a stressful day, although it may be too strong for the inexperienced smoker.
Florist: Some growers and distributors like to refer to themselves as florists, this seems to be an obvious tongue-in-cheek reference to their work with plants. Despite this usage, actual florists who work with cannabis do exist. They craft beautiful bouquets for weddings and other events that feature nugs of cannabis nestled artfully among their fellow flowers. While the reaction is mixed to this innovative idea, it’s safe to say that cannabis can be elevated to more than just a consumable.
Flower: Also known as: Green or Bud: The smokable (or concentratable, or decarbable, etc.) bud of the cannabis plant. It is usually cured, and it takes the appearance of densely packed green nuggets, sometimes with hairs of red or orange here and there. The most common preparation of flower is to grind and smoke it. When decarbed, it can be used like any other dried herb in foods to transform any dish into an edible.
Flower Child: Originating as a synonym for hippie, especially among the idealistic young people who gathered in San Francisco and the surrounding area during the Summer of Love in 1967. It was the custom of “flower children” to wear and distribute flowers or floral-themed decorations to symbolize ideals of universal belonging, peace, and love. The mass media picked up on the term and used it to refer in a broad sense to any hippie. Flower children were also associated with the flower power political movement, which originated in ideas written by Allen Ginsberg in 1965.
Fried: Also known as: stoned, baked, or bouldered: Excessively high. As it originally was used to describe the effects of hallucinogenic drugs, it tends to emphasize the psychoactive effects of weed, such as couchlock and altered perception. This term can also have a negative connotation, as it’s often used to refer to burnouts or people who indulge too much and too often.
G: One gram of cannabis. Cannabis is measured in metric grams, and the symbol of this measurement (g) soon integrated into stoner slang. Usually, one gram is the smallest amount of flower available for purchase in a dispensary or adult-use storefront. While it may not seem like much, a gram is good for at least two or three decently sized joints, or, you can go all the way and put it all into one fatty.
Ganja: The oldest English-language slang term for cannabis, dating back to before the 1700’s; it’s derived from the Sanskrit word for cannabis, gañjā. Probably the most common nickname for weed in Jamaica, it gained traction in the United States after Peter Tosh (formerly of The Wailers) used it in his 1975 song Legalize It.
Gasper: An older term for an especially strong joint or blunt, but it originally meant tobacco cigarettes. This term was popular among soldiers in the British Army in the early 1900’s because it was believed that the unfiltered, high-tar cigarettes soldiers smoked leading them to gasp for air during training. In the context of cannabis joints, the term suggests that it will leave you coughing and gasping after smoking it.
Generation Joint: Also known as: snipe: The culmination of many roaches broken up and rolled into one joint filled with generations of cannabis. Roaches from generation joints can then be saved and rolled up into what can become a multi-generational smoke. These date back to the age of flower children and aren’t that popular in modern cannabis culture due to the not-so-fresh flavour.
Glass: Commonly used term for a bong or pipe being used for smoking. Glass is an excellent medium for cannabis consumption, as it is easily cleaned and retains its integrity even at extreme temperatures. Also, a skilled glass artist can make some amazing looking designs. Pipes and bongs can be minimalistic, but many consumers think of their glass as a vessel for artistic expression. It’s quite common to see gorgeous glasswork of differing colors, textures, and patterns for sale in a head shop or dispensary.
Green: It’s no wonder that the term “green” became slang for cannabis, high-quality weed is well-known for its lush colouring. It likely originated as a more low-key way of referring to weed in areas where it’s illegal, but nowadays it’s pretty much common usage. The colour itself is also used to on adult use storefronts and medical dispensaries (such as on green crosses or signage) that signal the sale of cannabis and its related paraphernalia.
Green Crack: An energizing Sativa strain popular for its powerfully energetic effects. While the name implies that it’s similar to other uppers, it’s likely not as unhealthy (or illegal). It’s a great choice for people seeking relief from fatigue, stress, or depression. The name has met some controversy in recent years because some advocates believe it perpetuates a negative image of cannabis, so it’s not uncommon to see it go by other names, such as “Green Kush.”
Green Out: A distressing feeling of nausea and anxiety that can occasionally happen from indulging in too much THC. Greening out often manifests itself as vomiting, dizziness, and excessive sweating as well as paranoia and anxiety. It can happen to anyone from first-time users to experienced stoners, but rest assured that no one has ever died from it.
Grinder: A device used to shred cannabis flowers and buds. Grinders are generally metal, wood, or plastic, and they have sharp teeth to easily tear cannabis buds into loose-leaf material that is suitable for packing into a joint or glass.
Half: A standard measurement for purchasing cannabis flower, equivalent to half an ounce. While price varies depending on location, it tends to cost around $100. However, consumers receive a lot of product in return, enough for an average of 30 joints. People tend to buy halves of strains that they already know they enjoy, which means they don’t have to stock up as often.
Hash: While this term is occasionally used as slang for all types of cannabis, hash (or hashish) specifically refers to THC-heavy resin extracted from cannabis flowers. Hash can be smoked or ingested depending on its consistency, and it has a long history as part of the North Indian and Nepalese cultures. In the late 19th century, it became popular in the Western world as famous writers (including Victor Hugo and Charles Baudelaire) began using it recreationally at a hashish club in Paris. While it never really caught on in the US, hash tends to be the preferred method of consumption for European stoners.
The consistency and appearance of hash tends to vary depending on the process and amount of leftover plant material (e.g. chlorophyll). It is typically solid, though its consistency ranges from brittle to malleable. It is most commonly light or dark brown in colour, though may appear transparent, yellow, black, or red.
Haze: A Sativa-dominant variety of cannabis first grown in Santa Cruz, CA during the 1960s. Its high-energy, “buzzy” properties make it a popular choice when shopping for hybrids, and as such, you’ll find many strains on the market bearing the Haze name. Haze is perfect for consumers looking for a refreshing, cerebral high that may also help manage pain, stress, and depression if used medicinally.
Head Change: A phrase referring to the psychoactive and emotional effects of a high. It implies that cannabis will change your headspace for the better. Indeed, ganja can put users in another headspace, and some stoners attest to its “opening” or “expanding” their worldview in new and exciting ways. As long as you partake responsibly, there’s nothing wrong with getting a head change every now and again.
Henry: Also known as: eighth, slice: London street slang for an eighth of an ounce of marijuana flower. This term is a tongue-in-cheek reference to former king Henry the 8th and is often used as a replacement in mixed company to talk about weed without being outed as someone who smokes it.
Herb: Also known as: green, bud, flower: Ground cannabis. It’s not surprising to learn that, when ground or shredded, cannabis flower can look like any other fresh herb, like basil or oregano. In fact, cannabis is considered an herbal remedy, since it’s a naturally occurring plant that has many nutritional and medicinal properties! Also, cannabis flower can be used as a garnish in weed-infused dishes, much like other culinary herbs.
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Hippie (Either spelled as hippy or hippie) is a member of the counterculture sparked out of the mid 1960s, originally a youth movement that began in the United States during this time and spread to other countries around the world. The word hippie came from hipster and was used to describe beatniks who moved into New York City’s Greenwich Village, San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district, and Chicago’s Old Town community. The term hippie first found popularity in San Francisco with Herb Caen, who was a journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle.
The origins of the name is uncertain, but by the 1940s, both had become part of African American jive slang and meant “sophisticated; currently fashionable; fully up-to-date”. The Beats adopted the term hip, and early hippies inherited the language and countercultural values of the Beat Generation. Hippies created their own communities, listened to psychedelic music, embraced the sexual revolution, and many used drugs such as marijuana and LSD to explore altered states of consciousness.
Hippie Lettuce: We think this is reasonably obviously slang for weed, or green, often used by those who don’t smoke often (or at all). The name comes from the association of cannabis with the hippie movement of the 1960s. Cannabis is also green, so the association with lettuce was only natural. This term is sometimes used facetiously by stoners who like to joke about the “reefer madness” crazes of old.
Hit: A hit is a reference to sucking marijuana smoke down into your lungs from any type of smoking device.
Many other names exist for this activity, some of these include:
Flying the Mexican airlines
Puff the dragon
The Great British Bake Off
Hog Leg: Also known as fatty: In the Wild West of the United States, hog legs were large, single-action revolvers carried by cowboys. The term lends itself quite well to its current usage: describing huge, overstuffed joints. Unlike their namesakes, they tend to be quite impractical, so the common recommendation is to split a hog leg into multiple joints instead of smoking one large one.
Hookah: A device used for slow, gentle smoking of flavoured tobacco and cannabis. The hookah has a lot of history and cultural significance to the peoples of South Asia and the Middle East, and in the 1970s, hookah bars and lounges began popping up in the United States as a place for people to gather and smoke together. Some hookahs can be multi-stemmed, allowing for more than one person to draw smoke from it at once, but it’s also common for people to simply pass the pipe around.
Hot Box: Also known as: Clam Baking: Hot boxing is the act of smoking cannabis in a small, enclosed space. This fills the space with smoke, resulting (in theory) in each breath getting you a little higher. Popular hot box locations include cars or bathrooms, but more ambitious smokers may aim to hotbox larger rooms.
Hybrid: The effects of Indicas, Sativas and Ruderalis differ for many smokers, but it is possible to have the best of both worlds. Hybrids are strains made by crossbreeding more than one different plant phenotypes resulting in genetics with a unique combination of effects from both parents. Some hybrids can be 50/50 strains, meaning they’re a perfect balance, but Indica-dominant, Sativa-dominant and Ruderalis-dominant hybrids exist for those who prefer one over the other.
Hydro: An abbreviation for hydroponics, a form of gardening with nutrients dissolved in water rather than soil. Amateur and hobbyist growers benefit from hydroponic growing due to ease of production and lack of need for soil. It also does not require as much water as traditional gardening. While many vegetables can be grown with this method, it’s become a popular choice for those who grow cannabis. Hydro-grown weed is known for higher levels of THC.
i502 (WA): Washington Initiative 502, also known as i502, was the ballot initiative to legalise the sale and consumption of cannabis products in the state of Washington. It appeared as part of the November 2012 ballot and was approved by popular vote soon after. i502 also mandates a tax on cannabis products while using the revenue for substance abuse prevention and education. It is similar to Amendment 64 in Colorado, Prop 215 (CA) and Prop 64 (CA) its inclusion on the ballot resulted in some of the highest voter turnouts in the nation.
Ice Wax: Ice wax extracts are a type of solventless extract that involves cooling cannabis with ice to agitate and separate trichomes from the plant, allowing for the filtering process. Ice wax is known for the way that it melts when heated and for its powder-like appearance as opposed to the more oily appearance of extracts made with solvents. It’s considered to be one of the most potent forms of solventless extract, and its quick and easy method of production lends well to DIY projects.
Indica: One of three main species of cannabis plant, the other being Sativa. Indicas originate from the Indian subcontinent and generally are regarded as having more stoney, body-affecting, relaxing effects than Sativa plants. Indicas are perfect for nighttime use and can assist medical patients with sleep or anxiety issues. An annual plant in the family Cannabaceae. It is a putative species of the genus Cannabis. Whether it and Cannabis sativa are truly separate species is a matter of debate. The Cannabis indica plant is cultivated for many purposes; for example, the plant fibers can be converted into cloth. Cannabis indica produces large amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The higher concentrations of THC provide euphoric and intoxicating effects making it popular for use both as a recreational and medicinal drug.
Iso: Isopropyl alcohol, also known as iso, is used for many cannabis-related applications. It is uniquely suited for cleaning resin and ash from glass, as well as being a useful solvent in concentrate creation. Many stoners who take a DIY approach for making extracts have their own special methods of production involving iso although using Iso for home extracts can be dangerous.
Jefferson Airplane: Named as a direct reference to the popular counterculture rock band, a Jefferson Airplane is a matchstick broken into a “V” formation that can be used as an improvised roach clip. This allows the user to smoke the very end of a joint without burning their fingers.
Jelly Hash: A slang term for the common mixture of cannabis water hash and cannabis hash oil. It is often referred to as ‘jelly’ because the oil does not mix well with the water, usually resulting in a jelly-like substance. This combination of water hash and hash oil is known for its strong potency, thanks to ingestion of two types of extract at the same time. Making jelly hash is fairly uncomplicated: simply add hash oil to some water hash under a small flame and mix the two together until the solution is mostly homogeneous.
Joint: Also known as: pre-roll or Left-Handed Cigarette: One of the most common forms of consuming cannabis. A joint is a rolled cigarette that contains cannabis instead of tobacco, or often a mixture of the two. To make a joint, a smoker distributes a strip of ground cannabis onto a cigarette paper then rolls it to form a cigarette using water or saliva to create a seal. Both or one end may be twisted for extra security. Many also use a filter or a roach to create a lighter smoking experience.
A load of other names for a joint are in common use, here’s a few for your reading pleasure:
J or Jay
K.G.B: An acronym for “Killer Green Bud”: Super-potent weed. It may also refer to the acronym of the KGB (Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti), a law-enforcement agency in the Soviet Union. The effects of “Killer Green Bud” tends to be strong and fairly sedative making it a great choice for experienced smokers seeking something relaxing for nighttime use.
Kaya: A Jamaican slang term for cannabis that was originally popularised by reggae legend Bob Marley. Marley frequently referred to cannabis as Kaya in his music and even released an album of the same name. The origination of the term is unknown, but it seems to be related to the Caribbean English word “kayakiit,” which is a medicinal herb.
Kief: Also known as: Dusties: A term for the dust or resin that gathers at the bottom of a grinder or chop tin. This is saved and smoked to either elevate a bowl or in times when bud is low, it’s commonly used in cooking edibles as well. Dusties is slang most commonly used in Australia.
Pronounced [keːf, ki(ː)f, kɪf]; from Arabic كيف (kayf) ‘pleasure’), sometimes transliterated as keef, also known as cannabis crystals among other names, refers to the resinous trichomes of cannabis that may accumulate in containers or be sifted from loose, dry cannabis Infructescence with a mesh screen or sieve. Like some other cannabis concentrates, it contains a much higher concentration of THC and other psychoactive cannabinoids, such as than that of the cannabis Infructescence from which it is derived. Due to the fact that it contains a higher level of THC many consumers choose to add collected kief to their marijuana for a more intense “high”; by the same token, this preparation may induce unexpected levels of intoxication.
Traditionally, kief has been pressed into cakes of hashish for convenience in storage, although it can be vaporised or smoked in either form. After the kief is collected it is heated and pressurised, resulting in hashish. (possibly more information in our recipes section)
In Morocco, kief also refers to a traditional mix of finely-chopped marijuana and indigenous tobacco, which is distinctly different from trichome powder. It is usually smoked in a long pipe called a sebsi. In other countries, such as the US and those of Western Europe, kief is used to make products via infusions. Some examples are baked cookies or brownies or other edibles. Due to its potency, however, some consumers use only a small quantity of kief in order to limit its effects.
Kind: Also known as: Kind Bud: Considered by many as the best marijuana one can find. Kind is marijuana that has been carefully grown to be extremely potent and give you an intense, one-of-a-kind high. Growing practices are getting more specified and cannabis growers are paying more attention to their practice in order to make the best weed possible. Kind usually costs more, but is worth it in the end because you don’t have to smoke as much and the high is much more intense.
Kush: This term is used generally to refer to cannabis, but it can more specifically to refer to a subset of Indicas that originate in the Middle East and Northwestern India. The most famous of these is OG Kush, which is widely available at most dispensaries. Kush tends to be deep green with hints of purple throughout, and it usually has a sedative effect.
Laughing Grass: A common slang term for cannabis. Refers specifically to the euphoric and energising effects of THC consumption, and the use of “grass” as a slang term. While this term is losing popularity in recent times, it tends to be used in a more quirky, tongue-in-cheek way by some users.
Lid: Common terminology used in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s to describe approximately an ounce of cannabis. While opinions on the origin of this term seems to be varied, many agree that it comes from the specific style of coffee cans used during the 1960s, the lids of which peeled off like sardine tins. A lid can also be equivalent to about four fingers’ (measured horizontally against the container) worth of weed.
Live Resin: A form of concentrate harvested from freshly bloomed cannabis plants that aren’t cured. They get their name because the aroma and taste are more similar to a live cannabis plant than any other extract. Concentrates that are made in this way also result in a viscous consistency that many find perfect for dabbing.
Loud: Also known as: killer green bud, KGB, or top shelf: Cannabis described in this way is especially potent and has an odour so strong that if it was a noise the only way to describe it would be ‘Loud’. Loud weed is said by many to be stronger and faster-acting than normal product, and while it can get users higher faster, it can often also cause negative side effects like anxiety.
Marijuana Cigarette: Quite simply another term for a joint. Often used by people who are inexperienced pot smokers.
Mary Jane: A play on words deriving from a literal translation of the Spanish word “marijuana.” It’s a common nickname for weed, and it especially became popular due to Rick James’ 1978 hit of the same title, in which he proclaims to be in love with a woman (aptly called Mary Jane) who always knows how to make him feel better. As the song says, cannabis can be used to relieve depression and anxiety symptoms, and it’s also perfect for when you just want a nice, relaxing time.
Matchbox: The traditional measurement of cannabis in edible products, such as chews, tinctures, and drinks. It’s usually shortened to mg. Most edibles contain about 5-10mg of THC, CBD or both. The near-universal metric system is used for the sale and dispensary of medication so that physicians and patients alike, regardless of their backgrounds, understand how much product is being discussed. Using the metric system for cannabis emphasises its medicinal benefits and allows for dosages to be adjusted accordingly.
Medical: Cannabis has been used medically for centuries across hundreds of different cultures. In adult-use states, the term Medical applies to products used by patients rather than recreationally. With unique anti-inflammatory properties, cannabis and CBD products have been used by patients to treat pain, swelling, anxiety, insomnia, appetite loss and much more.
Mota: Literally translated as “speck” or “mote,” this word is Spanish slang that is meant to describe a small amount of cannabis. This term is used in Latin America and many southern states in the US where Mexican immigrants have settled. The term is also lent to a heavy cannabis strain ironically called ‘Motavation’.
Mother: The botanical term for a large, flowering female plant from which smaller plants can be grown and harvested. When well-maintained, a mother plant can be kept alive for years and build a strong genetic lineage of the cultivar. Careful timing of harvesting from mother plants also allows growers to keep a steady supply of their strains of choice on hand.
Muggles: Also known as: joint, pre-roll: Long before the Harry Potter series used this term to refer to non-magical humans, “muggles” were, quite simply, joints. A 1931 Time Magazine article details the rising popularity of cannabis and specifically refers to muggles, along with “reefers” and “Mary Warners,” as terms used to describe cigarettes filled with ground, dried cannabis. Almost unsurprisingly, J.K. Rowling was not aware of the word’s history, as she simply chose it because of how silly it sounded.
Nug: Derived from “nugget,” nug is a synonym for the dried bud of the cannabis plant. Most cannabis flower is sold in bud form, allowing users to choose based on trichomes and customise their own grind. Nugs can vary wildly in size depending on the plant, which is why selling by weight is so popular.
Oil: Cannabis oil is a form of concentrate that is extracted using alcohol or CO2. As the name suggests, the product has a liquid quality and can be smoked, vaped, or ingested. A little cannabis oil can go a long way, so they’re perfect for those looking for a more efficient option.
Hash oil is also known as “honey oil” or simply “cannabis oil”, is obtained by the extraction of cannabis or hashish. It is a cannabis concentrate containing many of its resins and terpenes – in particular, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and other cannabinoids. There are various extraction methods, most involving a solvent, such as butane or ethanol. Hash oil is usually consumed by smoking, vaporising or eating, it may be sold in cartridges used with pen vaporisers. Preparations of hash oil may be solid or colloidal depending on both production method and temperature and are usually identified by their appearance or characteristics. Colour most commonly ranges from transparent golden or light brown, to tan or black. Cannabis retailers in California have reported about 40% of their sales are from cannabis oils. Hash oil is an extracted cannabis product that may use any part of the plant, with minimal or no residual solvent. It is generally thought to be indistinct from traditional hashish, according to the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (Schedule I and IV), as it is “the separated resin, whether crude or purified, obtained from the cannabis plant”.
Ounce: Also known as: Zip, or Zone: A standard measurement of cannabis for sale and purchase, equivalent to one ounce (oz). The price of an ounce varies depending on legality and location, but consumers should expect to pay at least $150 to $200 USD in a storefront setting. One ounce of weed equates to about 28 grams, which means that it’s an investment that should last even an avid smoker a good while.
Pakalolo: The Hawaiian word for cannabis, which spread into English language usage during World War II. It gained a resurgence in popularity after its use in a biography on former president Barack Obama, where it’s revealed that he used to smoke pakalolo quite regularly. It tends to be used most often in beach settings, and the term itself can also be used to describe a person who smokes cannabis.
Papers: Also known as: skins: Rolling papers used for making joints. Purchased from dispensaries, head shops, or convenience stores, papers come in a variety of formats including standard paper, flavoured, or printed with designs. Some luxury companies even offer rolling papers made of 24K gold! Stoners who favour joints will usually have a preferred brand of rolling paper, or at the very least one they swear won’t rip or tear.
Paraphernalia: A term which denotes any equipment, product or accessory that is intended or modified for making, using, or concealing cannabis.
Percolator: A chamber built into glass for the additional filtration of smoke. This allows for smoother inhalation and less irritation in the mouth, throat, and lungs. Percolators come in various styles and methods of filtration, but always help smooth the experience. Generally speaking, the more complex the percolator, the more filtered your smoking experience. However, intricately designed percolators can be tougher to clean.
Phenotype: The scientific term for biological components of the cannabis plant that determine flavour profile, texture, and several other factors. A plant’s traits are inherited from the plants bred to create it, and as such, the result can resemble anything along the spectrum between its parents. This is why some batches of bud look different from others, even when they’re the same strain! Having a dedicated mother plant helps with keeping your product as consistent as possible.
Pinner: An intentionally small joint made that way either to save flower or to allow only a mild high. Named for the pin-like nature of the roll, pinners are excellent for introducing someone new to the experience of cannabis, for sharing a favourite strain with a friend, or rolling up for a quick break from work.
Pressed Hash: Compressed trichomes separated from cannabis flowers using a variety of methods. This incredibly potent mode of cannabis consumption originated in the Middle East where it’s used for medicinal and spiritual purposes. Pressing hash (usually into a puck shape) allows for convenient transportation and consumption, not to mention a heavy effect, especially in the context of adult use.
Prop 215 (CA): A California proposition passed in 1996, allowing for the licensed legal sale and possession of cannabis for medical purposes. With the abundance of benefits from CBD specifically, medical cannabis has become a major method of sustaining health. While cannabis is still federally illegal, the state of California is one of an increasing number that makes cannabis available for medical use. Similar amendments occurred with Amendment 64, i502 (WA) and Prop 64 (CA).
Prop 64 (CA): Also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, Prop 64 legalised the consumption and growing of cannabis by adults over the age of 21 for recreational purposes. While cannabis is still federally illegal, the state of California is one of an increasing number that makes cannabis available for recreational use. Similar amendments occurred with Amendment 64, i502 (WA) and Prop 215 (CA).
Purps: Strains of cannabis that feature purple hues in their flower buds. The colour comes from the flavonoid anthocyanin, which utilises its colour in nature to attract insects and increase pollination. Many consumers believe the purple colour is a sign of quality or potency, though this is difficult to confirm.
Q: Also known as a quarter, this measures out to approximately 7 grams, exactly one-quarter of an ounce. This is one of the standard quantities cannabis can be sold in, and it usually ranges in price from $50 to $90 depending on location and legality. One Q is generally enough for about 15 generously packed joints, and depending on your experience level, a bulk purchase like this can last a good while.
QWISO: An acronym that stands for Quick Wash in ISOpropyl (alcohol). This is a method of creating a cannabis extract by washing flower in isopropyl, resulting in minimal contaminants and potent extract. QWISO extract is easy to make at home, and there are plenty of online guides detailing how to do this process.
Reclaim: Cannabis resin buildup on glass as a result of vaping or dabbing. This can be harvested in several ways, including mildly boiling the glass in milk to create a potent brew known as “stem milk.” Reclaim can also be obtained by soaking glass in isopropyl alcohol and used as a form of concentrate.
Recreational: Also known as: Adult Use: Legal cannabis not officially designated for medical purposes is often called recreational or adult-use cannabis. Recreational users consume cannabis for a pleasurable altered state of consciousness, similar to the use of alcohol or tobacco. Laws for recreational and adult-use often vary from place to place, and in some cases, they can vary between cities. To enter a cannabis storefront for recreational products in the United States, you will need to be at least 21 years old and present a valid, unexpired state ID.
Reefer: A commonplace slang term for cannabis. While the exact origins of this phrase is uncertain, one potential origin is the Spanish word “grifa,” a term for cannabis. The word was popularised as slang by the film Reefer Madness (1936), an early anti-cannabis propaganda film that has gained cult status for its, frankly, ridiculous plot.
Ripped: This term can be used to describe the action of smoking, or ripping, from a bong or to describe an intense and almost overwhelming high. A person who is ripped will likely be couch-locked and cotton-mouthed. However, they will not green out, being ripped is intended to be a positive, pleasant feeling.
Roach: Otherwise known as a filter, tip or crutch, this is a small bit of stiff paper that acts as a mouthpiece for a joint. When done correctly, a roach prevents burnt plant matter from reaching your lips, mouth, and lungs by providing a buffer between the burning part of the joint. Some rolling paper companies provide pre-made crutches for ease of use, while other manufacturers sell reusable ones made of glass to reduce paper waste.
Ruderalis: A low-THC variety or subspecies of Cannabis which is native to Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. Many scholars accept Cannabis ruderalis as its own species due to its unique traits and phenotypes which distinguish it from Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa; however, it is widely debated by many other scholars as to whether or not Ruderalis is a subspecies of Cannabis Sativa.
Cannabis Ruderalis was first described by Russian botanist D. E. Janischewsky in 1924. The term Ruderalis is derived from the Latin rūdera, which is the plural form of rūdus, a Latin word meaning rubble, lump, or rough piece of bronze. A ruderal species refers to any plant that is the first to colonise land after a disturbance removing competition. Cannabis Ruderalis is smaller than other species of Cannabis, and rarely grows over two feet in height. Plants have “thin, slightly fibrous stems” with little branching. Foliage is typically open with large leaves, it reaches maturity much quicker than other species of Cannabis, typically in a five to seven week period from seed.
Unlike other species of cannabis, Ruderalis enters the flowering stage based on the maturity of the plant, rather than its light cycle.
Although it has less THC in its resin compared to other Cannabis species, it is often higher in cannabidiol (CBD). Ruderalis is traditionally used in Russian and Mongolian folk medicine, especially for uses in treating depression.
In modern use, Ruderalis has been crossed with Bedrocan strains to produce the strain Bediol for patients with medical prescriptions. Ruderalis plants are valuable for patients looking to treat anxiety or epilepsy, and are also being used as a form of cancer treatment as well as sclerosis and loss of appetite.
Safety Meeting: Covert slang for having a smoke session. It’s often used by outdoorsy people such as camp counsellors and river guides as an excuse as to why they need to break away from the group for a bit. It’s a good code phrase that keeps kids (and sometimes adults) from joining in, as a safety meeting sounds like a pretty boring way to spend your time.
Sandwich Bag: Also called “baggies”: Sandwich bags are the common packaging method of cannabis in prohibition areas. Sandwich bags are cheap, easy to obtain and allow consumers to carry the product without being too smelly. In legal dispensaries and storefronts, this method of packaging has been replaced by glass jars and vacuum-seal mylar bags that give the product longer shelf life.
Sativa: One of three most popular species of cannabis plant, the others being Indica and Ruderalis. Regarded as clear-headed, uplifting and energising. Sativas are great for getting in the right headspace for creative work and physical activities such as hikes or workouts, but some especially potent strains can actually induce anxiety attacks instead of relieve them. It is an annual herbaceous flowering plant indigenous to eastern Asia but now of cosmopolitan distribution due to widespread cultivation. It has been cultivated throughout recorded history, used as a source of industrial fiber, seed oil, food, recreation, religious and spiritual moods and medicine. Each part of the plant is harvested differently, depending on the purpose of its use. The species was first classified by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The word “sativa” means things that are cultivated. Although the main psychoactive constituent of Cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the plant is known to contain more than 500 compounds, among them at least 113 cannabinoids; however, most of these “minor” cannabinoids are only produced in trace amounts. Besides THC, another cannabinoid produced in high concentrations by some plants is cannabidiol (CBD), which is not psychoactive but has recently been shown to block the effect of THC in the nervous system. Differences in the chemical composition of Cannabis varieties may produce different effects in humans. Sativa seeds are often used to make hempseed oil which can be used for cooking, lamps, lacquers, or paints. They can also be used as caged-bird feed, as they provide a source of nutrients for most animals. The flowers and fruits (and to a lesser extent the leaves, stems, and seeds) contain psychoactive chemical compounds known as cannabinoids that are consumed for recreational, medicinal, and spiritual purposes. When so used, preparations of flowers and fruits (called marijuana) and leaves and preparations derived from resinous extract (e.g., hashish) are consumed by smoking, vaporising, and oral ingestion. Historically, tinctures, teas, and ointments have also been common preparations. In traditional medicine of India in particular Sativa has been used as hallucinogenic, hypnotic, sedative, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory agent.
Schwag: Low grade marijuana that will only get you high if you smoke a large amount.
Sensimilla: This term refers to the unfertilised cannabis plant and directly translates to “seedless”. When a female cannabis plant is unfertilised it does not grow seeds and instead grows dense, sticky colas. This is the desired plant life cycle for cannabis growers, and the term is often used to describe quality, top-shelf buds.
Shatter: A generally solid type of concentrate that is brittle and resembles jagged shards. Shatter is usually made as one large solid sheet of concentrate and then is cracked into small, consumable pieces. It is more stable at higher temperatures than butter and other extract consistencies, so many prefer to dab these products at higher temperatures than a live resin or rosin.
Shotgunning: The act of inhaling cannabis smoke or vapour before putting your lips to another person’s and exhaling the cannabis smoke directly into their mouth. The recipient will then inhale the smoke and both parties will get high from the one hit. This is often seen as a romantic gesture, or at the very least one signifying closeness between the participants.
Skin Up: A phrase meaning the act of rolling up a joint that is popular in the United Kingdom. It is a reference to the word skins, a common UK term for papers. Though originally the term was used as a verb to roll up, it is not mostly used concerning rolling marijuana into a joint or pinner.
Skins: Also known as: Papers and Zig Zags: Used about rolling papers, especially in the United Kingdom. It is also used as a verb in the term ‘skin up’ which means to roll a joint. The origin of this term is murky, but it could be a reference to the similarity that a function of a paper has to the function of skin for the human body. The term was popularised with American teens after the drama of the same name was released for television.
Skunk: A Dutch cultivated hybrid Cannabis plant that is a cross mix between Cannabis Sativa and Indica. It has the high and flavour of the Sativa combined with the fast growing and blooming of the Indica.
The plant was cultivated and stabilised in the late 70’s and was a mix of Afghan Indica, Acapulco Gold, Mexican Sativa and Colombian Gold Sativa. It has become a sort of his own with all kinds of varieties (White Widow, Haze, Northern Lights, Orange Bud, etc, etc.) and is cultivated for weed consumption. The THC-quantities these plants can achieve range anywhere from 8% up to more than 20% depending on the variety that is used. This is mostly down to breeding and selection.
Slang Terminology: Most slang names for cannabis originated during the jazz era, general names at this time were – Weed, Reefer, Gauge, and Jive. Weed is still probably the most commonly used slang term for marijuana. New slang terms for how people administer cannabis, for the people themselves, and for the apparatus they use are constantly being invented, we’ve added a fair few here, but this is by no means a comprehensive list:
Bag of Bones
Blaze or Blazed
Boo boo bama
Buzz or Buzzed
Coliflor Tostao (Spanish)
David Kenneth James Martin
Doña Juanita (“Lady Jane” in Spanish)
El Gallo (Spanish for “Rooster”)
Ice Water Hash
Jay or J
Pakalolo (Hawaiian for “crazy tobacco”)
The Great British Bake Off
Solar Bowls: The act of smoking weed using a magnifying glass to concentrate sunlight onto dried herbs packed in a bowl. Solar bowls use absolutely no butane or lighters to combust herbs, making for a very smooth hit. This is a fun method for inhaling cannabis but can prove more challenging in foggy or cloudy climates.
Sour Diesel: classic cannabis strain dating back to the 1990s with uplifting and focused Sativa-dominant effects. The name comes from the gassy aroma and flavour that the buds give off while flowering. When breeding new genetics, Sour Diesel crossed with OG Kush leads to the classic phenotype Chem Dawg. Though origins of this beloved marijuana are unknown, all signs point to the East Coast where the black market still demands Diesel strains.
Spicy: Also known as: Spliff: This term is used as an adjective that describes the addition of tobacco in a rolled joint. When cannabis and tobacco are rolled together the addition of loose tobacco creates a more musky flavour that a pure cannabis joint creating a flavour that one could refer to as spiced. This term has nothing to do with the synthetic cannabis product that is often called ‘Spice’.
Spliff: Also known as: Spicy: Derived from the phrase “split the difference,” a spliff is a joint that includes tobacco alongside flower (or kief, or hash…). This term is especially popular in Europe, and some argue that they must be rolled in the European style to be considered a “true” spliff. Joints tend to be more popular in the United States, but every so often you’ll meet a stoner who exclusively rolls spliffs.
Sploof: A device used to mask the odor of cannabis smoke. These devices are very popular in dorm rooms and hotels with strict smoking policies. Throughout history, most sploofs have been homemade. One common method is stuffing a tube with dryer sheets to exhale into in hopes that the smoke will come out the other end with the aroma of dryer sheets. In response to the adult-use market, the cannabis industry has created several advanced devices on the market today.
Sticky Icky: A colloquial term for excellent cannabis buds that references the sticky nature of trichome dense top-shelf cannabis. The phrase was made popular by West Coast hip hop legends in two songs released in November of 1999. Originally E-40 used the term in his 1999 bop “Do What You Know Good”, and just weeks later the term was featured in the widely acclaimed “Still D-R-E” by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.
Stoned: The state of being high. Originating in the 1940s, it evokes the idea of being knocked unconscious with stones. Modern cannabis use is, generally, more pleasant than that. While not as intense as being bouldered, being stoned suggests an altered state of mind, so driving or operating heavy machinery is out of the question. However, it’s great for ordering takeout and hanging with your mates.
Stoney: A property of many indica strains, resulting in heavy, hazy, comfortable high. Some consumers consider stoney highs as the “classic” high feeling, as it seems to resemble the behaviour of stoners in movies and TV. Stoney highs might also result in couchlock, but you’ll usually be feeling too good to care.
Sungrown: Cannabis flowers that were grown outdoors using the light of the sun rather than indo grown with LEDs or other light systems. Sungrown cannabis often tests with lower THC but a more full-spectrum array of cannabinoids. Sungrown is popularly grown in Mediterranean climates like Vancouver, BC, Southern Oregon, and the famous Humboldt Triangle.
T-break: This is a shortening of the term ‘tolerance break’. It refers to an extended period of time without cannabis use. Regular cannabis consumption can often result in the body building up a tolerance to cannabinoids, resulting in a less efficient ability to get positive effects. Taking time away from cannabis allows the body to readjust itself to normal tolerance levels, meaning it will oftentimes take less product to achieve the desired results.
Tatered: A word used to describe how inebriated one can get from smoking weed. It’s possible that being tatered may be related to the term couch potato, referencing the couch lock often experienced when smoking heavy Indica strains, but this isn’t proven. Either way, to be tatered is to be exceptionally stoned.
Tea: This slang term for cannabis originates from the 1940s when it was essential to use codes when talking about marijuana. Now with adult-use shops and new products on the market, there are actually teas infused with cannabis, which has given the slang term new meaning in cannabis culture.
Terpenes: Cannabis compounds most responsible for particular tastes. Strains of cannabis often seek to be loaded with terpenes, as this creates unique flavour profiles and experiences for the user. Many terpenes can only be tasted at certain temperatures, so it’s common for vape-loving users to start a session at a low temperature to get a full flavour profile.
THC: THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the primary psychoactive component in marijuana that causes the characteristic high.
Tinnie: In New Zealand, a tinnie refers to $20 worth of cannabis on the black market. The name comes from the fact that many Kiwi cannabis dealers would package a dub sack in tin foil, but in Australia, the term used is foilie, which is different but has the same origin of the flower being packaged in foil.
Toke: To consume cannabis. The etymology of this word, like most in cannabis culture, is difficult to determine with total certainty. However, it likely comes from the spanish verb “tocar,” which roughly translates to “touch” or “tap.” Toking tends to imply that a small amount of herb is being used, but some stoners like to use it ironically to describe long, drawn-out smoke sessions.
Trainwreck: A cannabis phenotype that inspires immense uplifting, creative, and almost caffeinated effects. The lineage of Trainwreck dates back to Thai Sativa, Mexican Sativa, and Afghani Indica. Bright green flowers of Trainwreck tend to grow in a spearlike structure with sticky, trichome covered buds.
Tree: Cannabis plant bud, or more generally, any cannabis. It refers to the idea of cannabis as a plant, especially because the plants themselves can look like small trees. This term was especially popularised by the r/Trees subreddit, a growing source of cannabis culture, which leads to hilarious mix-ups when arborists seeking discussion stumble across the group. Fans of dendrology (the study of trees) eventually started the r/MarijuanaEnthusiasts community as a silly callback to the confusion.
Trichome: Also known as: Crystals: In general botany terms, a trichome is a small, delicate, hairlike growth on a plant. On cannabis plants, trichomes contain the terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoids that make each strain unique and effective. They are oftentimes sticky and give the leaves and buds a particularly “frosty” and crystalline look. Top-shelf flower is expected to have plenty of visible trichomes.
Tulip: A tulip joint is a fun way to get a huge hit from one inhalation on a joint. The flower is put into a cone-shaped paper at the end of a long pinner into a shape that looks like a blooming tulip. This term originates from Amsterdam where the tulips are almost as famous as their cannabis.
Vaporiser: Often called a “vape” for short, it’s an oven-like device that vaporises cannabis flower, instead of combusting it. The vapour can be inhaled, and the leftover decarbed plant matter is excellent for homemade edibles. Vaporisers are easier on the lungs than smoking, making them especially useful for medical cannabis patients.
Wacky Tobacky: A lighthearted term for cannabis flower popularly used in the advent of 1950’s “reefer madness” culture. Wacky tobacky is a reference to tobacco, probably because both were rolled up into paper and then smoked, but one made the smoker a little bit more silly. The word is not often used in modern cannabis culture unless as a joke.
Wake and Bake: We’re going to assume that the meaning of this phrase is fairly obvious, but just on the off chance that it needs explaining, to Wake and Bake is simply the activity of starting ones day with a joint, even before coffee, breakfast, a shower, or anything else that ones day might involve.
Water Hash: Also known as: bubble hash, and ice water hash: Water hash is an extraction method that uses ice and water to separate trichome heads from plant matter. The product has a following because of the higher cannabinoid content than flower. Crafting hash well is an art form but in modern cannabis culture it isn’t readily available on retail shelves.
Wax: Also known as: extract, concentrates, shatter, live resin: Wax is a term that can be used to describe many extractions, specifically extracts made using a chemical like hydrocarbons or CO2. These products are generally used for dabbing and can be called shatter, butter, live resin, and more. It wasn’t until the early 2010s that wax gained popularity in cannabis culture and as it has become a staple glass art and dab rigs have followed.
Weedologist: One who studies the science of smoking, growing, and/or being around cannabis and marijuana culture. A weedologist wants to understand the who, what, where, when, and why of every aspect of weed. Before legalisation, this job was more of a fun joke, but now there are real cannabis scientists who could claim the title.
Wrecked: Also known as green out, blitzed, or burnt: The state of being so high on cannabis from smoking, vaping, or ingesting it that you could be considered inebriated. Staring open-mouthed at the TV without interacting with the outside world for hours, eating handfuls of dry cereal without thinking about it, and laughing maniacally at something that isn’t very funny are all activities common of someone who is wrecked.
Yerba: Also known as: kaya, bud, flower, or herb: Slang for weed in spanish-speaking countries, but don’t confuse it with the heavily caffeinated tea Yerba Mate. For someone looking for herb in a foreign country asking for yerba would be a more generic term. For a tourist seeking something specific like a joint or a dealer more specific slang would be needed.