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41 Terms Every Cannabis User Should Know

January 06, 2021

Learning about cannabis for beginners can be an overwhelming process because it’s not only a psychoactive plant used for healing, but also developed throughout history where shops sell tinctures, bongs, topicals, etc. 

1. Marijuana

While the word Marijuana comes from Mexico, it’s exact origins are not clear. According to the book, “Cannabis: A History,” it’s said to possibly derive from an Aztec language or soldiers’, which is slang for brothel. In the 19th and 20th century on the south side of the United States, smoking was engaged in.

Once cannabis became legal in Colorado, there became an increase of African American and Latino convicts for illegally possessing cannabis. Nearly 600,000 United States Marijuana arrests were made back in 2016, which affected mostly minorities. Some of them receive extended prison sentences, but lack access to student loans, employment, and housing. Usually, those saying the word marijuana are against it while those saying the word cannabis are for it.

Related article: The Tainted Herb – The History of Marijuana Stigma

2. Pot, Bud, Reefer, and Kush

Pot is just a slang word for marijuana, so if you already don’t know what pot is, voila!

Bud means are the nuggets you grind up and smoke and is just another name for the cannabis flower. It’s the part of the plant that’s okay to smoke, which went through the cultivation, harvesting, drying and curing process. A flower is also called a bud.

Other popular slang words for marijuana are reefer (meaning a marijuana cigarette), kush (an indica cannabis plant), and Chronic, (which is a strong potent weed).

3. Dope 

Dope can mean many things like good news, that something looks nice, a cool trick, and/ or you’re cool. It can mean destine to open people's eyes and that you’re chasing your dreams, but dope is ultimately used to refer to heroin. Cannabis, however, can be called dope as well.

Any drug, which produces the dopamine hormone can be called dope and it all depends on where you are in certain neighborhoods for what the word dope means. For example, if someone is said to be on dope, it’s likely heroin. If someone is smoking dope, it’s marijuana.

Related article: Difference Between Dope And Weed

4. 420

If someone says they’re 420-friendly, that means they use marijuana and don’t care if you do as well. 420 is a word used to refer to marijuana. The term 420 originated from April 20, 1971 when five high school students (in a group named the ‘Waldos’) in San Rafael, California decided to use ‘4:20’ with the intentions to search for an abandoned cannabis crop on a treasure map.

Some people say the treasure map was created by the plant’s owner himself. After school, the group would meet up at the Louis Pasteur statue outside at 4:20 P.M., which coined the term 4:20. It was originally called 4:20-Louis, but changed to 4:20, which is more catchy. 

Related article: What's the Meaning of 420 and 5 Places to Celebrate April 20th

5. Dry Herb Grinder

An herb grinder or bud buster is used to break up marijuana buds, which makes it much more convenient to roll in paper. There’s different types of grinders like acrylic grinder’s, wooden grinder’s, metal grinder’s (which are one of the most effective grinder’s), 2-piece grinder’s, 3-piece grinder’s, 4-piece grinder’s, etc.

While an herb grinder is much more convenient than using kitchen utensils, electric grinder’s are available too.

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6. PRO TIP: Whoever rolls it, sparks it

 Roller's Right, packers privilege, or "Erst der Bauer, dann der Spender, dann die restlichen Verschwender" (first the roller, the the donator, then the other wasters).

7. Cotton Mouth

A cotton mouth is after you smoke an enormous amount of weed and you have a dry mouth. 

8. Bake, Toke and Chop

Blake, toke, and chop simply means the act of getting high. Someone can tell you, “Take a toke.” That means to take a puff of marijuana and take a blake is used in the same way. On the Fresh Toast website, there’s an informative article about cannabis called, “10 Everyday Terms Marijuana Newbies Needs To Know.”  

9. Bowl

The bowl is where part of the pipe or bong goes where it receives heat and produces smoke. 

10. Bong

A bong is a device similar to a pipe where water is essentially used to enhance the entire smoking experience, which is not only cleaner, but healthier. 

11. PRO TIP: Ash Before You Pass

Don't pass the joint if the ash needs to be knocked off.

12. An Ounce, a Quarter, an Eighth and a Dime 

An ounce, quarter, eighth, and dime are all measurements of marijuana you can purchase. For example, someone may say, “Give me an eighth. How much is an eighth worth?” Your dispensary or drug dealer may offer you different measurements as well. 

13. A joint, jay doob, doobie, or bone  

A joint, jay doob, doobie, or bone is  just a type of marijuana cigarette, which can use different types of rolling paper. Also, a joint or jay can be shaped in numerous ways. A spliff is a marijuana cigarette rolled with both, cannabis and tobacco.

14. Papers or rollies 

Papers or rollies are the papers you use to make your joint. Indicas are a type of cannabis, which helps users relax physically or mentally and go asleep. To tell the difference between indicas and sativas, indica plants (have a dense flower structure) are short and bushy with wide leaves. Sativas are another type of cannabis, which grows tall and thin with narrower leaves. They need more sunlight than indicas and take longer to grow. They’re used to stay awake and excellent for physical activities, social gatherings, as well as creative projects. Hybrids are a combination of both, the indica plant and sativa plant effects. 

15. Extract

According to the dictionary, extraction is “The or process of getting something by pulling it out, forcing it out, etc. : the act of extracting something.” When someone talks about extraction relating to cannabis, it involves the science behind the separation of cannabinoids and terpenes from cannabis. The terpenes are essentially responsible for the taste and smell of the cannabis everyone’s used to.

16. Edibles

Edibles are anything sweet or with THC or CBD like gummies, baked goods, drinks, etc. 

17. Tincture 

A tincture (also known as green dragon) is an alcoholic cannabis concentrate. An alternative to smoke is by using tinctures. Tinctures are created from the extracts of a cannabis plant and are consumed by using a dropper. You place the dropper under the tongue, which are called sublingual tinctures. If you prefer spray tinctures where you can spray the mixtures in your mouth, it’s up to you.

18. PRO TIP: Puff Puff Pass

Puff puff pass typically describes the action of taking two hits, NO MORE, before passing it to the next person in the circle.

19. Topicals

Topicals are lotions, creams, transdermal patches, and balms with THC or CBD-infused products. non-psychoactive, unless you eat it, however, I highly encourage you not to, most of those topicals contain toxic material. 

20. A dabber 

A dabber is an elongated object with a sharp point at the end, used if you want a dose of cannabis concentrate. Use a dabber in a dab rig, then inhale the concentrate.

21. Tuck your lips in

For the the love of God don't fuckin slobber on it!

22. A budtender

A budtender is a staff member that works at a dispensary. 

23. A strain

A strain is a type or breed of cannabis (like sativa or indica) that’ll have specific effects on users.

24. Hemp

Hemp is used to classify a broad range of cannabis with 0.3 percent or less of the THC. Higher concentration of cannabinol (CBD) and CBD can come from hemp, which is why we have various medicines. You can’t get high from hemp or CBD.

25. A bong Water

A bong water is the leftover, dirty water that’s left in a bong after smoking. This term can’t be too hard to forget. 

26. A Roach

A roach is at the end of the joint that nobody can smoke. If you try to smoke the roach, your fingers will get really hot. A roach clip is a small clip used for holding a cannabis cigarette, so it’s smoked without burning the fingers. Also, the roach clip is what you use to squeeze out every last bit of weed from the roach. The slang word “Jefferson Airplane” means a matchstick broken into a “V” shape, used as an improvised roach clip.

27. Feminizing seeds

Feminized simply means cannabis seeds that produce female plants. Only female plants can produce smokable buds. Female cannabis is favored for its rich taste and smokable buds. If you’re interested in broadening your perspective on the female cannabis, there’s an article on Leafly.com called, “What Are Feminized Cannabis Seeds?.” Instead of many markets continuously throwing  out the male seeds, which is roughly half of the amount of female seeds, they decided to genetically engineer a female cannabis, which only produces female cannabis. Let’s not get our hopes up. Female plants don’t produce seeds. The sensimilla is a female plant known not to produce seeds. They may not produce seeds, but produce buds, which are more pure. 

28. Dank

“Dank” is a slang word, which means it’s potent, high quality cannabis. Gas means high quality cannabis, (usually with strains emitting strong odor that lingers in an aroma like gasoline). Also, flame and fire means high quality cannabis. A mid is a medium quality cannabis. “Schwag” means low quality cannabis. 

29. Baked, Blazed, Chopped or Stoned

Baked, blazed, chopped, or stoned means to be high. There’s a term specifically for your extra dose of stoner terminology. It’s that fuzzy feeling that makes the user want to giggle and remain in the same position, perfectly relaxed. 

30. Shotgunning 

Shotgunning is when a user inhales cannabis smoke or vapor, then positions their lips to another person’s. The other person would then exhale the smoke into their mouth, which is unlikely done with a stranger. 

31. The Entourage effect

The entourage effect is a proposed mechanism by which cannabis compounds other than tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) act synergistically with it to modulate the overall psychoactive effects of the plant. In other words, the entourage effect is a combined effect of different compounds found in cannabis that work together as a whole to produce a greater effect than if working separately to produce separate effects. 

32. Cashed

Cashed is the state of smoked cannabis from a bowl when the user determines he or she can’t smoke all of the cannabis. Some people call it cashed when there’s only ash left in the bowl while others call it cashed when the green or brown from the cannabis isn’t visible. It all depends on who you ask and their respective tastes as it relates to the term cashed. 

33. Caviar

Caviar has buds, which were soaked in hash oil and sometimes coated in kief. Moon rocks (are a high quality, high potent product) dipped in hash oil, then rolled in a layer of kief. Sometimes, caviar is the same product as moon rocks, but moon rocks are like a customized version of caviar.

34. Terps

     Terps (also known as terpenes) are essential oils existing in all plants, which is the reason why cannabis has an aroma and flavor. According to Hempstaff.com on an article called “What Are Terps? The 7 Most Common Cannabis Terpenes and Their Effects,” there are over 150 different types of terpenes. Terpenes are valuable because they add to the medical benefits of our fruits, vegetables, and herbs, including the human diet.

    35. Matching

    Matching is when you want to contribute the same amount of weed as the other user. If you want a fair amount of weed to smoke, match it with another user. 

    36. Dry Herb Vaporizer

    A vaporizer is a device used to extract certain compounds out of dry herbs or  concentrates without burning the substance itself, exposing it to just the right amount of heat to vaporize those compounds before combustion.

    Related article: Dry Herb Vaporizer Buying Guide

    37. Trichomes

    Trichomes is the fine outgrowths or appendages on plants, algae, lichens, and certain protists according to Leafly.com on an article called, “What are trichomes and why do they exist on cannabis?.” Kief (also known as sift or pollen) is the  tiny, sticky crystals that covers a cannabis flower. Kief contains the terpenes and cannabinoids in the resin glands.  Kief specifically refers to the bulbous crystal formation on the top of a gland. The substance is just partly called a trichome 

    38. Diamonds

    Diamonds are the pure tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) crystalline (also known as THCA diamonds or THC diamonds) developed with terpene-rich solution.

    39. Badder

    Badder (also called batter) is a cannabis extract made with the use of solvents. Some batter is nearly as sticky as sauce while butter (which is a soft, solid consistency). In the 90s, butter was created by a Canadian concentrate maker called BudderKing. BudderKind then approached the founder of Vancouver’s Da Kine Smoke and Beverage Shop where they distributed samples of butter. The sample of butter were called “Butter Hoots” and in 2004, they stopped distribution of “Butter Hoots” due to a when Da Kine Shop was raided. Extract artists demanded started creating butter afterwards. ButterKing’s founder tried patenting his product at the Trademark office, but was denied, then listened to the request of his family to switch the name from butter to budder.

    40. Stash

    The term stash refers to someone’s secret collection or in cannabis culture, it’s the weed smell left on a boyfriend’s facial hair after he smoked weed.. Stash can also just be a faster way of saying the word mustache, but cannabis culture refers to the smell of cannabis left on the user’s facial hair. 

    41. A plug

    A plug is a person who has everything you need. The term plug originated from the south and is used to refer to a drug dealer. If someone calls themself “The Plug,” they sell or distribute drugs. In cannabis culture, a plug is someone who has a lot of cannabis.