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Alcohol extraction
Alcohol extraction is the process of stripping the essential oils and trichomes from the marijuana plant by using either ethyl or isopropyl alcohol. Once the extra plant material is filtered out and the alcohol evaporates, a sticky and potent golden hash oil remains. Further purification through vacuum pressure, heat, or agitation can change the texture of the golden hash oil to oil, shatter, or budder, depending on the extraction process.
Agitation
The process of breaking off and harvesting trichomes from the cannabis flower through physical contact. Agitation can be made more effective by freezing the product prior to agitation.
Alice B. Toklas

The lesbian lover of Gertrude Stein and a good friend of Pablo Picasso, she had a recipe for killer marijuana brownies.

Auto-Buddering
The process of shatter or taffy changing consistency into a budder form. Auto-buddering occurs if a product is kept in too high of heat, if it has high wax content, or a variety of other environmental factors.

B

Backcross
A backcross is a type of breeding that allows the transfer of a desired trait from parent to offspring. Unlike traditional breeding, backcrossing breeds a plant with one of its parents. This process creates a hybrid plant that is genetically more similar to the parent. By backcrossing, breeders can strengthen certain genes in a plant and ensure the survival of rare strains.
Bale

A compressed brick of marijuana,usually ranging in weight from 10 to 40 pounds.

Bhang

An Indian and Middle Eastern smoking mixture consisting of pollen from marijuana flowers and ghee, an oily butter. In medieval Arabia it also referred to a datura-based knockout potion.

Blunt
A blunt is created by dumping out the tobacco of a store bought cigar then rerolling the cigar with marijuana. Two popular cigar brands to use to roll a blunt are Phillies Blunts or Dutch Masters. Blunts are popular because the wraps come in many shapes, sizes, and flavors, and can hold a large amount of marijuana. Typically lasting 30 minutes or longer, the blunt is perfect for parties or when smoking with friends. Just a heads up, the wrap contains nicotine so if you are anti-tobacco you should opt out of hitting the blunt.
Bong
A bong is usually a glass, ceramic, or plastic apparatus that is used to smoke cannabis flowers, herbal extracts, or tobacco. A bong, similar to a hookah, filters smoke through water so that it may be cooled before it is inhaled. In its simplest form, a bong consists of a bowl and a stem, but as the complexity and artisanship increases and the bong becomes more sophisticated, ash catchers, ice holders, and percolators may be incorporated. These additional “contraptions” are intended to further purify and cleanse the smoke. The bong is a staple in any stoner’s glass collection.
Bongwater
The dark and dank smelling liquid in the bottom of the bong. Bong water is the water in a bong that cools and filters the smoke, and through repeated use becomes increasingly dirty. If spilled, bong water will fill the room with an extremely unsavory and repulsive smell. Drinking or spilling the bong water is a stoner no . Replace the water in your bong regularly and all crises can be averted.
Bowl
The part of a smoking apparatus where the marijuana flower is loaded. As such, a bowl can also be used as a unit of measurement, which is the equivalent to a few small nuggets.
Brick

A kilogram-sized slab or cube of compressed pot.

Bubbler
A bubbler is a hybrid between a bong and a traditional pipe. It is a smoking apparatus that is small enough to be held in the hand, but also contains one or more chambers for holding water. Similar to a bong, the bubbler has a water chamber which is used to filter and purify the smoke. Bubblers are typically made of hand blown glass and are easy to transport.
Bud (Buds)
Bud is a synonym for the flower of the mature marijuana plant. They are the actual nuggets that you grind up and smoke. Buds are the part of the marijuana plant that contain the cannabinoids including THC, CBD, CBG, and THCV.
Budder
A marijuana concentrate that is similar to wax but softer and more pliable. Budder is a type of hash oil that can contain 70%+ THC (very potent) and must be dabbed using an oil rig.
Buddha Stick

See Thai Stick.

Budtender
A bud tender is dispensary employee, similar to a pharmacist, who works behind the counter and showcases the stores different products. They are usually very knowledgeable and will help guide you through your marijuana experience. Remember, they are there to help; if you have any questions from strain types to ingestion methods, feel free to ask.
Butane hash oil (BHO)
Also known as BHO, butane hash oil is made by blasting marijuana flowers with butane. The butane solvent causes THC to become soluble, resulting in a butane/THC mixture. Once the butane is evaporated, the resulting product is a viscous and amber colored resin known as “wax” or “shatter” and is very potent.
Blasting
The process of creating hash oil by passing a solvent through plant material.
Borosilicate Glass
The preferred type of glass for creating dab rigs and water pipes. Made with many silica components, borosilicate glass is resistant to thermal shock.
Butane
One of the most popular solvents used in earlier concentrate extraction. Butane is marginally cheaper than propane and can be used to produce a wide range of concentrate products.

C

Cannabidiol
Also known as CBD, cannabidiol is one of over 60 molecules called cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant. In recent years, CBD has become very popular for its many medical benefits and can help treat nausea, cancer, arthritis, seizures, pain and many other ailments and conditions. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive properties and is therefore very useful for those who want the medical benefits of marijuana but not the “high”. Cannabidiol can be extracted from the marijuana plant and can be processed into a variety of different medications including topicals, oils, and tinctures. There are also a variety of high CBD marijuana strains that contain small levels of THC, which will greatly reduce the psychoactive effects when consumed. If interested in high CBD strains a few are Charlotte’s Web, R4, Harlequin, Sour Tsunami, and Pennywise. Ask your local bud tender for more information on CBD and its benefits.
Cannabinoids
The chemical compounds found in the Cannabis plant that offers a variety of health benefits. Cannabinoids are a large class of compounds that act on the brains cannabinoid receptors in cells that repress neurotransmitter release. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the most well-known cannabinoid due to its euphoric and psychoactive effects on your body (i.e.; the “high”). THC can alter behavior, consciousness, mood and perception. Most health benefits of marijuana are associated with the cannabidiol cannabinoid, known as CBD. Marijuana products are often enhanced with CBD to provide more potent effects. Choose a strain with high levels of CBD if you’re looking to use marijuana as an alternative form of medication. CBD is also used to treat Dravet syndrome, sold under the drug brand name of Epidiolex.
Cannabis
Indigenous to Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent, cannabis is a genus of flowering plants that includes Cannabis ruderalis, Cannabis sativa, and Cannabis indica. While Cannabis ruderalis lacks popularity due to low THC and small size, Cannabis indica and sativa have countless medicinal and recreational uses.
Carb cap
Made of glass, ceramic, quartz, or titanium, the carb cap features a rounded end “the cap” and a pointed handle which doubles as a dabbing tool. A carb cap is used in low temperature dabbing on an open-air oil rig. This device creates a restricted airflow chamber for your concentrates to vaporize.
Cheeba
1. Depending on geography and population, Cheeba is typically a street name for marijuana.

2. Cheeba Chews are popular medical marijuana infused chocolate taffy that originated in Colorado. Known for their potency and consistency, Cheeba Chews are one of the most successful edible products to date.

3. Cheeba Hut is a popular Denver sandwich store that offers a variety of marijuana themed sandwiches. (There is no marijuana actually at this restaurant, just good sandwiches)

Chiba-Chiba

A black Brazilian form of reefer, usually gummy and compressed into bricks.

Chronic

The hip-hop term for high-quality or potent reefer.

Chillum/Chalice

A cone-shaped pipe made of clay, or sometimes of fruit or vegetable rinds.

Clone
A clone is a marijuana plant clipping that can be planted and grown, creating a genetic copy of the mother. Scientifically, cloning is the act of asexually propagating the cannabis plant to create a genetic copy. Cloning is very popular in the cannabis industry and many strains are simply “clones” that are passed from one grower to another.
Closed-loop extraction
Most commonly referring to butane or propane extraction, closed-loop extraction is a chemical extraction process that recycles hydrocarbon solvent or CO2 in a closed system, opposed to releasing the gas into the air. The closed-loop method is far safer than open blasting, and Colorado concentrate producers are required to use this process by law.
CO2 extraction
CO2 extraction is the process of pressurizing liquid or gas CO2 to its “Super Critical” state, anything over 1078 PSI, and passing it through marijuana. The waxes, oils, and cannabinoids will be stripped away creating a similar product to butane hash oil, but less viscous and more oily.
Concentrates
A concentrate is any type of cannabis product that is refined from flowers into a more purified and potent form. A concentrate can refer to any form of hash (pressed hash or water hash), kief, or hash oil (CO2, BHO, shatter, budder, wax etc.…). These more potent forms of cannabis have become extremely popular in medical and recreational communities.
Colombian

The most common type of grass on the black market.

Cone
A cone is a type of joint that is more conical than a typical joint or cigarette. The cone starts straight and thin but widens as the cone gets longer. A crutch or filter is often included and stops the weed from falling out of the bottom of the cone. It also stops resin from clogging the end of the joint shut.
Cocktail

A joint of tobacco and marijuana combined.

Cotton mouth
Cotton mouth is one of the annoying, but mainly harmless side effects of marijuana. When high, the mouth becomes abnormally dry, similar to someone of shoving a fistful of cotton balls in your mouth then asking you to lick envelopes. A simple solution to cotton mouth is eating candy or chewing gum.
Cross
Cross is short for crossbreeding which is when multiple cannabis plants are bred to produce a new strain. This new crossbred strain will have traits from both parent plants, ranging from flavor profile, potency, appearance and more.
Crystals
Crystals or trichomes, are the part of the marijuana plant that hold the most THC and are specifically used to make concentrates like kief or hash. Typically when looking at marijuana buds, the more crystals you see, the more potent the product.
Cure
Curing is a very important process during the growth of a cannabis plant, which allows for a much higher quality end product. When you move your plant from the drying process to curing at just the right time, one will have more control over the level of moisture of the bud, allowing for the grower to greatly increase it’s flavor, potency and other desired characteristics. If not cured properly, one will experience a harsher inhale or even bad smelling bud.
Closed-Loop System
An extraction system that does not expose solvent to the environment during extraction. All solvents are contained within the closed-loop during the process.
CO2
Also known as Carbon Dioxide, many believe CO2 to be the most natural solvent used in concentrate extraction. CO2 can be manipulated into super-critical form and controlled very accurately.
Combustion
The process of burning a material. Combustion occurs when smoking flower.
Concentrate Slurry
Pre-purged concentrate that has a high parts per million of residual solvent. Slurry can be either solid and airy, or liquefied and runny.
Convection
The transfer of heat within a melted concentrate liquid that, in combination with inhaled airflow, circulates current and evenly vaporizes the concentrate. Convection occurs when using a carp cap.

D

Dabs
A dab is a term that refers to a smaller quantity of concentrate, like hash oil, wax or shatter. It’s consumed by “dabbing” with a heat source and a rig to produce vapor, which is then inhaled.
Dabbing
Dabbing is the latest method used to consume potent cannabis concentrates like butane hash oil (BHO). Specifically speaking, the process involves placing a small amount of concentrate (or a “dab”) onto a heated surface of an oil rig pipe, which is immediately vaporized and inhaled by the user. Dabbing is rising in popularity with a specific sub-culture within the cannabis world and is known to be a more advanced and potent option versus smoking flower or using a standard vaporizer.
Dabber
A dabber is a long, pointy tool used to touch a concentrate (wax, shatter, BHO, etc.) to a heated surface on an oil rig pipe. It’s typically made out of glass or metal and helps the user consume product without making a mess or risk getting hurt.
Dank
Dank is a term to describe very potent, high quality marijuana. It’s also used as a general word for something that is cool or awesome.
Decarboxylate
Decarboxylation is the process of heating weed at a low temperature to transform “inactive” acid cannabinoids like THCA and CBDA into “active” THC and CBD. Most people decarboxylate their cannabis to get higher potency in products that are consumed orally, like edibles and tinctures
Diffuser
A diffuser is a custom tube added to a water pipe to increase bubbles and airflow, which results in a cooler, cleaner and more flavorful inhale. Diffusers are typically located at the bottom of a pipe and are most effective when slightly submerged in the water.
Dispensary
A dispensary is a store that legally sells marijuana in a variety of forms, as well as other products, including paraphernalia and clothing. Depending on where you are in the country, one will find medical and recreational dispensaries, which offer product to medical marijuana patients or to the public, respectfully. Locations can greatly differ from one another, but almost all will feature a secure point of entry and one or more display rooms with multiple product offerings.
Diesel
Diesel marijuana refers to a specific type of cannabis, which typically has a sativa effect and an odor that smells like diesel fuel. Diesels strains are popular for their potency, unique smell, great taste and very dense buds (which are heavily covered in noticeable trichomes).
Dome
A dome is a key part of an oil rig used to smoke marijuana concentrates. Typically made out of blown glass, a dome fits neatly over the nail to capture all vapor created when a piece of concentrate is touched to the heated area.
Doobie

A 1960s and ’70s term for joint; the word originated on the baby-boomer kiddy show Romper
Room, where the good children were called “good Do-Bes.”

Dope

Any controlled substance, although it usually refers to heroin or marijuana; also a hip-hop term

 

for fine or good.

Domeless nail
A domeless nail is a tool that combines a usual dome and nail setup into one piece, allowing a user to consume marijuana concentrates more efficiently. Domeless nails are usually made of glass with a hole in the middle for smoke to pass through.
Downstem
A downstem is a long piece of glass that typically connects a bowl with the body of a pipe or bong. It’s an important part of a smoking device, which allows for suction to pull smoke through the space when marijuana is lit and inhaled.
Dry sieve hash
Dry sieve hash (or dry sift) is made via an automated extraction method that splits trichomes (the parts of the plant that carry the majority of cannabinoids (THC, CBD, etc.) from the marijuana plant, most typically with a mesh screen. Many believe that this process creates extremely high-quality concentrates, but it usually falls short to hash oil or water hash, in regards to purity levels.
Dab Mat
A rubber or silicone mat that is placed under a dab rig to help keep the rig protected and not scratched.
Dewaxing
The process of removing waxes and lipid fats from concentrates to create a purer, more stable product. Dewaxing is typically conducted when creating shatter.
Directional Airflow
The method of rotating a carb cap on top of a nail or banger while taking a dab. Directional flow caps have curved holes that are extended into the cup of the nail or banger and create improved convection.
Directional Flow
The method of folding parchment paper a certain way to direct the collected concentrate into a single area when pressing rosin.
Durban Brown

Marijuana from Natal Province in South Africa.

E

E-nail
An e-nail or electronic nail is the latest invention in concentrate and dabbing communities. Specifically, E-nails are digitally controlled heating devices that allow the user to keep a consistent heat setting so as to always get the best tasting and potent hit. Compared to the typical hand torch, which often delivers varying results, this tool takes dabbing to the next level.
Earwax
Earwax is another slang term for hash oil and is one of the more potent marijuana concentrates available today. Marijuana wax usually has very high levels of THC and its texture is achieved from a whipping method in which the concentrate is originally made.
Edibles
Edibles are marijuana-infused products that are consumed orally, versus smoking flower or concentrate. Some of the more common forms of edibles include baked goods (like brownies and cookies) and candy (like chocolate, gummies and lollipops), but can also be found in coffee, beef jerky, soda and more. Eating an edible is different than smoking bud because it’s being digested versus inhaled, which often results in a more intense and elongated high. When consuming an edible, it’s always safe to go slow and feel the intended effects first before consuming more.
Eighth
An eighth of an ounce refers to the typical measurement of marijuana, which equates to 3.5 grams. You’ll find that all dispensaries throughout the country sell product in this specific amount to patients and customers.
Elbow

A pound of pot.

Endo
Endo or “indo” is a word used to describe cannabis that is grown indoors, usually hydroponically. It’s also a common term that refers to quality bud.
E-Rig
An electronic rig that operates and heats a nail with a battery, rather than a torch. An E-rig is perfect for on-the-go dabbing and has the same parts as a rig, just compacted into a smaller, more portable fashion.
Errl
Another nickname for BHO or Butane Hash Oil.
Ethanol
Otherwise known as ethyl alcohol, ethanol is commonly used for extraction purposes involving oil used for edibles or topicals.
Extraction Artist
A licensed individual who conducts the process of extracting marijuana concentrates.

F

Fatty
A fatty is a very thick blunt or joint containing a large amount of marijuana. Typically speaking, a fatty can be shared with numerous people over a long period of time because of its size.
Feminized
Feminized marijuana seeds only create female plants. They’re specifically bred to do this to make it easier for growers by ridding the necessity to check the sex of a plant (especially male plants that don’t produce flower) to avoid unwanted fertilization.
Fresh / Phat

Hip-hop term for good, great, grand, dope, fine; having an ample stash or supply of dope.

Flowering Time
Flowering time references the period in which a plant produces flowers (bud), typically after the vegetative stage when it’s been actively growing. A plant enters the flowering time when its exposure to light hits 12 or fewer hours a day, typically around the fall in nature. Having said this, growers have the ability to manipulate an artificial growing ecosystem to ensure that their plants flower at a specific time. After plants have entered the flowering phase and are subjected to a schedule of 12 hours of darkness followed by 12 hours of light, they will begin to produce flowers at an increased rate.
Flowers
The flowers of a cannabis plant refer to the hairy, often sticky bud or parts of the plant that are harvested and used to consume in a variety of marijuana products. Technically speaking, they’re the reproductive organs of the plant and when fertilized by a male plant, seeds will be produced.
Fresh Frozen
Plant matter that has been cryogenically frozen immediately after harvest, preserving terpenes and the characteristics of the living plant.
Full Melt
Full melt hash is concentrate (typically hash) that bubbles and melts at the slightest application of heat. Most consumers like full melt products as it often means bigger, clearer bubbles, i.e. a higher quality, top shelf hash.

G

Ganja
Ganja is typically referred to as the flower of the marijuana plant when smoking. The word originated from the Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit languages and its first known use was in 1689.
Gage

1940s slang for pot.

Germination
The start of any marijuana plant growth cycle is called germination, specifically referring to the period when a seed cracks and sprouts a seedling. This process is intentionally triggered to force cannabis seeds out of their dormant state and back into the normal growth life cycle. Germination rates average around 80%, which translates to eight out of ten seeds typically successfully germinating in most attempts.
Glass
Glass is an informal term used to describe the most popular and prevalent want to consume marijuana via a pipe, bong or bubbler. A ‘piece’ can be purchased at any smoke shop (head shop) and can range anywhere between $5 to several thousand, depending on the level of intricacy of the glass blowing technique to achieve the final product. These pieces are called “heady glass” and often look more like a piece of art than a smoking device.
Gold

Yellow pot from Acapulco in Mexico or Santa Marta Department in Colombia.

Grass

Marijuana, weed, pot, etc.

Green out
A green out is like an alcohol-induced blackout, but in reference to consuming too much cannabis, usually through edibles or potent dabs. Although people new to cannabis are most often to experience this because they don’t know their limits, greening out can happen to anyone. If often will involve a range of uncomfortable feelings like blurry vision, nausea, paranoia, and loss of balance or hearing.
Grinders
A grinder is a circular metal, steel or wood device used to breakdown marijuana to make rolling joints, blunts or packing a bowl easier. You’ll find that most grinders are separated into two or three sections: a top area with small, sharp teeth and holes, which sifts the marijuana through to a lower section where one can use the broken down weed how they desire. For most higher end grinders, there will be a third section that lets kief through, which a lot of users will use to pack on top of bud in a bowl. Many people use a grinder instead of breaking apart marijuana with their fingers so as to avoid getting sticky fingers.

H

Half
A half-ounce is a typical unit to measure cannabis and is equivalent to 14 grams. Depending on the strain and dispensary, a half usually sells for $150.
Hash/Hash Oil
Hash or hashish is the gathering of trichomes via a dry sieve or water extraction method, which end product can be pressed and ultimately consumed. This powder is potent, as trichomes contain high levels of cannabinoids (typically THC or CBD), the active part of the cannabis plant. Countries like Afghanistan are known for their hash processes that allow the product to burn more effectively. Hash oil or “honey oil” is a comparable product that’s created through a solvent-based chemical process.
Haze
Haze is a very popular strain of sativa, often stimulating creative behavior and energizing head highs. It’s thought to originate in various tropical regions of the world, specifically in Mexico, Colombia and parts of South East Asia. Haze plants are some of the tallest growing varieties of cannabis, often reaching 20 feet tall. Because of its size, it often takes longer to harvest, which makes it one of the more difficult plants to grow. Haze is commonly crossbred with indica strains to create award-winning strains like Northern Lights. Other popular strain of haze include Super Lemon Haze and XXX.
Heady glass
Heady glass is defined as the highest quality glass blown pieces on the market, with high levels of complexity dependent on the artist’s skill level. These beautiful pieces sell for high amounts of money and often look like pieces of art.
Heirloom
An heirloom strain is a virgin breed of cannabis that hasn’t been mixed or crossbred with another, therefore maintaining its original genetics. It’s typically native to a part of the world and can be 50-100 years old.
Herb

Jamaican term for marijuana with Biblical connotations; Rastafarian sacrament.

Hemp
Hemp comes from Cannabis sativa, the same plant as marijuana, but only contains a small amount of the psychoactive ingredient THC. It’s a product that can be commercially produced to make numerous products like paper, rope, food, building materials, fuel and more. Although it’s known to be one of the earliest domesticated plants in the world, it’s currently being cultivated in over 30 countries across the world and is estimated to be a multi-billion dollar industry within the next decade thanks to its potential to be a renewable substitute for fossil fuels. Unfortunately, there is still a federal ban on hemp production across the United States, although some states have been given permission to grow commercially or for research and development reasons.
Hookah

A hashish waterpipe with four long stems to accommodate four smokers at once;
ref. the Caterpillar in Alice In Wonderland.

Hybrid
A hybrid is a cross between two genetically different strains of cannabis. Hybrids can happen randomly or purposefully, but are typically done to mix two or more preferred traits of a plant to make another powerful combination. Most strains found in dispensaries are hybrids and ultimately create a diverse menu for the cannabis consumer.
Hydrocarbon extractions
A hydrocarbon extraction is a method that utilizes hydrocarbons like propane or butane. Such extraction processes are used to make many of the popular marijuana concentrates on the market today.
Hydroponics
Hydroponics is a popular way to grow marijuana that utilizes a soilless system. Typically speaking, this type of gardening circulates water and nutrients to plants roots which allows one to have more control over the grow process often resulting in better end products.
Hand-Washed
The process of making bubble hash by hand and mixing the cannabis/ice mixture with a large metal or wooden paddle.
Hand-Whipping
A purging technique that is completed by hand with a metal tool and a circular whisking motion.
Heat Cleaning
The process of excessively torching a nail or banger to remove any reclaim or burnt-on residual concentrate.
HCFSE
Short for high-cannabinoid full spectrum extract and created through hydrocarbon extraction with an emphasis on cannabinoid preservation.
HTFSE
Short for high-terpene full spectrum extract and created through hydrocarbon extraction with an emphasis on terpene preservation.
Hydrocarbon Extraction
These extraction processes typically involve butane, propane, pentane or hexane.

I

Ice wax
Ice wax is an extremely fine hash, known for being extracted through water. It differs from a normal hash because of its cooling process that utilizes ice and ‘fresh-frozen’ trim material.
Indica
Indica is one of the three classifications of cannabis, alongside sativa and ruderalis. Compared to a sativa plant, Indica plants are smaller, broader and produce more bud. The majority of indicas will offer the user a very relaxing body high, which can help some people with chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia and more. Having originated in Asia and the Middle East, this popular species include some of the more famous kush strains like Bubba Kush and OG Kush.
In Crowd

Hipsters who throw secret parties for vipers only.

Isopropyl Alcohol
A solvent used for extracting cannabis, as well as cleaning bongs and rigs. Isopropyl has a quick evaporation rate and can be used to make mid-grade concentrates.

J

Jelly hash
Jelly hash is a potent mixture of bubble hash/water hash and hash oil. Because a user is consuming two varying types of extracts, its effects are especially powerful and particularly helpful for patients undergoing chemotherapy or suffering from chronic pain, nausea and much more. It’s made by mixing hash oil with water hash under heat and is known for its jelly-like texture because the oil doesn’t mix well with the water.
Jefferson Airplane

Circa the 1940s and ’50s, a term for a roach-holder fashioned from a matchbook cover.

Jive

1930s and ’40s slang for marijuana and marijuana-influenced popular music.

Johnson

1960s term for a joint, referring either to LBJ or the membrum virile.

Joint / Jay
A joint is a rolled cigarette filled with marijuana. Typically speaking, one would roll a joint with very thin clean-burning rolling papers. This specific way to smoke bud is popular because it’s easy to roll (almost) anywhere, portable and effortless to discard. There are countless ways to roll a spliff, doobie, cone, etc., including smaller pinners and self-described fatties.

K

Kief / Kif / Kaff / Khayf

Kief is a result of separating trichomes from the marijuana plant. Often referred to as dry sieve hash thanks to the use of screens to facilitate the extraction, kief holds the most amounts of cannabinoids, making it potent and a very pure form of concentrate. Technically, water hash or oils are purer simply because it’s close to impossible to fully detach all of the trichomes from the actual plant through a waterless extraction method.

Golden pollen hash from Morocco, Lebanon and other Arab/Middle Eastern nations. It is said that “A puff of kif in the morning makes a man as strong as 1,000 camels in the courtyard.”

Kind
Kind is slang for very potent marijuana, typically with high levels of THC.

L

Lambsbread

Large Jamaican buds which can be sliced like a loaf of bread and are shaped like a lamb’s tail.

Landrace
Landrace include wild-grown sativa, indica and ruderalis strains of marijuana that are specific to a certain area of the world. These plants typically grew in isolation, meaning they adapted distinct genetic characteristics most appropriate to thrive in a particular geographic location. Most strains that we know today are a result of crossbreeding and hybridization of varying landraces.
Live resin
Live resin is a term to describe an extraction method where plants are harvested within 48 hours of picking them. Typically, growers will use fresh-frozen plants to preserve the plant’s unique aroma and taste, versus dried plant matter typically used in BHO extractions. Although this process is only available with the help of modern butane extraction methods, the end result is a potent and very fresh product.
Licensed Facility
Refers to a MIP that is fully licensed and compliant in its state of operation.
Low-Temp Dab
A dab that is taken at low temperatures allowing for a more flavorful and smooth hit.

M

Marijuana
Also known as cannabis (or ganja, pot, bud and mary jane), marijuana is a broad word for a plant and its flowers that contain several psychoactive ingredients like the popular tetrahydrocannabinol or THC and cannabidiol or CBD. Out of the 84 total cannabinoids present in the genetic makeup of marijuana, several of these lend itself to heightened psychological and physical feelings of euphoria and relaxation used for both recreational and medicinal purposes. Marijuana can be found in many forms including dried flower, concentrates, hashish, tinctures, and can be extracted and infused into butter, oil and flower, then added to any food recipe. It is consumed via smoking, vaporizing or eating. The price of marijuana differs greatly depending on the specific strain, THC content, amount and more. Historically speaking, marijuana has been illegal in many countries, which included the cultivation, transportation and consumption of the product – often resulting to it being sold on the black market. Having said this, many countries like the Netherlands have already decriminalized the plant – and others like the United States are slowly changing its marijuana reform, especially as new studies begin to emerge regarding it’s incredible medical benefits.
Marijuana
Maryjane / M.J.

The female cannabis plant. Male plants have almost no active tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Medical
Medical marijuana is a term in reference to the use of cannabis to treat chronic pain, nausea, anxiety, sleep apnea and more. Although there are varying opinions on the actual health benefits to consuming cannabis, many scientific studies have been released linking the plant to positive effects in patients. When used medically, marijuana can be consumed via smoking, vaporizing, eating extracts or using topicals like lotions or sprays. Although its use recreationally is not legal in most of the United States, many states have passed legislation for legalized medical marijuana. Within these states where medical marijuana is legal, a doctor has to prescribe a medical marijuana card to a patient in order to enter and purchase product from a medical marijuana dispensary. Oftentimes, these shops offer one on one consultations and a variety of products available at cheaper prices then recreational marijuana.
Medicated
Being “medicated” is a term similar to being stoned or high. Most recently, the medical marijuana community has coined this term to help change the stigma surrounding the consumption of marijuana.
Mezz

Marijuana; from Mezz Mezzrow, the legendary jazzman and Harlem pot-dealer who turned on

 

Louis Armstrong and other jazz greats during the 1930s.

Mota
Mota or moto is spanish slang for marijuana, similar to weed, mary jane or bud.
Micron Grade
Refers to the micron bag used to collect trichomes during bubble hash production. Popular micron grades include 73u, 90u, and 140u.
MIP
Short for marijuana infused products facility and a must have for any company legally producing concentrates.
Micron Screen
A small, finely perforated mesh screen used in the production of bubble hash.
Muggles

1930s and ’40s slang for pot.

N

Nail
A nail or spike is a piece of metal that’s essential to a dab or globe rig used to smoke marijuana concentrates. It’s typically made of glass, quartz or titanium and is heated to a specific temperature (typically by a hand torch) and then touched with a piece of concentrate via a dabber/wand, that is consequently vaporized. The resulting vapor is inhaled and results in a high for the user.
Nectar
Not commonly used, nectar often refers to the process of making hash oil only from flower nugs, rather than trim.
Nickel Bag

Five dollars worth of pot, or any other street intoxicant.

 

Nug-Run
A term that explains to a consumer that only marijuana nugs were used as the primary extraction material. Nug-run is typically more expensive that trim run and is used to make higher quality concentrates.

O

OG
The OG strain is believed to originate in Southern California. Commonly referred to as OG Kush (Ocean Grown Kush), it has grown in popularity since the late 1990’s. Because of its rapid growing recognition, this very potent and unique medical-grade strain has traveled the world resulting in many OG strain varieties with different phenotypes. It’s mostly a leaves users with long-lasting psychoactive effects.
Oh-Zee

An ounce of pot.

Oil
Oil is a shortened term for hash oil (or butane honey oil, wax, shatter, budder), which is a marijuana extract and golden in color. Users can smoke oil, use it in a vaporizer or eat them in edibles.
One hitter
A one hitter (or one-y, dugout) is a piece of marijuana paraphernalia that includes a small hole with a thin pipe in the shape of a cigarette and an attached box that can only store a few nugs of marijuana. A user would insert the pipe into the box to pack the end with product. Because it’s such a small ‘bowl’, a user will only be able to get one hit, hence the appropriate namesake.
Ounce
An ounce is four quarters or 28 grams of marijuana (technically 28.35 grams). People may buy an ounce of weed to save some money, as they’re technically buying in bulk. Often referred to as an “oz” (oh-zee).
Open Blasting
Usually conducted in a glass or metal tube, open blasting is the process of solvent-based extraction done without a closed-loop system.

P

Panama Red

A potent strain of pot from Panama.

Paraquat

A defoliant, toxic to humans as well as plants, that has been sprayed on marijuana throughout the world since the ’70s.

Percolator
A percolator is an extra water chamber common in many water pipes. The additional piece allows for a larger amount of filtration between the smoke and the water by diffusion, resulting in a better inhalation. There are many variations of a water pipe percolator, including single and double percolators.
Phenotype
When it comes to growing cannabis, a plant’s phenotype is important because it determines a strain’s taste, effectiveness, look and more. Simply put, phenotype is a word used to successfully identify a plant’s inherent traits. Every strain has two parent plants, including a male and female. Like in most breeding of organisms, when a male plant fertilizes a female plant, the seeds that are produced will include genetic phenotypes from both plants. Because people like varying traits from different strains, growers can make a specific strain based on those preferred characteristics.
Pinner
Pinner is slang for a thin marijuana cigarette containing a small amount of marijuana. Usually rolled tightly, the shape resembles that of a pin.
Pistil
Pistils are only found on female plants and take on a large role during the reproduction cycle. These tiny hairs are found on the flower or bud and can be very colorful depending on how mature the plant is. A pistil collects pollen from the male plant when it’s being fertilized, but will not impact the flower’s flavor or overall effectiveness.
Pot
Pot is an informal, slang term for marijuana.
Pre-roll
A pre-roll is a joint or blunt of marijuana that was prepared before its intended time of consumption. One can purchase pre-rolls at a dispensary, which prove to be helpful if you don’t want to roll a joint yourself.
Pressed hash
Pressed hash is made from compressed resin glands (or trichomes) after the initial extraction period and is brown in color. It’s made with large amounts of pressure or heat with the intent of making the product dense to keep it fresher longer. Pressed hash is traditionally made in countries including Morocco, Lebanon and Afghanistan and can be consumed in typical marijuana tools like a pipe, bong, vaporizer or in a joint.
Pressed hash
Pelican Case
A special carrying case for dab rigs or other valuable fragile objects.
PPM
Parts per million, the standard measurement of residual solvents, as well as other contaminants such as mold and pesticides found within cannabis products.
Pre-Run
A term for cannabis flower, before it’s been processed and turned into oil.
Propane
A solvent used in the creation of PHO, propane is often considered to produce higher quality concentrates than butane.
Pull ‘n’ Snap
References a consistency of shatter. Evident in its name, it is malleable and can be stretched, but snaps when a quick, rigid motion is inflicted upon it.
Purging
The process of removing residual solvent from a concentrate.

Q

Quartz Banger
A small, circular-shaped dish that attaches to the joint of a dab rig and can be heated to extremely high temperatures and used to vaporize concentrates.
Q-Tip Tech
The process of cleaning your nail or banger with a q-tip after every use to maintain the freshness of the nail. Q-tipping should be conducted immediately after a dab is taken, while the nail is still hot.
QWISO (Isopropyl Hash Oil)
When trichomes are stripped from plant using alcohol (specifically isopropyl), the end product is hash oil, better known as “QWISO” hash oil, or quick-was isopropyl hash oil.

R

Recreational
Recreational drug use is used to intentionally change one’s state of consciousness in order to produce feelings of elation. In the cannabis industry (specifically in states like Colorado and Washington), recreational marijuana can be purchased at a recreational dispensary by anyone (in state or out of state) who is 21 years or older with a valid government-issued ID.
Resin
Resin refers to the trichomes that are used to create hash. It’s also a term that references the sticky residue that amasses on the inside of a bowl (or other marijuana paraphernalia) after smoking product in it again and again. Resin can be scraped from the inside of the piece to remove a clog – or alternatively smoked, but this is usually done as a last resort because it contains lower THC levels and impurities.
Reefer

Term for pot dating back to the turn of the century, and still popular.

Rig
A rig is a unique pipe with a nail or skillet, used to consume concentrates like wax or shatter. “Dabbing” involves heating the nail on the rig to a specific temperature with a handheld torch, which evaporates a dab of concentrate when placed on the heated device. This form of consumption is different than smoking from a bowl or pipe with flower and produces a purer inhalation. Dabbing with a rig is quickly gaining popularity in the cannabis industry.
Roach
A roach is the end of a joint and is often too small to be smoked for fear of burning ones fingers. As a result, a roach is typically smoked with a roach clip or saved with other roaches to be used in another, stronger joint or added to a bowl. A roach is brown in color because of it high resin consistency due to smoke deposits settling each time it’s inhaled.
Rope Dope

Low-quality pot from leafy hemp.

Ruderalis
Ruderalis is one of the three main variations of cannabis, including indica and sativa. Although this plant is less common than the other two and grows to approximately 2 feet high, it is known to autoflower with age, versus with a light cycle. Ruderalis is very high in cannabidiol or CBD.
Reclaim
Residual concentrate that is collected within a dab rig during the process of dabbing. Reclaimed concentrates are less potent than actual concentrates.
Residual Solvent
Any remaining solvent contained within a concentrate post-extraction and purging. The FDA has very strict limits on the amount of residual solvent allowed in products.
Rotary Evaporator
A piece of machinery used to evaporate and recover ethanol from ethanol-extracted concentrates.

S

Sativa
Sativa is a shorter, less scientific name for the specific species of cannabis plant. This variety began along the equator in areas and can be traced back to parts of the Middle East, Asia and South America. The plant typically matures at a slower rate than other species, but tends to grow a lot taller as well (over 5 feet) with loose branches and narrow leaves – often delivering more product as a direct result. Sativas are well known for their energetic and uplifting cerebral effects, often to treat depression and encourage creativity and amiability. Having said this, consuming a sativa can sometimes increase anxiety in users, causing racing thoughts and paranoia.
Schwag
Schwag is a word to describe low-quality marijuana that’s typically brown in color, and very dry. Most often, a lot of seeds and stems will need to be removed before smoking the actual weed. Even then, schwag is flavorless and will not be covered in trichomes, which is always a sign of quality bud.
Sensimilla
For those who don’t grow cannabis, sensimilla may sound like a specific strain, when in actuality, it’s a female plant that has been prevented from being fertilized and therefore grows without seeds. Most people want to grow sensimilla plants because it produces flower with a higher THC content, versus putting all of its energy into producing seeds. Having said this, sensimilla plants are rare because they’re unable to reproduce until it’s fertilized.
Shatter
Shatter is a type of concentrate that is believed to be the purest and most potent type of marijuana product. Shatter, or butane hash oil, is created through an extraction process that eliminates fats and lipids. It’s typically transparent and easily breaks into fragments. Users can add shatter to a bowl of flower or melt it and inhale the resulting smoke, known as dabbing.
Shit

Any sort of controlled substance.

Shatter/Ice
Shatter or Ice are terms referring to butane hash oil.
Skunk
Skunk refers to a strain of cannabis that is very powerful, and smells pungent, similar to that of a spray from a skunk. The strain is a sativa-dominant hybrid thought to have been discovered in the US, and is currently found in about half of all cannabis gene pools thanks to it’s popularity in the Netherlands.
Spliff
A spliff is a joint rolled with tobacco and marijuana, typically in a European conical style shape. The term is also used in reference to a really nice, well-rolled joint.
Strain
A cannabis strain is a particular kind of plant species, either in a pure or hybrid variety like sativa or indica found in both the recreational and medical arenas. Each strain is grown to increase certain traits of the plant, with names being chosen by the actual grower to mirror the strain’s color, taste, smell, origin or physical effect on the user. There are hundreds of strains available, with more being produced everyday thanks to the many options to crossbreed. It’s important to note that the medical marijuana industry is trying to maintain some type of consistency between each strain, but unfortunately, many of them are misclassified or marketed improperly causing confusion for the dispensary owner or buyer.
Seasoning
Similar to the process of a new cast-iron skillet, the process of conditioning a nail or banger to better accentuate concentrate flavor.
Seed-to-Sale Concentrates
Single source concentrates that have been created from a company that grows its own flower from seed.
Slab
A large amount of hash oil in a large, single piece.
Smoke

Pot, reefer, tea, grass, etc.

Solvent
A solvent is just a liquid in which something is dissolved to form a solution. In extraction, a solvent is a liquid used to separate the psychoactive compound THC from the cannabis flower.
Solvent-Free
A recent term used to describe a hydrocarbon extraction that has been fully cleansed of all residual solvent. Solvent-free has 0 ppm residual solvent, but was still originally a solvent-based extraction.
Solvent Recovery
The process of reusing solvent either by pumping it back into its tank, or evaporating and collecting it.
Solvent Recovery
The process of reusing solvent either by pumping it back into its tank, or evaporating and collecting it.
Stash

(n.) A hidden cache of dope;
(v.) to conceal one’s dope.

Super-Critical Botanical Extractor
An expensive piece of extraction machinery that uses CO2 as the primary solvent to produce refined, calibrated, and high-quality results.

T

Terpene
Terpenes are any group of hydrocarbons found in the essential oils of a plant. Terpenes are chemical compounds found in cannabis that produce the distinct flavor and smell of the flower. In cannabis, terpenes are produced by secretory cells found within glandular trichomes. These specific compounds are accountable for the hundreds of variances between strains including flavor and smell. Because terpenes are so sensitive to low temperatures, it’s imperative to keep cannabis in cooler settings. Most recently, terpenes have entered into the medical marijuana arena to aid particular ailments or issues.
Tea

Slang for maryjane, muggles, gage, etc.

Tea Pad

In Harlem in the ’30s and ’40s, an after-hours club where pot was smoked and jazz music performed.

THC
Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) is the most recognized cannabinoid in the marijuana plant. First isolated in 1964, THC is accountable for its well-known psychoactive effects, which effectively causes someone to feel high. Unlike CBD (another popular cannabinoid), THC delivers a lighter, cleaner high that can increase creativity and more. This famous cannabinoid has also been used medicinally to treat various issues, including lack of appetite.
Thai Stick

A delicious Thai variety of marijuana, usually wrapped around thin bamboo splints or popsicle-stick slivers.

Thyme (Or Oregano)

Spices resembling marijuana in appearance, frequently used to defraud customers.

Tincture
A tincture is a liquid form of marijuana, typically made from glycerin (sweeter) or alcohol (harsher). The majority of tinctures are flavored and distributed via an eyedropper under the tongue for faster absorption into the body. Some people relate tincture highs to that of an edible, but without consuming actual food. After taking a tincture directly, a user will typically feel its results in a shorter time period than that of consuming an edible.
Toke

To inhale, or puff, from a joint of reefer.

Topical
A topical is any type of cannabis product, including lotions, balms or creams that are applied to the outside of a user’s body to help with medicinal issues like body pain, skin problems, etc. Although these lotions showcase specific cannabinoids extracts like THC, topicals won’t actually get you high. The product is absorbed through the skin, so many users like the less aggressive approach to consuming marijuana.
Torch
A torch is a tool that heats propane to produce a large, consistent flame, typically used to heat up a rig when consuming dabs. This unique way of smoking concentrates (wax, shatter, etc.) called dabbing, is dependent on heating the surface to the right temperature so as to fully dissolve the product upon contact. Torches come in varying sizes, but the medium version is recommended so as to not cause unwanted oxidation or not risk not having enough of a flame to successfully heat up the rig.
Trichome
Trichomes are crystalized glands that produce resin on a marijuana plant. Often referred to as “sticky little hairs”, these glands are not actually hairs or crystals (although they’re still very beautiful close-up). Instead, they’re specific parts of the plant that carry the majority of cannabinoids (THC, CBD, etc.) and cover the plants major surfaces. Under a microscope, trichomes look like mini mushrooms, with each section providing certain value to the plant. The head is most valuable and is frequently turned into a quality sieve or water hash.
Trichome
Trim
After marijuana plants are mature, they’re harvested within a certain time frame to keep the product fresh. Throughout the growth cycle and during this specific time period after the plant has been harvested, a grower will trim the plant of its leaves, focusing mostly on the remaining buds. Specifically speaking, trim is defined as the excess snipping of leaves from buds of marijuana plants. Note that leftover product can still be used to make extractions, tinctures, hash and edibles, so growers and trimmers alike can always increase sales with a larger product offering.
Terpene Distillation
The process of isolating and extracting terpenes directly from cannabis flowers through molecular distillation.
Three-Chambered Grinder
A cannabis grinder made up of three segments, a grinding segment, a flower collection segment with a metal screen, and a kief-collection segment.
Trim-Run
A term that explains to a consumer that marijuana trimmings were used as the primary extraction material. Trim-run is typically less-expensive that nug-run and lower in quality.
Twenty And Forty

Hip-hop term for a $20 bag of reefer and a 40-ounce bottle of malt liquor.

Twigs And Seeds

The unsmokable leftovers from screening marijuana before sale, or the stuff at the bottom of the bag after purchase.

U

Underground

The drug-using sector of society.

V

Vape pen
A vaporizer pen (or vape pen) is a smaller version of a regular vaporizer. It’s portable and typically uses pre-filled cartridges available in varying sizes and types of cannabis, including Sativas, Indicas and Hybrids. In some variations, there is an option to fill the chamber with your own flower or concentrate. Vape pens and their sister product, e-cigarettes, have gained popularity within the world of marijuana because of its discreetness and lack of smell when used, which makes for a great option at a show, sporting event, bar, etc.
Vaporizer
Vaporizers help a user consume marijuana differently than most other methods like a joint or pipe, which often combusts the product. Whether you have a portable or desktop contraption, each vaporizer will heat flower or oils to a very specific temperature that activates the cannabinoid and turns them into a vapor to be inhaled. Many believe that vaporizing is healthier than smoking because you’re not inhaling smoke. Having said that, vaporizers can be just as potent so always be careful when consuming as it’s difficult to know how much you’ve had as vapor is hard to see – or smell. Another alternative to the larger options within the vaporizer family is the “vape pen” or “e-vape”, which provides a level of discreetness and mobility because of how small it is. Please see “Vape Pen” for more information.
Vegetative stage
The vegetative stage of cannabis is the primary phase of the plant’s growth cycle when it’s actually growing versus yielding bud. In nature, plants receive over 12 hours of sunlight in the summer and will remain in a vegetative state. As the seasons change, there is less light, so the plant will begin to flower. If one is growing inside, there is more control over the light cycles, therefore the plant can move from the vegetative to the flowering stage whenever the grower wants.
Vacuum Oven
The most popular type of solvent purging equipment; uses heat and negative pressure to strip concentrate slurry of residual solvent.
Vaporization
A process in concentrate consumption that uses moderate heat to chemically change a solid-form concentrate into an inhalable vapor.
Viper

1930s hipsters who frequented tea pads and smoked jive;
onomatopoeic from ssssssssst, the sound made by an inhaling pot-smoker.

W

Water hash
Water hash, also known as ice water hash or bubble hash, is a specific technique to separate THC trichomes to isolate the resin in cannabis. Using micro screens, ice and water, one can effectively strain out resin glands that are inherently more dense than water. Because big quantities of pure resin can be removed from the plant material, water ice water separation is a cleaner method that doesn’t involve other solvents and allows for a more refined hashish – a product that’s made from compressed trichomes.
Wax
Wax is a concentrated form of marijuana that’s created when the plant is dissolved into a solvent. It’s considered to be a lot more potent than smoking regular flower because it packs a big punch of THC (the psychoactive ingredient) each time it’s consumed. Wax is often opaque and is favored by many because it’s easy to handle and can be used with a rig or on top of a bowl for one serious hit.
Weed
Weed is another, slang term for marijuana. It’s frequently used, specifically in reference to flower.
Washing Machine
A tool for making bubble hash that mechanically mixes and stirs the cannabis/ice mixture.
Waxes and Lipid Fats
Naturally occurring substances found within the cannabis plant. Waxes and lipid fats are often removed during shatter production (see dewaxing).
Whole Plant
A term describing the product used during extraction. Whole plant is usually extracted as fresh frozen to extract all the ‘live’ terpenes and cannabinoids.

Z

Zonked

Very stoned, spaced-out, wasted, ripped, destroyed, wrecked, intoxicated all to Hell and gone.

Zig-Zag

A brand of rolling papers famous for the silhouette of a bearded smoker on the label.

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