A medical access point is an authorised location where patients can find and purchase medical marijuana.
The process of breaking off and harvesting trichomes from the cannabis flower through physical contact.
This method uses alcohol (preferably pure ethyl alcohol, but also isopropyl) as a solvent to strip cannabis of its trichomes and essential oils.
"Aroma" is a term used to describe the general smell and/or taste of a certain plant or flower.
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.
A backcross is a hybrid plant that has been bred with one of its parents (or a plant that is genetically similar) in order to create offspring that is closer to that of the original parent.
BHO stands for butane hash oil and is a potent concentrate of cannabinoids made by dissolving marijuana in its plant form in a solvent (usually butane)
The process of creating hash oil by passing a solvent through plant material.
A marijuana cigar; often rolled with flavored cigar papers. Popular for smoking large quantities of less than ideal tasting weed.
Specialized rolling paper made of tobacco which mimics the more traditional hollowed out cigar method of rolling blunts. These wraps come in a wide variety of sizes and flavors.
One of pot lore's most ancient of verbs, used when someone is taking entirely too long to pass the joint or have taken more hits than is allowable.
The most common slang for a water pipe used in smoking weed.
The foul-smelling, sewer-like liquid sloshing around at the bottom of a water pipe or bong (which you really need to change, by the way). Bored stoners in the past have tried drinking it to get even higher, which is not recommended.
The preferred type of glass for creating dab rigs and water pipes. Made with many silica components, borosilicate glass is resistant to thermal shock.
Common slang for the part of a marijuana (weed, cannabis, ganja) pipe in which
the pot is placed (packed) to be used; the bowl is an interchangeable extension for a bong.
A handheld pipe (normally made of blown glass) that has a water reservoir at the bottom, which helps to cool the smoke and makes for a smoother hit than a dry pipe.
The flowering part of a cannabis plant; often the preferred portion to use for medicine as it contains the majority of the THC.
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.
Like a bartender (or a pharmacist), except for weed. This is the person who works the counter at your local dispensary, whose job it is to offer suggestions, answer questions and showcase a shop's products to customers.
A calyx refers to the sepals found in the cannabis flower that are usually covered in resinous trichomes, containing high concentrations of THC and other cannabinoids.
Gaining popularity as the primary therapeutic cannabinoid for a variety of diseases, specifically autism as well as epilepsy and other nerve-related conditions, cannabidiol is generally the second-most common cannabinoid found in cannabis, after THC.
Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds unique to cannabis that act upon the human body's cannabinoid receptors, producing various effects including pain relief and other medically beneficial uses. (CBC, CBD, CBDA, CBGA, CBG, CBC, CBCA ,THC, THCA, THCV, etc.)
Cannabis is a plant genus that produces three species of flowering plants: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica are used to produce both recreational and medical marijuana
This refers to the flowering part of the cannabis plant that can either be male or female. Female flowers usually produce THC and other cannabinoids in higher amounts than the other parts of the plant.
It refers to a sticky, dark-red potent concentrate commonly consumed by dabbing or vaporizing. It is extracted by the use of solvents e.g. butane, ethanol or naphtha to separate the cannabinoids and essential oils from the plant material.
A specially-crafted implement (normally made of titanium, but sometimes quartz or ceramic) which fits over a domeless nail. The purpose of a carb cap is to allow a full hit while keeping the nail at a lower temperature, which makes for a more flavorful dab.
This refers to the state of depleted marijuana whose contents have been thoroughly used up leaving behind an ash residue.
When a bowl stays lit and no lighter is needed.
A clipping from a cannabis plant, which can then be rooted and grown. Like many plants, cannabis can be asexually propagated via cloning, which creates an exact genetic copy of the "mother plant."
Chemical extraction (whether using a hydrocarbon solvent or CO2) using a closed system, which means that the machine recycles the solvent rather than dispersing it in the air.
Co-op is short for cooperative and refers to a community of patient's or consumers in a given area who join together to share and receive marijuana.
When high pressure is applied to CO2, it becomes a liquid that is capable of working as a solvent, stripping away cannabinoids and essential oils from plant material. This process is called supercritical extraction and is the most common method of making hash oil using CO2 instead of a hydrocarbon solvent such as butane.
The process of burning a material. Combustion occurs when smoking flower.
Concentrates are a potent consolidation of cannabinoids that are made by dissolving marijuana in its plant form into a solvent. The resulting product has very high THC levels (generally more than flowers or hashish), and can produce varying products that range from thick sticky oils (BHO) to moldable goo (budder/wax) to resinous bits (shatter).
The European style of joint, which is slightly conical rather than straight, getting wider towards the end. Most cones also include a rolled paper "crutch", which works to keep the weed from falling out the small end, but also helps aerate the joint so the resin doesn't cake the end shut.
When you smoke weed and your mouth gets dry. Often, cotton mouth is accompanied by its cousin, known as "the munchies."
A cross (referring to crossbreeding) is the result when two different plant strains are bred together. For example, Blue Dream is a cross between Blueberry and Haze strains.
The common layman's term for the cannabis plant's trichomes. These tiny structures contain the vast majority of the plant's cannabinoids, and are what is removed to create concentrates such as hash, hash oil, and kief.
Cultivation Water Table
It refers to the underground surface within which the soil is saturated with water.
The curing process is a very important step in a well-grown cannabis plant's life cycle. After being harvested, trimmed, and sufficiently dried, the plant's flowers are then put into airtight containers which slows the drying, allowing for a more measured and gradual process, which helps to maximise the flavour and smoke quality.
The act of "dabbing" concentrates onto a hot surface, producing a vapor.
A rubber or silicone mat that is placed under a dab rig to help keep the rig protected and not scratched.
A metal, glass, or quartz tool which is used to gather up the concentrate and dab it onto the hot surface.
The process of converting the acid form (also called "inactive") cannabinoids such as THCA and CBDA is an essential part of the process if you wish to consume cannabis orally - or experience the psychoactive properties of THC in smoked or vaporised flower or concentrates.
The process of removing waxes and lipid fats from concentrates to create a purer, more stable product. Dewaxing is typically conducted when creating shatter.
Part of many "heady glass" rigs and water pipes, diffusers come in many configurations, but their purpose is the same: to add additional sites for the formation of bubbles as well as help with airflow.
The purveyor of medical (and if you're lucky, recreational) marijuana products, a proper dispensary is your source for every pot product known to man; flowers, edibles, concentrates, salves, tinctures, teas, clones, seeds, paraphernalia, and more lines their shelves on a daily basis.
Part of the typical oil rig, these blown-glass pieces fit over the stem where the nail sits and make it possible to quickly catch and inhale the vapor.
A relatively new innovation in the cottage industry which has popped up around dabbing, the domeless nail replaces the traditional dome and nail arrangement with a single piece, usually made of titanium, quartz or ceramic. The entire piece is heated with a torch, the concentrate is dabbed into the channel, then the smoke is inhaled though a hole in the middle.
Doobie (see joint)
This term is primarily reserved for old hippies and folks over the age of 50.
Most commonly found on bongs, bubblers, and oil rigs, the downstem is the part of the piece which reaches from the bowl and delivers the smoke down into the water.
Dry sieve hash (sometimes "dry sift")
A mechanical separation process which generally uses a variety of screens and agitation to separate the trichomes from the plant material, dry sieve hash is also traditionally known as "kief."
A two-chambered wooden box that fits conveniently in your pocket for on-the-go smokers. One half holds pre-ground herb, while the other has a little metal one-hitter that's supposed to look like a cigarette, even though you're not really fooling anyone. The top slides open, usually expelling the pipe, then you mash it down into the herb chamber.
One of the newest innovations in dabbing technology, these plug-in devices use a heating element and a controller to keep the nail at a designated heat setting.
One of the many interchangeable terms used to describe the opaque variety of hash oil.
Any cannabis product which is consumed orally and digested is considered an edible.
1/8th of an ounce of cannabis, weighed out to 3.5 grams.
Also spelled "indo," this was popularised by the Snoop Dog song "Gin and Juice" and is a broad term for marijuana that was grown indoors,
Otherwise known as ethyl alcohol, ethanol is commonly used for extraction purposes involving oil used for edibles or topicals.
A licensed individual who conducts the process of extracting marijuana concentrates.
A joint or blunt that's rolled with a ridiculous amount of weed in it, like something out of a Cheech & Chong film.
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.
Rather than calling them “buds,” many modern cannabis aficionados refer to the female plant’s racemes (that’s the official horticulture term) as flowers.
Every cannabis plant goes through two distinct cycles in its lifetime: vegetative stage, when the plant is actively growing; and flowering stage, when the plant is focusing most of its energy on producing flowers, which are essential for reproduction.
FMCD (Full Melt Clear Dome)
The top grade of water hash and dry sieve, which is indicated by the way it bubbles when heated. In order to see this most clearly, it's best to use a screen and smoke the hash on its own.
The most Rastafarian way to refer to your herb if you're not in any way Rastafarian.
The initial growth phase of a cannabis plant's life, when it is grown from seed.
One of the most ubiquitous and popular ways to smoke marijuana, and way cooler than through a metal pipe.
Similar to blacking out from overconsumption of alcohol, green outs occur when you smoke so much cannabis that you lose a sense of time and place, often falling asleep or becoming incredibly quiet and paranoid.
Generally made of metal and containing multiple pieces, these are used to break up marijuana by threshing it between teeth attached to the top and bottom as opposed to your hands, preventing all of the sticky-icky from ending up on your fingers.
1/2 ounce of cannabis, weighed out to 14 grams.
The process of making bubble hash by hand and mixing the cannabis/ice mixture with a large metal or wooden paddle.
A purging technique that is completed by hand with a metal tool and a circular whisking motion.
Traditionally "hashish" refers to any collection of the resin glands (trichomes) of the cannabis plant. Collection of the trichomes is performed via a variety of methods (dry sieve, water extraction), and the resulting product can be pressed, sieved, or microplaned into different consistencies depending upon the desired use and smoking method.
Short for high-cannabinoid full spectrum extract and created through hydrocarbon extraction with an emphasis on cannabinoid preservation.
The process of excessively torching a nail or banger to remove any reclaim or burnt-on residual concentrate.
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.
This refers to a sativa plant that is typically cultivated for its industrial uses such as oils and topical ointments, as well as fiber for clothing, paper, rope, building materials and more applications which don't involve intoxication.
A smoking device that originated in India, the large centralised bowl and multiple hoses (or "whips") make it ideal for lots of people to get high together.
Short for high-terpene full spectrum extract and created through hydrocarbon extraction with an emphasis on terpene preservation.
Though nearly all modern cannabis strains are hybridized in some form or another, this term most often refers to the in-between option which lies between the energetic, uppy sativa and the relaxing, sedative indica sides of the cannabis spectrum.
A soil-less grow medium that delivers nutrients through water as opposed to dirt. Hydro refers to hydroponic systems used in the process.
Any extraction process that uses hydrocarbons such as butane, propane, pentane, or hexane.
A term for very fine water extracted hash. A key part of the traditional Ice Wax process is to use a microplane grater to break up the patty of hash after extraction, allowing it to dry quickly as well as bursting many of the trichome heads, which makes the hash extra melty when heated.
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.
Iso (isopropyl hash oil)
When alcohol (specifically isopropyl) is used as a solvent to strip trichomes from plant material, the resulting hash oil is normally referred to as "iso" hash oil. Though generally a less dangerous and equipment-intensive process than making BHO or CO2 oil, it is still essential to try to remove all of the residual alcohol from the extract, as vaporising alcohol sugars can cause lung issues in some patient's.
A mixture of water hash and hash oil, jelly hash is known for being very potent due to the combination of the two distinct types of extract being consumed at once.
Marijuana rolled in non-tobacco papers that are generally light and have one sticky edge to help them adhere together. They come in all shapes and sizes, from pinners (small) to fatties (large), or cross joints that are lit on three ends and smoked out of the fourth. There's no limit to the number of ways you can roll a joint.
The part of a glass pipe or oil rig where the bowl or nail connects to the body of the piece.
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 form the actual plant through a waterless extraction method.
There are two distinct varieties of Kush that exist in the cannabis arena, and their relationship is a somewhat disputed issue. The first type is the traditional Hindu Kush, which refers to the hearty, wide-leaved, stout varieties which originated in the Afghani/Pakistani mountain region, known as the Hindu Kush mountains. The second type is the OG Kush, which is an American hybrid known for its distinctive lemon Pledge/fuel aroma and may or may not contain the genetics of the traditional Kush somewhere in its makeup; overall though, OG varieties certainly have a distinct sativa influence, which can be seen in their lanky, wide internode growth structure.
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.
This fictional lady is a play on "marijuana" and was once a somewhat discreet way of talking about pot.
Can simply refer to the medical use of cannabis or to medical cannabis dispensaries
The medical cannabis community's strained attempt to replace the word "stoned" or "high" and make it all sound much more professional.
Refers to the micron bag used to collect trichomes during bubble hash production. Popular micron grades include 73u, 90u, and 140u.
A small, finely perforated mesh screen used in the production of bubble hash.
Short for marijuana infused products facility and a must have for any company legally producing concentrates.
A plant, usually large, that is in a vegetative state from which clones are cut. It is, then, the mom for all of the plants that will eventually be harvested.
A metal device which looks like a nail with a very thick head, they are normally made of grade 2 titanium, quartz, or ceramic, but cheaper versions can also be made from borosilicate glass. This is the part of the rig which is headed with a torch and then has the concentrate dropped onto it, causing the vaporization process to take place.
This term is a little vague, but the most common usage is referring to hash oil made from entirely nugs rather than trim material, which can also be known as "nug run".
Refers to any hash oil, whether it is extracted via hydrocarbon, alcohol, or CO2.
Usually conducted in a glass or metal tube, open blasting is the process of solvent-based extraction done without a closed-loop system.
For BHO, but also for water hash, parchment is a required part of the process to prevent the sticky, resinous product from gumming up everything it touches. Parchment can be used for long-term storage of extracts, though it is advisable to put parchments inside a plastic bag to help keep moisture levels moderated.
Commonly known as a "perc," a percolator is a part of the more complicated glass water pipes which adds an additional water chamber to the equation, helping to provide more cooling and diffusion, which makes the smoke smoother.
A technical term from genetics and horticulture, phenotype more or less means "genetic expression." Each cannabis strain has two parent plants: one male and one female. When the female is pollinated by the male and produces seeds, those seeds contain the genetic material of both parents and (much like animal breeding) the resulting plants have only that genetic material with which to work.
Tiny, thin joint low on marijuana content. Typically rolled from scraps of pot laying around or by someone who is really stingy with their weed.
A term for cannabis flower, before it's been processed and turned into oil.
After extraction, hash (normally water extracted, but also dry sieve) can be pressed using pressure and sometimes heat. If using heat, this process can activate the hash partially, but the primary purpose of this is to make it more dense and create an outer shell which keeps the inside terpene-rich and fresh for over a year. Traditional hash-making countries such as Morocco, Afghanistan, and Lebanon almost always press their hash, as it also makes it easier to transport.
A solvent used in the creation of PHO, propane is often considered to produce higher quality concentrates than butane.
Pull 'n snap
The texture of hash oil at which lies between a more runny oil and the shelf stable shatter at room temperature, a proper pull and snap is easily gripped by the dabber but pulls slightly before snapping off. The ambient temperature plays a huge part in oil's texture, as more heat will make it more runny and sappy while cold will make it shatter.
The process of removing residual solvent from a concentrate.
Purps refers to any purple cannabis, but especially the true Purple family, which includes Purple Kush, Purple Urkle, and Grape Ape.
The slang term for a quarter pound of marijuana.
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.
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.
When it's time to buy more weed, you need to re-up.
The goop that collects in your concentrate rig. Basically it's the oil smoker's version of resin... it smells gross, but it will still get you high.
Stores that sell marijuana without being overtly medical in nature.
Likely a version of the Mexican Spanish "grifa" or marijuana/drug addict, reefer became popularised in the 1920's as a term for a marijuana cigarette.
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.
Most often refers to the black, tar-like substance that accumulates in a pipe after repeated use.
The term for the glass pipes used for smoking concentrates, also called "oil rig." As opposed to having a bowl for smoking flowers, these pipes utilize a nail or some type of other device which can be heated to a high enough temperature that the concentrate vaporizes.
The small, resinated end of a joint that could only be smoked if you wanted to burn the living daylights out of your fingers.
A piece of machinery used to evaporate and recover ethanol from ethanol-extracted concentrates.
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.
When hash oil is stringy and sappy rather than shattery.
Sativa varieties originate mostly in the equatorial areas of the world and are known for their uplifting, heady effects.
The earliest stage of a cannabis plant's life, when it first emerges from its seed and rises above the soil.
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.
Short for a smoking session, a sesh usually involves smoking a good deal of cannabis with a few friends.
Shatter is a texture of hash oil and refers to the transparent, shelf-stable oil which breaks into pieces rather than bending.
The act of turning a blunt or joint around and placing the lit end in your mouth, then blowing out to create a stream of smoke from the other end that can be inhaled by a second party (or French inhaled through the blowers nose).
This term can refer to either particularly pungent cannabis (which often has a skunky quality to it) or to the specific strain of cannabis which is one of the building blocks of modern cannabis breeding.
A large amount of hash oil, which lays out flat into a golden slab.
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.
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.
The process of reusing solvent either by pumping it back into its tank, or evaporating and collecting it.
A combination of tobacco and marijuana rolled together, often in Europe, that can at times be a cone shape.
Typically a derogative term, a stoner is someone who loves getting high, no matter what time of day. Often, they're a part of a subculture that identifies with marijuana smoking and may be forgetful or slow at times.
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.
When a substance is heated and pressurized beyond its critical point, it turns into a supercritical fluid capable of working as a solvent to strip away oils and essential compounds. It is used in a variety of industries for botanical extractions with several different types of fluid, but in the cannabis world, it generally refers to CO2 extractions.
The aromatic and flavor compounds found within cannabis (and nearly every other plant on the planet), terpenes are responsible for the veritable rainbow of cannabis strains, which all exhibit subtle differences in smell and flavor. Terpenes are volatile and evaporate at fairly low temperatures, so when storing or extracting cannabis, it is best to keep everything very cold. Terpenes also have medical benefits in themselves, as evidenced by the aromatherapy industry.
The process of isolating and extracting terpenes directly from cannabis flowers through molecular distillation.
Tetrahydrocannabinol is the main cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant and is responsible for the majority of the plant's psychoactive properties. THC has lots of medical benefits including analgesic properties, though perhaps its most defined quality is its tendency to increase appetite. CBD acts as an antagonist to THC, reducing its psychoactive effects.
A cannabis grinder made up of three segments, a grinding segment, a flower collection segment with a metal screen, and a kief-collection segment.
A liquid extraction of cannabis, often made with alcohol or glycerin, using methods that date back thousands of years. Tinctures are often administered sublingually (or under the tongue) to help with quick absorption, offering a similar high to edibles without having to swallow food for those with little appetite.
Topicals are external applications of cannabis that can be used to treat body pain or skin conditions, infused with THC and other cannabinoids. These can include lotions, creams, balms -
pretty much anything you can rub on your skin. They generally don't give you any kind of head or body high, so they're a favorite of patient's that become disoriented when inhaling or otherwise ingesting weed.
A torch is used to heat up the dabbing surface on a rig.
Holding the majority of the cannabinoid content in the plant, the trichomes are crystalline structures which coat the plant's bract and leaf surfaces. Looking much like a mushroom when magnified, the head contains the majority of the cannabinoid content and essential oils, but the stalk also has some value; the heads are what is broken off and collected in high-grade dry sieve and water hashes, while the entire trichome is dissolved in solvent-based extracts.
After harvest, the cannabis plant is generally trimmed of its leaf matter, leaving behind only the buds. Trimming refers to the actual act of removing the leaves, while trim refers to the leftover leaves, which can be used for cooking of extraction.
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.
After extraction, most concentrates require further refining in order to remove the solvent which is remaining in the product. In order to do this, concentrate makers have utilized vacuum ovens and devices which serve to reduce the atmospheric pressure on the concentrate, which speeds up the process of removing the solvent and allows it to happen at a lower temperature than would be possible at normal pressures; this enables more terpene preservation, as they evaporate above certain temperatures.
A small, portable vaporizer that uses either pre-filled concentrate cartridges or has a chamber to load your own concentrates or flower.
Rather than combusting your cannabis product (whether it be flowers, hash, or oil), a vaporizer heats it just enough so that the cannabinoids activate, vaporize and can then be inhaled.
The part of the cannabis plant's life cycle where it is actively growing rather than producing flowers. When the plant receives 12 hours of light or greater, it will continue growing vegetatively indefinitely; when the light cycle reaches 12 hours or less, then the plant will begin flowering.
One of the most popular methods for making hash at home because it only involves a set of microscreen extraction bags, ice, and water. Fresh frozen plant material is preferred to make the best final product, though dry material is also used regularly.
The opaque, crumbly texture seen in hash oil, generally after being whipped over heat in order to introduce air into the product
Slang term for an ounce, derived from the fact that it should fill up a Ziploc bag.