Hello Cannabis’s Glossary of Weed Terms

Whether you’re a tried and true stoner or a relative novice, a cannabis glossary can come in handy when navigating the world of weed. It can help you to understand common terminology used by fellow consumers, learn more about what cannabis is comprised of, and a whole lot else! To aid in your pursuit of knowledge, we’ve created this handy guide full of definitions for some of the most popular weed terms, so you know what’s what when it comes to cannabis.

Cannabis Types & Characteristics:

  1. Aroma: Aroma refers to the delightful fragrance emitted by different strains of cannabis. From fruity to piney, it’s like a personal invitation to indulge in a sensory adventure.
  2. Backcross (BX): It’s like a family reunion for plants. Backcross is a breeding technique where a hybrid strain is crossed with one of its parent strains. The goal? To highlight specific traits or bring back those sweet, beloved characteristics from the OG lineage.
  3. Broad spectrum: Broad spectrum refers to a CBD product containing a range of beneficial cannabinoids minus the THC high. It’s like having the best of both worlds — full of wellness potential without the mind-altering effects.
  4. CBD (Cannabidiol): CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in cannabis that doesn’t give you that psychedelic kick. Instead, it’s known for its potential to provide relaxation, stress relief, and even some potential health benefits. It’s like a chill pill for your body and mind.
  5. Cannabis: Ah, the mother of all things green and groovy. Cannabis is a plant that brings us a world of euphoria and relaxation. From its buds to its leaves, it’s the gateway to many experiences and therapeutic potential.
  6. Clone: A clone is a genetic replica of a mother cannabis plant. It’s like having a photocopy of a strain you adore, preserving its characteristics and ensuring its legacy lives on.
  7. Full spectrum: Full spectrum refers to CBD products that capture the complete range of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds found in the plant.
  8. Hemp: Hemp is like the “cool cousin” of cannabis. It’s a non-intoxicating variety used for ages to make clothing, rope, and even beauty products. Hemp is the ultimate multitasker, providing all sorts of benefits without the high.
  9. Heirloom: Heirloom strains are like the vintage treasures of the cannabis world. These strains have been around for ages, passed down through generations. It’s like experiencing a blast from the past and getting a taste of history in each puff.
  10. Hybrid: Hybrid strains are the lovechild of different cannabis varieties. They blend the best of both worlds (sativa & indica).
  11. Indica: Indica plants are one type of cannabis plant generally known for its sedative effects. These dense and short plants are great for a night of chillin’ out.
  12. Marijuana: Ah, the OG term we all know and love. Marijuana refers to the dried flowers, leaves, stems, and seeds of the cannabis plant.
  13. Ruderalis: The “wild child” of the cannabis family, Ruderalis is a lesser-known variety known for its ability to auto-flower, meaning it doesn’t rely on light cycles to start budding. It’s like the rebel sibling, doing its own thing and surprising us with its unique traits.
  14. Sativa: Sativa plants are another type of cannabis generally known for its energizing effects. They tend to be tall with thin leaves and often create an uplifting high.
  15. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol): Ah, the mind-altering maestro. THC is the compound responsible for that famous cannabis high.

Components & Effects:

  1. Cannabinoids: Ah, the star-studded cast of compounds found in cannabis. Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds that give each strain its unique properties. From the mind-altering effects of THC to the potential wellness benefits of CBD, cannabinoids are the superstars of the cannabis show.
  2. Cannabichromene (CBC): Get ready to meet CBC, the cool kid on the cannabinoid block. CBC is a non-intoxicating compound found in cannabis that offers its own set of potential benefits. While it may not have the fame of THC or CBD, CBC brings its own unique properties to the party.
  3. Cannabigerol (CBG): Introducing CBG, the rising star of the cannabis scene. CBG is another non-intoxicating cannabinoid that shows promise for various potential health benefits. It’s like the underdog making a name for itself and catching attention.
  4. Cannabinol (CBN): Say hello to the chill cousin of THC. CBN is a mildly intoxicating cannabinoid created when THC breaks down over time. It’s like the mellow companion that offers relaxation and a potentially sedating experience.
  5. Cannabinoid Profile: Think of it as a personality test for cannabis. The cannabinoid profile refers to the specific combination and concentration of cannabinoids in a particular strain or product.
  6. Cannabinoid Receptors: Cannabinoid receptors are found throughout our bodies and interact with cannabinoids like THC and CBD. They’re like buddies that welcome those cannabis compounds and play a crucial role in the effects they produce.
  7. Cannaflavin: Prepare for a burst of color and potential health benefits. Cannaflavins are a group of flavonoids found in cannabis that contribute to its vibrant hues and potential antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They’re like the superheroes of the plant world, fighting off free radicals and promoting well-being.
  8. Cultivar: It’s time to meet the unique personalities of cannabis strains. A cultivar, short for “cultivated variety,” refers to a specific strain or variety of cannabis intentionally bred and cultivated for its distinct characteristics.
  9. Endocannabinoid System (ECS): The ECS is a complex system found in all humans and many animals. It’s like the regulatory superhero, helping to maintain balance and harmony in various bodily functions. It interacts with cannabinoids, playing a crucial role in how we experience cannabis.
  10. Flavonoids: Flavonoids are a group of compounds that give fruits, vegetables, and, yes, cannabis their vibrant colors.
  11. Terpenes: Get ready for a symphony of scents and potential effects. Terpenes are aromatic compounds in cannabis that contribute to its fragrance and potential therapeutic properties. From citrusy limonene to earthy myrcene, terpenes bring the funk and flavor to your cannabis experience.
  12. Limonene: Limonene is a terpene found in cannabis that delivers a zesty aroma and potential mood-boosting effects. It’s like a sip of freshly squeezed lemonade, refreshing and uplifting.
  13. Myrcene: Myrcene is a calming terpene found in cannabis that’s associated with potential sedative effects and a musky, earthy aroma. It’s like sinking into a cozy armchair after a long day, easing your mind and body into relaxation mode.
  14. Pinene: Pinene is a terpene that smells like a walk through a pine forest, bringing a refreshing and potentially uplifting experience. It’s like taking a deep breath of forest air and feeling reinvigorated.
  15. Strain: A strain refers to a specific variation or type of cannabis with its unique combination of cannabinoids, terpenes, and characteristics. Technically it’s the slang term for “cultivar.”
  16. Trichomes: Trichomes are tiny, crystal-like structures that cover the buds, leaves, and stems of the plant. They’re like the shimmering diamonds of cannabis, housing the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds that make it oh-so-special.

Cannabis Products & Consumption Methods:

  1. BHO (Butane Hash Oil): It’s a potent extract made by using butane as a solvent to extract the desirable compounds from the plant. BHO is all about maximizing those THC levels and packing a punch in every hit.
  2. Blunt: Time to roll up and bring some old-school vibes to the session. A blunt is a cannabis-filled cigar wrap that adds a touch of tobacco flavor to your smoke.
  3. Bong: A bong is a water pipe that cools and filters the smoke as you inhale, delivering a smoother hit.
  4. Bowl: A bowl refers to the part of a pipe or bong where you place your cannabis for combustion.
  5. Budder: Budder is a cannabis concentrate known for its creamy, butter-like consistency.
  6. Bubble hash: This is a cannabis concentrate made by separating the trichomes from the plant material using ice water and agitation.
  7. Bubbler: bubbler is a handheld water pipe that combines a pipe’s portability with a bong’s water filtration.
  8. Bud: Bud refers to the smokable, harvested flowers of the cannabis plant.
  9. Carb cap: A carb cap is used with a dab rig to cover the nail and control the airflow, allowing for lower-temperature dabbing and enhanced flavor.
  10. Cartridge: A cartridge is a pre-filled container filled with cannabis oil or distillate, compatible vape pen or battery.
  11. CBD Oil: CBD oil is a cannabinoid-rich extract derived from hemp or cannabis plants.
  12. Chillum: A chillum is a straight, conical pipe traditionally made of clay or stone.
  13. Cone: A cone is a pre-rolled joint or blunt shaped like a cone, making filling easier and providing a consistent burn.
  14. Concentrates: Concentrates are highly potent extracts made by concentrating and purifying the desirable compounds from cannabis.
  15. CO2 Oil: CO2 oil is a type of cannabis concentrate produced using carbon dioxide as a solvent to extract the desired compounds.
  16. Dabs/Dabbing: Dabs are concentrated cannabis extracts vaporized and inhaled using a heated surface, often a nail or banger.
  17. Dab rig: A dab rig is a specialized water pipe for vaporizing and inhaling cannabis concentrates.
  18. Diamonds: Diamonds are crystalline structures that form in certain cannabis concentrates, often rich in THC or other cannabinoids.
  19. Distillate: Distillate is a highly purified form of cannabis extract that undergoes a process to remove impurities and unwanted compounds.
  20. Edibles: Edibles are food or drink products infused with cannabis, delivering a delicious and potentially potent experience.
  21. E-rig: Short for electronic rig is a portable device that combines an e-cigarette’s convenience with a dab rig’s power.
  22. Flower: This is the smokable part of the cannabis plant.
  23. Grinder: This device breaks down cannabis buds into smaller, more manageable pieces for smoking or vaporizing.
  24. Hash/Hash Oil: Hash, or hashish, is a concentrated form of cannabis made by extracting resin from the plant.
  25. Hemp Oil: Hemp oil is derived from hemp seeds and is packed with essential fatty acids and other beneficial compounds.
  26. Honey oil: Honey oil is a highly potent cannabis extract known for its sticky, honey-like consistency.
  27. Infused preroll: This is a pre-rolled joint coated or infused with cannabis oil or concentrates.
  28. Joint: This is a hand-rolled cannabis cigarette, ready to be enjoyed with friends or savored solo.
  29. Kief: This is the resinous trichomes that collect in the bottom compartment of a grinder or can be sifted from cannabis flower.
  30. Live Resin: This is a cannabis concentrate made from freshly harvested, flash-frozen cannabis flowers.
  31. Moonrocks: Moonrocks are nuggets of cannabis flower coated in hash oil and rolled in kief.
  32. Nail: A nail is a heated surface, often made of quartz or titanium, used to vaporize cannabis concentrates for dabbing.
  33. Nectar collector: This portable device vaporizes cannabis concentrates by directly touching the heated tip to the concentrate and inhaling through a straw-like mouthpiece.
  34. Pipe: This is a handheld device used to smoke cannabis flower.
  35. Pre-roll: This is a pre-rolled joint ready to be enjoyed straight out of the package.
  36. Roach: A roach is the end of a joint or blunt, the part you hold onto when burned down.
  37. Rolling paper: This thin, lightweight paper is used to roll cannabis joints or blunts.
  38. Rosin: Rosin is a solventless cannabis extract made by applying heat and pressure to cannabis flower or hash.
  39. RSO (Rick Simpson Oil): RSO is a potent cannabis oil made from high-THC strains, often used for medicinal purposes. It’s named after Rick Simpson, who popularized its use.
  40. Shake: This refers to the small cannabis leaf and flower fragments that accumulate at the bottom of a container.
  41. Shatter/Ice: Shatter, also known as ice, is a type of cannabis concentrate known for its glass-like appearance and high potency. It’s like a crystalline wonderland.
  42. Solventless/Solvent-Free: Solventless or solvent-free refers to cannabis extracts that have been made without the use of chemical solvents.
  43. Spliff: A spliff is a mix of cannabis and tobacco rolled into a joint.
  44. Tinctures: Tinctures are liquid cannabis extracts made by soaking cannabis flowers or concentrate in alcohol or another solvent.
  45. Topicals: Topicals are cannabis-infused products, such as creams, lotions, and balms, designed to be applied to the skin for localized relief.
  46. Torch: A torch is a powerful butane-powered lighter used to heat up nails or bangers for dabbing.
  47. Transdermal: Transdermal refers to cannabis products designed to be absorbed through the skin, delivering cannabinoids and potential benefits systemically.
  48. Vaping: Vaping involves inhaling vapor from a heated cannabis extract or flower using a vaporizer.
  49. Vaporizer: A vaporizer is a device used to heat cannabis extracts or flower to produce vapor for inhalation.
  50. Wax: Wax is a cannabis concentrate known for its sticky, wax-like consistency.

Cannabis Cultivation & Education:

  1. Cannabis Cultivation: This simply refers to growing and nurturing cannabis plants.
  2. Certificate of Analysis: COA is a document that provides detailed information about the composition and purity of a cannabis product.
  3. Cloning: Cloning is a propagation technique where a cutting is taken from a mother plant and grown into a genetically identical plant.
  4. CO2 Extraction: CO2 extraction is a method used to extract valuable compounds, like cannabinoids and terpenes, from cannabis plants using pressurized carbon dioxide.
  5. Co-op: A co-op, short for cooperative, is a community or organization where cannabis growers share resources, knowledge, and support.
  6. Crossbreeding: Crossbreeding is breeding two different cannabis strains to create a new and unique hybrid.
  7. Curing: Curing is the process of drying and aging harvested cannabis flowers to enhance their flavor, potency, and smoothness.
  8. Decarboxylation: Decarboxylation is the process of heating cannabis to activate its cannabinoids, like THC and CBD, and make them bioavailable for consumption.
  9. Entourage Effect: The Entourage Effect refers to the idea that combining various cannabinoids, terpenes, and other cannabis compounds produces a more profound and well-rounded effect than individual compounds alone.
  10.  Feminized: Feminized seeds are genetically modified to ensure they produce only female plants, which are the ones that produce those precious buds we love.
  11. Flowering time: This refers to the duration it takes for a cannabis plant to transition from the vegetative stage to the flowering stage, where the buds begin to develop.
  12. Genotype: Genotype refers to the genetic makeup of a cannabis plant, determining its potential characteristics and traits.
  13. Indoor/Outdoor Grow: Indoor grow refers to cultivating cannabis plants indoors, offering control over environmental factors like light, temperature, and humidity. Outdoor grow is all about embracing the great outdoors, harnessing the power of sunlight and natural conditions.
  14. Landrace Strains: Landrace strains are original, native cannabis varieties that have evolved naturally in specific geographic regions. They’re like the OGs of the cannabis world, preserving the ancient lineage and unique characteristics of cannabis from different parts of the world.
  15. Phenotype: Phenotype refers to the observable characteristics and traits expressed by a cannabis plant, such as its height, color, aroma, and flower structure.
  16. THC/CBD content: This refers to the concentration of these two prominent cannabinoids in a cannabis product.
  17. Trim/Trimming: Trim refers to the removal of excess leaves from harvested cannabis flowers to improve appearance and smoking quality. Trimming is the process of performing this delicate task.

Cannabis Measurements & Quality:

  1. Eighth: An eighth refers to one-eighth of an ounce of cannabis, typically weighing around 3.5 grams.
  2. Ounce: An ounce is a standard unit of measurement in the cannabis world, weighing approximately 28 grams.
  3. Quarter: A quarter refers to one-fourth of an ounce of cannabis, weighing approximately 7 grams.
  4. Top shelf: This refers to the finest, most premium-grade cannabis products available.
  5. Microdosing: Microdosing involves taking small, controlled doses of cannabis to experience subtle effects without becoming too intoxicated.

Cannabis Culture and Slang:

  1. 420: This refers to April 20th, a day synonymous with cannabis culture and celebration. It’s like a worldwide party where cannabis enthusiasts unite to share their love for the herb.
  2. 710: 710 is the cannabis holiday dedicated to concentrates. The numbers 710, when flipped upside down, resemble the word “oil.” It’s like a special day to show some extra love for dabs, wax, and all things concentrate-related.
  3. Cannabis Activist: This is an individual who advocates for the legalization, decriminalization, and destigmatization of cannabis.
  4. Cannabis Cup: The Cannabis Cup is a prestigious competition celebrating the best cannabis strains, products, and innovations.
  5. Chronic: Chronic refers to exceptionally strong and high-quality cannabis strains.
  6. Cottonmouth: This refers to the dry and sticky feeling in your mouth after consuming cannabis.
  7. Dank: Dank refers to highly aromatic and high-quality cannabis buds.
  8. Greening out: This refers to the uncomfortable experience of consuming too much cannabis, leading to overwhelming intoxication and potential negative effects.
  9. Hotboxing: This involves smoking cannabis in an enclosed space, like a car or small room, to maximize the concentration of smoke.
  10. Nug: This refers to a small, densely packed bud of cannabis.
  11. OG: OG, short for “Original Gangster,” is a term used to describe legendary and influential cannabis strains.
  12. Onset time: This refers to the duration it takes for the effects of cannabis to kick in after consumption.
  13. Pot: Pot is a colloquial term used to refer to cannabis itself. It’s like the OG nickname that’s been passed down through generations.
  14. Shotgun: Shotgunning refers to inhaling the smoke exhaled by someone else, often by placing your mouth near theirs and inhaling simultaneously.
  15. Toke: To toke simply means to take a puff or inhale from a cannabis joint, pipe, or other smoking device.
  16. Tolerance: Tolerance refers to the reduced sensitivity to the effects of cannabis due to repeated use. It’s like building up your cannabis resilience, requiring higher doses to achieve the desired experience.

Cannabis Business & Legal Terms:

  1. Adult use: This refers to the legal consumption and possession of cannabis by adults of legal age.
  2. Budtender: A budtender is a knowledgeable and friendly professional who works at a cannabis dispensary, assisting customers in choosing the right products and providing guidance on strains and consumption methods.
  3. Cannabis Legalization: This refers to the process of removing legal restrictions on the possession, cultivation, sale, and use of cannabis.
  4. Dispensary: A dispensary is a legal establishment where cannabis products are sold for medicinal or recreational use.
  5. Medical Marijuana: Medical marijuana refers to cannabis used for therapeutic purposes, often prescribed by healthcare professionals to alleviate symptoms and improve the well-being of patients.
  6. Recreational Marijuana: Recreational marijuana refers to cannabis used for non-medical purposes, simply for the fun and relaxation it provides.
  7. Seed-to-Sale: This refers to a system or approach that tracks and monitors cannabis products throughout the entire supply chain, ensuring transparency and quality control.