Common Weed Terms And What They Mean

Aug 1, 2019 | Cannabis 101

As we have broader conversations about the assimilation of cannabis into our society for medical and recreational purposes, it’s important to familiarize ourselves with the vast, and sometimes confusing, vocabulary that exists in the cannabis landscape.

Below are 22 words that will give you a kickstart in expanding your cannabis vocabulary:

Chemovars, also known as chemotypes, refers to the breakdown of a plant species according to its chemical composition. Certain chemical characteristics determine, for example, whether a cannabis Indica plant has a greater CBD to THC ratio or vice versa. It may also determine the presence and bioavailability of certain terpenes

A cultivar is what a grower might cultivate. So, think Northern Lights, O.G. Kush, or Girl Scout Cookies. These varieties of cannabis are considered different cultivars. They are phenotypically different plants that have been given names based on their appearance, smell, and physiological effects.

A bowl is a feature on a pipe, bong or any smoking device that contains the weed. It can also be referred to as a unit of measurement in that people will generally say that they will be, “smoking a bowl.”

The dried, cured, and consumable portions of the marijuana plant.

Tall plant with a sti upright stem with divided serrated leaves and glandular hairs. Used both to produce hemp fiber and also used as a medicine or recreational drug.

Synonymous with Cannabis, but when referred to as ‘marijuana’ it is used especially to smoke, or consume to achieve a psychoactive effect.

Slang term for Chemovar.

A slang term used to refer to either marijuana plants, or a marijuana cigarette, or joint, either one that’s rolled by hand or one that has been machine rolled. Often used interchangeably with such slang terms as “weed”, “pot”, “Mary Jane” and hundreds of other terms.

Ganja is a Sanskrit word that translates into ‘hemp, weed, marijuana, and cannabis’.

A form of substance which has had the majority of its base component removed. In the case of cannabis, concentrates are made up of plants oils and resin glands – these contain the highest levels of cannabinoids including THC.

As the name suggests, wax concentrates resemble the texture of candle wax. Depending on the overall consistency it can be known as budder, badder, crumble or honeycomb.

A type of concentrate known for its brittle, glass-like texture. It can also have a snap-and-pull consistency. (Imagine tay candy being pulled really tight before snapping). Shatters usually have a golden yellow to bright amber color throughout.

Concentrated doses of cannabis that are made by extracting THC and other cannabinoids using a solvent like butane or carbon dioxide, resulting in sticky oils also commonly referred to as wax, shatter, budder, and butane hash oil.

A Cannabis concentrate formed by sifting the trichomes of the cannabis plant in the presence of ice water. Also known as ice hash, ice water hash, bubble hash, or wet sift.

Any foods, candies, baked goods, or drinks that contain cannabis in some form that can be ingested, rather than smoked or vaporized. Edibles are often in the form of baked goods and sweets like cookies, candies, chocolate bars, or brownies.

An eighth is the most common form of marijuana measurement. In the cannabis marketplace, an eighth is 3.5 grams. With an eighth of weed, you’ll be able to roll two to three blunts or a handful of joints. Eighths are also known as a half-quarter or a slice.

A half refers to a half ounce which equates to 14 grams of cannabis.

Cannabis rolled with tobacco paper (distinguishable by their thicker weight and dark brown color).

Cannabis rolled with lighter, partially translucent papers.

Roach refers to the unsmoked weed at the end of an extinguished joint or blunt when the heat of the weed comes too close to the filter.

A type of cannabis characterized by distinct smells, flavors, effects, and/or geographic regions.

Having strong Kush genetics usually means a strain will have a few of the following attributes:
Appearance: Your strain may exhibit deep green colas and leaves with hints of purple. Pistils (hairs) can look orange, bronze, or rust colored. Buds are dense, chunky, and knotted, coming from squat, thick plants.
Smell: Aroma can vary between earthy, floral, pungent, pine, incense, sweet fruit, hash spice, pepper, citrus, gas, and herbs.
Flavor: Smoke or vapor should be smooth and herbaceous, tasting of flowers, grape, diesel, citrus, and earth.
Effects: The effects are typically heavy and sedative. OG Kush crosses are usually coupled with a bright euphoria that puts a smile on the couch-locked consumer. Introspection or internal reflection is a common
effect of Kush as well. These cerebral effects make a strong case for Kush as a meditative variety of cannabis

A percolator forces smoke to travel through water in order to filter it. This filtration cools the smoke and makes hits much less harsh.

  1. There are three ways that percolators help you:
    Cooling – The smoke is extremely hot as it comes from the bowl, some lighters can get as hot as 3600 F /2000 C. The water slows down the smoke’s path to your lungs, giving the smoke significantly more time to
    cool down. Additionally, forcing the smoke to interact with water gives it a chance to dissipate its heat into the water, which dissipates heat from the smoke better than air.
  2. Moisturizing – Another reason taking direct hits from a joint or pipe with no water filtration is so incredibly harsh is that the hits are dry. Forcing the smoke to interact with water causes some of the heatedwater to turn into water vapor, thereby moisturizing the hit, making the smoke less harsh on your lungs.
  3. Filtration – Filtration of the smoke occurs when the smoke makes contact with the water, therefore the more surface area of bubbles you have, the more filtration you have. Water, or H2O, is a very polar molecule. This means that when the smoke interacts with the water, the water magnetically attracts polar contaminants, taking them out of the smoke. Water Filtration isn’t great at getting small contaminants or
    non-polar contaminants, but the filtration in addition to cooling and moisturizing makes for much smoother hits and happier lungs.

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About The Author

<a href="" target="_self">Courtney Trzos</a>

Courtney Trzos

To Courtney, it’s always 420 somewhere… After attending Michigan State University and working in communications for over 10 years, she took her passion for cannabis, professionally. In 2017, Courtney began freelancing as a writer for cannabis brands across the globe, promoting the therapeutic and recreational use of the plant, while helping her partner cultivate crops full-time, and learning more about the industry from a seed-to-sale perspective. Get in touch with her and follow her journey at