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Weed jargon defined: 5 terms to make you look like a pot professional

April 19, 2018 by Evan Vicchy

When smoking the ganja, there may be some words thrown around by your stoner friends that might not make sense. In honor of 4/20, here is a list of five valuable terms to understand what’s going on in those hazy situations:

  1. DAB (it’s not a dance)

The only thing dancing when smoking weed is the synapses in your brain. It’s important to know what a dab is because it’s not your average kind of smoking.

Kat Rae, curator of the successful marijuana themed Instagram account dabba_the_hutt, Rae said dabbing is vaporizing cannabis concentrates.

“It’s more potent than normal cannabis buds and dabbing can be done in various ways,” Rae said. “The most common method is smoking the concentrates out of a vape pen or a rig which requires heat to vaporize the concentrates. In contrast to smoking normal cannabis flower, dabs have a higher THC content which means you’ll feel the effects faster and they will feel a lot stronger.”

  1. BOWL (it’s not for cereal)

The term bowl is essential to the smoking of marijuana. Without it, there would be nowhere to ignite the weed. A bowl is a feature on a pipe, bong or any smoking device that contains the weed. You’ll often hear people say, “Let’s load a bowl,” which basically means, “Let’s stuff weed into this hole so we can light it on fire.” Once the weed is packed down into the bowl, it is ready to be lit and enjoyed by all.

  1. CARB (it’s not in bread)

Even though you might be eating carbs after smoking weed, it’s important to know how to use a pipe to get high. On a pipe, there is usually a little glass bubble with a hole in it near the bowl. This is called a carb.

“A carb on a pipe is a tiny hole that the smoker covers and uncovers to control the air flow,” Madi Sword, senior at CSU, said. “When the carb is covered, more concentrated smoke will be inhaled. When the carb is uncovered, it allows more air to enter the pipe and is often used to clear the pipe of the remaining smoke in the chamber into the smoker’s lungs”.

  1. CHERRY (it’s not the fruit)

The term cherry is another word in the pot jargon dictionary worth knowing. When someone says, “It’s cherried,” this means that the marijuana in the bowl is smoldering. This term gets its name from the bright red color the marijuana makes when it’s in this state. When the drugs are smoldering, this means that the longer you wait to take the next puff, the more weed is being burned away. So, it’s important for the pot smoker to inhale the cherried bowl quickly to keep it smoldering so that passing the smoking device will go faster.

  1. ROACH: (it’s not a bug)

This is one bug you won’t want to get rid of.

“A 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,” Front Range Community College student Elyssa Hamilton said. “When you put out the joint or blunt, it is still smokable, but the weed in it is denser, sticky and covered in tar. It’s probably not the best thing to consume, but it comes in handy when you don’t have any more weed left.”

Weed jargon defined: 5 terms to make you look like a pot professional April 19, 2018 by Evan Vicchy When smoking the ganja, there may be some words thrown around by your stoner friends that

Stoner Terminology & Definitions

From Cheech & Chong, to Dazed and Confused, to Pineapple Express, the stoner movement has developed more than its fair share of inside jokes and made-up words.

These phrases are lasting and truly precious gems — the fruits of stupidly stoned giggle-fits shared between generations of potheads in smokey basements or secluded forest clearings. They range from the practical to the absurd and are often considered to be key components in any stoner or DEA agent’s vocabulary.

Here is a list of all the common stoner terms and phrases listed in the open-source cannabis dictionary.


Legal cannabis not designated for medical purposes is often called recreational or adult-use cannabis. Recreational users consume cannabis for a pleasurable altered state of consciousness, similar to the use of alcohol or tobacco. Laws for recreational and adult-use often vary from state to state, and in some cases, they can vary between cities. To enter a cannabis storefront for recreational products in the United States, you will need to be at least 21 years old and present a valid, unexpired state ID.

“The weed I buy is considered adult use, but I’m thinking of getting a medical recommendation.”

Amendment 64

The Colorado Marijuana Legalization Amendment, also known as Amendment 64, was on the November 2012 ballot in Colorado, and it successfully legalized cannabis from 2014 onward. The measure specifies that anyone over the age of 21 can possess up to one ounce of cannabis and that the state will regulate the industry by enacting taxes and legislation governing the cultivation and processing of cannabis manufacturing and retail facilities. Due to Amendment 64, Colorado became one of the first states to legalize cannabis for recreational use.

“Amendment 64 helped pave the way for people to look at weed differently.”


Long and skinny joints rolled mostly for the aesthetic. While they can look impressive, they can be fiddly and difficult to smoke, especially if not rolled properly. Some aristocrats can reach up to a foot in length, with some reaching over 16 inches total! These joints are definitely not for the inexperienced roller or smoker, and they’re more of a display of skill than anything else.

“Why don’t we roll up an aristocrat as part of Misha’s birthday gift?”


Also known as rolling inside out, the backroll is a European joint rolling technique that provides smokers with a slower, more even burn. This method also reduces the amount of paper used, which showcases the taste of the flower rather than that of the rolling paper itself. Though it can be tricky to master, some people find backrolling easier than traditional rolling. It’s worth trying out if you struggle with rolling joints.

“Your backrolled joints get better every time we hang out.”


Backwoods are a brand of machine-rolled cigars that are popular for blunt rolling. They are rolled using a whole tobacco leaf, and they come in a variety of flavors. While brittle and hard to roll, the size of the leaf allows for more product in your blunt while still maintaining a tight roll. The tobacco buzz of the leaf is an added incentive for many. Avid fans swear Backwoods blunts provide a more authentic experience. If you’re avoiding tobacco, it’s best not to smoke these, but don’t fret–you’ve got plenty of other options.

“I rolled my first Backwoods last night. It wasn’t great, but it got the job done.”

Bake Sale

Deriving from the existing term “baked,” meaning high, a bake sale often refers to a smoke session. Some argue that a bake sale should involve cannabis-laden baked goods, but opinions vary from person to person. Regardless of the meaning, participating in a bake sale means you will likely end up very, very stoned.

“Can you stop by the dispensary and pick up some supplies for a bake sale later?”


The warm, fuzzy feeling resulting from certain strains. A person who is baked might be giggly, red-eyed, and unwilling (or unable) to move from their spot on the couch. “Baked” is also very rarely used to describe being under the effects of alcohol, but as cannabis culture becomes more widespread, it has become more synonymous with being high.

“You were so baked after we rolled up that Backwoods last night!”


The pleasant result of a cannabis high. The high itself varies depending on the strain, but it is generally positive and pleasurable. Sometimes being blazed is synonymous with the kinds of highs portrayed in media, where the stoner is slow, relaxed, and kind of dopey. However, “blazing” and “being blazed” often just refer to “getting high” and “being high” so it tends to depend on your region. The term appears to originate from the word “blaze,” which refers to something which burns brightly–in this case, the end of a joint or the bowl of a pipe as it’s being used.

“Since we’re getting blazed tonight, I stocked the pantry with tons of your favorite snacks.”


The feeling of being under the sudden, heavy influence of cannabis. This term derives from “blitz,” an abbreviation of the German word “blitzkrieg.” Historical connotations aside, most stoners only realize they’re blitzed after it’s happened, often leading to even more euphoria. It can also have the opposite effect, however, and lead to greening out.

“You’ll get blitzed if you smoke that much after your month-long T-break!”


Along with joints, blunts are one of the more traditional preparations for smoking cannabis. A blunt is a hollowed-out cigar filled with ground weed. The name derives from Phillies Blunt, a brand of cigars and the practice itself was invented by creative stoners in New York City who wanted a more discreet way of getting high. Because cigars tend to be much larger than cigarettes, they can hold more product as a blunt while also burning slower and more evenly. However, cigars are wrapped with tobacco leaves, meaning that they do hold the potential for nicotine addiction so always smoke responsibly!

“It’s a little lame, but I only learned how to roll a blunt from a YouTube video.”

Blunt Wrap

Specialty papers specifically for rolling blunts. While traditional blunts contain nicotine because the papers come from hollowed-out cigars, consumers today have access to a wide selection of tobacco-free wrapping papers. Most popular are hemp wraps, which can be flavored or even infused with terpenes for a more decadent experience. Some manufacturers will experiment with making wraps made from edible gold, mullein, and mint leaves.

“These mint blunt wraps kind of suck to smoke, but it made for a novel experience.”


To selfishly keep a joint to yourself without passing it on to the next person in your smoke circle. It originally referred to keeping a cigarette in your mouth as you talked, just like classic actor Humphrey Bogart does in many of his films. As cannabis became more popular, it started to only refer to joints and blunts shared among friends. It can also be applied to any situation where someone is hogging something all to themselves.

“Come on, don’t bogart the bong!”


Extremely intoxicated. Being bouldered usually includes intense couchlock, cravings for food, laughing, and drowsiness. The word derives from the idea that one is beyond stoned, and instead absolutely bouldered. Perhaps it might also come from the sensation of being trapped under a boulder of THC.

“I didn’t expect to get bouldered tonight, but that Kush really got me!”


The employee or employees of a dispensary from whom consumers purchase cannabis products. The ideal budtender is as knowledgeable as possible about the variety of products available, has a polite and professional demeanor, and can also provide personal recommendations should a customer ask. They are the primary line of communication between customers and all other aspects of their cannabis products, and as such, customers tend to be quite fond of them.

“My favorite budtender always seems to know which products I’d like.”

Burn One

The act of smoking weed. “Burn one” can be used colloquially to mean consuming cannabis in any form, but more specifically refers to the combustion of a small-to-moderate amount of pot often rolled up into a joint.

“I’m planning to burn one and take a nap.”


To be burnt is to experience the “come down” of an intense weed session. Also called a “weed hangover,” the feeling usually lasts anywhere from 8 to 12 hours. A person who is burnt might feel unfocused, dull and slow to react or process anything going on. The best course of treatment is to take a short T-break and focus on treating your body kindly by staying hydrated and eating nutritious foods. Feeling burnt can also occur from too much cannabis in one session, so remember not to overdo it.

“I’m pretty burnt after Josh’s party last weekend, so I’m going to take a T-break for a few weeks.”


A term referring to both the feeling of being burnt and a person who regularly consumes so much cannabis that they’re in a perpetual state of unfocused dullness. While burnouts are either portrayed in media as loveable, goofy stoners or pitiable people who are throwing their lives away, the connotation is usually negative because of their overindulging habits. If you’re feeling burnt out from cannabis use, a T-break may be in order.

“I don’t feel like a burnout anymore now that I take regular T-breaks.”


Consumers who prefer edibles to other types of consumption call themselves cannivores. A cannivore may consume edibles exclusively or occasionally, and it can be out of preference or necessity. From the sweets sold at cannabis storefronts to full-on meals made using flower and concentrates, edibles of all kinds allow users with asthma or other lung problems to medicate without putting their health at risk in the process.

“After getting bronchitis my lungs are sore, so I’m going cannivore until I feel better.”


When any prepared quantity of cannabis has been smoked through, that cannabis is said to be “cashed.” While the origins of this term are quite difficult to pin down, it seems to be derived from “cashed out,” a phrase signaling the end of someone’s participation in (usually) a gambling game. A cashed bowl is full of ash and sticky resin leftovers, which should be promptly cleaned out of the bowl before repacking.

“This bowl’s cashed, so let’s get another one going, shall we?”

This type of person may or may not have voted for legal cannabis, but they are trying to profit off of the legal industry. A Chad will often be wearing a light-colored collared shirt and attending all of the major cannabis business conferences. Chads are an entity where bro meets cannabis poser and is a common noun in industry circles.

“The conference speakers were enlightening but the amount of Chads in attendance made me uncomfortable.”


A bowl that stays lit over time instead of needing to be reignited. This term derives from the warm red glow that burning cannabis takes on. Sometimes, having to relight the bowl over and over can be a bit tedious, so cherried bowls are the ideal for most situations. Inhaling keeps the cherry lit, so don’t be shy about sharing!

“Let’s try to keep this cherried, I think my lighter’s almost empty.”


Hogging the weed in a group smoke session or taking huge rips. This term comes from the idea of a Native American chief smoking in large, deep hits off their pipe. It’s usually used to poke fun at someone who’s taking a bit too long to take their hit, or seems to think they’re more important and deserve more weed than everyone else–which is silly, of course!

“Quit chiefing and save some of that blunt for the rest of us!”

Clam Baking

Hot boxing, or clam baking, is the act of smoking cannabis in a small, enclosed space. This fills the space with smoke, resulting (in theory) in each breath getting you a little higher. Popular hotbox locations include cars or bathrooms, but more ambitious smokers may aim to hotbox larger rooms.

“Come down to the cellar with us later, we’re clam baking tonight.”


Igniting cannabis with fire to inhale the smoke. Combustion is quick and easy, and it’s often the way most people are introduced to cannabis. It’s not the cleanest or healthiest way of consumption, but it’s still considered the most popular consumption method. This term is also common with vape products because it describes the vaping chamber technology used in any specific product.

“Even though convection hits smoother there’s something I love about hitting a bong, combustion or not.”

An empty joint paper with a small end fitted with a crutch for inhalation and a wide-open end for packing ground flower. Cones can come pre-rolled, or they can be purchased empty with filters attached at the end for loading ground cannabis. They’re a great option for people who haven’t quite gotten the hang of rolling their own joints yet.

“I’m no good at rolling joints, so I prefer to use cones.”


Similar to baked, cooked is a term used to describe being high. This makes slightly more sense, as the application of flame is closer to cooking than baking. Some people claim being cooked is a more extreme version of being baked, where the user is more likely to green out, but, as always, the connotations can differ even among individual people.

“Can’t go out tonight, we smoked some chronic and I’m pretty cooked.”

Cotton Mouth

Another way to describe dry mouth, an unpleasant side-effect of smoking cannabis. The term comes from the mouth becoming so dry it feels as though it is stuffed with cotton. While the term can be used in non-cannabis contexts, it’s most often associated with stoners. The best way to counteract cottonmouth is to keep some source of hydration nearby while seshing.

“I’ve been chugging water, but I’ve still got cotton mouth!”

Couch Lock

The familiar, sedative feeling often associated with the body highs of heavy Indica strains. The term comes from the feeling of being “locked” in place to your seat and unable to move. Couchlock can happen accidentally or intentionally, but either way, you’ll be out of commission for at least a few hours.

“Before I knew it, that purple strain had me couch locked the rest of the night.”

Cross Faded

When a person is high and drunk at the same time they are said to be “crossfaded.” The depressant nature of alcohol combined with the psychoactive effects of THC is so different that they lead many people to feel strange as their brain tries to combine the two unique sensations. As fun as this may be, it’s important to never take it too far unless you want to regret it in the morning, oftentimes crossfades end in vomiting. Always intoxicate responsibly!

“For me getting crossfaded ends up in the spins, but some people love it.”

Cross Joint

Popularized by the 2008 movie Pineapple Express, a cross joint consists of two joints fitted together in the shape of a cross. This results in three ends which can be lit, and the consumer gets to enjoy the novel experience of smoking two joints at once. While it may look like magic, the process is quite simple, and star of the film Seth Rogen has demonstrated how to roll a cross joint many times on YouTube.

“Let’s roll a cross joint later, we have extra cheeba and I’d like to get burnt.”


Otherwise known as a filter or tip, the crutch is a small bit of stiff paper that acts as a mouthpiece for a joint. When done correctly, a crutch prevents burnt plant matter from reaching your lips, mouth, and lungs by providing a buffer between the burning part of the joint. Some rolling paper companies provide premade crutches for ease of use, while other manufacturers sell reusable ones made of glass to reduce paper waste.

“Some people prefer rolling their crutches into spirals, but I like the accordion fold better.”


The action or process of loosening criminal penalties for certain illegal activities–in this case, the use of cannabis. This is not the same as legalization. Under decriminalization, cannabis is still illegal, but those caught with it only face fines instead of serious criminal charges. A few states have opted for decriminalization over legalization, and many see it as a stepping stone toward full legalization.

“States that have decriminalized weed have less nonviolent criminals doing hard time.”


Dispensaries traditionally distribute medication and other medical supplies to anyone with a prescription. Cannabis dispensaries are quite similar, although they specifically dispense medical cannabis. While people use the term interchangeably with recreational cannabis storefronts, there’s been a push toward differentiating between the two types of cannabis stores.

“This is my mom’s first time inside a dispensary. She was nervous, but she’s pleasantly surprised at how professional buying legal weed is.”


A corporate-owned dispensary or vertically integrated cannabis business model. These companies are often referred to as a ‘distro’ which is short for ‘distribution’. This moniker relates to the fact that the company distributes cannabis to the public, and is used more for corporate cannabis entities rather than small businesses.

“High Times has transitioned from an event planning company to a distro, we’ll see if they sell mids or top-shelf.


Rolled cannabis cigarette. Not to be confused with the Doobie Brothers, though their music cna be even better paired with a doobie. Legend has it the term comes from Elvis Presley asking his tour manager where all the smoke on his bus was coming from, to which was replied, “Oh, it’s from the Doobies” referring to the Brothers.

“Maybe we should try bringing back doobie as the common slang for joint. Retro is in, after all.”

Down Smoke

Secondhand smoke, inhaled either from someone’s lit cannabis or as another has exhaled it. Lengthy exposure to down smoke in an unventilated room (also known as hotboxing) can result in a contact high, but it will not be as strong as one achieved through direct consumption. However, it’s not possible to get high or test positive for THC from catching a whiff of someone’s joint, or from being with a smoker in a ventilated room.

“I didn’t have any myself, but I caught a bit of a buzz from the down smoke after my friends hotboxed the car.”


Cannabis-infused food or drink. People find edibles more convenient than combustion or vaporizing for many reasons including knowing how much THC is consumed (something especially important for medical users), it’s easier on the lungs, and edibles tend to be more potent. Some find edibles tricky, however, due to the length of time, they take to kick in. Due to digestion and the varying absorption from person to person, edibles can take anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours to reach their full effects.

“My lungs need a break, so I switched to edibles.”

Cannabis user. This term derives from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Ents are tree folk or living trees, and the use of “trees” as slang for cannabis led to nerdy stoners making the connection. This term is quite popular thanks to the /r/trees subreddit, a popular site for cannabis culture, with “entwives” referring to lady stoners.

“Looking to meet up with local ents! Anyone want to get some smoke going?”


An excessively packed joint or blunt. Perfect for passing around with a group. Fatties can contain flowers alone or they can contain extra goodies like kief, oil, or wax that increase the effects. They’re often rolled for the “wow” factor or for when you’re feeling especially indulgent, but having them regularly isn’t cost-effective.

“We are going over to Ty’s tonight for that Super Bowl party so I rolled up a fatty.”


Some growers and distributors like to refer to themselves as florists–an obvious tongue-in-cheek reference to their work with plants. Despite this usage, actual florists who work with cannabis do exist! They craft beautiful bouquets for weddings and other events that feature nugs of cannabis nestled artfully among their fellow flowers. While the reaction is mixed to this innovative idea, it’s safe to say that cannabis can be elevated to more than just a consumable.

“As an indoor cannabis farmer, when square people ask what I do I say florist to avoid strange looks.”


Excessively high. Similar in usage to stoned, baked, or bouldered. As it originally was used to describe the effects of hallucinogenic drugs, it tends to emphasize the psychoactive effects of weed, such as couch lock and altered perception. This term can also have a negative connotation, as it’s often used to refer to burnouts or people who indulge too much and too often.

“After dabbing that sativa live resin I’m feeling pretty fried.”


An older term for an especially strong joint or blunt, but it originally meant tobacco cigarettes. This term was popular among soldiers in the British Army in the early 1900s because it was believed that the unfiltered, high-tar cigarettes soldiers smoked led them to gasp for air during training. In the context of cannabis joints, the term suggests that it will leave you coughing and gasping after smoking it.

“Last weekend, Alice rolled a fat gasper. Now, she’s letting her lungs rest and only eating edibles.”

Generation Joint

The culmination of many roaches broken up and rolled into one joint filled with generations of cannabis. Roaches from generation joints can then be saved and rolled up into what can become a multi-generational smoke. These date back to the age of flower children and aren’t that popular in modern cannabis culture due to the not-so-fresh flavor.

“Save that roach, I’m keeping a stock-pile for a generation joint.”

Green Out

The distressing feeling of nausea and anxiety that occasionally happens from indulging in too much THC. Greening out often manifests itself as vomiting, dizziness, and excessive sweating as well as paranoia and anxiety. It can happen to anyone from first-time users to experienced stoners, but rest assured that no one has ever died from it.

“I greened out last night, so I’m taking a T-break for the rest of the month.”

Head Change

A phrase referring to the psychoactive and emotional effects of a high. It implies that cannabis will change your headspace for the better. Indeed, ganja can put users in another headspace, and some stoners attest to its “opening” or “expanding” their worldview in new and exciting ways. As long as you partake responsibly, there’s nothing wrong with getting ahead change every now and again.

“I need a head change. Do you have any bud that will help me destress?”

Hog Leg

In the Wild West of the United States, hog legs were large, single-action revolvers carried by cowboys. The term lends itself quite well to its current usage: describing huge, overstuffed joints. Unlike their namesakes, they tend to be quite impractical, so the common recommendation is to split a hog leg into multiple joints instead of smoking one large one.

“I wanted to roll one hog leg for Steph’s birthday, but I wonder if I should just roll up a bunch of smaller joints instead.”

Hot Box

Hot boxing is the act of smoking cannabis in a small, enclosed space. This fills the space with smoke, resulting (in theory) in each breath getting you a little higher. Popular hot box locations include cars or bathrooms, but more ambitious smokers may aim to hotbox larger rooms.

“When I was in college, it was pretty standard practice to hotbox the bathroom.”

Washington Initiative 502, also known as i502, was the ballot initiative to legalize the sale and consumption of cannabis products in the state of Washington. It appeared on the November 2012 ballot and was approved by popular vote soon after. i502 also mandates a tax on cannabis products while using the revenue for substance abuse prevention and education. It is similar to Amendment 64 in Colorado, its inclusion on the ballot resulted in some of the highest voter turnouts in the nation.

“I like i502 herb but lots of my friends still opt to buy their bud off of the black market.

Jefferson Airplane

Named as a direct reference to the popular counterculture rock band, a Jefferson Airplane is a matchstick broken into a “V” formation that can be used as an improvised roach clip. This allows the user to smoke the very end of a joint without burning their fingers.

“I lost my clip, but I can make a Jefferson Airplane to hold this roach instead.”


One of the most common forms of consuming cannabis. A joint is a rolled cigarette that contains cannabis instead of tobacco. To make a joint, a smoker distributes a strip of ground cannabis onto a cigarette paper then rolls it to form a cigarette using water or saliva to create a seal. Both or one end may be twisted for extra security. Many also use a filter to create a lighter smoking experience.

“Your joint-rolling skills have improved since you started practicing!”

Left-Handed Cigarette

Another word that is used to refer to a joint. “Left-handed” is a term that has many implications but can be broadly interpreted as a “sinister” cigarette. The phrase has its roots in jive talk from 1930s Harlem. However, the term could also be a reference to the direction a joint can be passed.

“Those left-handed cigarettes you bring always make me revel in that jazz music.”


Long before the Harry Potter series used this term to refer to non-magical humans, “muggles” were, quite simply, joints. A 1931 Time Magazine article details the rising popularity of cannabis and specifically refers to muggles, along with “reefers” and “Mary Warners,” as terms used to describe cigarettes filled with ground, dried cannabis. Almost unsurprisingly, J.K. Rowling was not aware of the word’s history, as she simply chose it because of how silly it sounded.

“If joints were still called Muggles, it would make reading Harry Potter absurd.”

Pack a Bowl

The act of loading an amount of ground cannabis flower into the glass bowl of a pipe or bong. Most stoners, whether they like to admit it or not, have opinions on how to load the “perfect” bowl, but a wise few believe that the best-packed bowl is one that’s about to be shared with some great friends. Regardless, as long as your bowl isn’t too densely packed to allow airflow, it’s probably fine.

“As soon as I get home, I’m gonna pack a bowl and order pizza.”


Rolling papers used for making joints. Purchased from dispensaries, head shops, or convenience stores, papers come in a variety of formats including standard paper, flavored, or printed with designs. Some luxury companies even offer rolling papers made of 24K gold! Stoners who favor joints will usually have a preferred brand of rolling paper, or at the very least one they swear won’t rip or tear.

“Claude likes to match his rolling papers to what he’s wearing that day.”


An intentionally small joint made that way either to save flower or to allow only a mild high. Named for the pin-like nature of the roll, pinners are excellent for introducing someone new to the experience of cannabis, for sharing a favorite strain with a friend, or rolling up for a quick break from work.

“You’ve never smoked before? Let me roll you a pinner and we can cross that off your bucket list.”


A pre-assembled, ready-to-smoke joint sold in dispensaries and recreational storefronts. Pre-rolls often come infused with flavors, coated in hash oil and/or kief, and secured in a plastic or glass tube. Pre-rolls are great for those who are unable to roll joints for themselves, and since they usually have the weight (in grams) listed on the label, it’s easy to know how much you’re consuming.

“I’m going to smoke a couple drags off of this pre-roll and call it a night.”

Prop 215

A California proposition passed in 1996, allowing for the licensed legal sale and possession of cannabis for medical purposes. With the abundance of benefits from CBD specifically, medical cannabis has become a major method of sustaining health. While cannabis is still federally illegal, the state of California is one of an increasing number that makes cannabis available for medical use.

“When Prop 215 passed, my uncle was able to get prescribed cannabis for his PTSD.”

The process of obtaining more cannabis products. This can be used by a distributor to refer to obtaining the product to sell (“re-up supply”) or consumers looking to restock. Depending on your experience and tolerance level, a re-up can occur anywhere from every two weeks to every month. Some stoners prefer to buy in bulk (such as in halves or ounces) to last them longer, while others tend to buy as much as they need for a small amount of time. In prohibition states, the amount you re-up depends on how much your dealer has.

“Hey, we’re running low on flower. Want to come with me for the re-up?”


Legal cannabis not officially designated for medical purposes is often called recreational or adult-use cannabis. Recreational users consume cannabis for a pleasurable altered state of consciousness, similar to the use of alcohol or tobacco. Laws for recreational and adult-use often vary from state to state, and in some cases, they can vary between cities. To enter a cannabis storefront for recreational products in the United States, you will need to be at least 21 years old and present a valid, unexpired state ID.

“I smoke cannabis recreationally, but I’m interested in the medical benefits.”


This term can be used to describe the action of smoking, or ripping, from a bong or to describe an intense and almost overwhelming high. A person who is ripped will likely be couch-locked and cotton-mouthed. However, they will not green out–being ripped is intended to be a positive, pleasant feeling..

“I can’t believe I’m ripped after that single hit. T-breaks really change up your tolerance!”

Roach Clip

The small clip designed to help hold a roach while smoking without burning your fingers. They can also help pass a roach around the session. Roach clips can be improvised from whatever you’ve got lying around, like a Jefferson Airplane. However many stoners prefer to buy specialized tools designed specifically to hold the last of your joint.

“I gave Dimitri an engraved metal roach clip for our anniversary. He said it makes him feel luxurious.”

Sandwich Bag

Also called “baggies,” sandwich bags are the common packaging method of cannabis in prohibition areas. Sandwich bags are cheap, easy to obtain and allow consumers to carry the product without being too smelly. In legal dispensaries and storefronts, this method of packaging has been replaced by glass jars and vacuum-seal mylar bags that give the product longer shelf life.

“My dealer gives us a discount if we bring back the empty sandwich bag from our last meetup.”


The act of inhaling cannabis smoke or vapor before putting your lips to another person’s and exhaling the cannabis smoke directly into their mouth. The recipient will then inhale the smoke and both parties will get high from the one hit. This is often seen as a romantic gesture, or at the very least one signifying closeness between the participants.

“My girlfriend and I like shotgunning when we smoke together in private.”

Skin Up

A phrase meaning the act of rolling up a joint that is popular in London and the United Kingdom. It is a reference to the word skins, a common term for papers over the pond. Though originally the term was used as a verb to roll up, it is not mostly used concerning rolling marijuana into a joint or pinner.

“The part starts in 20 minutes, skin up and let’s go.”


Used about rolling papers, especially in London and the United Kingdom. It is also used as a verb in the term ‘skin up’ which means to roll a joint. The origin of this term is murky, but it could be a reference to the similarity that a function of a paper has to the function of skin for the human body. The term was popularized with American teens after the drama of the same name was released for television.

“Let’s swing into the shops and grab some skins before heading out.”


Joints that are rolled with roaches from previously smoked joints. Many believe that the resin travels to the roach of the joint while it’s being smoked, concentrating the cannabinoids and terpenes into that little burnt nubbin. These stoners collect their roaches then break them up and roll them up into a snipe for what many describe as a joint that gets you very stoned.

“Why are you saving all of these roaches, did you want to roll a snipe?”

Solar Bowls

The act of smoking weed using a magnifying glass to concentrate sunlight onto dried herbs packed in a bowl. Solar bowls use absolutely no butane or lighters to combust herbs, making for a very smooth hit. This is a fun method for inhaling cannabis but can prove more challenging in foggy or cloudy climates like San Francisco and Seattle.

“Let’s hike into the woods and rip solar bowls on our day off.”


This term is used as an adjective that describes the addition of tobacco in a rolled joint. When cannabis and tobacco are rolled together the addition of loose tobacco creates a more musky flavor that a pure cannabis joint creating a flavor that one could refer to as spiced. This term has nothing to do with the synthetic cannabis product that is often called ‘Spice’.

“Do you want in on this rollie? I’m going to make it spicy.”


A device used to mask the odor of cannabis smoke. These devices are very popular in dorm rooms and hotels with strict smoking policies. Throughout history, most sploofs have been homemade. One common method is stuffing a tube with dryer sheets to exhale into in hopes that the smoke will come out the other end with the aroma of dryer sheets. In response to the adult-use market, the cannabis industry has created several advanced devices on the market today.

“If you’re going to be smoking somewhere you shouldn’t be, you should probably invest in a good sploof.”


The state of being high. Originating in the 1940s, it evokes the idea of being knocked unconscious with stones. Modern cannabis use is, generally, more pleasant than that. While not as intense as being bouldered, being stoned suggests an altered state of mind, so driving or operating heavy machinery is out of the question. However, it’s great for ordering takeout and hanging with your buds.

“Wow, I’m so stoned right now, that blunt was huge!”


A property of many indica strains, resulting in heavy, hazy, comfortable high. Some consumers consider stoney highs as the “classic” high feeling, as it seems to resemble the behavior of stoners in movies and TV. Stoney highs might also result in couchlock, but you’ll usually be feeling too good to care.

“This strain is especially stoney, so make sure your schedule is clear for a while after lighting up.”


This brand creates skinny cigars, or cigarillos, that are broken up, emptied, and rolled with hand-ground cannabis flowers into blunts. The practice is so popular that all blunt wraps are commonly called Swishers despite many other brands releasing wraps that are specifically meant to be rolled into blunts. A Swisher wrap does contain a small amount of tobacco, which can add to the effects of cannabis.

“Before meeting up with Kevin I always pick up a Swisher since he loves to smoke blunts.”


T-break is a shortening of the term ‘tolerance break’. It refers to an extended period of time without cannabis use. Regular cannabis consumption can often result in the bodybuilding up a tolerance to cannabinoids, resulting in a less efficient ability to get high. Taking time away from cannabis allows the body to readjust itself to normal tolerance levels, meaning it will oftentimes take less product to achieve the desired high.

“I’ve been out of weed, so I’m considering this a T-break.”


A word used to describe how inebriated one can get from smoking weed. It’s possible that being tatered may be related to the term couch potato, referencing the couch lock often experienced when smoking heavy Indica strains, but this isn’t proven. Either way, to be tatered is to be exceptionally stoned.

“After we rolled up that Swisher I was sufficiently tatered.”


Since legalization testing labs have become more prominent in the cannabis industry. Testing is important for understanding what is in flower, edibles, and concentrates. A testing lab will use high-level chemistry like mass spectrometry and gas chromatography to pinpoint how much THC, CBD, terpenes, and other desirables are in the products. Labs will also test for undesirables like mold and pesticides. Each state requires different tests for legally sold cannabis products in order for them to be considered compliant by state law.

“Testing makes me confident in the quality of the bud I’m smoking.”

To consume cannabis. The etymology of this word, like most in cannabis culture, is difficult to determine with total certainty. However, it likely comes from the spanish verb “tocar,” which roughly translates to” touch” or “tap.” Toking tends to imply that a small amount of herb is being used, but some stoners like to use it ironically to describe long, drawn-out smoke sessions.

“Let’s meet up at Felix’s place before the concert to toke.”

Toke Up

The act of smoking cannabis, usually in joint form, that results in getting high. “Toke” started popping up in the 1950s, and it likely comes from the spanish verb “tocar,” which roughly means “to touch,” implying a small amount of cannabis is being consumed. This phrase isn’t as common as it used to be, but it’s a great way to describe having a puff or two off of a joint.

“Is it cool if I toke up in here?”


A tulip joint is a fun way to get a huge hit from one inhalation on a joint. The flower is put into a cone-shaped paper at the end of a long pinner into a shape that looks like a blooming tulip. This term originates from Amsterdam where the tulips are almost as famous as their cannabis.

“Roll up a tulip let’s celebrate the Dutch when we light up today.”


One who studies the science of smoking, growing, and/or being around cannabis and marijuana culture. A weedologist wants to understand the who, what, where, when, and why of every aspect of weed. Before legalization, this job was more of a fun joke, but now there are real cannabis scientists who could claim the title.

“Let’s discover the next cannabinoid and become famous weedologists!”


The state of being so high on cannabis from smoking, vaping, or ingesting it that you could be considered inebriated. Staring open-mouthed at the TV without interacting with the outside world for hours, eating handfuls of dry cereal without thinking about it, and laughing maniacally at something that isn’t very funny are all activities common of someone who is wrecked.

“After finals I’m going to buy a 100mg edible and an entire pizza and just get wrecked.”

Zig Zags

Rolling papers that are popular worldwide. They originated in France but are marketed by a company in the United States. Zig Zags come in a variety of types including hemp, ultra-thin, and king size. These papers are so popular that the term Zig Zags has become synonymous with the term rolling papers.

“I always bring Zig Zags on a hike, you never know when you’ll want to roll up.”

"Stoner" is a widely-adopted slang term for a person who consumes cannabis. From comedy movies to music, stoners have permeated all of pop culture.