Weed Terms For The Newbie


New to smoking weed? It’s easy to feel like a real dummy with all the pot lingo that the culture has picked up along the way. So, here’s a quick primer to make you feel a little more comfortable. There are A LOT of terms out there that vary from one country to the next, but here are some rock-steady ones that will help ease you in.


1. 420

420 refers to either the time of day (4:20 pm) when stoners like to light one up, and it also refers to April 20th or International Weed Day. The term has a long and historied past that ties into hippy culture and the Grateful Dead.


2. Bong

A bong is a device from which you smoke pot. There is a bowl packed with the herb that gets lit, and the smoke travels through the passage to the smoker’s mouth – like a pipe, but bigger and more intricate. It’s possible to make a bong out of things found around the house, but the more sophisticated entities are formed using borosilicate glass.


3. Blunt

Weed that is rolled into cigar/tobacco paper.


4. Cotton Mouth

Dry mouth, resulting from certain strains of marijuana.


5. Dab

Dabs are concentrated doses of cannabis that are made by extracting THC and other cannabinoids from cannabis using a solvent. Dabs can be vaporized at high temperatures using a “dab rig”, but they can also be added to a joint, blunt, or bong for an extra potent high.


6. Edible

Any food or beverage infused, or “medicated” with cannabis.


7. Grinder

A tool used to break up a cannabis bud,  so that it can be rolled into a cigarette form or packed into a device for smoking.


8. Indica

One of the main categories of marijuana that generally delivers a sedative and relaxing effect on the user.


9. Joint

Similar to blunts, joints are just weed rolled into “rolling papers.” Easily the most common way to consume marijuana because it’s cheap, easy and requires no special device. Joints go by many names, one of the most popular being, “doob.”


10. Munchies

The uncontrollable need to eat a lot of food. Sometimes it makes us do strange things like stick a Snickers bars in the microwave to try to melt it into a liquid for the ultimate ice cream sundae topping…what, just me?


11. Roach

The remains or end of a joint or blunt after it has been smoked. To continue smoking it, sometimes a “roach clip” is employed to help hold it due to it’s smaller size.


12. Sativa

One of the main categories of marijuana that generally delivers an energized and focused effect on the user.


13. Toke

A single hit, or inhalation.


14. Vaporizer

A vaporizer is another device from which you can ingest pot with. However, these use an internal heat source to heat the herb at your desired temperature which vaporizes the active components within the cannabis. It’s one of the healthier ways to consume cannabis because the heat controls allow you to ingest the cannabinoids and terpenes without combusting the raw plant material.


15. Wake & Bake

Starting the day off smoking cannabis – – highly recommended!

July 8, 2017

by Alana Armstrong

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Alana seeks to see cannabis from the perspective of politicians, advocates, entrepreneurs, and consumers. She got her start with a byline in the arts and culture section and crossed over into cannabis after using it medicinally. Current projects include investigations into cannabis and wellness; entrepreneurs of the Green Rush; cannabis for athletes; and the evolution of cannabis laws and culture in Canada.


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