Whether you’re new to smoking, or just curious how to talk about “marijuana,” here’s some common cannabis lingo you should be friendly with.
Also called a “J,” it’s cannabis rolled up like a cigarette. Roll it. Pass it. Smoke it. Enjoy.
That J getting too small to hold? Now you’ve got a roach. Try roach clips to keep on keeping on. Or place the remaining cannabis into a pipe for an easy finish.
Pipes are a common smoking tool. Place cannabis in the bowl and a finger over the choke (the hole). Then light and release to send smoke up the chamber to the mouthpiece. A bowl also refers to a glass pipe, the best kind for the purest flavor.
Similar to a joint, but larger and rolled using a tobacco leaf—typically from a broken apart cigar. (Pro tip: Mix that tobacco into a J and BOOM! it’s a spliff.)
A traditional vaporizer—like the popular Volcano—heats cannabis until the cannabinoids (THC, CBD) “vaporize” to be inhaled. No burning plant matter means a gentler mist. A vape pen uses oil instead.
Want a big hit? Use a bong, a large glass pipe with a stem connected to the bowl. The stem goes into a water-filled chamber to filter the smoke. Want to be extra cool? Add ice.
The most common purchasable amounts. One gram makes roughly three joints. Two grams is a dime. 28 grams, an ounce. Then it’s all metric from there: 3.5 an eighth, 7 a quarter, 14 a half.
Short for Cannabis sativa. Marijuana actually comes from the days of “Reefer Madness,” when lawmakers scared folks away from “marihuana” smuggled from Mexico. Weed can have negative connotations. And pot just doesn’t sound cool.
What you might be right now. Also, the psychoactive effect associated with cannabis use, after the THC connects with CB1 receptors in your brain.
The legal place to buy your bud. Some states, like Colorado, have both medical and adult-use dispensaries. Adult-use dispensaries are also sometimes referred to as "recreational" dispensaries. Some states may only operate medical dispensaries, in which case a person cannot purchase unless they meet the valid medical requirements. In Colorado for recreational use, you will need a valid government issued photo ID and be 21 years old. For medical patients, you will be required to provide a Colorado issued "medical card" and a physician's recommendation.