People who are new to cannabis would find themselves scratching their heads upon hearing or reading news that mention cannabis-related terms. And we admit that it can be confusing sometimes. Especially when slang and medical terminology come in.
So we have come up with a list of common words and terms used in news stories and articles centering on marijuana. It will help you differentiate one term or one slang from another, and to understand more complicated words.
Ganja is a Hindi word for cannabis.
Cannabis is the generic term used to refer to the plant genus that produces various species of flowering herbs, including cannabis indica, cannabis sativa, and cannabis ruderalis. Cannabis is available in three main forms: marijuana, hash oil, and hashish. Cannabis can be inhaled through bongs and vapers, smoked in joints, or mixed with edibles like brownies, cookies, and even drinks.
Marijuana is the general term used for the female cannabis plant or for its dried flowers. Female plants are distinct from the male in that they are the ones that produce flowers, and flowers contain the most amount of cannabinoids.
Weed is a slang term for marijuana.
Pot is a slang term for cannabis. It is possibly derived from the Spanish word for cannabis, potiguaya, which is also derived from the term potacion de guaya.
Mary Jane is another slang name for cannabis.
Hemp refers to a cannabis sativa plant typically cultivated for industrial purposes like oils, topical ointments, or even as fiber for rope, paper, clothing, and more applications that do not involve intoxication. The focus for growing this naturally high-growing sativa plant is not on producing buds but rather on building the length of its stalk for fiber production. Hemp has low THC levels and high CBD concentrations.
Joint is marijuana-filled cigarette. It is rolled up by hand using rolling papers.
Hooter is an old-school term referring to joint.
A doobie is a slang word for joint.
Pre-roll is a commonly used word referring to a pre-rolled joint.
Heirloom refers to cannabis of a local variety that was taken from its land of origin or native land then propagated in a different geographic location but while maintaining its original genetics. In other words, the strain is pure and has never been crossed and has always grown in its natural environment.
Landrace refers to a cannabis strain that is indigenous to a specific geographic location. The landrace is therefore unique as this strain can take on particular traits or qualities that are best suited for the specific area where it develops. Most cannabis plant hybrids are a crossbreed of different types of landraces.
Endo, also spelled Indo, refers to high-quality marijuana with premium buds. When the cannabis flower is cured by hanging it upside down from a line, its bottom tips accumulate the most resins and crystals.
Kush is a subset of cannabis indica varieties that is bred from descendants of strains that originated in Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush mountain range, in India, and in Pakistan.
Sensimilla is the Spanish term for “without seed” and is the slang word referring to high quality dried cannabis.
Shatter or Ice
Shatter or ice is a word referring to Butane Hash Oil that’s processed in slightly different ways so they are not too waxy.
A slang referring to an ounce of marijuana.
Toker is a person who smokes weed.
QP is a slang term for a quarter pound — or 4 ounces of 113.39 grams — of weed.
Laced is a word describing marijuana that is mixed with cocaine, meth, or another street drug.
A dispensary is a place selling legal medical marijuana to patients.
Dank is a popular term describing a really high-grade cannabis.