A Visual Glossary of Cannabis Terminology
This comprehensive visual guide will help you navigate the often-confusing cannabis terminology. It is important to note that because cannabis has been illegal for so long, many of the terms have no formal ‘Websters’ definition. Many words have multiple meanings and some can be used interchangeably. Please keep in mind that while some of these words may have a slightly different meaning depending on your geographic location, we have done our best to address the common nuances of each term.
An acronym for Butane Hash Oil (BHO) used to identify cannabis concentrates extracted with butane as the solvent. This type of cannabis concentrate can take on a variety of consistencies including shatter, budder, snap n' pull, and sap.
A blunt is a cannabis cigar. The term originated from the Phillies Blunt brand cigars, but has since been used to refer to any inexpensive cigar or cigarillo that is hollowed-out and then re-rolled using ground cannabis. Learn how to roll a blunt.
A bong, also known as a water pipe, is a filtration device used to smoke cannabis. As the user inhales, the smoke passes through the water and bubbles up into the chamber prior to being cleared. Bongs are typically comprised of at least two pieces, the larger tube (that holds the water) and a smaller bowl piece where the ground buds are loaded.
The bud sites and associated flowers produced by the cannabis plant. Also refers to the dried, trimmed, and cured flowers.
Cannabis can refer to the hemp plant itself and/or the various parts of the plant from which psychotropic drugs are prepared. Commonly, it refers to bud. The cannabis plant is tall with a stiff upright stem, divided serrated leaves, and glandular hairs. Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants that includes three different species, cannabis sativa, cannabis indica and cannabis ruderalis. These species are native to Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.
A carb cap is a tool used to help fully vaporize cannabis concentrates at lower temperatures. The carb cap is typically dropped on top of the nail, creating a partial seal. Think of it as creating an oven for optimum vaporization of concentrates.
Cannabinoids are a class of diverse chemical compounds found in cannabis that act on cannabinoid receptors in the body. There are over 85 identified cannabinoids, the most prevalent being THC and CBD. These are the compounds that provide the therapeutic effects associated with cannabis.
A term used to describe a joint that burns unevenly. Typically, a portion of the cherry burns faster than the rest of the joint. For more on how to avoid this annoyance, try our tips for rolling better joints.
Individuals allowed to assist specific, state registered medical patients by cultivating medical cannabis on their behalf.
The burning portion of bud in a joint or bowl that stays lit without further ignition.
A chillum is a straight, conical pipe with an end-to-end channel. A chillum does not have a carb like a traditional pipe.
A cola refers to the part of a female cannabis plant where the flowers or buds grow together tightly. This is known as the terminal bud in plant physiology.
The separated or extracted resin obtained from cannabis; synonymous with hash.
A joint shape that tapers from a small base to a larger diameter tip.
A device, typically made of wood pulp or glass, that is incorporated in the joint rolling process to create a mouthpiece. Also known as a filter or tip, you can learn more about their benefits in our crutches guide.
A dose of cannabis concentrate. See dabbing.
A dab rig is a water pipe specifically designed for consuming cannabis concentrates as opposed to ground buds. The primary difference is that a dab rigs generally has a male joint as opposed to the female joint usually found on a bong (male joints are ideal for most nails). Typically, a dab rig is also smaller than a traditional bong.
To be out of cannabis.
A legal clinic, medical and/or recreational, that provides cannabis products to medical cardholders and/or recreational users.
To suck or take in air; inhale.
Hash, also referred to as hashish, is the oldest term in use to refer to a cannabis product composed of separated or purified trichomes. Hash is considered to be a form of concentrated cannabis. There are many separation and extraction methods; both solvent and non-solvent based.
Hemp refers to high-growing, industrial cannabis plant varieties and their products. Hemp is grown primarily for its fiber, oil and seed. Hemp is low in THC, typically less then 0.3%.
Ice Water Hash
Cannabis plants of the indica variety grow short and bushy. Its leaves are short, wide, and deeply serrated. Cannabis indica plants typically mature in 6 to 8 weeks. The effect of cannabis indica is typically described as a body high.
A European rolling technique in which the orientation of the rolling paper is flipped and the excess paper is torn off after completing one rotation around the rolled cannabis. To learn how to roll inside out, check our step-by-step instructions.
A rolled cannabis cigarette.
Kief is a grade of dry sift that contains a mixture of trichome heads, stalks and cannabis plant matter. Kief often accumulates in grinders or it can be sifted from dry cannabis buds with a mesh screen, sieve, or similar tool. Kief is an Arabic term meaning ‘pleasure or intoxication’.
Live resin refers BHO made from freshly harvested, frozen plant material (as opposed to dried and cured buds/trim). Live resin captures the aromas and flavors present in the living plant immediately after harvest, many of which would be lost in the curing process.
A term used to describe a perfectly rolled, visually appealing joint.
A thin, straight, cigarette-shaped joint.
A narrow tube, typically made from glass, with a bowl at one end for containing burning cannabis, the smoke from which is then drawn into the mouth.
A pre-formed rolling paper that's manufactured in a cone shape. For more on pre-rolls click here.
Rosin, also referred to as the rosin tech, is a solvent-free process used to extract concentrated cannabis resin from either dried flower/bud or solventless hash using heat and pressure. It's safe and easy to make at home!
A term used to describe the soft, viscous, sticky consistency of cannabis concentrates. This consistency is typically pliable, oily, and forgiving to work with.
Cannabis plants of the sativa variety grow tall and lanky. Its leaves are long, narrow, and narrowly serrated. Cannabis sativa plants typically mature in 10 to 16 weeks. The effect of cannabis sativa is typically described as a cerebral high.
A common term for bits of ground cannabis and resin that enter the mouth when inhaling. Scooby snacks are typically the result of not using a crutch.
Refers to cannabis concentrates of a hard, smooth, glass-like consistency. As the name indicates, this type of cannabis extract breaks easily into shards and is often referred to as being 'stable'.
Snap N' Pull
As the name indicates, snap n' pull refers to concentrates with a consistency between shatter and sap (the two extremes). It can stretch or snap when pulled based on ambient temperature and amount of force used.
A cannabis cigarette mixed with tobacco.
Cannabis strains are either pure or hybrid varieties, typically of sativa and indica. Varieties are developed to intensify specific characteristics of the parent plants. Strains are named for purposes of identification.
Terpenes are the aromatic compounds found in plant resins (trichomes). There are thousands of terpenes found in the plant kingdom and more than 100 found in cannabis alone. Terpenes provide the aroma and flavor of cannabis varieties.
A trichome is a small hair or other outgrowth from the epidermis of a plant, typically unicellular and glandular. Trichomes in the context of cannabis typically refer to the sticky resin glands which are home to its active ingredients – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and other cannabinoids.
A term coined by @WA5280 to describe applying hash or concentrates to the inside, outside, or tip of your rolls/bowls in any way shape or form. View our step-by-step guide showing how to twax your joint or blunt!
A vaporizer is a device that heats cannabis buds and/or concentrates to 315-440°F (157-227°C), which causes the cannabinoids stored in the plant’s trichomes to evaporate into a gas without combusting any plant material. It's a healthy alternative to smoking cannabis.
This term refers to cannabis extracts that have been whipped into a creamy, buttery consistency. The consistency is comparable to a soft wax and tends to crumble when being handled. Also referred to as budder or crumble.