New to the industry? You need to learn the lingo to connect with cannabis consumers.
Whether you’re in digital marketing, a budtender, a dispensary manager, or have another career in cannabis, understanding weed terminology has the potential to enhance your professionalism while operating in this space.
In our weed terminology 101 guide, you’ll learn all about the words consumers use to discuss all things related to cannabis.
Keep reading for a full-on education in stoner terms.
The term “420” has become synonymous with cannabis culture. It’s most commonly used to refer to the date April 20th (4/20), which has become a holiday for many cannabis consumers around the world.
The origins of the 420 holiday are somewhat murky, but there are a few theories out there. One suggests that it began with a group of high school students in the 1970s who used to meet up at 4:20 pm to smoke weed.
Whatever the origins, 420 has become a rallying cry for cannabis advocates, and is used as a code word for weed in many circles.
710 is another term that’s become popular in cannabis culture. It’s used to refer to oils and concentrates, and is a play on the word “OIL” upside down.
Budtender Terms to Know
When you’re buying cannabis, you’ll often hear it referred to by weight. The most common measurements you’ll see are grams, eighths, quarters, halves, and ounces.
A gram is the smallest measurement of weed, and is a great option if you’re trying cannabis for the first time or want a small amount to last you a few days.
An eighth refers to an eighth of an ounce, or 3.5 grams. This is a popular option for casual smokers who want enough weed for a few sessions, but don’t want to spend too much money.
A quarter refers to a quarter of an ounce, or 7 grams. This is a good option if you smoke on a regular basis or is buying for a group.
A half O is half an ounce, or 14 grams. This is a good amount to buy if you want to stock up, or are sharing with a group of people.
An O, or an ounce, is one of the largest measurements of weed one might buy at a time and is equal to 28 grams. Ounces are typically only purchased by regular smokers or those who are buying for a large group.
Larger measurements exist, of course. But for the sake of keeping this article focused on the important stuff, we’ll move on to trichome slang.
Slang for Trichomes
Trichomes are the tiny, sticky crystals that cover the surface of cannabis buds and leaves. They contain most of the plant’s cannabinoids (like THC and CBD) and terpenes (the molecules responsible for weed’s signature smell).
When shopping for weed, you might hear trichomes referred to by a few different names. Here are a few of the most common:
This is the powdery, pollen-like substance that falls off of cannabis buds when they’re handled. It’s made up of trichomes that have been broken off of the plant.
Hash is made by separating trichomes from the cannabis plant and then compressing them into a solid form. It can be smoked, vaporized, or used to make edibles.
Now that you know all about cannabis terminology, it’s time to put your new knowledge to use! Head to your local dispensary and start chatting
Weed and Tobacco Slang
A blunt is a cigar that has been emptied of tobacco and filled with weed. Blunts take longer to smoke than traditional joints, and the tobacco wrapper adds a unique flavor to the experience.
The term “dank” is used to describe high-quality weed. Dank buds are typically sticky, smelly, and covered in trichomes.
Kush is a type of cannabis that originated in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan. Kush strains are typically indica-dominant and have a high THC content.
A pre-roll is a joint that’s been rolled by the dispensary and sold to the customer. Pre-rolls are a convenient option for those who don’t want to roll their own joints.
Sativa is one of the two main types of cannabis plants (indica being the other). Sativas are typically taller and thinner than indicas, and have a more uplifting, cerebral effect.
A strain is a specific type of cannabis that has been bred to produce specific effects. There are hundreds of strains of cannabis, each with its own unique flavor and effect.
A joint is a hand-rolled cigarette that’s filled with weed. Joints are one of the most popular ways to consume cannabis, and are relatively easy to roll.
A vape is a device that heats cannabis to the point of vaporization. Vaping is a popular alternative to smoking,
Moke is a term for a combination of weed and tobacco. It’s often smoked using a bong or water pipe. This method of consumption is more commonplace in regions outside of the United States.
Shwag is a term for low-quality weed. It’s similar to moke in that it’s typically dry, seedy, and not very potent.
A spliff is a joint that’s rolled with a mixture of weed and tobacco. Spliffs are popular in Europe and other countries outside of the U.S., and many people believe that tobacco makes the experience more relaxing.
A roach is the butt of a joint that’s been smoked down to the end. Roaches are often saved and smoked again at a later time.
Cannabis Accessory Slang
A bowl is the part of a pipe or bong that holds the weed. It’s typically made out of glass, ceramic, or metal.
A bong is a type of water pipe that’s used to smoke cannabis. Bongs come in all shapes and sizes, and can be made out of a variety of materials.
Glass is a type of cannabis accessory that’s made out of, you guessed it, glass! Glass pipes, bongs, and dab rigs are popular among cannabis consumers because they offer a clean, pure smoking experience.
A pipe is a type of cannabis accessory that’s used to smoke weed. Pipes come in all shapes and sizes, and can be made out of a variety of materials.
Now that you know all about cannabis terminology, it’s time to put your new knowledge to use! Try this quick weed terminology quiz on for size to test your knowledge.
Quick Weed Terminology Quiz
This quick weed terminology quiz goes over some of the terms we explained above. Once you’ve answered the questions, check your answers below.
1. How many grams are in an ounce?
2. What is kief?
3. What does “dank” mean?
4. What’s the difference between a blunt and a joint?
5. What’s a spliff?
6. What’s a roach?
7. What’s a bong?
8. What does “bowl” mean?
9. What is glass?
10. What’s a pipe?
1. There are 28 grams in an ounce.
2. Kief is the trichomes of the cannabis plant that contain its THC.
3. “Dank” means high-quality weed.
4. Blunts are joints that are rolled with tobacco wrappers, while joints are just rolled with paper.
5. A spliff is a joint that’s rolled with a mixture of weed and tobacco.
6. A roach is the butt of a joint that’s been smoked down to the end.
7. A bong is a type of water pipe that’s used to smoke cannabis.
8. “Bowl” means the part of a pipe or bong that holds the weed.
9. Glass is a type of cannabis accessory that’s made out of, you guessed it, glass!
10. A pipe is a type of cannabis accessory that’s used to smoke weed.
Closing on Weed Terminology 101
We hope you enjoyed this window into the world of cannabis terminology. As you can see, there’s a lot to learn! But don’t worry – with a little practice, you’ll be speaking like a cannabis pro in no time.