Glossary

Get hip with the lingo so when your kids do start talking, you know what the heck they're talking about.

Marijuana

Marijuana

a greenish-gray mixture of the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and/or seeds of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and cannabis ruderalis. Marijuana is used by smoking, eating, drinking, inhaling the vapors and applying to the skin. Also known as weed, pot, herb, pot, grass, bud, ganga, Mary Jane, chronic, dope, and hydro among many other slang terms.

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

the mind-altering chemical contained in the cannabis sativa plant. This is the chemical that gets users high.

Potency

The percentage of THC in a given sample of marijuana. It is widely acknowledged that potency is difficult to calculate due many variations of the cannabis sativa plant as well as how it is grown and harvested varies greatly. Most experts agree that THC potency has risen over the last few decades, now approaching up to 30%. Marijuana concentrates contain even higher levels of THC that could range from 40% to 80%.

Hydroponics

A system of growing plants, including marijuana, without the use of soil.

420

A way to identify with the marijuana culture. The date, 4/20 is known as a date to celebrate getting high, and the time 4:20, is noted as an “official” time to get high. 420 is found around pop culture, in movies, online, and on shirts and hats.

Cannabinoids

The chemical compounds unique to cannabis. There are over 100 known cannabinoids, THC being the primary and most well-known.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

A cannabinoid associated with the medical marijuana community. It is less popular for recreational users because it is not intoxicating. CBD is currently being researched to learn more about its properties.

Flower/Bud

The actual flower of the marijuana plant that is harvested and used for the creation of marijuana products. Flower has also been referred to as the “old fashioned” way of smoking marijuana as opposed to use of concentrates.

Kush

A popular strain, or brand, of cannabis plants.

Edibles

The term for marijuana that is ingested by mouth. Any edible food or drink that has been infused with cannabis extracts. Baked goods are the most common form of edible, but additional forms include flavored coffee drinks, breads, and candies, among others. Marijuana-infused butters or oils are also sold for individuals to make their own edibles.

Medibles

A term for edibles that are sold as “medical”, though the products are the same as edibles.

Marijuana (Concentrates-Specific)

Marijuana concentrates

a highly potent THC-concentrated mass that is extracted from the marijuana plant, most commonly similar in appearance to honey or butter. It is known on the street as honey oil or budder. Also known as THC Extractions or Marijuana Extracts.

Wax

A common name for marijuana concentrates. It is a softer, opaque oil that has lost its transparency through the extraction process. Depending on the method used to extract it, waxes may take on varying consistencies. Waxes tend to be harder, non-transparent oils. Budder and honeycomb are considered versions of wax.

Shatter

A brittle form of BHO. It has the look of transparent amber glass and has a reputation for being the purest and cleanest type of extract.

Tincture

A liquid preparation of marijuana (extract or plant-based) made with alcohol and usually dispensed using a dropper under the tongue.

Vaporizer

A smoking device used to consume marijuana or tobacco products by heating the oils and creating a vapor for the user to inhale. There are three components to vaporizers: the cartridge which holds the concentrate, a heating device, and a power source (usually a battery). Vaporizers can be used to disguise marijuana use, as it is more difficult to detect. Users believe this method to be safer than smoking, though there has not been research to support that belief.

Butane Hash Oil (BHO)

a highly potent concentrate of cannabinoids made by dissolving marijuana in plant form in a solvent (usually butane). The resulting product is also referred to as budder, honey oil, dabs, or shatter, depending on how it is manufactured. BHO has a very high THC potency. The use of butane in extraction of BHO is cause for safety concern, as it is highly flammable and has resulted in violent explosions.

Budder/Honey/Honey Oil

Slang terms used to describe marijuana extracts using butane. It is waxy in appearance, like honey or butter.

Dabbing

The practice of smoking the THC-rich extracts of the marijuana plant, in the form of oils, waxes, or shatter, all of which contain extremely large amounts of THC. The extracts are usually prepared with butane (lighter fluid).

Topical

A preparation of cannabis that has been added to a product, such as lotion or a cream and applied to the skin.

Oil Rig

A device or bong specially used for smoking marijuana concentrates. Adapters can be added to traditional bongs or pipes.

710

upside down, spells “OIL”, a common term for dabs and marijuana concentrates. Like 420, 710 is a way to identify with the concentrates culture.

Vaping

Atomizer (Atty)

The key in producing the vapor that you inhale. It’s a core with metal wire wrapped around it and when the battery is activated, the atomizer vaporizes the juice that’s on the wick, producing vapor.

Dripping

Compared to your atomizer automatically rationing the e-liquid for you, dripping can be described as a manual method where you manually drip e-liquid into your device. It offers you increased control over how e-liquid is used and can result in thicker smoke which is more flavorful.

Clouds

The vapor that is exhaled when using electronic cigarettes is referred to as clouds.

Ceramic coils

A type of coil advertised as having a longer life span and creating more flavour and vaper.

Dry Burn/Hit

Firing your mod with no cotton/e-juice on your coils. used to make sure your burn is even and/or to clean your coils.

Mod

Short for modification. Many people use vaporizers or e-cigarettes which are made industrially on a manufacturing line, but some people prefer to use a custom kit or to build their own vaporizers.

Nicotine Level

The concentration of nicotine in an e-Liquid, measured in mg/mL.

VG

Vegetable Glycerin. Often used over propylene glycol to produce less of a throat hit than propylene glycol. The main applications of Vegetable Glycerin are cosmetics products, food production.

Temperature control

The temperature of your coil affects the quantity of vapor which is produced as well as the taste. For this reason, many companies which make the more advanced vaporizers choose to include temperature controls, so you can manually change the heat settings of your device.

Throat Hit

The sensation caused by nicotine as it's inhaled against the throat.

ADV/All Day Vape

An e-liquid which is ideal for vaping all day.

Cartomizer

Some cartridges combine the liquid container and the actual atomizer, these are known as cartomizers.

Cartridge

A plastic or covered metal mouthpiece that is usually stuffed with some sort of absorbent filler material that holds e-juice.

Coil

It wraps around the wick/cotton to take the juice on the wick, vaporize it, and produce vapor for you to inhale.

Diacetyl

Diacetyl is a flavoring that can cause Bronchiolitis obliterans (otherwise known as Popcorn Lung) if inhaled in large concentrations.

E-Liquid/E-Juice

Also known as "refill liquid", this is the liquid you vape.

Nicotine (Nic)

An alkaloid found in tobacco.

PG

Propylene glycol, a main ingredient of e-juice produced from Propylene Oxide. The main applications for Propylene Glycol are solvents, humectants, preservatives in food, tobacco products, pharmaceutical products.

PGA

Pure Grain Alcohol

Wick

A strip of porous material that absorbs and funnels e-juice, silica being the most popular.

Noob

A term used to describe beginners to vaping, it is short for “newbie.”

Analog Cigarette

Used to refer to traditional combustible cigarettes.

Stealth vaping

Deliberately vaping in a way that is designed to minimize attention. Typically stealth vapers used certain techniques to minimize the amount of visible vaper exhaled and may use smaller, more discreet devices.

Nic Base

A nicotine base designed for mixing with flavours. Typically comes in a pg/vg mix but with no flavours.