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Marijuana Glossary and Dictionary for Beginners

Michael Komorn



It takes a long time to learn every single new word when you enter the marijuana world. Below is a quick attempt by the Detroit Free Press to educate it's readers. 



If Michiganders are going to enter the marijuana industry, they're going to have to learn the lingo.

From THC and CBDs to shatter and dabs and wax, the lexicon has changed since the days of pot and weed and reefer.

With the state's medical marijuana market about to take off as Michigan starts handing out licenses for marijuana businesses and a ballot proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use potentially on Michigan's November ballot, cannabis is about to explode in the state.

So here for a quick lesson is some of the terminology to describe everything from the plant to the products:

Cannabis: The plant species including industrial hemp and medical and recreational marijuana.

Indica: One of three families of cannabis, known for producing a relaxing high and aiding in sleep and chronic pain and stress relief.

Ruderalis:The least common family of cannabis, known for quick flowering. It is sometimes bred with indica or sativa to increase the speed of growing.

Sativa: One of three families of cannabis, known for its energizing effects and used to treat depression, stimulate appetite and reduce nausea.

Blunt: A marijuana cigarette made by dumping the tobacco out of a cigar and replacing it with marijuana.

Bong: A glass, ceramic or plastic device used to smoke marijuana that also has a chamber for water to cool the smoke before it’s inhaled.

Budtender: The person who consults with marijuana customers at dispensaries and sells the product.

Cannabinoids: The chemical compounds found in cannabis. Some of the compounds contain THC and others don’t, but they can be used in creams and oils for pain relief.

Dab: A marijuana concentrate, vaporized using a dabber or dab rig.

Edibles: Marijuana-infused products (also known as MIP) — cookies, candies, butters and drinks — that are meant to be consumed rather than smoked.

Flower: The hairy, often sticky bud of the marijuana plant that is used tosmoke or infuse in a variety of marijuana products.

Hash oil: A marijuana concentrate that is smoked or vaporized.

Hemp: The fiber of the hemp plant that can be used in ropes, fabrics and paper.

Joint: A rolled marijuana cigarette.

Keef: Trichomes of the plant, a concentrate of marijuana collected that falls off buds when processed.

Kush: A specific and well-known strain of the indica cannabis plant.

Ounces and grams: The measurements used to sell marijuana.

RSO: A marijuana concentrate that is eaten, smoked or vaporized.

Shatter: A marijuana concentrate used with a bong-type of device.

CBD: Cannabidiol , thought to counteract the psychoactive effects of marijuana.

THC: Tetrahydrocannabinol, which accounts for the psychoactive effects — or high —associated with marijuana.

Terpenes: Plant chemicals, responsible for the flavor and smells of the marijuana flower.

Tincture: Liquid form of marijuana dropped underneath the tongue.

Topical: A marijuana-infused lotion, balm or cream that is used to relieve pain. It produces no high since any THC in the product is absorbed through the skin.

Trim: Excess snipping of leaves from the buds of marijuana plants and used to make extracts, tinctures and edibles.

Vape pen: A battery-charged, portable vaporizer that uses prefilled cartridges of cannabis oils. Similar to an e-cigarette.

Wax: A marijuana concentrate that is used with a vaporizer or bong.

Contact Kathleen Gray: 313-223-4430, kgray99@freepress.com or on Twitter @michpoligal






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