Cannabis Terminology

2 long: Slang name for a cannabis cigarette. 

420: Slang for cannabis

710: A slang name for hash oil, the word OIL flipped upside-down. 

April 20: International day for cannabis pride.

Bag: A package of marijuana. 

Blunt: A cigar filled with cannabis often mixed with tobacco. 

Bong: A water filter for smoking cannabis. 

Bowl: A slang name for a cannabis smoking pipe.  

Bud: The part of a cannabis plant that is consumed for its psychoactive properties. 

Cannabidiol: A non-psychotropic chemical compound found in cannabis, abbreviated CBD.  

Cannabinoid receptors: Parts of the endocannabinoid system located in cells throughout the body that are activated by cannabinoids, influencing appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory..

Cannabinoids: A class of chemical compounds, with various effects, isolated from cannabis. At least 113 different natural cannabinoids have been identified, including: 

Cannabinol: A mildly psychoactive substance found in cannabis, abbreviated CBN. 

Cannabis: Latin, or scientific name for the entire plant hemp, legally named marijuana.

Cannabis concentrate: Concentrated active portions of cannabis. 

Cannabis consumption: Ways cannabis is consumed to experience psychoactive or therapeutic properties, including food, lotions, oral tinctures, smoking, vaporizing.

Cannabis strains: Pure or hybrid varieties of Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis:

CBD oil: Cannabidiol, a relatively non-psychoactive medical cannabis extract.

Charlotte's Web: A high-CBD, low-THC, relatively non-psychoactive medical cannabis extract, developed in Colorado, named after Dravet syndrome patient Charlotte Figi. The name Charlotte's Web is banned in Oregon for its association with a children's book of that title.

Chronic: A slang name for high quality cannabis

Compassionate Investigational New Drug program

After Robert Randall became the first person to successfully use a medical necessity defense when he was charged with illegal possession of cannabis to treat his glaucoma, he filed a federal lawsuit, Randall v. United States, in 1976, resulting in the federal Compassionate Investigational New Drug program being established, under President Jimmy Carter, in 1978. At the program's peak, fifteen patients received cannabis. 43 people were approved for the program, however 28 of the patients whose doctors completed the necessary paperwork never received any cannabis and, under the Bush administration, the program stopped accepting new patients in 1992.

Controlled Substances Act: U.S. federal law enacted by President Richard Nixon in 1970 to replace Harry Anslinger's 1937 Marijuana Tax Act that was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The Controlled Substances Act created a list of five Schedules, and placed cannabis alongside codeine and heroin in Schedule I, the most restrictive classification.  

Dab: Slang name for hash oil, a resin extracted from cannabis. 

Dabbing: A slang term for smoking or vape-ing hash oil, or "dabs," extracted from cannabis. 

Dab rig: Water pipe device for vaporizing hash oil

Dank: A slang word for high quality cannabis

Decriminalization: The lessening of criminal penalties in relation to consumption of cannabis, reflecting changing social and moral views.  

Doobie: A slang word for cannabis cigarette. 

Dronabinol: Synthetically manufactured tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), sold under the brand names Marinol and Syndros, produced by Insys Therapeutics and Solvay Pharmaceuticals, marketed legally in the United States under Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act, though natural THC is banned under Schedule I.

Edible: A food or drink containing cannabis.

Endocannabinoid system: A group of receptors for cannabinoids in the brain and nervous system.

Extract: Product made from cannabis resin 


Feral Hemp: Wild-growing cannabis generally descended from hemp plants previously cultivated for fiber. Referred to as ditch weed, with little or no psychoactive properties, cannabis is exceptionally hardy, found widely across Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

Ganja: Hindi word for cannabis

Gateway Drug: Disproved theory that cannabis use leads to use of potentially-deadly, dependence-forming substances such as alcohol and barbiturates, or heroin.

Grass: A slang word for cannabis

Green Closet: A state of fear for some people secretly using cannabis.

Hanf: German word for cannabis. 

Hashish: An extracted cannabis product made from resin. 

Hash Oil: A resin extracted from cannabis or hashish. 

Head Shop: A retail outlet specializing in paraphernalia and items related to cannabis culture.

Hemp: English, or common name for the entire plant cannabis, legally named marijuana or marihuana in some jurisdictions. 

Hemp Juice: A non-psychoactive drink cold-pressed from cannabis leaves and flowers. 

Hemp Milk: Plant milk made from cannabis seeds. 

Hemp Oil: Oil extracted from cannabis seeds. 

Hemp Protein: The protein content of hemp seeds. 

Herb: A word describing cannabis

High: Slang name describing the state of being under the influence of cannabis. 

Hit: Act of smoking, or vape-ing, a puff of cannabis or cannabis extract.

Home Grown: Cannabis that has been personally cultivated.

Hot Box: Slang term for smoking cannabis in a closed space. 

Industrial Hemp: Cannabis cultivated to make products that are non-psychoactive.

Jay or joint: A cannabis cigarette.

Kief: Traditional cakes of hashish, sometimes mixed with tobacco. 

Kind: Word describing high-quality cannabis, or anything related to cannabis culture


Leary v. United States: 1969 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that unanimously declared the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 to be unconstitutional. Prohibition of cannabis continued under Nixon's 1970 Controlled Substances Act, which placed cannabis in Schedule I, prohibiting all uses.

Legalization: The process of removing the legal prohibition against cannabis.

Lid: A measured quantity of cannabis, usually one ounce to 1 1/2 ounces, an amount that would fill a shoe box lid.

Live Resin: Extracted fresh cannabis that is kept at freezing temperatures through the entire process, rather than dried. 

Ma: Chinese name for cannabis. 

Magical Brownie: A slang name for a cannabis edible.

Marijuana Tax Act: 1937 U.S. law that prohibited cannabis for the first time, and was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1969 and replaced with President Nixon's Controlled Substances Act.  

Marijuana Prohibition: Laws in some jurisdictions banning the cultivation or sales of cannabis in an attempt to prevent its use.


Marijuana Refugee: Term referring to people who have moved from one location to another due to cannabis prohibition laws, motivated by a desire to have legal access to cannabis to treat medical conditions for themselves or their family, or to legally consume cannabis for any other reason.

Marinol: A synthetic cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), also called dronabinol, produced by Insys Therapeutics and Solvay Pharmaceuticals, sold legally in the United States under Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act, though natural THC is banned under Schedule I.

Mary Jane: A slang name for cannabis

Medical Cannabis: Cannabis used as a drug for medical purposes, legally named marijuana or marihuana in some jurisdictions.

Mota: Spanish slang word meaning cannabis. 

Nug: Slang name for a bud of high-quality cannabis. 

Pakalolo: Hawaiian slang name for cannabis. 

Personal Cannabis Use: Consumption of cannabis for any medical, nonmedical, recreational, religious, responsible, social, spiritual, therapeutic, or other reason. 

Pot: Cannabis, possibly derived from Spanish potiguaya, itself possibly derived from potacion de guaya 

Potiguaya: Spanish word for cannabis

Proposition 215: California law enacted by voters in 1996, called the Compassionate Use Act, the first state law allowing medical use of cannabis in the United States.

Reefer: A slang word for cannabis, possibly derived from reefing, or rolling up a canvas sail.

Schedule I: 1970 Controlled Substances Act that created a list of Schedules, with cannabis in the most restrictive classification. Schedule I substances are defined by law as having high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use, and cannot be used safely under medical supervision.  

Space Cake: A slang name for a cannabis edible

Spliff: A slang word for cannabis cigarette. 

Strain: Varieties of cannabis bred for medical or industrial applications. Traditional heirloom strains of cannabis and contemporary hybrid varieties vary broadly because terpenes in the essential oils of the flowers, which give the buds their fragrance, and the ratio of cannabinoids, the more than 100 different therapeutically-active compounds, are infinitely variable.

Tea: A slang name for cannabis

Terpenes: Organic compounds in the essential oils produced in cannabis trichomes that give the buds their fragrance.

Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC: A psychoactive substance found in cannabis, abbreviated THC.  

Tincture of Cannabis: An alcoholic extract of cannabis.  

Trichomes: Structures giving the cannabis leaf a powdery appearance and containing most of the THC. 

Wax: A type of extracted cannabis

Weed: A slang word for cannabis