Ganja glossary

Lost in pot lingo? Not sure what a preroll is? Here are some helpful terms.

THC—Tetrahydrocannabinol. This is the chemical that gets you high. Strains with a higher percentage of THC will get you higher faster. Think of it like “proof” or “ABV.” Most strains are around 15 to 18 percent and they top out around 25 percent.

CBD—Cannabidiol. CBD is a cannabinoid known for its anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been shown to help with a variety of ailments and has no psychoactive effects.

Terpenes—Sometimes called “terps,” these are the chemicals that give cannabis its aroma and ancillary effects. (Please see page 38 for more terpene knowledge.)

Concentrates—Concentrated cannabis. There are many ways to do it, but the basic idea is to collect the glands from the cannabis buds. These glands contain most of the THC and terpenes found in the cannabis plant. Concentrates (also known as hash, hashish, dabs, wax or shatter) usually contain between 50-80 percent THC.

Cannabinoids—Chemicals found in the cannabis plant. There are more than 100 different ones, with the most common ones being THC, CBD, CBG and CBN. Scientists are just now starting to understand all the chemicals (and the uses thereof) in the cannabis plant.

Preroll—A marijuana cigarette. From the medical marijuana days, because selling someone a “joint” made it sound like a drug deal, but allowing a cannabis patient to purchase a prerolled cannabis cigarette is classy.

Cannabis—Pot. Sometimes known as grass, fire, trees, loud, ganja, smoke, dope, reefer, muggles, lechuga del diablo (the devil’s lettuce), marijuana, mota, Mary Jane or … weed.