Terminology and Paraphernalia
The buds from a
marijuana or pot plant are crushed or “broken up” prior to
smoking. The seeds and stems are not used, so they are
usually trashed…but the lazy smoker will leave them lying
around. If you suspect your kid of smoking pot heavily and
you can’t find their stash, start checking the carpet in
his/her room, vehicle floor, and bottom of their trash cans.
A frequent smoker will usually have at least a couple seeds
or stems they missed/dropped.
Marijuana Street Names:
Maryjane, bud(s), grass, weed,
trees, chiva, green, chronic, chron, gan, ganja, ganj, pot,
bob, doobage, and/or bag.
Blunts are oversized marijuana joints, rolled into
cigar papers. The slang term originates from “Phillies
Blunt” brand cigars, which are most often used.
A bong is a large tube usually made of plastic or
glass with an attached bowl or pipe. The smoker lights the
bowl, inhales and fills the chamber with smoke, then either
pulls the bowl off or releases the “rush hole” to allow
oxygen to enter the chamber so that they may empty or
“clear” the bong.
A bowl is a squat metal version of your
grandfather’s old fashioned tobacco pipe. Some have screw on
caps, as not to spill during transport. They come in a
multitude of different colors and designs and can be
purchased at specialty smoke shops, but can also be found at
an occasional coffee shop, liquor store, or concert kiosk.
A pipe is a glass version of the above noted bowl.
Most commonly referred to as “roach clips”, they are
used to hold the end of a joint to avoid burning and/or
leaving a resin stain on fingers. Alligator clamps or
hemostats are a smoker’s roach clip of choice. However,
other various household items can be used as a substitution.
A few examples may include tweezers, paperclips, safety
pins, needle nosed pliers, binder clips, earrings, etc.
An undercover smoker usually has a bottle of eye
drops nearby. Some kids call the drops “white eyes”. The
most common brand is Visine, whose ad boasts that it “gets
the red out”. Eye drops can be purchased at most convenient
stores and all drug stores.
It’s a magazine. It’s like porno for potheads.
It includes full detailed pictures of prize-winning
marijuana and every possible accessory dedicated to the
habit of smoking it. It has detailed tutorials on growing,
rolling, etc. If your underage kid has their hands on a High
Times Magazine, then they smoke for sure and most likely
have an interest in growing marijuana.
The act of inhaling marijuana smoke is referred to
as “hitting”. Your kid might be asked to “hit it” or “take a
hit” of marijuana.
A pot smoker who prefers to smoke out of bowls
or pipes will usually have some type of implement to clean
their bowl/pipe. After a period of smoking through a bowl or
pipe, resin accumulates and may eventually cause it to clog.
The quickest fix is to scrape out the resin with a thin
metal instrument. This object could be anything from a key
to an Allen wrench, but once it’s been used for this purpose
it will forever be covered in thick, black, sticky resin.
A joint is a marijuana cigarette, one of the most
popular ways to smoke pot.
If you’re positive that your child doesn’t smoke
cigarettes and yet you keep finding lighters in their
clothing or rooms, accompanied by other pot smoking signs,
you may want to ask what exactly they’re using the
Resin is the thick, black, tar like substance
marijuana leaves behind once burnt. Resin accumulates on any
item used for smoking pot. Some kids scrape or clean their
bowls/pipes and collect the resin that is scraped out, roll
it into a tarry ball and smoke it. This is called smoking a
Rolling machines are used to roll joints,
for those smokers who can’t roll by hand or “free hand”.
They can be purchased at all tobacco stores.
Some kids just call them rolling papers, but
they may also be called papes, wraps, skins, zags, whites,
etc. Papers are used for rolling marijuana cigarettes or
“joints”. Papers can be purchased at smoke shops, most gas
stations, and liquor stores. The most common papers used are
Zig Zags, although there many, many choices. In lieu of
actual rolling papers kids will occasionally use tampon
wrappers, bible pages, or any other white, light-weight,
slow-burning paper that’s laying around.
In some cases, cigar papers are used for rolling larger
joints or “blunts”. In some instances, a poor mans blunt may
be rolled with a piece from a brown paper bag.
Bongs, pipes, and bowls all have one thing in
common. They all need screens so that the pot will not
inadvertently get sucked into the mouth of the smoker.
Screens are sold at smoke shops and wherever else bongs,
pipes, and bowls are sold. However, some kids don’t have
access to a smoke shop. In some cases, they may take the
screen from your sink faucet(s) and use it as a substitute.
If your faucet has suddenly started spraying water a little
haphazardly, check and see if the screen(s) have been
A Toke Blower is generally made from an empty
toilet tissue or paper towel roll, stuffed with dryer
sheets. A smoker will craft himself one of these and exhale
his pot smoke into it in an effort to reduce the smell.
Almost all heavy pot smokers have a designated
tray or box that they keep their stash in/on. The tray/box
holds the stash, papers, lighters, rolling machine, and
discarded seeds and stems. It also serves as a convenient
place to “break-up” or prepare weed to smoke.
Marijuana Cigar aka "Blunt"
Pot Bowls / Pipes