When you’re just starting your exploration into the world of marijuana, it can be confusing and intimidating. Don’t sweat it; Neighborgoods is here to help. We’ve compiled a few of the more useful weed terms for you, so that when you visit a legal marijuana dispensary, you’ll sound like an expert.

Marijuana’s Many Names

First things first, one of the most important things to understand is what you’re looking for in terms of products, strains, etc. Marijuana or weed, is derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant. You’ll commonly hear marijuana referred to as some of the following things: weed, marijuana, cannabis, dope, pot, bud, ganja, hashish, and/or hash. While these aren’t all the names that marijuana goes by, they’re some of the most popular ones. When visiting a marijuana dispensary, however, you can most likely just refer to marijuana as weed, cannabis, or just marijuana. 

Cannabis Strains Breakdown

Most marijuana dispensaries offer different types of cannabis, commonly referred to as strains. The three main strains of cannabis are indica, sativa, and a hybrid of the two. Indica strains typically make a user feel relaxed and sometimes sleepy. Sativa strains are known to provide more of a euphoric or joyful experience. And hybrid strains provide a mix of the two. When visiting a dispensary, you may want to talk about the different strains to find the best one for the experience you’re looking to have. 

Marijuana Consumption Methods

One of the next things that will be important to know is what type of products you’re interested in trying. Neighborgoods offers a wide variety of cannabis products, including flowers, pre-rolls, vaporizers, edibles, tinctures, topicals, and more. Here are some quick notes that explain the difference between each.

Joints, spliffs, and blunts are usually defined by how much cannabis or other materials, like tobacco they contain, as well as the materials that are used to roll them up. Joints and spliffs are both rolled using rolling papers. A joint uses 100% weed or marijuana flower inside. A spliff is a joint that has marijuana and tobacco inside. And a blunt uses tobacco to wrap the weed up instead of a rolling paper. 

Bongs are one of the simplest and most effective ways to use marijuana. They’re made of all types of materials, like glass, plastic, metal, and/or silicon. Most bongs have a tubular chamber and a bowl piece. When using a bong to smoke marijuana, you will add water to filter the smoke, then light the bowl piece, and inhale from the mouthpiece.

Additionally, you can use a pipe to smoke marijuana. This is another very simple way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis. They’re quite popular because they’re small and easy to use, just like regular pipes. 

Other Useful Marijuana Terms

Along with the names for marijuana, different cannabis strains, and all of the different types of products to enjoy, here are a few other useful cannabis-related terms to know.

When you’re a beginner, shopping for marijuana might seem a bit intimidating. We hope this helpful information from Neighborgoods will make you feel more at ease when buying one of our products at several dispensaries located in Massachusetts and Ohio.