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Marijuana 101

Marijuana’s culture is constantly evolving. We’ll help keep you up-to-date.

  • Methods of Consumption

    There are many ways of using marijuana, and each one affects users differently. No matter which method you’re using, take it slow and don’t take too much at once.

    • Smoking

      Usually via a joint, pipe or bong. This is the most common method of use.

    • Vaping

      Vaporizers heat marijuana to release its active THC and the vapor is inhaled.

    • Dabbing/Hash Oil

      THC extract from marijuana, also called hash oil, can contain up to 60-80% THC and may take effect very quickly. 

    • Edibles

      The effects of edibles, teas and sodas can take longer to peak, and last longer than smoking, causing users to sometimes consume too much. It can take up to four hours to feel the full effects, which can last up to ten hours. A serving size is 10 mg, so don’t start with more than that. Remember to start low and go slow.

    • Topicals

      Infused lotions, salves and balms are sold for localized pain and inflammation related to skin problems or pain, but do not make the user feel high.

  • Slang Terms for Marijuana

    Different cultures, communities and groups of friends have different ways of referring to marijuana. Here’s a growing list of some of the most popular terms in use today:

    • Weed
    • Pot
    • Ganja
    • Bud
    • MJ
    • Keef
    • Boom
    • Skunk
    • Gangster
    • Herb
    • Mary Jane
    • Trees
    • Joint
    • Reefer
    • Dank
    • Dank Krippy
    • Purp
  • Universal Symbol

    All marijuana products use the universal symbol in red on packaging and edible products (where possible). Medical marijuana also uses the same symbol with the letter “M” added. This is important to know, since medical marijuana may be a much higher dose. 

    Educate yourself and your out of town guests about what this symbol means. Be sure to teach your kids not to eat or drink anything with this symbol. For the best security, always keep marijuana of any form locked up, out of sight and out of reach. Learn more about safe storage here.

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