New Freedom, and a New Way to Talk About Marijuana

Article by Ottawa Citizen

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As reefer is being repositioned as less harmful, even medicinal, counting among its benefits the disempowering of organized crime and the increase of tax revenue, the re-codifying of the language we use around it is already underway.

BEFORE Marijuana [mar-uh-wah-nuh]

noun Definition: Common, but outdated pejorative term for cannabis. Usage: “When marijuana is smoked, it can have a narcotic effect.”

Dealer [dee-ler]

noun Definition: Street supplier who sells or trades in marijuana. Example: “I’m going to see my dealer to pick up a bag of weed.”

Paraphernalia [par-uh-fer-neyl-yuh]

noun Definition: Equipment or apparatus used with or necessary for smoking dope, ganja, weed, hash or oil. Usage: “The head shop is where I go to get my rolling papers, bongs, roach clips and other paraphernalia.”

Stoned [stohnd]

adjective (slang) Definition: Intoxicated or under the effects of drugs, high. Usage: “After I smoked that doobie, I was really stoned.”

Hot knives [hot] [nahyvz]

adjective/noun (slang) Definition: Knives heated to a high temperature to facilitate burning of hash or oil for inhalation. Usage: “We were doing hot knives and that’s how I burned my lip.”

Pothead, Stoner [pot-hed] [ston-er]

noun (slang) Definition: Frequent marijuana user, someone who likes to get baked. Usage: “That weird guy who lived in my basement was a real pothead.”

AFTER Cannabis [kan-uh-bis]

noun Definition: Flower of the hemp plant. Usage: “This dinner party is BYOC, bring your own cannabis.”

Budtender [bud-tend-er]

noun Definition: A dispensary expert who helps you select the cannabis that best meets your needs. Usage: “Hey, budtender, dabs for everyone, on me.”

Ancillary items [an-sil-uh-ree]

noun Definition: Lifetyle items used in conjunction with cannabis, such as stash boxes, bongs and vape. Usage: “All of our ancillary items are child-resistant.”

Deepened perception [dee-puh nd] [per-sep-shuhn]

Definition: The sensation experienced after vaping or ingesting cannabis edibles or smokeables. Usage: “I was in a state of deepened perception.”

Dab [dab]

Definition: To dab is to inhale the vapours from a cannabis concentrate made using an oil extracted with butane. Usage: “Hot knives are so ’80s. I prefer to dab without a rig.”

Enthusiast [en-thoo-zee-ast]

noun Definition: A cannabis user who embraces a lifestyle of deepened perceptions and knows their indicas from their sativas. Usage: “She really knows her terpenes. She’s a true enthusiast.”

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