Cannabis Glossary


Marijuana is a slang term for cannabis. Derived from Mexican Spanish and corrupted from its original spelling marihuana, the term marijuana gained popularity in the US at the turn of the 20th century. Some etymologists trace the word to the Chinese term “mar ren hua” meaning “hemp seed flower.

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A synthetic form of THC used to help treat nausea and vomiting that are a result of chemotherapy treatment, as well as a loss of appetite and weight loss in patients with HIV. The active ingredient in Marinol is dronabinol.  “The doctor prescribed Marinol to counter the effects of chemo.

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Matrix/puck/pineapple perc

A percolator in bongs or dab rigs made up of a series of porous pucks with either flat or curved sides, the latter of which resembles a pineapple. Like all percolators, it filters and cools smoke or vapor, making hits smoother. “The matrix perc in my rig creates the biggest hits I’ve ever had.

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Me vs. the weed

A series of viral memes originated by Thelonious Martin. The meme labels one subject of a random image as “me” and the other subject as “the weed.” If the meme is created properly, “the weed” gets the best of “me.” “I tried some new organic strains and it was like Me vs. the weed.”“Me vs.

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Medical marijuana

Medical marijuana refers to the therapeutic use of cannabis for the treatment of various conditions, illnesses, and symptoms. In some states and countries, cannabis is only legal for medical use with prior authorization from a health professional.

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Menthol is a monoterpene that naturally occurs in trace amounts in cannabis, as well as prominently in other plants, such as peppermint and spearmint.

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Microorganisms such as fungi and mycotoxins, which commonly appear as mold, that can occur in cannabis. Microbial contamination of cannabis can be common, and there are health risks in absorbing these into the body when consuming cannabis products, primarily for immunocompromised patients.

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Micron grade

The fineness of a micron screen, which is a mesh screen used to make hash. The higher the number, the finer the mesh, and common micron screens for making hash are 73, 90, and 140 microns.

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Micron screen

Mesh screens used in the production of hash. Cannabis plant material is agitated over a series of screens with finer and finer micron grades, allowing trichomes to fall through to each successive screen, refining the product each time.

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Mid is medium-to-low quality cannabis with poor appearance, smell, and minimal effects beyond a dull headache. “She paid money for top shelf cannabis, but it looked like mid.” “Some cannabis connoisseurs won’t even use mid for edibles.

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Moisture content

The amount of water in cannabis flower. Moisture content is commonly used to determine when flower has finished drying after harvest, with 10-12% moisture content ideal.  “Moisture content is an important measure of how ready dried and cured cannabis is for smoking; if there’s too much moisture, it won’t burn right and will taste bad.

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Moon rocks

A nug of cannabis flower that has been covered in liquid cannabis concentrate and dusted with kief. Moon rocks get their name because they are so potent the high will send you to the moon. “My hands were covered in oil after making moon rocks.” “I prefer moon rocks made with RSO.

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A Mexican Spanish slang term for cannabis. Mota translates to “mote” or “speck,” denoting a small, personal amount of cannabis.  “Let’s roll up this mota.” “Call your mota man, I need to re-up.

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Multi-state operators are cannabis companies that have storefronts or businesses in multiple states. They are like large cannabis corporations. Starting a cannabis business is expensive and navigating cannabis laws is time-consuming, especially because laws are different in every state.

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Powdery mildew produces unhealthy mycotoxins, and ruins taste. (Leafly)

Mycotoxins are non-living, toxic compounds that are produced as a byproduct of certain molds and fungi. They can sometimes be produced during cannabis cultivation and found on cannabis.

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Myrcene is a terpene found in the cannabis plant, as well as in other plants such as mango, lemongrass, basil, and hops. It has an earthy, peppery aroma with sweet, fruity undertones and notes of mango and balsam.

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