It’s a new frontier for marijuana terminology

Central High School Resource officer Brooke Paceworks in her office.



Adults may know the product as tree or chronic, or the act of using it as getting baked. The younger generation, however, knows and talks about marijuana in entirely different terms.

Here’s a glance at some terms for marijuana concentrates and what they mean:

Bhombs: Another word for dabs. The first three letters, BHO, stand for butane hash oil, which is made by heating marijuana trimmings with butane and creating a concentrate.

Nail: A metal post, usually created out of titanium, to smoke concentrates instead of a bowl. “Seasoning the nail” is heating the nail and cooling it to burn off any impurities.

Torch: A butane torch used to heat the nail in the bong.

7:10: A new version of 4:20, a time to smoke weed, only the time is specific to dabbers. 7:10 upside-down spells oil. It’s also a date, July 10, that dabbers celebrate with festivals.

Budder: A cannabis extract that has been whipped to look like butter. Budder is smoked, but cannabis-infused butter is used in edible products.

Budder-faced: Getting really high on cannabis budder.

Errl: Slang for BHO or oil.

Glob: An especially large dab.

Miyagi: Slang for ear wax, as in “wax on, wax off,” a quotation from Mr. Miyagi, the fictional karate master in the “Karate Kid” films.


A glossary of terms on how the younger generation knows and talks about marijuana, 

Hear kids talk about “seasoning the nail?”

How about “hitting the oil rig?”

Or, did you know 7:10 is the new 4:20?

Parents of school-age children would be wise to do a little research. The new frontier of marijuana is nothing like you remember.

Smoking marijuana buds, called trees or flowers, is so old school. Now it’s dabs or globs or sap.


Marijuana increasingly is being used in its much more potent concentrated form, a substance that looks a bit like goopy, dried honey or beeswax. That’s where the terms dabs, oil, globs or sap come in. Delivering even more of a wallop is ear wax hash with up to 90 percent tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical in marijuana that gets you high. It is made with aerosol butane and the resin of the leaves and buds of female marijuana plants.

The marijuana concentrates or oils can be smoked in vaporizers or in bongs, otherwise called rigs.

Hitting the oil rig. See, now?

Tutorials abound on the Internet with plenty of stoners happily showing anyone how to get high off concentrates.

“The dab phenomenon has taken over the western United States and is moving eastward at a rapid pace. If you live on the West Coast or Colorado, chances are you have taken dab hits with friends in recent years. If you haven’t, you really need to get out more,” reads one post from, a website offering advice on everything from weed smoking, to baking with weed, to growing it — equivalent to Pinterest, a site for crafty folks.

Marijuana concentrate can also be smoked in vaporizers, with some of the devices as innocuous-looking as a pen. Vaporizers, e-pens or e-cigarettes can also be used to smoke flavored tobacco.

“I think it’s fadish at this point in time,” Mesa County sheriff’s deputy Chad Williams said of vaporizers. “There’s a sense of anonymity. You can take a couple hits and there’s little smoke. It’s another thing for parents to be aware of.”


Commenting is not available in this channel entry.

Search More Jobs

734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-242-5050; M-F 8:00 - 5:00
Subscribe to print edition
eTear Sheets/ePayments

© 2017 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy