paraphernalia

Types of Paraphernalia

Paraphernalia was once a scary word, used largely by police officers and lawyers to describe crime scenes and condemn thousands of innocent stoners to criminal lives.

In today’s age of marijuana legal reform, however, paraphernalia describes all of the fun gadgets and toys you can acquire to make getting stoned easier, healthier, more effective, and more exciting.

Below is a list of all paraphernalia-related terms in our open-source cannabis dictionary.

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Aristocrat

Big Pinner
Definition:
Typically rolled by self-absorbed college kids, the aristocrat is a special type of joint that is used to display your superior social status and awesome joint-rolling skills. A properly-rolled aristocrat will be extremely long and very narrow. Conical features should be avoided. The best aristocrats can up to 16 inches long — cough, cough. It works best using a long, thin crutch, which lends itself to maintaining a long, thin shape as you roll the doobie.
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Blunt

Dutchie
Definition:
A method of smoking marijuana which consists of hollowing out a cigar, filling it with marijuana, and rerolling it. Blunts tend to be the favorite method of smoking at parties, because one blunt, even with a dozen people smoking it, can burn for a long time. The method was originally nicknamed after the Phillies Blunt brand of cigars. "Dutchies" referring to blunts rolled from Dutch Master cigars, is another common name. People who avoid tobacco are generally averse to smoking blunts, because most cigar casings are made from tobacco leaf.
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Blunt Wrap

Definition:
Tobacco-based rolling paper designed for people who enjoy rolling their own blunts. The paper mimics the casing of regular cigars, but can come in a wide variety of sizes and flavors. Blunt wraps are taxed as tobacco products in various states, and may require a license to sell.
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Bong

Water pipe
Definition:
A water pipe with a larger chamber than your average bubbler. Typically, bongs have a removable stem and bowl that you pull out to clear the chamber, rather than the typical "carb" that you would find on most glass pieces that do not use water. Bongs come in unlimited shapes and sizes, and are commonly used by more dedicated stoners due to the fact that they increase the amount of smoke you can inhale with one hit.
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Bongwater

Definition:
The awful-smelling water at the bottom of a bong. Despite what some may think, drinking this will not get you high, or higher. It only tastes awful and can possibly cause stomach pain. It should be changed after every smoke session, and is sometimes chilled with ice to enhance the smoking experience.
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Bowl

Definition:
The part of your weed instrument of choice (pipe or bong) where you pack (place) the weed. On pipes, there’s often a hole on the side of it that you cover when inhaling weed smoke. Alternatively, bowl can be used to refer to the pipe as a whole, or it can be used as a crude unit of measurement.
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Bubbler

Bub
Definition:
A bubbler is essentially a cross between a pipe and a bong. It's like a pipe because it has the size and shape of a pipe, and also includes a hole or "carb" on the side of the bowl. But it also usually has a bulb under the bowl to hold water, allowing water filtration just like in a bong. This is useful if you want something portable like a pipe that still has the potency of a bong. It is named for the sound the water makes when you smoke it.
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Carb Cap

Cap
Definition:
Used in dabbing, where you put concentrated weed onto a nail (hot surface), and then smoke the vapors. The carb cap fits over said nail and allows you to vaporize a full hit at a lower temperature. This lets your weed keep its flavor, which becomes forfeit at higher and higher temperatures.
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Chillum

Bat, One-Hitter
Definition:
Either used in reference to a small device that can be carried around discreetly and holds a very small amount of weed. Chillums or one-hitters are especially common in places where marijuana consumption is still strictly illegal, as its easier to hide/lose your paraphernalia in times when the law decides to infringe upon your personal privileges.
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Cone

Fatty
Definition:
A cone is a style of joint that is wider at the end you light and narrower at the end from which you draw. Cones are easiest to roll using a paper crutch or filter on the narrow end, because they provide sometimes-necessary support for the paper to hold large amounts of weed. In Australia, "cone" is slang for bowl. In Europe, cone joints are widely used, but are usually rolled as spliffs (with tobacco mixed in with the weed). 
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Cross Joint

Definition:
A large joint with another smaller joint that intersects the main joint at a 90-degree angle. Both ends of the smaller joint are lit in conjunction with the end of the larger one, and, if rolled well, the three ends burn at the same rate.
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Crutch

Filter
Definition:
Usually made from a small piece of thick paper (such as the inner lining of a cigarette carton or the outer flap of a pack of rolling papers), a crutch is a short cylinder rolled into a joint or spliff at the side that touches your lips. The crutch serves a dual purpose: first, it prevents the end of the joint from getting wet and collapsing in on itself, making smoking it rather unpleasant. Second, it makes rolling the joint easier: the shape of the crutch determines, at least to a certain extent, the shape of the joint.
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Dabber

Definition:
A small tool used to apply dabs. Kind of like a spoon, this tool is made to withstand intense temperatures when dabbing your concentrate onto a heated surface. Alternatively, a "dabber" could be a person who dabs, although this usage is less frequent.
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Dab

BHO, wax, shatter
Definition:
A highly concentrated cannabis extract. The precise definition of "dabs" varies by your location, but it is widely regarded as a more efficient, cleaner way to consume cannabis. There are many ways of creating marijuana concentrates that would qualify as "dabs," with closed loop extraction creating the most efficient concentrates.
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Diffuser

Definition:
A component of many bubblers, bongs, and water pipes that aids in cooling the smoke prior to inhalation, thus making it a smoother hit for your lungs. The diffuser is usually located at the bottom of the downstem, touching the water, and this diffusion allows for air to escape. There are several different types of diffusers, some with more holes than others, but all of them have the same purpose: to provide additional surface area for the formation of bubbles, which helps air flow through the smoking device for a smoother hit.
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Dome

Definition:
Similar to the traditional definition of dome, a stoner's dome covers or hovers over another structure. The dome-shaped piece is made of glass and allows you to catch smoke and vapor from an oil rig. May also reference the head, or mental state.
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Domeless Nail

Definition:
A creation that combines the dome and nail that were originally separate entities. It is usually made from heat-resistant material such as glass or ceramic. The domeless nail is used for dabbing and allows an individual to inhale smoke through a hole above a narrow section that the substance is dabbed into. Overall, the single piece reduces the mess and frustration of burning your fingers when adjusting the nail and dome combination.
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Doobie

Joint
Definition:
A term used by older individuals and past generations to refer to a joint. The term is still used in certain circles, but its precedence has largely fallen off in recent years — perhaps because it sounds so silly.
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Downstem

Definition:
The piece that connects the bowl to the water source. The smoke travels from the bowl containing cannabis through the downstem and into the water so that you can inhale from the bong or bubbler and take in cannabis smoke in a lighter and smoother form. Only devices that involve water filtration require downstems. Also, it can be fun to look at the amount of smoke going through the downstem to determine how high somebody is about to get.
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Dugout

Bat
Definition:
A dugout is a piece of paraphernalia designed for discrete smokers trying to get high in public. A pocket-sized two-chambered box — with one side designed to hold your stash and the other designed to hold a one-hitter pipe — the dugout is perfect if you want to look less obviously sketchy in public and still medicate.
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Edibles

Definition:
Usually sweet treats (but also can be savory) that have been infused with cannabis and can be consumed orally to get high. Brownies and cookies are the most popular sweet edibles. Many prefer eating edibles over smoking weed, since inhaling smoke does damage the lungs. Eating infused edibles, however, can get you extremely stoned, and it's advisable to never eat edibles just because you're hungry, as the quick digestion can produce unforeseen results.
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Gasper

Joint, Cigarette
Definition:
A gasper is another term for a hand-rolled joint or cigarette. It's an older term, usually used by older generations, but it references the sensation that you're gasping for breath after taking a particularly large hit off a joint, spliff, or cigarette. It usually refers to something rolled with particularly cheap and/or low-quality product.
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Glass

Pipe, Piece
Definition:
Glass is the material most commonly used when smoking marijuana out of a pipe. Glass pipes can vary in color and size and can be decorated with unique designs and patterns. Glass pipes can cost quite a lot of money and sometimes break easily, but are considered much more desirable than metal pipes, which can get uncomfortably hot and give extremely harsh hits, or wooden pipes, which will not last as long and can get permanently stained with an unpleasant flavor.
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Grinder

Definition:
A device that’s used to break up marijuana. Typically people want to grind their marijuana for one of two reasons. One, it’s easier to roll ground marijuana into a joint. And two, ground marijuana burns more evenly in a bowl. It’s possible to grind marijuana by hand, but often that gets your hands sticky and smelly. Grinders usually have either nails or wooden poles on the inside. They need to be cleaned regularly.
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Heady Glass

Heady Rigs
Definition:
Part of the glassblowing camp of weed paraphernalia, heady glass is often colorful and beautifully designed glassware. Heady glass is usually extremely expensive because of the quality of the glassblowing, and as a result usually don't see a lot of action. 
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Hookah

Definition:
The hookah is a traditionally Indian smoking device that has a centralized bowl with many tubes protruding from it. It is designed so that more than one individual may hit the bowl at the same time. There are such thing are hookah bars, where friends can sit and smoke hookah tobacco together, but putting marijuana in such 'rented' hookahs may be frowned upon. Depending on where you are, it could also get you arrested. Putting marijuana in your own personal hookah, however, allows a communal smoking experience.
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Jefferson Airplane

Definition:
The term ‘Jefferson airplane’ refers to a match that has been broken into a ‘V’ shape to function as an improvised roach clip for a low-burning joint or spliff. Jefferson Airplane is also the name of a San Francisco rock band formed in 1965 — it is often disputed if there is any connection between the band’s name and the hippy slang.
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Joint

J, Doobie, Spliff
Definition:
The joint is a weed version of the cigarette. They are almost always rolled up by hand using cigarette rolling papers, though nowadays there are machine-rolled joints and ancillary cannabis industry companies selling papers made solely for smoking alongside marijuana.
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L

Cone
Definition:
An L is a large doobie that requires two rolling papers. It's called an L because you stick the two papers together in the shape of an L, which produces an extra-large paper that lends itself nicely to rolling a big-ass cone.
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Nail

Definition:
This tool works in conjunction with a dabbing rig. The nail is heated with a torch to vaporize cannabis hash oil when it is applied, which allows for it to be smoked. It is called a nail due to its resemblance of a nail with a thick head. When you heat the nail it will turn red, then you must allow it to cool just until the red color fades and place the cannabis on the head in order to heat and vaporize your smokables.
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Papers

Rolling papers, cigarette papers, skins
Definition:
Short for “rolling papers,” one of the essential ingredients used in joint- and spliff-crafting. Papers can be made from various materials, including wood pulp, hemp, flax, and rice straw.
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Percolator

Perc
Definition:
A percolator, also simply known as a "perc," is a special glass design that increases water filtration inside of a bong, bubbler, or other water pipe by adding an additional chamber for smoke to be filtered through. There are many different types of percolator common, but they all serve a common purpose: to improve the water filtration process so your marijuana bong hit is as smooth and delicious as possible.
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Pinner

Definition:
A pinner is an incredibly thin joint or spliff, rolled in such a way to either save weed or to spare someone who is smoking alone from getting way too high. A pinner is not something you bring to a party to share, unless you want to be laughed at. However, nobody will complain about your pinner if you've spent the last 30 minutes scrounging around the house for those final scraps of weed, and you're still willing to share it with them.
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Pre-Roll

Definition:
A pre-roll is a term made popular through media and advertising companies. It was once used to refer to the advertisement that plays before featured content. In today's culture of legalized marijuana, however, the term has an entirely new (and way cooler) meaning: a pre-roll is a joint/blunt that is made beforehand and sold by a dealer, dispensary, or retail store. These types of joints are sometimes undesirable because the customer can never know definitively what blend is really in the joint. Also, the joints are probably licked and sealed using another person's saliva. 
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Production Glass

Prodo Glass
Definition:
Production glass is most commonly used when mass-producing pipes, and for this reason is both cheap and often unreliable. Prodo glass designs tend to be less extravagent, and is almost always less desirable than its counterpart, heady glass. The only time a production glass piece might be preferred over something of higher quality is in a risky situation where you don't want to risk your nice piece getting broken or confiscated by the law.
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Screen

Gauze
Definition:
A screen is used to prevent marijuana from falling through the hole at the bottom of a pipe or bong bowl. Especially useful if you’re putting a small amount of weed in the bowl, screens can be fashioned from household items such as aluminum foil. Screens can also be bought in glass and metal designs.
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Skins

Papers
Definition:
Skins is a slang term for rolling papers, though you’ll likely only hear the term in Ireland or the UK. It refers to the way a rolling paper wraps a doobie, like it has a layer of paper skin.
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Spliff

Definition:
Specifically refers to a combination of tobacco and marijuana rolled together in a cigarette. Stoners often don't like spliffs or tobacco in any form; therefore, it's considered good etiquette to mention when a joint has tobacco inside before passing it. Some people have also started using the term spliff to refer to any type of joint, which causes much confusion among certain crowds. For many American circles, spliffs were popularized via tourist trips to Europe and other international destinations. It's become a particularly popular trend in the American Northwest.
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Sploof

Definition:
A sploof is usually a hand-made gadget made by college students living in dorm rooms to try to mask the smell of pot smoke. Usually constructed out of plastic water bottles with holes stabbed through the bottom, a sploof is usually stuffed with dryer sheets. The idea is that you blow through the dryer sheets and smoke comes out on the other side smelling more like clean laundry than dank reefer. Unfortunately, they usually don’t work very well.
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Steamroller

Definition:
A cylindrical pipe (usually) made from glass that is open on both ends with the bowl extending from the top near one end. The smoker covers one end with her hand while filling the pipe with smoke, then removes her hand to clear the chamber.
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Swisher

Definition:
Swisher refers to the cheap and popular cigar brand Swisher Sweets, which is often the most popular cigar bought when you want to smoke a blunt. Swishers are cheap and tasty, but not recommended if you actually want to smoke just a cigar.
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Tulip

Definition:
A specific type of joint or spliff rolled to look like a tulip. The rolling process generally uses two or three papers combined to form square, which is then rolled into a large cone before being twisted at one end and then fused to the end of a sturdy, straight joint (the stem of the tulip). They will get you extremely blazed, but probably waste a lot of weed doing so.
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Vaporizer

Vape, Volcano
Definition:
An alternative to smoking and burning marijuana, a vaporizer activates the ingredients in the plant with enough heat for the user to inhale. Vaporizers provide an easier way to use marijuana while still experiencing the psychoactive effects, and reduces carcinogens from the burning of the plant. A few advantages to a vaporizer is that it works more efficiently than a bong, as the plant doesn't burn while not in use; there is nearly zero to no smoke which makes it easy to use in the home without the lingering smell of marijuana. Conveniently sized vaporizers, such as the "e-vape", are a popular way to inhale cannabis.
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Zig Zags

Definition:
Zig Zags are a popular brand choice of rolling papers. Many hippies dislike Zig Zags for not being all organic hemp-based papers — which is totally legit if you care about things like that — but Zig Zags nonetheless work great if you’re looking for some sturdy, well-manufactured doobie wraps.
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