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Why is pot called pot?


No… it’s not because you’re growing pot within a pot. It would be far too obvious. These days, when the younger generation drinks alcohol and smokes weed at the same time, they call it “melding”, but the combination of alcohol and marijuana is nothing new. In fact, the Spaniards started preserving marijuana (and other herbs) with alcohol a few thousand years ago. It wasn’t long before they discovered that alcohol infused with marijuana makes you “fade out” when you drink it, so they named it “Potacion de Guayawhich was later shortened to “potiguaya”, then eventually shortened to “pot”. Interesting little treat: “Potacion de Guaya” means “drink of sorrow”, because sipping it upsets your eyebrows.

Wasn’t that fun? Etymology is probably my favorite ology, so with this blog, I decided to dig into the roots of some of today’s biggest cannabis slang words and tell you where they came from, because learning something new is always good.

This brings us to “grass”, which isn’t as interesting as “pot”. Here’s the big reveal: grass is called “grass” because it’s a weed, plain and simple. In fact, some species of marijuana, such as Cannabis ruderalis, are “ruderals”, which is a scientific term used for hearty plants that can grow anywhere, even where they are unwanted, ergo “weed”. But these days, you won’t see the word “weed” anywhere on social media, because tech giants like Facebook and Twitter have special algorithms that chase weed posts just to delete them. So instead, you’ll see “ouid” used all over because it’s a play on the French word “oui” (meaning “yes”) which is pronounced “wee”. If you put a “d” at the end of “yes”, it looks like “weed”, but more importantly, it bypasses these algorithms and allows smokers to say “weed” all they want on social media. Next time you’re on Instagram, search “#ouid” if you don’t believe me; you will find all the cannabis articles you were missing.

Honestly, there are over 200 documented slang terms for marijuana (you can find the full list HERE thanks to Wikipedia), and most of them are hilarious, like “cabbage jazz” or “pakalolo”, which is Hawaiian for “crazy tobacco”. There’s also “dro”, which is one of the syllables for “hydroponics” (which is a popular way of growing cannabis without soil), and “indo”, which many people think refers to Indonesian cannabis, but it’s actually just an abbreviation of “indoor” grown pot. In fact, many cannabis slang terms are misunderstood, but none more so than “sinsemilla.”

I have no idea how many times an older smoker came by and asked if we had ‘sinsemilla’ because he had been looking for it since that ‘time in the 60s’ when he got to try some. But unfortunately, this is nothing more than a case of the “good old days” syndrome. You see, the definition of “sinsemillais “feminized seedless marijuana.” And guess what? Approximately 100% of what we sell is feminized seedless marijuana. As with all green leafy plants, cannabis comes in either male or female form: the males create pollen and the females create seeds. Way back in the 60s, before they had fancy things like legal indoor cultivation, cannabis was grown in clandestine outdoor fields where the bud-producing females couldn’t always be isolated from the producing males of pollen, and when a female plant is pollinated, she begins to create seeds instead of buds, which lowers the THC percentage. That’s why the old-fashioned pot was always full of seeds and didn’t get you high as much.

But now “sinsemilla” is all there is in modern dispensaries, and thanks to animal husbandry and new cultivation techniques, it’s much better than whatever anyone tried that “once in the sixties”. I hate to tell you this, old smoker, but you smoked sinsemilla every time you smoked the pot you bought legally from a modern dispensary, that’s path better than the pot you remember from the sixties, and the only reason you keep talking about “sinsemilla” is because you yearn for the “good old days” of your youth.

But then again, maybe I’m in the same boat because I can’t stand the fact that resellers are now called “plugs”. The word “plug” is a simple gerund (a verb used as a noun) used to describe a drug dealer because he’s the one you’re going to see to be “plugged” or “hooked”, and I can’t stand the term because it makes the buying pot salacious and secretive. In fact, Plug Brand is a very popular clothing company that makes sweatshirts emblazoned with the word “Plug” just so a bunch of non-Plugs can walk around looking cool. Stopped. All of this only reinforces the stereotype that marijuana is an illicit thing, and it’s something our entire industry has worked tirelessly to erode. When you go to a bar, you’re talking to a bartender, not a “booze cork”, much the same way marijuana is properly purchased from a budtender, not a cork. Pot is common and legal; it’s time to start using words that reflect that truth.

Alright… I got out of my soapbox. Let’s end with a review of ‘chronic’ and ‘Dutch’, as they are both misunderstood. According to the first, no, Dr. Dre did not coin the term “chronic” via his seminal 1992 album, “The Chronic.” And no, Snoop Dog isn’t right that he came up with the term by shortening another word he coined, “hydrochronic.” The term “chronic” was first used in conjunction with drugs in the late 1940s to describe a “chronic user”, that is, a person who uses a particular substance on a regular basis and long-term. The word “chronic” was then applied to the drug itself if it was abnormally strong with long-lasting effects; Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre simply made him famous fifty years later.

Finally, not all joints or pre-rolls can be called “dutchies”, even if you pass them on the left side as we learned from this Musical Youth song from 1983. In fact, “Dutchie” is a thing brand. , because for a blunt to be called a Dutchie, it must be rolled with a Dutch Masters cigar – they have been sold in the United States since 1912, and since they have always been so affordable compared to other brands, they were the cheapest to buy, hollow out and fill with pot. This perfect storm led to the term “dutchie” becoming almost synonymous with joint or blunt, although that’s not quite accurate.

Thanks for reading all of this! I’m a pure pot and a nerd of words, so when the two things come together, I can ramble forever; I just appreciate that you took the time to go through my rant. But if you too are a pot/word nerd, I hope you enjoyed this, and I hope you’ll come and visit our Durango dispensary at 208 Parker Avenue right here in Bodo Park, because no matter what you call “Pot”, we’re your best friends!




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