Cannabis, marijuana, pot, ganja — call it what you will. (Craig F. Walker, Denver Post file)

The cannabis lexicon: Terms to know, from A-Z

On this page: D


The new weed lexicon
A customer samples a dab at The Green Solution booth during the 2014 High Times Cannabis Cup in Denver. (Seth McConnell, Denver Post file)

Dab —  The act of “dabbing” concentrates onto a hot surface, producing a vapor. Can also used as a noun, meaning a small amount of concentrate (a dab’s worth).
• “I just took my first dab……….. woah.”

Dabber —  A metal, glass, or quartz tool which is used to gather up the concentrate and dab it onto the hot surface.
• “I swear I will kill you if you steal my dabber one more time.”

Dabbing (see dabs) —  The newest activity of the sub-culture within a sub-culture, dabbing refers to dropping concentrates onto a hot surface (nail, skillet, etc.) and inhaling the resulting vapor via a “rig,” which is usually made of glass and sends the vapor through water.
• “Are you kidding me? I’m not going anywhere today, I’ve been dabbing like crazy.”

Dabs aplenty: 2014 Denver Cannabis Cup draws thousands; strain sampling rampant

Worst of Craigslist: “Do our dishes for dabs?”

Dank —  Dual use, meaning either very strong-smelling, high-quality weed, or as a general term for anything good.
• “This bag of Blue Dream is dank.” “This burrito is dank.”

Decarboxylate —  The process of converting the acid form (also called “inactive”) cannabinoids such as THCA and CBDA is an essential part of the process if you wish to consume cannabis orally — or experience the psychoactive properties of THC in smoked or vaporized flower or concentrates. Decarboxylation occurs at around 240 degrees Fahrenheit, converting THCA and CBDA into THC and CBD, respectively. Though the acid forms of these cannbinoids have some medicinal benefits, normally decarboxylation is desired for maximum potency and effect in edibles, tinctures, and salves. Otherwise, load up a bowl or roll a joint with dried flower and light it up to decarb the traditional way.
• “I heated up the hash oil to decarb it and now I can literally just drip it into anything and make it medicated.”

The new weed lexicon
(Craig F. Walker, Denver Post file)

Diesel —  A particular family tree of cannabis strains, which originated on the East Coast, specifically the New York metropolitan area. Thought to have stemmed from the ChemDawg family, Diesel is known for its incredibly pungent and distinctive smell, which includes elements of skunk, burning tires, lemon-pine floor cleaner, and notably, fresh diesel fuel.
• “Anybody knows that Soma’s New York City Diesel is totally unrelated to the Sour Diesel line. Duh.”

Diffuser —  Part of many “heady glass” rigs and water pipes, diffusers come in many configurations, but their purpose is the same: to add additional sites for the formation of bubbles as well as help with airflow. Diffusers and all the agitation that they create help to cool the smoke or vapor prior to inhalation, which makes it smoother on the lungs and often more flavorful. They generally are found dipping into the water at the bottom of the downstem, which is where the bowl connects to main part of the pipe.
• “This piece has a six-hole diffuser, it hits super smooth.”

Dispensary —  The purveyor of medical (and if you’re lucky, recreational) marijuana products, a proper dispensary is your source for every pot product known to man; flowers, edibles, concentrates, salves, tinctures, teas, clones, seeds, paraphernalia, and more lines their shelves on a daily basis. If you’re still buying weed from your buddy who “gets it from a guy,” a plane ticket to Colorado is in order.
• “I haven’t talked to my dealer in years — I just hit the dispensary now.”

Shop reviews: Is the store sleek, or sketchy? Our shop critic The Ombudsman gives details on the flower quality, the staff knowledge, the prices and more

Map: Colorado recreational marijuana shops and medical dispensaries

Ditch weed —  In rural areas, you may stop the car when you see a marijuana-like plant and attempt to harvest it, but there’s no real THC content and you just wind up with a headache and a car that smells funny. Ditch weed can grow anywhere as it’s very hardy, but you should just keep on driving.
• “Dude, it’s just ditch weed. Get back in the ride.”

Dome —  Part of the typical oil rig, these blown-glass pieces fit over the stem where the nail sits and make it possible to quickly catch and inhale the vapor.
• “I have a fully worked dome for that piece, but I kinda stopped using it since I got my domeless nail.”

Domeless nail —  A relatively new innovation in the cottage industry which has popped up around dabbing, the domeless nail replaces the traditional dome and nail arrangement with a single piece, usually made of titanium, quartz or ceramic. The entire piece is heated with a torch, the concentrate is dabbed into the channel, then the smoke is inhaled though a hole in the middle.
• “This domeless nail made dabbing so much more convenient. It’s great not having to mess with the dome getting sticky or burning your fingers.”

Doobie (see joint) —  This term is primarily reserved for old hippies, folks over the age of 50 and undercover police offers posing as high school students.
• “Hey there my dude-bro, do you want to go smoke a doobie of some MARIJUANA?” –Undercover cop, probably wearing a wire

Downstem —  Most commonly found on bongs, bubblers, and oil rigs, the downstem is the part of the piece which reaches from the bowl and delivers the smoke down into the water. They normally have a glass joint at the top which is either 14 millimeters or 18mm wide that accepts attachments such as a weed bowl, oil skillet, nail, etc.
• “I’m sure that fully worked downstem took the artist a lot of time, it’s really intricate.”

The new weed lexicon
Pre-roll joints and kief (Anya Semenoff, Denver Post file)

Dry sieve hash (sometimes “dry sift”) —  A mechanical separation process which generally uses a variety of screens and agitation to separate the trichomes from the plant material, dry sieve hash is also traditionally known as “kief.” One of the oldest cannabis extraction processes, dry sieve can be traced back through centuries to the great Moroccan, Afghani, and Lebanese hash fields; traditional Lebanese blonde hash is in fact nothing more than pressed dry sieve. This method can be perfected to produce perhaps the highest-purity and most natural concentrate available (nothing but trichome heads), but generally, it is less pure than high-grade water hash or hash oils because it is more difficult to remove all of the plant matter. Quality dry sieve will generally test between 50 percent and 60 percent THC, but the ultra-pure examples can have higher content.
• “This dry sieve is incredible, it melts away just like oil.”

Dugout —  A two-chambered wooden box that fits conveniently in your pocket for on-the-go smokers. One half holds pre-ground herb, while the other has a little metal one-hitter that’s supposed to look like a cigarette, even though you’re not really fooling anyone. The top slides open, usually expelling the pipe, then you mash it down into the herb chamber.
• “Is that marijuana you’re smoking?” “No, officer, it’s just a tiny cigarette I’m smoking.” “Come on, that’s clearly a dugout in your pocket.”

Product reviews: Vapes, papers, glass gear from Pax Ploom, Herbalizer, Raw, Sasquatch Glass and more. Want your gear reviewed? Submit your glass, vapes and more:

More terminology
A-B | C | D | E-F | G-H | I-J-K | L-M-N | O-P | Q-R | S | T-V | W-Z/Numbers