Denver Marijuana Dispensary Explores Marijuana Terminology Part III


Denver Marijuana Dispensary Explores Marijuana Terminology Part III
In this blog series, Altitude Dispensary explores marijuana terminology through the ages. This is meant to be a fun and useful examination of all the terms we have used for the beautiful flower through the years. We will look at the term, its meaning, its origin, and its use. We will also look at other marijuana specific terms used to talk about smoking it, using it, buying it, and enjoying it.

In the second blog in this series we explained some of the most common terms used as slang to call marijuana. They are ‘weed’ and ‘grass.’ In this blog, we will continue describing even more terms for marijuana, beginning with ‘reefer.’

Perhaps you have heard this term from the ever popular Reefer Madness movie now with an infamous cult classic following. The movie was originally used as propaganda in 1936. It was meant to show the horrible dangers smoking marijuana could cause for young high school children. 

It shows marijuana pushers enticing students to partake in reefer. It then shows them becoming addicted to the drug. This addiction leads the teens to commit various crimes such as hit and run accidents, conspiracy, murder, and rape. 

It then shows the users having hallucinations (from marijuana? I wish) and eventually going insane. It may be clear to you now that this movie was originally financed by a church group by the name of Tell Your Children. Their intent was to ‘educate’ parents about the moral danger of using such a drug. 

The movie was rediscovered in the 70s and became a bit of an unintentional satire, what with the knowledge we now have of this most innocent of ‘drugs.’ When you watch it with this idea in mind, preferably while stoned, it can be quite enjoyable and laughable.

So, while the film may be where you first heard the word ‘reefer’, Altitude Dispensary would like to shed some light on the origin of this word which goes well back before the movie was even an idea.

There are some who believe the term ‘reefer’ comes from sailing terminology. On a sailboat, when one ‘reefs a sail’, they reduces the sails area. This is done by rolling (much like a joint is rolled) one edge of the canvas sail into itself. Someone who ‘reefs a sail’ is called a ‘reefer.’

 Another possible reason we might use the word ‘reefer’ to refer to marijuana, comes from the Spanish word, ‘grifo.’ The word ‘grifo’ in Spanish is itself a slang term. It can mean, ‘tap’, ‘spigot’, or ‘curly-haired.’ No one really knows why, but some time in the 1920s, the word ‘reefer’ gained popularity as a derogatory term for someone who smokes marijuana. 

It is fun to note (for a wordologist like myself anyway) that this term can be both a noun and an adjective. It is a noun when it refers to the person. It can be an adjective used to describe the inebriation (or high) from smoking the flower. 

Altitude Dispensary sure hopes you are having as good a time reading these as we are researching them. Stop on by any of our shops to get your supplies and watch Reefer Madness. We promise, you won’t regret it. 
 
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Denver Marijuana Dispensary Explores Marijuana Terminology Part II


November 4, 2022

Denver Marijuana Dispensary Explores Marijuana Terminology Part II
In this blog series, Altitude Dispensary explores marijuana terminology through the ages. This is meant to be a fun examination of all the terms we have used for the beautiful flower through the years. We will look at the term, its meaning, its origin, and its use. We will also look at other marijuana specific terms used to talk about smoking it, using it, buying it, and enjoying it.

In the first blog in this series we explained the need for various slangs—as a way to speak about the flower with discretion. We also explored the first slang term for marijuana, pot.

The next most common slang word Altitude Dispensary will explore is ‘weed.’ While you may think that the term ‘weed’ simply comes for the word ‘weed’ as in, ‘there’s a weed in my garden.’ You would be wrong. (So was I.)

For some reason, discovering the origin of the slang term, ‘weed’ was a bit harder than for pot. There just were not as many google pops when I typed it in. But, alas, I persevered and found this little tidbit about the origin and possible meaning behind the term ‘weed.’

It is believed that around the start of the twentieth century the term ‘weed’ entered into the common vernacular. The thought is that it is a shortening of the word ‘locoweed.’ This is a type of plant that grows in Mexico. The theory goes that Mexican farmers and ranchers would take their horses and cattle to graze on this locoweed. It was not long before the ranchers started noticing the strange effects the plant had on the animals.  

Even though locoweed is not the same thing as a marijuana plant, correlations were made. The effects of the plant on the animals being so similar to the effect of the marijuana plant on humans may have led us to start calling it ‘weed,’ short for locoweed. Not surprisingly, ‘loco’ in Spanish means ‘crazy.’

The research I conducted seemed to believe that the term ‘weed’ was even more common than ‘pot,’ though this has not been my experience. This may, indeed, be the topic of our next blog series—how do the terms and slang for marijuana differ from region to region in The United States and abroad?

The next term Altitude Dispensary would like to explore is ‘grass.’ If you’re like me, this term brings up happy feelings of hippies and peace signs, joints being passed in circles while people danced all around, flower power. That is because this term most surely evokes that most nostalgic of eras—the 60s and 70s.

It is thought that the term ‘grass’ comes from the appearance of marijuana back then. Not the lovely, buddy, flower we know now and can purchase at Altitude Dispensary, but the green lawn clipping like, lower quality marijuana as was typical of the 60s and 70s.  

There are also references within the Hindu text, Atharvaveda. There are references to one of the five sacred plants of India, called ‘scared grass.’ This sacred grass is used both medically and 
ritually as an offering to Shiva. So it appears the term may have been around even longer.

This concluded our second blog in our blog series on the slang and terms for marijuana. Head on out to Altitude Dispensary to get everything you need to get stoned and sit around and contemplate these terms and their origins. 

 
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Denver Marijuana Dispensary Explores Marijuana Terminology Part I


Denver Marijuana Dispensary Explores Marijuana Terminology Part I
In this blog series, Altitude Dispensary explores marijuana terminology through the ages. This is meant to be a fun examination of all the terms we have used for the beautiful flower through the years. We will look at the term, its meaning, its origin, and its use. We will also look at other marijuana specific terms used to talk about smoking it, using it, buying it, and enjoying it.

If you have ever sat around after partaking in marijuana and wondered about all the different words and slangs for the flower you just smoked, this blog is for you. With so many terms, definitions and etymologies out there, we thought a handy little blog might be fun and useful.

In the beginning there were really only two words for what we call the flower. There was the scientific term, ‘cannabis’ which we have recently returned to with the legalization of marijuana and the opening of awesome dispensaries like Altitude Dispensary. There was also the English term, ‘hemp’ which we now largely use to mean the plant when grown for the fiber rather than the flower.

When it became known that the plant was good for more than just its materials, and people started becoming hip to the fact that you could get high off of it, they needed some new names for it to avoid being discovered—code names shall we say. Names that didn’t alert those that didn’t need alerting to the fact that there were other benefits to the plant.

The first term we will look at is likely the post common term used for marijuana, ‘pot.’ Not surprisingly, there are a couple of different origin stories for this word. This will be a common theme throughout these blogs. We will aim to give you the most common definitions and origins. The word ‘pot’ as used as a slang for marijuana comes, believe it or not, from a Spanish word. The word ‘potiguaya’ or sometimes spelled, ‘potaguaya.’ 

This is a shortening of the phrase, ‘potacion de guaya’ which is a drink made from marijuana. (Sign me up!) It is usually a brandy or wine that is made from steeping the leaves of marijuana, much like tea is steeped. ‘Potacion de guaya’ translates literally to ‘the drink of grief.’ (Ok, maybe don’t sign me up.)

The shortening of this word to ‘pot’ came about in the late 1930s in The United States of America. The theory is that after the Mexican revolution, Mexicans came over to The United States and brought with them marijuana and the drink. Americans then shortened the name of the drink to the easy to pronounce and spell, ‘pot.’

We have only gotten to one term out of the several slang terms there are for the flower we love and enjoy. This blog certainly has the potential to be a long series, so stay tuned. Altitude Dispensary offers you everything you need, whatever your preferred nomenclature is and for however you chose to enjoy it. 
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Denver Marijuana Dispensary Explores Marijuana Games Part IV


In this blog series, Altitude Dispensary explores the best marijuana games to play while partaking in the beautiful flower. Similar to drinking games, these game provide hours of entertainment while socializing with a few of your friends. So let these blogs be your guide to choosing the best and most fun games to play after your purchases from Denver’s Altitude Dispensary.

The next game we would like to explore is called Stoner City. If Ganjaland was like Candyland, think of Stoner City to be similar to Monopoly for, well, stoners. In a city. 

The goal of this game is to build and manage your weed empire. Joint and bong pieces are part of the game and help you to build your empire. There is also a police car and if you land on a square that the police car is on, you are unable to pass ‘grow.’ ‘Grow’ is like ‘go’ in Monopoly, and if you cannot pass ‘grow’, you cannot collect any cash for your stash. 

It is estimated that this game will take you about two hours, but I am pretty sure that all depends on just exactly how stoned you get while playing. It is perfect for two to five players and will provide lots of fun and laughs as you build your marijuana empire and avoid the police. 

The next game Altitude Dispensary would like to explore is called The THC game. While you do not have to be stoned to play it, it is certainly encouraged. That is because the freedom and ease that comes with being stoned makes the game that much more entertaining. 

In The THC game, players compete in a series of dares—such as taking a shot or a big hit, or taking off an article of clothing. Other tasks involved in this game include tongue twisters and thumb wars. Each round of this game takes only about thirty minutes—but, of course, that may depend on how stoned you are.

There are a lot of crazy and weird challenges each player must attempt in order to win. Grab a few friends and spin the wheel. Then take a hike through Bong Meadows and Cannabis Forest. Your goal is to make it to the Marijuana Clinic. But first, get your funky on and take all the dares. 

Another fun game to play with a few of your stoner friends is the card game, Weed. In this game the object is to grow the most marijuana plants in your garden (are you starting to see a theme here?) Each player gets five cards face down and these are used to grow your garden, sell your stash and avoid the police. 

Who knew there were so many pot related games to play with your friends? Believe it or not, there are still more to explore and tell you about. So head over to Altitude Dispensary to get all your cannabis needs, then grab a few friends for a fun and entertaining evening with one of these stoney games. 
 
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Denver Marijuana Dispensary Explores Marijuana Games Part III


Denver Marijuana Dispensary Explores Marijuana Games Part III
In this blog series, Altitude Dispensary is exploring the best marijuana games to play while partaking in the beautiful flower. Similar to drinking games, these game provide hours of entertainment while socializing with a few of your friends. So let these blogs be your guide to choosing the best and most fun games to play after your purchases from Denver’s Altitude Dispensary.

The next game we would like to explore is one of the first. It is called Grass. This game was created in 1979 and is an expanded version of the French game, Mille Bornes. Of course, the French game is a car racing game and Grass is a pot dealing game. Many of the cards do share common themes.

In the game of Grass players are drug dealers, now largely a thing of the past with the legalization of marijuana in many states. But what fun to remember the good ‘ol days, right? Though, in the good ‘ol days I was always the buyer, not the dealer. 

This is a game of cards in which players seek to add drug deal cards to their stash. These cards are varied in their monetary value. Other players can try to intercede when it is there turn. The winner is whoever gets to $250,000 first. 

While collecting the drug deal cards, players will deal with government harassment, various fines, and fierce competition. You may make a fortune, or you may watch it all go up in smoke. This fun game of selling and dealing can have up to six players making for a fun, enjoyable evening. 

The next exciting pot game we will explore is called Gangaland, An Epic Weed Adventure. This game has a cannabis castle and a cannabis crown! Sign me up! After getting everything you need from Altitude Dispensary, you can play this game with a few of your friends while you smoke away the evening. 

Gangaland is a board game with a playing board, character pieces, a sand timer, a pencil and notepad, six photo prompts, and cards. In this game everyone smokes, passing to the left as etiquette dictates. This will also indicate the order in which the game is played. 

Players pull cards from the deck, read the instructions on them, and follow them moving their character pieces forward and backward on the board. The goal of the game is to be the first player to land on a specified tile and thus be crowned king or queen of Ganjaland. Think Candyland, but for adult stoners. 

It is important to note that all of these games that we have explored are meant to be played responsibly by those twenty-one years of age or older. The ideal location to play these fun games is in the comfort of your own home, or a friend’s home to ensure your safety. 

There are still a few more games left to explore. In fact, when I decided on this as a topic for these blogs, I was nicely surprised by the amount of marijuana related games that are out there. So stay tuned til next week when we will explore a few more exciting games to play with your purchases from Altitude Dispensary. 
 
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