A Marijuana Economy Primer: Reefer Briefer

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Potheads have evolved since the '70s – although you'd hardly know it by the way they're sitting on the couch giggling (known as "couch-lock"). Back in the day, it was a curse to get seeds in your stash, but you consider yourself lucky these days of aeroponics and medicinals to find a seed of your favorite strand. If you're considering hits from the bong, here's a quick run-down on the basics of marijuana culture so you look like you know what you're talking about:

Metric vs Standard

Drugs are second only to cooking for their ability to teach metric-standard conversions. You'll notice in the media, large quantities of cocaine ("bricks") are normally referenced by the kilo, whereas marijuana is referenced by the pound. When purchasing at the dispensary, retail store or independent street vendor, you'll hear common terms being thrown around:

  • Gram – One gram of marijuana. This will normally be one nugget, known as a "nug."
  • Eighth – One-eighth of an ounce (coke/crackheads and other powder users say "eightball" and call a 16th oz. a "teener," so if you hear those terms, you've met a gateway drug keymaster.)
  • Quad – One-quarter of an ounce.
  • Twenty sack – $20 worth of whatever they have – normally 2 grams of sticky-icky, or 9 grams of regs.

Regs, and Other Grades

Regs doesn't refer to regulations (although we'll cover that in a moment). Smoking marijuana is divided into two levels of potency; there's the regular grade, called "regs" or "dirt" and the higher grade that's referred to as "medicinal," "dank," or "chron" (a nod to pharmaceutical musician Dr. Dre and his protégé Snoop Doggy Dogg, n.k.a. Snoop Lion).

Regs is the classification given to the weed you smoked in the '90s, which was already stronger than what the hippies had. The higher medicinal grade is what's been produced since California legalized medicinal dispensaries. You'll get more from regs, so they're great as fillers for continuing your high past the initial buzz. They're also great for cooking, as you can extract more THC per dollar spent than you would with medicinal nugs.