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When I was a teenager, I don’t forget texting a classic higher college dealer, asking if he was “around to chill.” This dude was the archetypal suburban nug slanger, who drove a janky utilised Honda with a custom spoiler that was worth as a great deal as the actual auto. You know, the sort who’d force you to watch him feed his pet lizard anytime you rolled more than to his mom’s crib to choose up mids. 

Rather than reply with anything vague or cryptic, as he usual did, the pot dealer texted back anything like: “Ay bro, got two type zips from my plug in Mendo. Really serious headies.” This was throughout the flip-telephone era, so there have been no emojis, but he could as properly have added 5-to-ten fire symbols.

A relative novice to weed at the time, I had no clue what the hell this dude was saying. “Two type zips”? Was it code or slang? Was he attempting to inform me his stash was stolen and now he had zip, as in “zilch” left? Was this causing him a significant headache — as a result the “significant headies”? What the hell was a “zip” of weed?

Now, properly more than a decade later, this dealer’s text tends to make ideal sense. Apparently, I just wasn’t however fluent in dealerese. Nonetheless, the term is not truly widespread parlance, and you shouldn’t really feel terrible for not being aware of the definition of a “zip.” And, as constantly, MERRY JANE is right here to bloom your brain and educate you in all items grass. Let’s dig into the roots of this reefer term. 

A zip of weed refers to an ounce of cannabis, normally in the type of flower. An ounce equals 28 grams. In case you forgot, an eighth — or a “slice” — refers to an eighth of an ounce, or three.five grams of weed. So a zip is also eight eighths of an ounce, like a complete pizza, whereas an eighth is like 1 slice of the entire pie / the entire zip. 

To get extra granular, most pre-rolled joints in legal markets include about a half gram of flower. So a zip of weed equals about 56 joints. And at present, a zip/ounce of weed goes for about $150-300, based on the high-quality of the cannabis and exactly where you are obtaining it from.

Exactly where did the name come from? There’s no definitive answer about who coined the slang, but its origins most likely relate to some mundane logic. An ounce is abbreviated as an “oz,” and you can ordinarily match a complete 28 grams into 1 of these significant Ziploc bags your parents use to freeze peas or fruit inside. So take the z from each “oz” and “Ziploc” — and there you go: A zip of weed. 

Quite straightforward, no? To add some pop culture to our lesson in semantics, right here are some tunes exactly where the artists reference a zip:

“Ziplock bag of kush double cup complete of drank / I get so damn trippy in my thoughts I go blank”

~ Juicy J on “Zip and a Double Cup” 

“Fully loaded whip tote totally loaded clips / fucking with my niggas, I’ll smoke a zip”

~ Future on “Stick Talk” 

“Dippin’ away, time keeps slippin’ away / Zip in the secure, flippin’ for spend / Tippin’ like I’m drippin’ in paint / Up front, 4 blunts, like, Khalifa place the weed in a J”

~ Snoop Dogg on “Young, Wild & Free”

“Beat that pussy up, I will need riot gear / Any volunteers? / Gas in a Ziploc, now that is loud and clear”

~ 2Chainz on “It’s a Vibe”

And, lastly, to decode that text sent from my dealer’s burner, oh so extended ago. “Ay bro, got two type zips from my plug in Mendo. Really serious headies.”

This signifies he’s got two ounces of type bud — which means leading-shelf flower — that his supplier in Mendocino, California sent him. The weed is seriously robust, or “heady.” So there you go.

Now, if any person tries to sell you a “zip” and the package consists of just a couple buds, you know you are finding played. Satisfied smoking y’all!