HGU Summer 2021 Syllabus

Instructor: Professor Stoney

Class Times: All Day Everyday; Exams held Tuesdays at 4:20pm

Office Hours: Held Tuesdays at The Mint Dispensary. Stop by to see Professor Stoney during select times and enjoy promotions including:

  • 20% off High Grade Concentrates
  • $45 premium High Grade eighths
  • 2/$20 Ediquette chocolate bars
  • 2/$40 Ediquette taffies & truffles

Course Prerequisites: OIL710 and THC420

Course Purpose/Description: Through videos posted on HGU’s Instagram, this course will break down Cannabis Culture for the modern consumer, highlighting popular Cannabis mythologies vs. facts and key Cannabis terminology. It will emphasize crucial Cannabis terminology, as well as provide a thorough understanding of AZ Cannabis laws, both medical and recreational. This course will provide a basic understanding of Cannabis growth and consumption, as well as the best way to consume and enjoy High Grade infused Ediquette edibles.

Course Learning Outcomes/Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will have a broad understanding of the history of Cannabis and important terminology associated, as well as the basics of Cannabis including how to appropriately pack a bowl and differentiating between the various types of Cannabis. You will understand proper consumption of edibles for maximum effectiveness to achieve ideal results. You will thoroughly understand Arizona’s Cannabis laws and regulations, and the impact they have on all consumers, medically and recreationally. Through this course’s video lectures and preferred readings, you should obtain a deep understanding of the following:

  • History of Cannabis and breaking popular stigmas
    • Historical Stoners and Categories
      • The Oldest: Elevated Antiquity
        -The Greek historian Herodotus was the first to make mention of cannabis in Western literature: “The Scythians put the Seeds of this hemp under the bags, upon the burning stones; and immediately a more agreeable vapor is emitted than from the incense burnt in Greece. The Company extremely transported with the scent, howl aloud.”
        -Ramses II: Cannabis was found in his burial tomb, the ultimate Egyptian way of saying “I’m a stoner and I don’t want an afterlife without my weed!”
      • The Elite: Those Who Had the Historical Plug
        -Queen Victoria (1837-1901): her private physician, Sir J. Russell Reynolds, prescribed royal weed for her menstrual cramps
        -John F. Kennedy (1917-1963): The 35th president of the US who has corroborated instances of cannabis use. He was said  to treat things like back pain, Addison’s Disease, and boredom with mistresses. Don’t we all need a “Dr. Feelgood”
      • The Artists: Cultivators of Cannabis Creativity
        -William Shakespeare: Four pipes were famously found containing cannabis remains in the Bard’s garden. He also makes mentions in his writings of a “noted weed” and “compounds strange”
        -Pablo Picasso (1881–1973): Clearly this man had particular influences on his art. Pablo was a pothead. He is known for his groundbreaking work and techniques like cubism, said to stem from the visual acuities altered by cannabis. 
      • The Activists: Red Eyes and Clenched Fists
        -Maya Angelou (1928-2014): Legendary civil rights activist who used the herb to cope with stress and remain joyful during hard times.
        -Jack Herer: Many know him for the popular strain named in tribute, but his esteem comes from being one of the biggest contributor to the legalization movement. See preferred reading “The Emperor Wears No Clothes”
  • How to properly pack a bowl for best consumption
    • How to smoke flower discreetly*
      • Smell control:-Sploofs: general engineering and use case
        -Preferred products: Ozium, Oona, Febreze
      • Smoke Vehicles
        -Blunts to mix tobacco and “cut” the cannabis smoke
        -Portable Bongs: Puffco Budsy Giveaway
  • How to differentiate effects received from various types of Cannabis (Indica vs Sativa)
    • Terpenes and how they help define Indica, Hybrid, Or Sativa’s
      1. Sativas carry more citrusy terpenes like limonene
      2. Hybrids have balanced terpene profiles
      3. Indicas carry calming terpenes like linalool
  • Basic overview of edibles and how to properly dose for desired effects
    • Highest Quality Ingredients
      1. Valrhona Chocolate
      2. Real Fruit
      3. Premium HG distillate
    • “Start Low and Go Slow” Method for Understanding dosage
      1. 10mg Micro dose to 100mg  Macro dose
    • Preferred Activities on Edibles
      • Movies (3D when possible and appropriate)
      • Munchies
      • Sex
      • Spa Treatments
    • How to come down if you get too high on edibles. 
      1. CBD, Pepper
    • Giveaway Pack
      1. Movie Passes/giftcard
      2. CBD
      3. Snacks
  • Arizona’s medical and recreational Cannabis laws, propositions, and regulations
    1. Allotments
      1. Medical= “Two-and-one-half ounces of usable marijuana; and (ii) If the qualifying patient’s registry identification card states that the qualifying patient is authorized to cultivate marijuana, twelve marijuana plants contained in an enclosed, locked facility except that the plants are not required to be in an enclosed, locked facility if the plants are being transported because the qualifying patient is moving.”
      2. Recreational= “1 ounce of usable marijuana or 5 grams of concentrate and subject to a 16% retail tax. Limits personal home cultivation to six cannabis plants per individual’s primary residence and twelve plants at a residence where two or more persons 21 or older reside”
    2. Where you can and can’t consume
      1. “According to the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, a qualifying patient may not consume medical marijuana at a dispensary but may eat medical marijuana in foods or use infused products at other locations. State law lists places where a qualifying patient may not smoke medical marijuana, including public places. A qualifying patient who lives in a nursing care institution, hospice, assisted living facility, or adult foster care home or who attends an adult day health care facility may also have to follow restrictions imposed by the facility.”
    3. Fun Fact: Medical cannabis begins in 1996: California becomes the first state to legalize medical cannabis with the approval of Proposition 215.[26] Arizona also passes a medical cannabis ballot measure, but it is rendered ineffective on a technicality.[27]

Suggested Readings: 

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Course Lecture Schedule: 

Aug 18                                      History of Cannabis

Aug 25                                     How to Pack a Bowl

Sep 1                                              Sativa vs. Indica

Sep 8                                             Ediquette Edibles

Sep 15                     Cannabis Laws & Regulations

Sep 23                              Last day of the course!

Exams: Examinations will be on Tuesdays at 4:20 pm. Each exam will feature multiple choice, matching, and short answer questions. Any topics discussed through HGU’s Instagram videos, as well as class readings and lectures may appear on the exams. Exams will be worth 42.0% of your overall grade.

Discussion Board: As part of this intensive course, you are required to reply to a “discussion board” weekly through the High Grade University Instagram page. Points will be rewarded for every comment added to the original posts on HGU’s Instagram. Discussion boards will be worth 42.0% of your grade.

Class Participation: The remaining 18.0% of your overall grade is made up of class attendance and participation. By effectively participating in class discussions and lectures, you will receive points accordingly.

Grading Scale:

90-100%             Elevated Highest

80-89.9%                   Heavy Hitter

70-79.9%             Seasoned Toker

60-69.9%                Reefer Rookie

Below 60%                    Ganja Noob

Key Terminology: 

  • Bowl:
    Simply a pipe, usually made of glass, used to smoke cannabis. It usually contains a small carb which helps you modulate the air/smoke ratio. If you don’t have this stoner slang term in your rolodex, don’t expect to be passed the bowl too often.


  • Canoe:
    Sometimes your noob friend will light the joint or blunt, but only gets one side. The flame continues to go down on one side, yet the other side is barely lit. As he passes the joint to you, you are left with a joint that is canoed. A popular remedy to fix this is to wet the side that is burning too fast, allowing the slower side to catch up and even out the burn.


  • Cashed/Kicked:
    If the bowl is cashed, that means the bowl has all turned to ash and there is no more “greens” left to smoke. Time to repack! Out of bud and don’t want to leave the house? Re-up by finding a dispensary nearby that delivers to you!


  • Cherried:
    A bowl is said to be cherried when you pass it to your friend and no lighter is needed, since the bowl is still lit. If you add kief or calamus root to your bowls, then they are more likely to stay cherried. Moon Rocks will also stay cherried, since they are packed with extra kief. Some people like this, as it leads to less butane usage.


  • Cola:
    Essentially the bud site of the female cannabis plant, also referred to as the terminal bud. Typically, plants have a main cola, with smaller colas branching out from the center. Growers properly train and trim their plants to try to produce the largest colas possible. Cola is definitely a top-tier stoner slang term. Use it to impress your grow friends 😉


  • Cone:
    Refers to the shape of a nicely rolled joint. Often times, joints are rolled such that they are skinnier by the mouthpiece and become fatter towards the end where you would light the joint. When this is done, the joint closely resembles the shape of a cone.


  • Cotton Mouth:
    Often times, strains of cannabis will leave your mouth feeling overly dry after smoking them. They give you cotton mouth, as it feels like someone stuffed cotton balls in your mouth and they absorbed all of your saliva.


  • Crutch:
    A filter that is added at the end of a joint. While you can buy filters that are perfectly shaped, a thin piece of cardboard or thick paper can also be used instead.


  • Diamonds:
    Slang term for THCA Crystalline


  • Gravity Bong:
    A home-made bong that utilizes a plastic bottle with a hole in the bottom. With a finger blocking the bottom hole, the plastic bottle is filled with water. A bowl is situated on the lid so that when the finger is released, gravity helps to suck the air down and “pull” on the lit cannabis. It’s truly a marvel to observe.
  • While it is best if you have a bowl ready from a typical bong, many substitute a ratchet head made of aluminum instead. This is not ideal, since smoking hot metals may introduce health risks. However, it certainly outputs a ton of smoke. While it goes against our 10 Stoner Commandments, you might be “one and done” with this method.


  • Haze:
    A sativa from America that became popular in the 70’s. It’s genetics are a mix of landraces from Mexico, Colombia, Thailand, and India. While it almost became extinct, it has survived and has influenced many popular strains today, including Super Silver Haze, Amnesia Haze, Neville’s Haze, Super Lemon Haze, Tangerine Dream, and Blueberry Haze.
  • Haze’s are typically known for being extremely psychoactive and borderline psychedelic. These strains have a notoriously long growing cycle, so many growers look to find more profitable strains that are quicker to grow.


  • Hotbox:
    Refers to smoking up in a small area, typically a car, such that everyone in the car will get second hand high from the amount of smoke that accumulates in the car. There is usually no exit for the smoke, so be wary of anoxia when hot-boxing. Most professional stoners like to hotbox until the blunt is gone, so make sure you feel comfortable before getting in on one of these more serious sessions.


  • Kush:
    Although typically Kush is used as slang for high-quality cannabis, it actually has a much more specific definition and origin. The name Kush comes from the Hindu Kush mountains, where heavy Indica landrace strains such as Hindu Kush have originated. While many people refer to Kush as being any good cannabis, it technically refers to a wide variety of Indica strains stemming from the landraces in the Hindu Kush region.


  • Mook:
    A bong hit that has a mix of cannabis and tobacco. Mooking has become popular on many college campuses and is said to be quite addictive. Some find mooking to be too intense, as inhaling so much tobacco can be dizzying.


  • Moon Rocks:
    Taking cannabis flower, dipping it in hash oil, then rolling it around in kief, resulting in dense nugs that are quite potent. The rapper Kurupt has his own brand of Moon Rocks, which is touted as being one of the most powerful cannabis products (perhaps besides extracts)- with about 50% THC.


  • OG:
    There is a lot of heated debate over the true meaning of OG. While many instantly think of the term “Original Gangster”, it seems that OGs are strains that originate from the OG Kush plant, popularized in the 90’s. OG Kush is known for having a particular taste and smell. When growers cross strains with OG Kush, they will find that either that distinctive smell remains or fades away. If the smell remains, then the new strain may be dubbed an “OG”.

    • Others state that OG stands for “Ocean Grown”, where many believe a Kush strain was mixed with Chemdawg in the 90’s on the west coast to give OG Kush.
    • Today, there are many phenotypes of OG Kush, including SFV OG and Larry OG.


  • Pinner:
    A very skinny joint. Some might use it in a pejorative sense to say that the joint is too skinny or is skimpy on bud. Others may prefer a skinnier joint, especially if smoked by themselves.


  • Pre-roll:
    Joints that are purchased at dispensaries that are literally already “pre-rolled”. While many dispensaries claim that their pre-rolls are top shelf, often times dispensaries throw the stale leftovers into their pre-rolls, since the customer cannot actually see the quality of the flower. Unless you are in a pinch and need a lot of cheap joints, it is typically more enjoyable to roll your own.


  • Roach:
    Ever notice how often times joints or blunts get killed, but there is a little bit of bud remaining? What’s left over is called a roach. It seems that often times the bud leftover in roaches is often very potent, since it has had the flow of smoke going through it the entire smoke sesh.

    • Save up a bunch of roaches, break them open, and put the bud into a newly rolled blunt, and now you have a super blunt (also sometimes called a 2nd generation or grandfather blunt). Save the roaches of a 2nd generation blunt, and you can create a 3rd generation (or great-grandfather) blunt.


  • Sauce:
    Slang term for High Terpene Extract


  • Scooby Snacks:
    Ever taken a hit of a bowl that was so hard, that you sucked some of the bud through the pipe into your mouth? If so, then you have accidentally gotten some Scooby snacks.


  • Shotgunning:
    Typically performed on a blunt or joint. Grab a friend and have them put the lit end of the blunt into their mouth, with their lips wrapped around the blunt. It is easier to do when the blunt is still quite long. Once this is done, the person with the blunt in their mouth will blow — forcing smoke out from the blunt, instead of inhaling. The other party will then put their mouth up near non-lit end of the blunt like normal, and will be overwhelmed with smoke. Usually, the pair of smokers will interlock hands so that no smoke goes un-inhaled. Taking a shotgun is definitely a quick way to get high.


  • Slingshot:
    Refers to smoking a blunt or joint through a bong. First, roll a blunt or joint of desired length, but be sure to make the mouth end small enough to pack inside a bowl piece. Simply pack a bowl around the mouth of the blunt/joint, directly inline with the airflow. Next, light it up and smoke it down. When the blunt/joint hits the bowl, it’s called ”the explosion”.


  • Sploof:
    If you are ever nervous about leaving the smell of marijuana behind, then you should try making a sploof. Simply grab an empty paper toilet roll, stuff some dryer sheets in the tube, and put a final one over the top of one end of the toilet paper roll.

    • Hold the dryer sheet down with a rubber band, and exhale into the open end of the toilet paper roll. Your smoke will instantly smell like fresh laundry. It is quite surprising how well a sploof can hide the smell. This is usually one of the first stoner slang terms college students learn, for good reason.


  • Tulip:
    A special type of joint that has a large bulb at the end where you would light the joint. Tulips are often saved for special occasions, and provide a powerful punch for the beginning of the smoke.


  • 710:
    Flip this upside-down, and you will read oil. With waxes and concentrates becoming more popular, why not celebrate on July 10th as well? 710 is one of the newest stoner slang terms to hit the streets.



Questions and Feedback: We encourage questions and discussion during class. If something is unclear to you, chances are it is also unclear for other students. Feel free to pose any questions during lecture, comment on educational video posts for further clarification, or message our Instagram page for direct answers to your valuable questions!


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