Roach (smoking)

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5 roaches compared to a joint.

Roach is a term for the remainder of a roll up cigarette, cannabis joint or blunt after most of it has been smoked. In Europe, India, and other Commonwealth nations, the term roach refers to the cardboard mouthpiece that is used as a filter at the end of the joint or cigarette.


The word "roach" entered American English from a Mexican Spanish slang word for marijuana, or a cigarette stub of marijuana, or tobacco adulterated with marijuana: cucaracha ("cockroach").[citation needed] In Spanish, tabaco de cucaracha refers to powdered, low-quality tobacco.[1]

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