What’s a Pinner Joint / Blunt?


pinner joint


pinner – noun pin·ner \ˈpi-nər\ – a cannabis joint or blunt that is unusually thin. (see photo above for example)

A pinner is typically rolled when someone has limited access to weed, or because they only need a small amount to get high and don’t want to bother with a half-burnt joint.

Where Did the Term Pinner Come From?

Slang is often difficult to trace back to its origins and often times people disagree. This is no exception. I’ve heard two main arguments for the origin of the word Pinner:

  1. because its thin like a sewing pin.
  2. it comes from being locked up in the pen (jail). So, maybe it should be spelled penner? Because it’s difficult to get weed in jail they roll extra small joints to make it last.

Which one is right? Where did the term come from? Honestly, I have no idea. I think the jail explanation makes for a better story so I go with that, but if you have any solid information let me know in the comment section below.

What Else Does Pinner Mean?

Most often the word is going to mean a small joint or blunt, but there are a few other meanings you may want to be aware of. I doubt you’ll actually hear anyone using these other definitions, but here a few less common definitions for the word pinner:

  • Oskar Blues has a beer called Pinner. It has a lower alcohol content hence the name Pinner. 
  • 17th & 18th-century cap worn by women.
  • A person that pins. I guess someone who uses Pinterest might fit the bill. This was a little bit odd for a definition.
  • Small apron attached with pins.

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