Welcome to the ultimate weed slang guide, created to help you get familiar with all things related to cannabis. In the close-knit world of marijuana consumers, code words and inside jokes abound: if you’re new to the herb, a lot of these references might fly right over your head. The good news is, here at Ganjapreneur we are compiling an open source dictionary of every cannabis-related slang term and phrase in the world, and our list is constantly growing. From regional monikers to pop-culture phenomena, we provide a quick and easy reference to help you comprehend any and all dialects of herbal vernacular. If you know of a term that we missed, please let us know!
Cannabis Terminology 101
Marijuana, weed, ganja, grass, dope, dro, etc.: there is no shortage of names for everyone’s favorite plant. The prevalence of these different names may be due in part to the prohibition of cannabis in the U.S. and around the world, which was often a politically-motivated and racially-targeted decision to outlaw behaviors that were common among populations that the government wanted to control. Once it became illegal, people would have needed to obscure their references to cannabis in order to hide the fact that they consumed / grew / sold it, and these names would need to evolve over time as they became well-known by the authorities.
Another potential reason for why there are so many different words for “marijuana” is that smoking weed often leads to talking about weed, which often leads to coming up with unique nicknames and descriptions for how the weed makes you feel… in other words, it’s like a self-replicating fractal, man.
Weed Slang Categories
Whether you’re selling or buying, knowing the lingo for different quantities of cannabis is essential if you want to participate in the underground (or “traditional”) market. From a dub to a zip and beyond, we’ve summed up the most common denominations of cannabis you’re likely to encounter on your dealer’s coffee table.
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One of the standard measurements for purchasing cannabis flowers. “Eighth” refers to one-eighth of an ounce or roughly 3.5 grams. Pricing for this amount tends to vary depending on location, quality of the product, and availability, but it can range anywhere from $25 to $60. Because cannabis is measured by weight and not the number of buds received, first-timers may think they’re being cheated if they receive only two or three dense nugs as an eighth, but it should all measure out to the appropriate weight.
Roughly USD 20 worth of cannabis. “Dub” as a term is borrowed from West Coast car culture, as many in the scene use it to refer to the oft-coveted 20-inch tire rim. As measuring by weight and not monetary value becomes more common, this term is slowly leaving the stoner lexicon. However, it may continue to prevail in prohibition areas, where monetary value continues to be the standard measurement when purchasing cannabis.
A standard measurement for purchasing cannabis flower, equivalent to half an ounce. While price varies depending on location, it tends to cost around $100. However, consumers receive a lot of product in return–enough for at least 30 joints if measured out properly. People tend to buy halves of strains that they already know they enjoy, which means they don’t have to stock up as often.
London street slang for an eighth of an ounce of marijuana flower. This term is a tongue-in-cheek reference to former king Henry the 8th and is often used as a replacement in mixed company to talk about weed without being outed as someone who smokes weed.
Synonyms for Weed
Mary Jane has many aliases, and much like Carmen San Diego, trying to find her when you’re traveling the world can be difficult if you don’t speak the local language. Luckily, we’ve compiled some of the most (and least) common nicknames that cannabis goes by. Some are regional, some are classical, but all of them mean the same thing.
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High-quality cannabis. It’s most likely shortened from some variation on “the good stuff” or “the good kush.” While many other terms exist for denoting stellar weed, this one gets straight to the point: it’s good. The opinion of what consists of “good” weed often varies in prohibition states due to limited availability, with one person’s “good” being another’s “terrible.” However, legalization has allowed for a standardization of quality that gives consumers a good idea of what to expect based on price point.
This slang term for cannabis originates in the 1940s when it was essential to use codes when talking about marijuana. Now with adult-use shops and new products on the market, there are actually teas infused with cannabis, which has given the slang term new meaning in cannabis culture.
Cannabis flowers that were grown outdoors using the light of the sun rather than indo grown with LEDs or other light systems. Sungrown cannabis often tests with lower THC but a more full-spectrum array of cannabinoids. Sungrown is popularly grown in Mediterranean climates like Vancouver, BC, Southern Oregon, and the famous Humboldt Triangle.
A colloquial term for excellent cannabis buds that references the sticky nature of trichome dense top-shelf cannabis. The phrase was made popular by West Coast hip hop legends in two songs released in November of 1999. Originally E-40 used the term in his 1999 bop “Do What You Know Good”, and just weeks later the term was featured in the widely acclaimed “Still D-R-E” by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.
Stoner Terms & Phrases
The “stoner” stereotype has been aggressively pushed in mainstream media for decades, both by proponents and detractors of cannabis. In reality, the effects of cannabis use vary from person to person, but that fact didn’t stop legions of stonified slang terms and references from getting couch-locked in mainstream culture.
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To selfishly keep a joint to yourself without passing it on to the next person in your smoke circle. It originally referred to keeping a cigarette in your mouth as you talked, just like classic actor Humphrey Bogart does in many of his films. As cannabis became more popular, it started to only refer to joints and blunts shared among friends. It can also be applied to any situation where someone is hogging something all to themselves.
The employee or employees of a dispensary from whom consumers purchase cannabis products. The ideal budtender is as knowledgeable as possible about the variety of products available, has a polite and professional demeanor, and can also provide personal recommendations should a customer ask. They are the primary line of communication between customers and all other aspects of their cannabis products, and as such, customers tend to be quite fond of them.
To be burnt is to experience the “come down” of an intense weed session. Also called a “weed hangover,” the feeling usually lasts anywhere from 8 to 12 hours. A person who is burnt might feel unfocused, dull and slow to react or process anything going on. The best course of treatment is to take a short T-break and focus on treating your body kindly by staying hydrated and eating nutritious foods. Feeling burnt can also occur from too much cannabis in one session, so remember not to overdo it.
Extremely intoxicated. Being bouldered usually includes intense couchlock, cravings for food, laughing, and drowsiness. The word derives from the idea that one is beyond stoned, and instead absolutely bouldered. Perhaps it might also come from the sensation of being trapped under a boulder of THC.
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