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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.


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Weed Measurements

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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QP

QP

Quarter pound, a standard measurement of cannabis purchasing. Approximately 113 grams or four ounces, this constitutes a large bulk purchase of cannabis. QPs are usually purchased by sellers in black market settings, and the quality of weed can vary anywhere from dank to ditch weed. Consumers in legal states cannot purchase this amount in dispensaries, as most laws allow up to an ounce at a time.

Lid

Lid

Common terminology used in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s to describe approximately an ounce of cannabis. While the origin of this term varies, many agree that it comes from the specific style of coffee cans used during the 1960s, the lids of which peeled off like sardine tins. A lid can also be equivalent to about four fingers’ (measured horizontally against the container) worth of weed.

Matchbox

Matchbox

The traditional measurement of cannabis in edible products, such as chews, tinctures, and drinks. It’s usually shortened to mg. Most edibles contain about 5-10mg of THC, CBD or both. The near-universal metric system is used for the sale and dispense of medication so that physicians and patients alike, regardless of their backgrounds, understand how much product is being discussed. Using the metric system for cannabis emphasizes its medicinal benefits and allows for dosages to be adjusted accordingly.

Milligrams

Milligrams

The universally understood metric system is used for measuring dosages of medication, so it makes sense for cannabis to be measured similarly for consumers’ convenience. Most cannabis products such as tinctures, edibles, and chews are measured in milligrams (mg). Most of these products contain 5-10mg of THC, CBD, or both, which allows for users to dose appropriately.

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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Tree

Tree

Cannabis plant bud, or more generally, any cannabis. It refers to the idea of cannabis as a plant, especially because the plants themselves can look like small trees. This term was especially popularized by the r/Trees subreddit, a growing source of cannabis culture, which leads to hilarious mix-ups when arborists seeking discussion stumble across the group. Fans of dendrology (the study of trees) eventually started the r/MarijuanaEnthusiasts community as a silly callback to the confusion.

Treefer

Treefer

The combination of two popular slang words for cannabis combined into one word that also refers to bud. Treefer combines the words ‘tree’ and ‘reefer’. Its use does not connote any particular meaning to the flower, it just seems to be used as a fun way to refer to your stash.

Sativa

Sativa

One of two popular species of cannabis plant, the other being Indica. Regarded as clear-headed, uplifting and energizing. Sativas are great for getting in the right headspace for creative work and physical activities such as hikes or workouts, but some especially potent strains can actually induce anxiety attacks instead of relieve them.

Schwag

Schwag

A word used to describe marijuana of poor quality often in the form of shake including seeds and/or stems. Due to the low-grade, schwag is most often used for extracting into butter for baking edibles, but it can be smoked when you’re on a budget. It is possible that since schwag is often shredded and not full nugs, the origins of the term relate to shag, a term for shredded tobacco.

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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Toke

Toke

To consume cannabis. The etymology of this word, like most in cannabis culture, is difficult to determine with total certainty. However, it likely comes from the spanish verb “tocar,” which roughly translates to “touch” or “tap.” Toking tends to imply that a small amount of herb is being used, but some stoners like to use it ironically to describe long, drawn-out smoke sessions.

Toke Up

Toke Up

The act of smoking cannabis, usually in joint form, that results in getting high. “Toke” started popping up in the 1950s, and it likely comes from the spanish verb tocar, which roughly means “to touch,” implying a small amount of cannabis is being consumed. This phrase isn’t as common as it used to be, but it’s a great way to describe having a puff or two off a joint.

Sandwich Bag

Sandwich Bag

Also called “baggies,” sandwich bags are the common packaging method of cannabis in prohibition areas. Sandwich bags are cheap, easy to obtain and allow consumers to carry the product without being too smelly. In legal dispensaries and storefronts, this method of packaging has been replaced by glass jars and vacuum-seal mylar bags that give the product longer shelf life.

Skin Up

Skin Up

A phrase meaning the act of rolling up a joint that is popular in London and the United Kingdom. It is a reference to the word skins, a common term for papers over the pond. Though originally the term was used as a verb to roll up, it is not mostly used concerning rolling marijuana into a joint or pinner.


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Below you will find our entire catalogue of weed slang definitions. 50 terms are displayed on each page: use the pagination links to browse more definitions in alphabetical order.


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