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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A standard measurement of cannabis sale and purchase, equivalent to one ounce (oz). The price of an ounce varies depending on legality and location, but consumers should expect to pay at least $150 to $200 USD in a storefront setting. One ounce of weed equates to about 28 grams, which means that it’s an investment that should last even an avid smoker a good while.
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.
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.
One gram of cannabis. Cannabis is measured in metric grams, and the symbol of this measurement (g) soon integrated into stoner slang. Usually, one gram is the smallest amount of flower available for purchase in a dispensary or adult-use storefront. While it may not seem like much, a gram is good for at least two or three decently sized joints–or, you can go all the way and put it all into one fatty.
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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This term refers to the unfertilized cannabis plant and directly translates to “seedless”. When a female cannabis plant is unfertilized it does not grow seeds and instead grows dense, sticky colas. This is the desired plant life cycle for cannabis growers, and the term is often used to describe quality, top-shelf buds.
Strains of cannabis that feature purple hues in their flower buds. The color comes from the flavonoid anthocyanin, which utilizes its color in nature to attract insects and increase pollination. Many consumers believe the purple color is a sign of quality or potency, though this is difficult to confirm.
A slang term for cannabis. While the exact etymology is uncertain, one potential origin is the Spanish word “grifa,” a term for cannabis. The word was popularized as slang by the film Reefer Madness (1936), an early anti-cannabis propaganda film that has gained cult status for its, frankly, ridiculous plot.
Cannabis described as loud is especially potent and has an odor so strong that if it was a noise the only way to describe it would be ‘Loud’. Loud weed is said by many to be stronger and faster-acting than normal product, and while it can get users higher faster, it can often also cause negative side effects like anxiety.
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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A California proposition passed in 1996, allowing for the licensed legal sale and possession of cannabis for medical purposes. With the abundance of benefits from CBD specifically, medical cannabis has become a major method of sustaining health. While cannabis is still federally illegal, the state of California is one of an increasing number that makes cannabis available for medical use.
Also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, Prop 64 legalized the consumption and growing of cannabis by adults over the age of 21 for recreational purposes. While cannabis is still federally illegal, the state of California is one of an increasing number that makes cannabis available for recreational use.
The process of obtaining more cannabis products. This can be used by a distributor to refer to obtaining the product to sell (“re-up supply”) or consumers looking to restock. Depending on your experience and tolerance level, a re-up can occur anywhere from every two weeks to every month. Some stoners prefer to buy in bulk (such as in halves or ounces) to last them longer, while others tend to buy as much as they need for a small amount of time. In prohibition states, the amount you re-up depends on how much your dealer has.
Legal cannabis not officially designated for medical purposes is often called recreational or adult-use cannabis. Recreational users consume cannabis for a pleasurable altered state of consciousness, similar to the use of alcohol or tobacco. Laws for recreational and adult-use often vary from state to state, and in some cases, they can vary between cities. To enter a cannabis storefront for recreational products in the United States, you will need to be at least 21 years old and present a valid, unexpired state ID.
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