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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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.
Ten dollars worth of weed. This term is often used when buying from dealers in a prohibition state. A dime bag usually contains a single gram, but depending on your seller, you can get more or less for the price. The term ‘dime bags’ has been in use for decades, long before dealers started pricing by weight. But more and more dealers are doing away with the terminology.
A unit of measure for purchasing cannabis, originating from a 1950s term. During that time, cannabis was sold in tobacco tins, and people would purchase one can at a time. It’s roughly analogous to an eighth of an ounce, or 3.5 grams.
A term used by dealers and buyers to indicate the amount of weed in a bag. The amount and quality of weed can vary between sellers, especially in prohibition states where you may not have the luxury of choice. Some dealers may also be more generous than others, so you may even receive more than your money’s worth at times! A 40 sack contains $40 worth of cannabis, and similar terms such as 20 sack and 50 sack refer to receiving $20 and $50 worth of 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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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.
A play on words deriving from a literal translation of the Spanish word “marijuana.” It’s a common nickname for weed, and it especially became popular due to Rick James’ 1978 hit of the same title, in which he proclaims to be in love with a woman (aptly called Mary Jane) who always knows how to make him feel better. As the song says, cannabis can be used to relieve depression and anxiety symptoms, and it’s also perfect for when you just want a nice, relaxing time.
Cannabis has been used medically for centuries across hundreds of different cultures. In adult-use states, the term Medical applies to products used by patients rather than recreationally. With unique anti-inflammatory properties, cannabis and CBD products have been used by patients to treat pain, swelling, anxiety, insomnia, appetite loss and much more.
“Mid-grade” cannabis, which is neither top quality nor particularly bad. Mids may have some visible trichomes on the flower, as well as a pleasant, fresh smell, but it often is not as dense or long-lasting as high-quality weed. The quality of mids has increased dramatically in the past few years with the legalization and popularity of cannabis usage, so it can be a great introductory point for new or returning smokers.
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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This term can be used to describe the action of smoking, or ripping, from a bong or to describe an intense and almost overwhelming high. A person who is ripped will likely be couch-locked and cotton-mouthed. However, they will not green out–being ripped is intended to be a positive, pleasant feeling.
The act of loading an amount of ground cannabis flower into the glass bowl of a pipe or bong. Most stoners, whether they like to admit it or not, have opinions on how to load the “perfect” bowl, but a wise few believe that the best-packed bowl is one that’s about to be shared with some great friends. Regardless, as long as your bowl isn’t too densely packed to allow airflow, it’s probably fine.
Washington Initiative 502, also known as i502, was the ballot initiative to legalize the sale and consumption of cannabis products in the state of Washington. It appeared on the November 2012 ballot and was approved by popular vote soon after. i502 also mandates a tax on cannabis products while using the revenue for substance abuse prevention and education. It is similar to Amendment 64 in Colorado, its inclusion on the ballot resulted in some of the highest voter turnouts in the nation.
Hot boxing is the act of smoking cannabis in a small, enclosed space. This fills the space with smoke, resulting (in theory) in each breath getting you a little higher. Popular hot box locations include cars or bathrooms, but more ambitious smokers may aim to hotbox larger rooms.
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