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Marijuana Slang Explained | PotGuide

MMost subcultures and niche groups develop their own slang, and cannabis is no different. Although cannabis is hardly a niche group with more areas legalize every year, the long crime of cannabis inevitably led to a dictionary of slang, code words and adopted meanings that had to be used for years to keep certain activities secret or to avoid saying anything obviously incriminating.

But since this language was designed and contributed by generations of people around the world, it began to speak more of a culture than a crime, and now many cannabis consumers and industry insiders proudly use these terms as signs of a culture or even a crime. a shared livelihood.

Slang for marijuana varies a lot depending on where you live and who you hang out with. Photo credit

It would be impossible to catalog the entire lexicon here, partly because it is so vast, but also because it is always evolvingwith new users and some productsand new consumption patterns join the conversation every day. What we’ve compiled here is a collection of phrases that are both popular enough to hear, yet still confusing to enough people that a translation might be needed. For this reason, we’ve ignored common terms like “stoned” or “stoner” for their banality, but we’ve also omitted rare colloquialisms like “laughing grass.” We have, however, included common weights and measures for easy reference.

This article reviews some cannabis slang as well as some old favorites, offering one-sentence descriptions of each and certain uses. For a more comprehensive collection of formal and informal terms, see our Marijuana Glossary.

Slang terms associated with weed


Term used to describe marijuana or the cultivation of marijuana. April 20 (4/20) is also known as the main holiday for cannabis lovers.

“You can smoke around me, I’m 420-friendly.”


Slang for cannabis oil and other concentrates because the reversed numbers look like the letters OIL. Like April 20, July 10 (7/10) has become the day of celebration with cannabis concentrates.

Adult use

In legalization discussions, “adult use” has become the more convenient term for “recreational” cannabis. Many adults wish to have access to cannabis not just for recreation, but as a matter of personal freedom – the right, as an adult, to use whatever they wish.

Baked / flambéed

Terms used to describe feeling extremely high on marijuana.

“I can’t smoke anymore, I’m too fired up from that blunt we smoked earlier.”


cling selfishly to a cut, pipe or bong too long before passing it to the next person involved. “Don’t waste my stash, pass it here!”


Another slang for “joint” or a marijuana cigarette.

a woman in an off-white blouse lights a joint

There are many slang terms for marijuana cigarettes, including “joint” and “bone.” Photo credit


Poor quality marijuana that is densely packed to look like a brick. Brick grass often comes from the cartel and has been less common in the United States since legalization has begun.

“These nuggets are super flattened, must be brick weed.”

Bubble hash

Cannabis concentrate extracted by shaking in ice water. The final product bubbles slightly when smoked.


Describe a bowl that is no longer smokable. “Let’s pack another bowl, this one is cashed.


Cannabis concentrate that accumulates on the hands when handling raw cannabis flowers. It can be rolled from the hands, put into a ball and smoked.


Another slang for “toke”, or smoking marijuana. “Do you want to come and cut this sour diesel with me?”


An abbreviated word for salvage, or the collection of concentrate residue accumulated inside a rig used for dabbing.

“Wow, your rig has a lot of pretensions. You might want to clean it up soon!

cotton mouth

xerostomia, or dry mouthcaused by cannabis.


The powerful aroma (and often powerful effects) of superior cannabisusually used as a compliment. “It’s great weed, where can I get it?” »

Doobie / Doob

Another slang for “joint” or a marijuana cigarette.


A complementary adjective for a very good cannabis.

“This stuff is fire, I’m already super high with just two hits.”


A general term for cannabis, ganja is literally a Sanskrit word meaning “hemp”.


From the Arabic “hashish”, hash is the collection of psychoactive resin from the cannabis plant for smoking, often shaped into a ball or brick.

hot box

The practice of smoking marijuana in an enclosed space to trap all smoke. “Let’s heat your house until we can’t see each other through the mist.

Joint / Jay / J

A marijuana cigarette


The collection of trichomes which separate from the raw cannabis flower when handled. Kief collected from the bottom of a grinder is an example of “dry sieve hash”, as opposed to bubble hash, which is extracted in water.

a woman in a black tank top holds a joint that has been dipped in kief

Kief is often sprinkled on top of bowls or added to joints outside or inside Photo credit


A local breed strain originating from the Hindu Kush mountain range along the Afghan-Pakistan border, or any descendant of this strain such as Banana Kush or OG Kush.


Lower or intermediate grade marijuana. Mediums are generally not desired by cannabis users.

“I’m going to have to pass on this flower, it looks like psychics.”


A joint that has been smoked almost to completion, usually saved to be finished later. In Spanish, “the chicharra”.

Safety meeting

Slang for a smoke session (usually covert). “Let’s meet around 3:00 p.m. for a security meeting.”


Referring to the lowest quality cannabis. Most cannabis users wouldn’t smoke schwag. “I don’t smoke this schwag. It looks and smells bad.


An unfertilized female cannabis plant, literally “seedless” in Spanish.


Short for session, sesh refers to smoking marijuana with friends.

“Hey, we just got a new trate and a new flower, wanna come over for a bit?”


Marijuana crumbs found at the end of a bag. Shake is often discounted at retail or medical dispensaries. “Come see our specials on shake today.”


Action of lighting a bowl, a joint, blunt or any other marijuana smoking device. “Light this bowl and pass it here.”


A marijuana cigarette rolled with both cannabis and tobacco. “I don’t like spliffs because of the tobacco in them.”

a hand-rolled cigarette is opened with ground tobacco and marijuana inside

Joints are popular among cannabis users who also enjoy regular tobacco cigarettes. Photo credit


Short for “breach of tolerancea T-break is the practice of abstaining from cannabis use to reduce one’s tolerance. T-breaks can last from 2 days to 4 weeks.


Shortcut of the word “terpenes”. Organic resin found in cannabis as well as many herbs and essential oils. Terpenes contribute greatly to the aroma, flavor profiles, and possibly even the therapeutic effects of various cannabis strains.

“The lemon terps in this concentrate give it a strong citrus flavor.”

Toke (up)

Smoking marijuana. “Let’s go smoke before the movie.


Abbreviated version of the word, concentratethe rate refers to any form of concentrated marijuana products. “Let’s dab some trate!”

a piece of live resin concentrate sits on a metal dabber, with more concentrate in containers in the background

There are many forms of cannabis concentrates, including live resin, shatter, distillate, and more. Photo credit


Any unwanted plant material that is cut after harvest. Garnish may include fan leaves and resinous leaves of the marijuana flower. “This topping is super frosty, I’m going to make edibles out of it.”

To wrap up

The hollowed-out wrapper of a cigar which is then filled with cannabis, or a mixture of cannabis and tobacco.

“Get a wrap and I’ll roll us a big blunt.”

Postcode / Area

An ounce of marijuana.

“Hey, how much for that Bruce Banner zip?”

Common weights and measures

separate heaps of cannabis lie on a black background, lined up from largest to smallest

Typical weights for buying cannabis include one ounce, one quarter ounce, one eighth, and one gram. Photo credit

Eighth / Henry

1/8 oz of cannabis flower, approximately 3.5 g.


¼ oz of cannabis flower, approximately 7g.

Half Ounce / Half O

½ oz of cannabis flower, approximately 14g.


1 oz of cannabis flower, approximately 28g.

QP / Quap

¼ pound of cannabis flower, or 4 oz, or about 113g.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does weed mean in slang?

“Weed” is common slang for cannabis, usually raw cannabis flower, but it can also refer more broadly to any cannabis product or derivative.

What do Jamaicans call grass?

Jamaicans may refer to the herb as “ganja”, which is a Sanskrit word that came with Indian migrants in the 1800s. Bob Marley also popularized the term “kaya”.

What do you call grass in Spanish?

In Spanish, the herb is commonly referred to as “mota” which means “straw or speck”, or sensimilla, which translates to “seedless”, referring to unpollinated female cannabis.

What slang terms for weed do you like? Let us know in the comments below!

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