When it comes to the terminology used in the cannabis community, some of the most common weed slang is enough to confuse, particularly if users aren’t fully immersed in cannabis culture.
That said, gaining insight into the most common weed slang terms used in the world of weed can help provide necessary context when navigating the market.
To help you gain a more comprehensive understanding of the most common weed slang, we have developed a practical and straightforward guide on some of the most frequently used slang in the industry.
Let’s get started!
Weed Slang Terms For Cannabis Flower
One gram of cannabis.
An eighth is equal to ⅛ of an ounce, which is roughly 3.5 grams.
A ‘quad’ is a quarter of an ounce or roughly 7 grams of cannabis.
Not to be confused with the strain with the same name, chronic is a common slang term used on the West Coast to describe extremely potent cannabis.
That said, it seems as though its definition is location-dependent as it tends to refer to cannabis laced with cocaine on the East Coast.
Bud is a common slang term that refers to marijuana in general.
‘Reefer’ is an old-school slang term for cannabis that rose to prominence thanks to the propagandist anti-cannabis film ‘Reefer Madness’ released in 1936.
The movie was so ridiculous that it gained a cult following who would still, to this day refer, to ‘Reefer Madness’ as one of the greatest cannabis comedy films ever made.
‘Flower’ is basically another word for bud.
Flower mainly refers to the flowering buds of the cannabis plant, which contain high concentrations of trichomes and resin.
‘Green’ is another nickname for cannabis, but not just any old type of cannabis, exceptionally high-quality variants.
This label is because better grown and higher-quality weed is typically much richer in colour than its lower quality counterparts, hence the name Green.
Mary Jane is a clever play on words in reference to the Spanish word marijuana.
It’s been commonly used as both a nickname and pseudonym for marijuana. In other words, it’s a fun way to refer to reefer.
Aunt Mary is actually related to the slang word Mary Jane and is somewhat of a spin-off. That said, Aunt Mary is often used in the same way; as another word for weed.
‘Pot’ is one of the more common and old-fashioned slang terms for marijuana.
Weed Slang Terms For Cannabis Concentrates
A dab refers to any type of concentrated form of cannabis extracted from the cannabis plant.
To take a dab means to take a hit of cannabis concentrate.
According to its name, 710 is on July 10th and can resemble the word “oil” when flipped upside down.
Terps, short for terpenes, are the compounds that give each strain of cannabis its unique flavour and aroma.
Terpenes are not only found in cannabis but also in many other plants in nature.
Oil refers to a liquid cannabis concentrate extracted from the cannabis plant using alcohol or carbon dioxide.
Solventless is used to describe cannabis concentrates made purely with temperature-reliant extraction methods rather than chemical solvents like butane, propane, or carbon dioxide.
Solventless concentrates can be created using either heat or ice.
Shatter is a common type of concentrate renowned for its brittle texture and tendency to “shatter,” hence its name.
Shatter is often golden amber in colour and high in THC concentration.
Live resin is a term used to describe a cannabis concentrate made using live cannabis plants before curing.
Because of this, the experience of smoking live resin is similar to smoking live cannabis.
Hash is short for hashish, which is a time-honoured cannabis concentrate traditionally made by hand.
Hash is a solventless concentrate made by agitating the cannabis plant and forming its trichomes and resin into a concentrated ball or puck.
Stable is a term used to describe the stickiness or stability of a cannabis concentrate, especially in the context of whether or not it will leave residue on your hands or fingers after touching it.
A ‘glob’ is a large dab that is over 0.25 grams. For reference, a standard dab is around 0.1 grams.
What Slang Terms For Cannabis Culture
A joint is a marijuana cigarette made using a filter, some ground marijuana, and rolling papers.
By far, they are one of the most common ways to smoke marijuana.
A blunt is a type of marijuana cigar made by wrapping weed in tobacco leaves.
Blunts are typically used for smoking in groups as they are decently large and tend to burn for a longer time than a standard joint.
Spliff comes from “split the difference” and refers to a joint packed with equal parts cannabis and tobacco.
This term is derived from the German World War II combat strategy Blitzkrieg or “Lightning Warfare.”
Users refer to being blitzed as having been hit with a sudden and intense high.
You may also see this phrase used to refer to a state of euphoria or the opposite. Either way, it is used to describe an intense high.
Couchlock comes from the sedative qualities of marijuana, where the person smoking the marijuana is often bound to the couch due to the intense relaxation from the weed.
The word revolves around being “locked” in place.
Kief refers to the accumulation of trichomes or resin at the bottom chamber of a weed grinder. Kief often accumulates after grinding several grams of cannabis.
A bong is a large, vertical water pipe that is used to smoke marijuana.
Bongs are typically made out of glass and come in a variety of different colors and styles.
A pre-roll is a pre-rolled joint that users can purchase from a dispensary or an online weed distributor.
It can also be used to describe any joint that is already rolled and ready to go.
The term sesh is short for the word session, which usually refers to a smoke session in the context of cannabis.
If you’re asking some to sesh, you’re asking them if they want to smoke some weed with you.
The international weed day, where thousands of people gather in public places to emit a massive cloud of smoke at 4:20 PM on April the 20th.
Essentially, 420 is the weed holiday.
With a good grasp of some of the essential weed slang terms used in the cannabis community, you should be able to navigate the landscape with ease.
Of course, the vernacular of the cannabis market is constantly changing, with new words, phrases, and references added almost daily.
As always, if you’re looking for new and up-to-date cannabis news and details, be sure to check back. We consistently update our blog with the latest trends and relevant information.