Over the centuries, cannabis has been given many nicknames. There are dozens of terms for the cannabis plant and hundreds more for the different types of marijuana products. And every year, new cannabis slang seems to pop up, making the list of slang terms for cannabis grow longer and longer.
To help our readers understand the meaning of the many slang terms for cannabis, we’ve put together this marijuana slang guide. Below, we’re going over the most notable slang terms for cannabis, including newer slang and slang that has fallen out of fashion. This guide is in alphabetical order, so you can scroll ahead if you’re looking for the meaning of a specific term.
Alice B. Toklas
Alice B. Toklas brownies is an old fashioned slang term for marijuana-infused brownies. This term can be traced back to Toklas’s 1954 book The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, which famously contained a recipe for “Hashish Fudge.”
Aunt Mary is a slang term for marijuana. This term is a play on the popular slang term Mary Jane.
Bhang is a traditional Indian cannabis preparation that’s made from the leaves of the cannabis plant. This ground paste has been used to create intoxicating foods and drinks for thousands of years. The term bhang is usually used to refer to bhang itself or a bhang food or drink. It may also be used to refer to marijuana in general.
A blunt is a common preparation for smoking marijuana. It consists of a hollowed out cigar that has been filled with ground marijuana flower. This term comes from Phillies Blunt, a popular cigar brand.
A bong is a type of water pipe that stands upright. This term is derived from the Thai word buang, which refers to an upright cylindrical tube made of bamboo.
Catnip is a slang term for poor quality or fake marijuana.
Cheeba is a slang term for cannabis. This term is of Mexican Spanish origin and was popularized in the 1960s.
Chronic is a word used for high quality marijuana with strong effects.
Cross faded describes the state of being drunk and under the influence of THC at the same time.
Dagga is a South African word for marijuana that dates back to the 1600s.
Dank is a positive adjective that’s used to describe high quality cannabis. It’s often used to describe cannabis with a particularly strong smell or taste, but can also be used to denote high quality in general.
Devil’s lettuce is a nickname for marijuana. This term is thought to have originated during the prohibition era of the early 20th century, when fear about cannabis was high. The term devil’s lettuce may be used by someone who is anti-marijuana. It may also be used jokingly or sarcastically by someone who is pro-marijuana.
Also known as feral cannabis, ditch weed refers to a cannabis plant that has been found growing in the wild. This type of wild cannabis generally has little-to-no THC content.
Doobie is a slang term for a rolled marijuana cigarette, also known as a joint. This term was very popular in the 1960s and 1970s.
Edible is short for cannabis edible. An edible can be any food or drink that has been infused with marijuana.
Also called indo, endo is a term for cannabis plants that have been grown indoors. Because indoor-grown cannabis tends to be of higher quality, some people may also use the term endo to refer to high quality marijuana in general.
Ganja is a slang term for cannabis. This term is derived from the Sanskrit word for cannabis, gañjā. It is the most popular word for cannabis in Jamaica. Ganja is one of the oldest English language slang terms for cannabis, having been used in English speaking countries since at least the 1800s.
Grass is a slang word for cannabis that was very popular in the 1960s and 1970s.
Green is a slang term for cannabis.
Green goddess is a slang term for high quality cannabis.
Also called hash, hashish is a cannabis extract that’s made from the resinous trichomes of the cannabis plant. Technically, hashish refers to a specific type of concentrated cannabis, but some may also use the term to refer to cannabis in general.
This slang term for cannabis is associated with the hippie movement of the 1960s. Today, this term is mostly used in a joking or sarcastic manner.
Hot box or hot boxing refers to the act of smoking marijuana in a small, confined space and creating a space full of smoke. Hot boxing is generally done intentionally as a way of sharing marijuana in social situations.
Jane is a shortened version of Mary Jane, a very popular slang term for marijuana.
Jive is an old fashioned slang term for marijauana that was popular in the 1930s and 1940s. By the 1950s, people also started using jive as a word for other drugs or drugs in general.
A joint, also called a j, is a marijuana cigarette.
Spanish for “Lady Jane,” Dona Juanita is a slang name for marijuana.
Technically, kush refers to a specific group of indica marijuana strains that originated in the Middle East and India. Examples of popular kush strains include OG Kush, Bubba Kush, and Master Kush. In addition to this more specific usage, the word kush is also sometimes used as slang for marijuana in general.
Mary Jane is a very popular slang term for marijuana. This term plays off the fact that the word marijuana sounds similar to Mary Jane.
MJ is short for Mary Jane, a nickname for marijuana.
Mids is a slang term for average, mid-grade cannabis.
Mota is a Spanish slang word for a small amount of cannabis. Mota literally translates to “speck.”
Popularized in the 1920s, muggles is an old fashioned slang term for joints. In the 1920s and 1930s, marijuana smokers were also referred to as “muggle heads.”
Munchies refers to feeling the appetite-stimulating effects of marijuana. “Getting the munchies” is often associated with wanting to eat less healthy foods, such as chips or sweets.
Nug is a slang term for the dried flower buds of the marijuana plant, which have a nugget-like appearance.
Pakalolo is the Hawaiian word for cannabis.
Pot is a common slang term for cannabis.
Rainy Day Woman
Rainy Day Woman is a 1960s slang term for a marijuana cigarette. This term can be traced back to Bob Dylan’s 1966 song “Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35,” which many listeners thought was an endorsement of marijuana.
Reefer is an old fashioned slang term for marijuana. This term famously appears in the 1936 anti-marijuana film Reefer Madness.
Roach is a slang term for the last part of a mostly-smoked joint or blunt.
Salad is a term for a mixture of cannabis flower strains.
Schwag is a slang term for very low quality marijuana.
A spliff is a cigarette that features a mixture of marijuana and tobacco. Spliffs are more common in Europe than they are in the United States.
Sticky Icky is a slang term for high quality cannabis. This term references the sticky resin that coats many high quality cannabis flower buds.
Stoned is a classic slang term for marijuana intoxication.
The term stoner refers to a person who uses marijuana frequently.
A toke is a single inhalation of cannabis.
Trees is a nature-inspired slang term for marijuana flower.
Wacky tobacky is a lighthearted slang term for marijuana that was popular in the 1950s.
Weed is a very popular slang term for marijuana.
A zip refers to an ounce of cannabis.