Slang for Weed: The Guide for Marijuana Vocabulary
Some of these terms are surprising, hilarious and unexpected.
You smoke it. You eat it. You may even rub it all over your body for topically medicinal or sensual purposes. No matter the method of consumption, one thing that’s certain is we all know exactly what that “it” is. Despite its current status as a Schedule 1 drug as far as the Drug Enforcement Administration is concerned, marijuana and its beneficial properties will continue be touted amongst consumers. While its indulgence is common, what is uncommon is a singular, universal term to us. Are these slang words for weed in your marijuana vocabulary?
From Jesus to jazz
Cannabis has just as many slang terms and street names to describe it as there are strains of it. Some of those terms are just adjectives, like “dank,” which is typically used to describe the holy grail of weeds, or “purp,” describing a particular type of anthocyanin that produces a purple hue to the buds. Older terms are rooted in spreading anti-marijuana propaganda and conveying the “dangers” of marijuana usage. The accidental comedic genius of 1936 propagating film “Reefer Madness” gave way to a negative association of the word “reefer,” along with giving light to other old school terms like “the Devil’s lettuce” and “Satan’s romaine.”
Both of latter descriptors hold weight in outdated religious thinking tied to Genesis 1:29, which reads “Then God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you….” Its perceived meaning is that plants, in God’s eyes, are meant solely for their nutritional value and not for their smokable delight, but that doesn’t nix the popular association of ganja grass and God’s vegetative gifts to Earth.
The affiliation with one of nature’s wonders has carried into a modern age, where Mary Jane is still called by some her other Earth-given names. Music (more specifically, black genres of music) plays a large role in the continuing this trend.
“Tea,” “gage” and “muggles” were interchangeably used in place of the word during the jazz era and “jazz cabbage” has become a funny favorite as of late. The term has roots in jazz musicians’ liking of marijuana back in the day, but the in last three decades rap could rival their creative take on naming.
Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre are some of the biggest purveyors of weed smoking in modern years. It shows in the content of their lyrics and in the names of their songs and albums as well. The music industry can’t forget Dr. Dre’s influential solo debut, 1993’s The Chronic, obviously named after marijuana. Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice” gave everyone a resounding theme song with the line “rolling down the street smokin’ Indo,” and Dre and Snoop’s collaboration with Akon on 2010’s “Kush” is an ode to the OG strain.
Even though D.R.A.M. and Lil’ Yachty have made “broccoli” a popular term now among millennials with their recent song of the same name, its origins actually come from Bay area rapper E-40. In 1993, he dropped the term in his track “Practice Lookin’ Hard” with the line “Got me a baggy full of broccoli and a crooked Ides 22” and again in 1998 with an entire song called “Broccoli” where he spits “I don’t need no doctor, I don’t need no shrink/All I need is broccoli and a 40-o to drink/Smokin’ that broccoli now, it takes me out.” Thanks to E, broccoli is probably everyone’s favorite vegetable now.
With marijuana only growing more scientific and advanced, there are sure to be more nicknames that come along with it and the feelings it produces. For those of us that love that “loud” (a way to describe weed with a smell as strong as sounds are loud), any way to make weed stronger is welcome. As far as what you choose to call her, the possibilities are almost endless.