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Marijuana Slang Explained

Tuesday May 30, 2017

C hop, trate, terps? Welcome to the wide world of marijuana culture and the vast collection of slang that accompanies it. Just like any other segment of culture, the cannabis sector is no stranger to a set of patois and shortened words. In fact, because of the long-time illegal status of marijuana and necessity to use code or cover words when speaking about it, one could argue that the cannabis community has one of the richest and most extensive compilations of slang words out there.

If you’ve ever found yourself confused or lost in the conversation because of slang usage, this article is for you. We’re breaking down some of the most common marijuana slang terms so that you can be prepared for your next sesh – and maybe incorporate a few new words into your vocabulary.

Why Marijuana Slang is Necessary

Before we can dive into some of the slang terms that are used in the marijuana community, it is important to understand why slang has been promulgated so extensively within cannabis culture. The answer lies with prohibition and, as stated above, the illegal nature of cannabis in many states.

Only recently have states like Colorado and Oregon passed laws legalizing cannabis, meaning marijuana enthusiasts in the past – and current consumers living in prohibition states – needed a way to communicate with each other about engaging in the substance.

Enter slang, the perfect way to communicate a message to those in the know, and keep pesky law enforcement none the wiser.

Of course, as popularity of certain slag terms grew, new ones had to be invented to maintain discretion. This explains part of the reason why there are so many slang terms related to marijuana. The other part, of course, is because making up slang is fun – particularly in a group setting or smoke session.

Stoner friends have been making up unique words for cannabis since the dawn of the first rotation. And while not every marijuana slang term is common to every stoner, what’s awesome is the culture behind them. Sharing inside slang terms amongst a group of friends creates a special bond, and is a big reason why the cannabis community has such a tight-knit culture. Enough about the details though, let’s get down to the fun part – talkin’ some slang!

Marijuana Slang Terms

Here is our list of marijuana slang terms. Now, this is not a complete or all-encompassing list by any means (that would be impossible), just a hand-picked selection of some of our favorite slang terms that are pretty common in the marijuana community.

There are many marijuana slang terms used by cannabis consumers on a daily basis. Learn about the history of marijuana slang and some of the most common terms around.