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Stoner Slang: A Guide to Weed Culture and not sounding like a Newbie

Updated: Feb 17, 2021

You’re starting to get into the weed scene and be a part of the cannabis community, but you’re worried that you sound like such a noob because you don’t know the lingo?

Don’t worry! We got you!

Whether you are a newbie or an “oldie” who doesn't know what the kids are saying these days, we created this Cannabis Dictionary/Stoner Slang Guide.

Are we missing something? Shoot us a message to add to our dictionary.

General Cannabis Terms


Refers to the plant itself and its genus (scientific name).


Refers to cannabis containing more that 0.3% THC (by dry weight). It gives the psychotropic and euphoric effects.


Refers to cannabis that contains 0.3% or less THC content (by dry weight).


Stands for cannabidiol and is the cannabinoid associated with pain management and relaxation. No psychoactive effects. Learn more.


THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is best known for being the component that provides psychoactive effects also known as being “high.” Learn more.


Strain of cannabis that supposedly provides physically sedating and relaxing effects. Indica plants are described to be shorter, with thicker stems and broader, darker green leaves than sativas. Learn more.


Strain of cannabis that supposedly provides energy and uplifting effects. Compared to indicas, sativa plants grow taller, with narrower, bright green leaves. Learn more.


A mix of sativa and indica strain effects. Learn more. (Link to other blog post)


Legal establishments where you can buy cannabis. Depending on the state, you can purchase marijuana medically, recreationally or both.


The person behind the counter of a dispensary who will help you purchase your cannabis. Bud + Bartender = Budtender. Also known as a “cannabis consultant.”

For Weed the Plant


Term for dried cannabis flower. Also known as nug, nugget, flower, ganja, ganj, cheeba, mary jane, mota, pot, weed.


To describe superior cannabis in smell, taste and/or potency.


The common word for cannabis. The term comes from the idea that cannabis grows “like a weed.” As long as there is moisture and warmth, it will grow like weeds.

Other Common Slang for Cannabis

Pot, Grass, Dope, Reefer, Ganja, Herb, Chronic, Trees, Broccoli, Sticky Icky, etc.

For Weed Measurements


A bag of weed that cost $10.


“Sack” refers to the size or amount of cash spent on a bag of flower.


Generally, the smallest amount of cannabis that can be purchased.


Also known as a “Teenth.” Generally, 1.7 grams of sticky icky.


To describe 1/8th of an ounce of weed. Most common amount of weed purchased because of its price and transportability.


Also known as a “Quad.” 7 grams or ¼ ounce of cannabis.

Half or Half O

14 grams or ½ ounce of cannabis


An ounce of cannabis. Originating from the original bags for cannabis that were Ziploc baggies.


A quarter pound of cannabis. Also known as a “QP.”


One pound of cannabis.

For Weed Culture


To be very high. A person might be giggly, red-eyed, unwilling or unable to move from the spot they’ve been sitting and contemplating life and our existence. What is the meaning of everything?!


When the contents of a smoking device has been completely smoked out. There’s no more weed in the bowl or bong, it’s time to replenish.


A pleasant high.


When the bowl is lit to hot embers and you don’t need a lighter. Time to take another hit.

Cotton Mouth

Slang to describe the dry mouth feeling you get when smoking cannabis. Hydration is key to fix this feeling.


A circle where weed is being passed around.


One inhale of marijuana from a smoking device. The measurement of a hit is relative.

Puff Puff Pass

Cannabis etiquette when in a smoke circle or cypher. You don’t take more than two hits of a joint or blunt before passing it to the next person.


To get together to consume cannabis.


Numeric indicator that a place is cannabis friendly or consumption is happening/allowed. Also used as dates for cannabis holidays, April 20th and July 10th. 420 is associated with smoking cannabis and 710 is for smoking concentrates.

For Weed Consumption


Cigar style rolling paper filled with cannabis flowers. Typically larger than joints, blunts can hold more product and have a slower, more even burn.


A common smoking device. Other slang terms for it are: bubbler, binger or billy. Bongs essentially filter and cool the smoke that comes from weed. They generally have a small bowl to hold cannabis flower and when you light it, the weed burns. As you inhale through the mouth piece, the water at the bottom of the bong bubbles, then the smoke rises through the water, and then the chamber before entering your mouth and lungs.


Part of a smoking device that holds the weed.


A hole on a smoking device, bong or pipe. A finger is placed over the carb while taking a “hit” and released just before the user is done inhaling in order to clear the smoke from the chamber.


Most commonly known as extracts of the cannabis plant. There are different types of concentrates. Inactive forms of concentrate need to be heated. While concentrates with active cannabinoids, usually distillate, are infused into edibles, tinctures, topicals, etc. without the need of heat.


The act of taking some concentrate and vaporizing using a dab ring, this is also known as dabbing.


A container holding a one hitter and some ground cannabis.


A cannabis infused food item. Edibles can be infused jello shots, chewing gum, brownies, chocolate, beverages and more. Our favorite is Complement Cannabis canna jello shots and chewing gum.


A type of concentrate made by pressing or rubbing together the resin glands from a cannabis plant to form a brick, slab or rolled pieces.


A rolled marijuana cigarette. Also known as a “doobie,” “jay” or “fatty” (if rolled larger than a regular joint).


Like a joint, it has tobacco and cannabis mixed. Also known as a “Spicy joint.”

Now what?

You now know the slang, time to hit a dispensary and buy some of the best edibles in the market, Complement Cannabis. Complement Cannabis offers canna chewing gum and canna jello shots in a variety of flavors and potencies.

Sources: Love and Marij, Ganjapreneur, Steamboat 420, My 420 Tours

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