Other names for weed (Marijuana Street Names)

There are more than 1,200 words that are slang for marijuana – and the number keeps growing as marijuana is legalized throughout the U.S. While legal in many states, weed can easily turn into an addiction that alters your life. While substance abuse can be a challenging issue to confront, identifying the signs of marijuana addiction are an important first step. If you, or someone you know, is regularly using some of these slang names for weed, it may indicate marijuana is becoming a regular part of their lives and something to monitor. We’ve compiled a list of names from all over, including the DEA curated by government officials, Urban Dictionary and Wikipedia curated by individuals around the world, and Leafly.com curated by dispensaries.

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Why are there so many different names for weed?

The list of street names for weed is long and ever-evolving. As different words start to become old or uncool, younger generations come up with alternative names for weed. Many of these names play on the effects of Cannabis or what it looks like. With new strains continually being produced, we see them push new nicknames for weed to the top.

What are other names for marijuana?

The most common street names for marijuana that have stood the test of time include:

  • Weed
  • Pot
  • Grass
  • Dope
  • Ganja

Names Based on How Cannabis is Grown

The quality of marijuana is thought to depend on the growing method used on the cannabis plant. These terms were developed to distinguish between the various methods of growing cannabis.

  • Dro (AKA Hydro)- Short for hydroponic
  • Indo- Short for “indoor” and sometimes extended to “Indonesia”.
  • Ditch Weed (AKA “feral cannabis”)- Cannabis plants found alongside roads in the midwest United States. May be used to refer to low-quality cannabis)
  • Homegrown

Names for Weed Based on its Appearance

Many of the names you’ll hear people use to refer to weed are based on its visual appearance. There is often a focus on the color, green, as well as its resemblance to common kitchen spices:

  • Alfalfa
  • Ashes
  • Bale
  • Broccoli
  • Bud
  • Devil’s Lettuce
  • Flower
  • Grass
  • Green
  • Hay
  • Herb
  • Nug
  • Oregano
  • Pack
  • Parsley
  • Pine
  • Plant
  • Purp- (purple)
  • Sticky
  • Trees/Tree
  • Wheat

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Alternate Names for Weed Based on its Smell

Marijuana has a very distinct smell that is often described as off putting. This has led to a number of people coming up with rather gross names for weed based on its smell.

Marijuana Street Names Based on the Effects

The effects of marijuana have provided the basis for several slang nicknames, including:

  • Chronic – Coined by rappers Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog to refer to the long lasting effects of Hydroponic weed
  • Creeper – because the effects creep up slowly
  • Dope – Synonym for “stupid”
  • Wacky Tobacky

Street Names for Weed Derived From Other Countries

Because marijuana is common in many different cultures, there are many words for marijuana that originated from words in other languages. Here are some of the more common examples:

  • Alfombra- Spanish for “rug”
  • Almohada- Spanish for “pillow”
  • Cheeba– Spanish slang derived from “chiva” meaning heroin
  • Dank– Originated from the middle English word “dank” meaning unpleasantly moist” refers to high-quality weed that is sticky
  • Ganja– One of the oldest words for marijuana, derived from Hindi
  • Kush– named after the Hindu Kush mountain range
  • Pot– Derived from Spanish word “potiguaya”

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Slang for Weed Based on Cannabis Strains

Marijuana breeders are constantly creating new “strains” in order to appeal to many different customers. These strains differ in strength and terpene content and provide different effects on the user in some cases.

There are thousands of strains on the market, but the 3 most popular according to Leafly.com are Blue Dream, Sour Diesel, and Girl Scout Cookies. Some of the other popular strains include:

  • Acapulco Gold
  • Afghan Kush
  • Animal Cookies
  • Bash
  • Bubba Kush
  • Chernobyl
  • Fruity Pebbles
  • Gelato
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Grandaddy Purp AKA GDP
  • Green Crack
  • Haze- Weed that was originally bred by the “Haze brothers”
  • KGB AKA “Killer Green Bud”
  • Maui Wowie
  • Northern Lights
  • OG Kush
  • Pineapple Express
  • Pink Panther
  • Purple Haze
  • Runtz
  • Sinsemilla- Female plant with no seeds
  • Skywalker
  • Super Silver Haze
  • Tahoe
  • Wedding Cake
  • White Widow

Nicknames for Marijuana Based on Consumption Method

There are a couple ways people refer to marijuana by the way that it is consumed. Here are some examples:

  • Blunt– A marijuana Cigar, typically rolled with an emptied cigar or “wrap” with no loose tobacco.
  • Cone– The amount of weed that fits in the cone piece of a pipe. Can refer to the actual pipe or the amount of weed placed in it. May also refer to a joint made using rolling paper that has been pre-rolled into an open cone shape by the manufacturer.
  • Doobie– marijuana cigarette
  • Dutch- Blunt rolled with Dutch Masters brand wraps, may sometimes refer to a marijuana cigarette (joint)
  • Eddies– Short for edible marijuana
  • Fattie– A large blunt or joint that is fat in appearance
  • Geeb– abbreviation for a makeshift pipe known as a “gravity bong”
  • Joint- (AKA “J”) a rolled marijuana cigarette
  • Spliff- Marijuana cigarette with both cannabis and tobacco.
  • Swisher- Blunt rolled with Swisher Sweets brand wraps
  • Wood- Blunt rolled with Backwoods brand wraps

Slang for Marijuana by Weight Sold

Some slang is used to provide further information as to the weight of the weed that is being described. Here are some common examples:

  • Dub- two grams of weed
  • Pillow- Large bag of marijuana that could be used as a pillow, usually a pound.
  • QP- Quarter pound
  • Quad- Quarter ounce (7 grams)
  • Zip- Ounce of Marijuana (often stored in ziplock bags)

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Street Names Describing Marijuana Concentrates

In recent years, numerous methods have been developed to extract the active compound (THC) from marijuana. As a result, there are many different end products that come in different colors, shapes, and consistencies. Here are some examples of common forms of concentrates:

Slang for Consuming Weed

There are a lot of ways people use to refer to the actual act of smoking rather than the substance itself. Here a few common examples:

  • Bake
  • Blaze
  • Burn one
  • Get high
  • Hit (one puff)
  • Hotbox (smoking in a closed area, typically a car)
  • Puff the dragon
  • Rip
  • Session/Sesh
  • Toke
  • Torch up
  • Vape
  • Wake and bake (smoking in the morning)

Slang Describing the Effects of Marijuana

Some people look for another way for weed’s effects to be described. Here are a few words that describe marijuana intoxication.

  • Buzz
  • Bake
  • Cooked
  • Cottonmouth
  • Couch-lock
  • Faded
  • Fried
  • High
  • Lifted
  • Lit up
  • Mashed
  • Munchies
  • Roasted
  • Smacked
  • Stoned
  • Toasted
  • Travis
  • Wasted
  • Zooted

Obscure Slang for Cannabis

Some marijuana slang terms may sound random or inexplicable due to their obscure origins. Here are some names with unique sources of inspiration that don’t necessarily fit into one single category.

  • Cookies- Weed from the popular Cookies dispensary chain in California.
  • Fire- Weed that is “fire” (slang for anything that is very good)
  • Jive- This word is also used to describe the vernacular of jazz musicians during the Harlem renaissance of the 1930s and 40s, became slang for cannabis.
  • Khalifa- Strain named after Rapper Wiz Khalifa
  • Left Handed Cigarette- Jive slang for a marijuana cigarette that was passed to the left
  • Reggie- Low quality cannabis, short for “regular” weed
  • Schwag- Low quality cannabis passed around as a promotional item or “swag” at events
  • 420

Nicknames for Weed Mixed with Other Drugs

Weed, being one of the most common drugs in existence, is often used alongside other more dangerous drugs. It can often enhance the user’s experience with the drug or help to remove unwanted side effects. Many users find that marijuana helps to take the edge off during a stimulant high. The term “Amp Joint” is an umbrella term for any kind of marijuana combination.


  • A-Bomb
  • Atom bomb
  • Stuff
  • Buddha
  • Major Pronin (When crack cocaine is included)
  • El Diablo (When crack cocaine is included)


  • Hippie heart attack


  • Stoner Flip


  • Bazooka (marijuana mixed with cocaine paste)

Crack Cocaine:

  • Crack weed
  • Buddha
  • Caviar
  • Champagne
  • Cocktail
  • Dirty joint
  • Fry daddy
  • Gimmie
  • Gremmies
  • Juice joint
  • Lace
  • Oolies,
  • P dog
  • Primo
  • Thirty-eight
  • Torpedo
  • Turbo
  • Wollie
  • Yeola


  • Bionic
  • Zoom
  • Wet (When a joint is dipped in PCP)
  • Jim Jones (When crack cocaine is included)

Treatment For Marijuana Addiction

Regardless of the name used, marijuana can stay in your system from 24 hours to 90 days depending on what test is being run. If you are finding yourself worried about this or wondering how addictive weed is, it may be time to seek help.

Remember that recognizing drug use is only the first step, and seeking help from a professional rehabilitation center is crucial in overcoming addiction. If you or someone you care about is struggling with substance abuse, never hesitate before reaching out for help.

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