53 Slang Terms for Marijuana From Around The World You've Probably Never Heard Of

53 Slang Terms for Marijuana From Around The World You've Probably Never Heard Of

Marijuana smokers might light up in only a handful of different ways, but the breadth of terms used to describe their drug of choice is endless. From some of the more traditional terms like cannabis or pot to the more eccentric ones like "schwag" and "bubonic chronic," societies across the globe employ a number of different words when referring to the drug. 

What it really comes down is location: While Jamaicans refer to weed as "ganja," they wouldn't have any idea what a South African meant if they asked where they could find some "dagga." Meanwhile, North Africans call it "kif," much different than the previous two, yet far more similar to "kief," a term to describe the more potent part of the marijuana plant in western slang.  

Read more: Why Does Smoking Marijuana Make Your Eyes Red?

And that doesn't even scrape the surface. As marijuana becomes increasingly decriminalized and legalized for both recreational and medicinal consumption across the United States, the stigma felt behind dozens of terms used to describe the drug are dissolving as well. What we're left with is a cultural melting pot of language, allowing intercultural societies to mix slang and learn from each other's origins, through speech and through smoke. 

Check out some of the most commonly used slang terms to describe weed and smoking below, provided by Online Slang Dictionary and The Weed Blog:

420

Acapulco Gold

Black Russian

Blunt

Bomb

Bubonic Chronic

Buddha

Broccoli 

Cali

Charge

Chief

Chino

Choke

Chronic

Colombo

Doobie

Dope

Ganja 

Grass

Green

Herb

Hippie Lettuce

Hydro

Indo

Indica

J

Jay

Joint

Keef

Kif

Limbo

Loud

Mary Jane

Maui Wowie

Mexican

Mighty Mez

Mota

Nug

Nugget

Pakalolo

Panama Gold

Purp

Reefer

Reggie

Reggs

Schwag

Shake

Skunk

Smoke

Texas Tea

Thai Stick

Tree

Zombie

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Chris Riotta

Chris Riotta is a culture reporter at Mic, covering news, music and entertainment. He is based in New York and can be reached at criotta@mic.com

MORE FROM

New White House communications director Scaramucci says press briefings should be on-camera

If the new White House communications director gets his way, the press briefings could soon be recorded once again.

At least 8 dead, 30 injured in locked tractor trailer outside Walmart in Texas

Authorities told press that the deaths were caused by "a human trafficking crime."

Amid new revelations, here’s what we’ve learned about the Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr.

The picture of Natalia Veselnitskaya is coming into clearer focus.

Republican Senator urges whoever leaked Russia/Sessions phone calls to release whole conversation

Sen. Chuck Grassley wants the person who leaked intelligence about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak to come forward with more information.

Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort now to testify before Senate committee behind closed doors

Trump Jr. and Manafort have avoided a subpoena and will testify behind closed doors — for now.

Hope Hicks reportedly tried to rein Trump in during explosive ‘Times’ interview. It didn’t work.

The low-profile Trump Whisperer is one of the few in the president's orbit to enjoy job security.

New White House communications director Scaramucci says press briefings should be on-camera

If the new White House communications director gets his way, the press briefings could soon be recorded once again.

At least 8 dead, 30 injured in locked tractor trailer outside Walmart in Texas

Authorities told press that the deaths were caused by "a human trafficking crime."

Amid new revelations, here’s what we’ve learned about the Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr.

The picture of Natalia Veselnitskaya is coming into clearer focus.

Republican Senator urges whoever leaked Russia/Sessions phone calls to release whole conversation

Sen. Chuck Grassley wants the person who leaked intelligence about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak to come forward with more information.

Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort now to testify before Senate committee behind closed doors

Trump Jr. and Manafort have avoided a subpoena and will testify behind closed doors — for now.

Hope Hicks reportedly tried to rein Trump in during explosive ‘Times’ interview. It didn’t work.

The low-profile Trump Whisperer is one of the few in the president's orbit to enjoy job security.