500+ Alternative Nicknames for Weed

Weed is illegal in most parts of the world, and as a result, people have to use several nicknames for weed to avoid detection by cops or snitches.

Humans have always had a special place in their heart for ‘getting high’ and cannabis allows us to do just that.

For some, it allows them to experience a more serene state of consciousness, others claim it has some spiritual significance and for some people, it is their medicine.

In this article, we are not bothered about why people get high. Rather, we want to share the different aliases and wonderful names for cannabis.

Cannabis, Marijuana, Pot, Joint, Mary Jane, Blunt are common weed names. But, there are other cool nicknames for weed (1200+ at last count) as well.

Weed Nicknames

List of nicknames for Weed

nicknames for weed

The following terms are common words used to describe weed or marijuana. Most of these are funny weed nicknames but they get the job done.

  1. 420: A very common street name, also refers to unofficial ‘Weed Day’; for example, in Vancouver, on April 20th everyone is smoking weed all day.
  2. Acapulco Gold: Another name for a variety of Mexican weed that is considered prime quality.
  3. Ace: For particularly good quality weed.
  4. Airplane: For the feeling of what happens when you smoke and you think you’re flying.
  5. Alice: Because of Alice in Wonderland and its reference to fantasy worlds and psychoactive experiences.
  6. Alice B. Toklas: Famous for having come up with recipes for pot brownies, see also Toke.
  7. Amnesia: Because of the effects of short-term memory loss associated with smoking.
  8. Ashes: Often burning weed will produce quite a bit of ash.
  9. AstroTurf: A play on words because weed looks like astroturf, but also because of its ability to make you feel like you’re in space.
  10. Atshitshi: Another common street name for a premium product, although the Japanese etymology is dubious.
  11. Awesauge: Recent slang addition used as an adjective to refer to good weed; may reference the slurring effect on speech.
  12. B: Just enough marijuana to fill a matchbox.
  13. B-40: When weed or a joint is laced with alcohol to make it more potent.
  14. Baby / Baby Green: Another diminutive term for weed, can also refer to really young weed harvested early, or to tiny buds.
  15. Baby Bhang: Another word for Kush.
  16. Bad Seed: When the weed induces a bad trip and you’re not having fun.
  17. Bammy: A diminutive form of ‘Boom’ for weed, if you want to sound cute.
  18. Beedies: Named for what is commonly smoked in India, usually have a mixture of other things like tobacco or cloves.
  19. Blanket: When you’ve smoked a lot and feel so comfortable that you could wrap yourself up in a blanket and just sleep.
  20. Blaze: Can refer to weed, but often to the act of smoking, i.e. let’s blaze one!
  21. Blunt: For a stubby hand-rolled joint that is quickly or hastily put together and when it begins to burn becomes blunt on one end.
  22. Bo-Bo / Bobo Bush: A fun way of letting your friends know you have some weed to share; not as common.
  23. Bomber: When smoking feels like its carpet bombing your senses.
  24. Boom: May refer to the effect of when a hit of weed hits you like an explosion.
  25. Broccoli: From the fact that buds look a little like the heads of blooming broccoli.
  26. Bud: The part of the plant that is commonly harvested; best known for B.C. Bud (British Columbia) where very potent weed is grown.
  27. Cabbage: It is used as a slang for mariuana because the buds of marijuana look a little like cabbage; see also Skunk.
  28. Cannon: Because of the shape of bongs, which sort of look like glass cannons.
  29. Cheeba: Probably a perversion of ciba which is sticky black Brazilian weed.
  30. China Eyed: Somewhat racist slang for the effect of droopy or wincing eyes while high.
  31. Chronic: From the idea of smoking weed every day; a stoner is someone who is also a chronic.
  32. Ciggie: Bastardization of cigarette.
  33. Climb: Same meaning, when you are ‘getting high’ and reaching a new level of consciousness.
  34. Cripple: When the weed is so strong that you can’t stand after smoking.
  35. DaKine: A Hawaiian surfer term; also a popular product brand of outdoor gear, i.e. for snowboarders who smoke a lot.
  36. Dagga: African name for weed.
  37. Dank: snowboarder term, synonymous with something that is ‘really cool’ i.e. that’s a dank backflip, dude!
  38. Dime: Slang for 1/16 ounce, often sold in ‘dime bags’.
  39. Ditch / Shake: Often low-quality weed.
  40. Dona Juanita: Spanish variation on Mary Jane.
  41. Doobie: A popular marijuana sland made famous by the band The Doobie Brothers, doobie can also refer to weed-infused snacks.
  42. Dope: May refer to the effects of being sleepy or ‘dopey’ after smoking.
  43. Ear Wax: References concentrated THC which is very potent
  44. Fatty: Very popular in the 90’s, tends to refer to the fact that hand-rolled joints are thicker than average tobacco cigarettes.
  45. Gaia: The name of the primal Goddess of Earth who is responsible for the growth of plants.
  46. Ganja: The Sanskrit word for marijuana, adopted by many Rastafarians.
  47. Grass: Because marijuana is green and a prolific plant, but may also be a reference back to the Arabic hashish (which means ‘grass’).
  48. Green Goddess: The spiritual aspect of weed which induces a kind of hypnotic high.
  49. Green Gold: Also a callback to the fact that bud looks like nuggets, and is also very valuable.
  50. Grog: The feeling of being groggy after smoking.
  51. Gungun: Possibly a Star Wars reference to an alien species who are goofy and kind of talk like they are high.
  52. Hash: From the Arabic word for marijuana which is hashish.
  53. Hay / Bale: Because of how weed is often distributed illegally, i.e. in giant bales.
  54. Herb: Pretty basic; a reference to the fact that cannabis is a plant, but also had its roots as a medicine or herb in ancient cultures.
  55. Homegrown: Weed that is grown by someone for their personal use, often of high quality and organic.
  56. Hydro: Because many weed growers use hydroponics to grow their product.
  57. Jay: Common term for a marijuana cigarette, popularized by phrase ‘Let’s smoke a jay’.
  58. Jefferson Airplane: Another head nod to a 60’s band who endorsed weed smoking.
  59. Joint: Probably refers to how a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette is roughly the same length as the single joint of a finger used to roll it.
  60. JuJu: This comes from Haitian lore referencing the magical/supernatural qualities of weed.
  61. Kali: Indian grown – referencing the goddess Kali, the Destroyer.
  62. Kermit: Because of the Muppet’s character who is green.
  63. KGB: Very, very strong weed, referencing the ‘killer’ qualities of the Russian secret service.
  64. Kona Gold: Very popular Hawaiian marijuana known for its strength.
  65. Krippies: Particularly moist marijuana which is only smoked via a bowl or bong.
  66. Kryptonite: Because it’s green and makes you feel weak in the knees, just like Superman around Kryptonite.
  67. Kush: A potent strain of Cannabis indica which grows in Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc.
  68. Left-hand cigarettes: Because it was thought that cowboys smoked tobacco with their right hand, so stoners (who were more Liberal and Leftist) smoked with their left.
  69. Long: For a really long joint.
  70. L-Pape: Because of the shape of smoking papers used to make hand-rolled joints.
  71. Lucy: From Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds which was a nod to LSD, but also refers to other drugs like weed.
  72. Magic Dragon: An old 60’s term for weed from the idea you begin to see things and/or fly like a dragon.
  73. Mary Jane: A play on the word marijuana; see also Aunt Mary, Sister Mary, etc.
  74. Maui Wowie: Another popular strain/brand of marijuana endemic to the island of Maui.
  75. Muggle: A really old 1920’s term for weed.
  76. Nick / Nickel: Approximately 0.5 grams of marijuana
  77. Ninja: When weed hits you very hard and all of the sudden, like a ninja. You never see it coming.
  78. Nixon: Because of President Nixon who was opposed to marijuana.
  79. Northern Lights: Because of the trippy effects of colors when you’re smoking weed looks like the Aurora Borealis.
  80. Nosecone: Large cone doobie with a rosebud.
  81. Nugget / Nuggies: Because of the shape of weed buds, which look like green nuggets
  82. Pac Man: Someone who smokes way too much.
  83. Pinner: A 70’s term for weed, maybe a truncated reference to ‘spinner’, or the feeling of the world spinning when you smoke too much.
  84. Pot: The common term for weed. Possibly derived from the fact that many people would often grow their own weed plants for personal use in pots at home. More likely from potiguaya, Spanish for the marijuana plant`s leaves.
  85. Puff: Smoke that lingers in the air; also refers to the name of the Magic Dragon.
  86. Purple Haze: From the famous song, refers to the psychoactive feeling of being in a haze.
  87. Queen Anne’s lace: A classy term for smoking herbal weed.
  88. Rabbit-Hole: Also a reference to Lewis Carrol’s work, but also a verb, i.e. after smoking that joint I began to Rabbit-Hole.
  89. Ragweed: Very poor quality weed, often laced with other things.
  90. Rainy Day Woman: A nod to Bob Dylan’s song which references being stoned.
  91. Rangood: Wild grown weed; often grown on old logging roads.
  92. Rasta: Because the Rastafarian religion embraces weed smoking.
  93. Reefer: Best known from the famous anti-marijuana propaganda movie Reefer Madness which warned of the evil demonic effects of the plants circa 1960’s; from Spanish grifa.
  94. Roach: The last end of a joint when it’s been smoked down to something that resembles a tiny cockroach.
  95. Sativa: The genus of weed known to produce euphoric highs.
  96. Short: Conversely, for a join that is very short.
  97. Skunk: The smell of marijuana has often been likened to that of a skunk (or skunk cabbage).
  98. Spliff: Another iconic term from the 60’s for a hand-rolled joint.
  99. Stank: When your weed is particularly stinky and can refer to particularly old weed.
  100. Stem: Another word for a thin DIY joint, often of lesser quality, because it looks like the stem of a plant.
  101. Sticky Icky: When weed is particularly well harvested and grown it is quite sticky to the touch.
  102. Stogie: Old-fashioned term for a cigar, sometimes applied to marijuana cigarettes.
  103. Straw: Also refers to a hand-rolled joint and gets its name from the fact it looks like a narrow piece of straw.
  104. THC: Because of tetrahydrocannabinol which is the active ingredient in marijuana that produces its psychoactive and calming effects.
  105. Thirteen: Because the first letter in marijuana is the thirteenth in the alphabet.
  106. Toke: Because when you take a draw on a marijuana cigarette it’s called a ‘toke’.
  107. Yellow Submarine: Because of The Beatle’s greatest hit Yellow Submarine.
  108. Yerba: Meant to reference the infused tea yerba mate.

Other common nicknames for weed include:

Although they might not be as popular, the following terms are also used to refer to a joint.

  1. African Bush
  2. Afro
  3. Airhead
  4. Alfalfa
  5. Alkaline / Alky
  6. All American
  7. AM
  8. Asparagus
  9. Assassin
  10. Babysitter
  11. Bambalacha
  12. Bammer
  13. Bananas
  14. Bar
  15. Barbara Jean
  16. Bash
  17. Bat
  18. Bazooka
  19. Beard
  20. Binky
  21. Black Bart
  22. Black Gungi
  23. Black Mo
  24. Bogart
  25. Bone
  26. Boo
  27. Bowl
  28. Brick
  29. Brown
  30. Bubblegum
  31. Buddha
  32. Bullion
  33. Burnie
  34. Burnt
  35. Butter
  36. Butter Flower
  37. C.S.
  38. Cacho
  39. Cacti
  40. Caff
  41. Cake
  42. Calyx
  43. Cam Trip
  44. Cambodian
  45. Can
  46. Cannapa
  47. Canoe
  48. Cartucho
  49. Catnip
  50. Caviar
  51. Cereal
  52. Cess
  53. Chamber
  54. Champagne
  55. Chase
  56. Cheddar
  57. Cheeo
  58. Chiba Chiba
  59. Chief
  60. Chilla
  61. Chipi
  62. Chips
  63. Chocolate
  64. Chorus
  65. Christmas Tree
  66. Chunky
  67. Churus
  68. Clickers
  69. Clone
  70. Cobalt
  71. Cocktail
  72. Colas
  73. Coli
  74. Colombian
  75. Coloring Books
  76. Coma
  77. Corn Stalker
  78. Cosa
  79. Cottonmouth
  80. Cracker
  81. Creeper
  82. Crunk
  83. Crying Weed
  84. C-Tea
  85. Cubes
  86. Dab / Dabtastic
  87. Daddy
  88. Dawamesk
  89. Derbs
  90. Dew
  91. Diablito
  92. Diggidy
  93. Dimba
  94. Ding
  95. Dizz
  96. Djamba
  97. DOA
  98. Dody
  99. Doja
  100. Dome
  101. Domestic
  102. Don Jem
  103. Donk
  104. Dow
  105. Draf
  106. Dry
  107. Dub
  108. Dug Out
  109. Durog
  110. Dust
  111. Earth
  112. Easy / Eazy
  113. Ebenieghber
  114. Eight Ball
  115. Electric Lettuce
  116. Elephant
  117. Elevator
  118. Elmer Fudd
  119. Endo
  120. Enzyme
  121. Esra
  122. F1 / F2
  123. Face Fungus
  124. Fade
  125. Faff
  126. Fairy
  127. Fallbrook
  128. Fat Dad
  129. Feed Bag
  130. Fiend
  131. Finger
  132. Fir
  133. Flower
  134. Fraho
  135. Fresh
  136. Frosted
  137. Fry Sticks
  138. Fu Manchu
  139. Fuel
  140. Fullstock
  141. Fuma D’Angola
  142. Funk
  143. Funny Stuff
  144. Fuzzies
  145. Gaffer
  146. Gallo
  147. Game
  148. Gander
  149. Gange
  150. Gangers
  151. Gank
  152. Ganoobies
  153. Gar
  154. Gash
  155. Gasper
  156. Gauge
  157. Geek
  158. Geno (from genotype)
  159. Ghana
  160. Ghana
  161. Ghetto
  162. Giggles
  163. Gimmie
  164. Gimp
  165. Glow
  166. Gluestick
  167. Go Loco
  168. Gold Star
  169. Golden Leaf
  170. Gong
  171. Goo
  172. Goody-goody
  173. Goofbutt
  174. Gopher
  175. Gorge
  176. Gorilla Tampon
  177. Gram
  178. Grasshopper
  179. Grat
  180. Grata
  181. Greek
  182. Griefo – bastardization of grifa, see also Reefer
  183. Gunny Sack
  184. Gunther
  185. Gyve
  186. Haircut
  187. Hanhich
  188. Harsh
  189. Heffer
  190. Hella
  191. Hemp
  192. Hit
  193. Hocus
  194. Homegrown
  195. Hooch
  196. Hooter
  197. Hubbly Bubbly
  198. Hybrid
  199. Illegal
  200. Illies
  201. Indo
  202. Instaga / Instagu
  203. Ivory
  204. Izm
  205. Jack Willie
  206. Jag
  207. Jamaican
  208. Janet
  209. Jason
  210. JIB
  211. Jive
  212. Johnson
  213. Jolly Green
  214. Jolt
  215. Joyride
  216. Juan Valdez
  217. Juggler
  218. Juice
  219. Juja
  220. Jumbos
  221. K2 / Spice
  222. Kabak
  223. Kaff
  224. Kajee
  225. Kalakit
  226. Kaya
  227. Kaya
  228. KB
  229. Kee
  230. Keef
  231. Kief
  232. Kiff
  233. Killer Bees
  234. Kilter
  235. Kind
  236. Kumba
  237. Kutchie
  238. L.L.
  239. Lab
  240. Lace
  241. Leaf
  242. Leak
  243. Lemonade
  244. Lid
  245. Lima
  246. Limbo
  247. Lipton
  248. Llesca
  249. Loaf
  250. Lobo
  251. Loco
  252. Log
  253. Love Boat
  254. Lubage
  255. Lucas
  256. Lumber
  257. Lush
  258. Lye
  259. Machinery
  260. Macon
  261. Manhattan Silver
  262. Meggie
  263. Method
  264. Mgobi
  265. Mighty Mezz
  266. MILF
  267. Minglewood
  268. Modams
  269. Mohasky
  270. Moht
  271. Monster
  272. Monte
  273. Moora
  274. Moto
  275. Mu
  276. Mutha
  277. Nail
  278. O.G.
  279. O.J.
  280. One Hit Wonder
  281. Onion
  282. Oregano
  283. Oreo
  284. Organic
  285. Ounce
  286. Owl
  287. Ozzy
  288. Pack
  289. Pack of Rocks
  290. Pakistani
  291. Panama
  292. Panatella
  293. Parsley
  294. Party Peno
  295. Pasto
  296. Philly
  297. Pixie
  298. Pod
  299. Poke
  300. Pooner
  301. Potlikker
  302. Potten bush
  303. Premos
  304. Prescription
  305. Pretendica
  306. Primo
  307. Punk
  308. Purple
  309. Railroad
  310. Rainbows
  311. Rambo
  312. Rauch
  313. Raw
  314. Razorback
  315. Red and Blue
  316. Red Dirt
  317. Reindeer
  318. Robo
  319. Rock
  320. Ron
  321. Root
  322. Rope
  323. Rosa
  324. Roz
  325. Ruffles
  326. Rugs
  327. Rusty
  328. Sadhu
  329. Salad
  330. Santa Marta
  331. Sassafrass
  332. Scissors
  333. Scooby / Scoobs
  334. Score
  335. Scrilla
  336. Scrub
  337. Seed
  338. Sen
  339. Shank
  340. Shiva
  341. Shlook
  342. Shmagma
  343. Shotgun
  344. Siddi
  345. Sinsemilla
  346. Skama
  347. Skeet
  348. Skins
  349. Slack
  350. Slice
  351. Snag
  352. Snatch
  353. Snop
  354. Sonic
  355. Spark
  356. Speed Boat
  357. Splim
  358. Spring
  359. Sprite
  360. Sprout
  361. Spruce
  362. Square
  363. Squirrel
  364. Stack
  365. Stamen
  366. Stash
  367. Steamroller
  368. Stick
  369. Stinky
  370. Swag
  371. Swamp
  372. Swazi
  373. Sweet Lucy
  374. Syrup
  375. Taima
  376. Takkouri
  377. Tampon
  378. Tater
  379. Tea Party
  380. Temple Balls
  381. Texas
  382. Tex-Mex
  383. The Cure
  384. Thumb
  385. Thyme
  386. Tijuana
  387. Tin
  388. Tootsie Roll
  389. Torch
  390. Torpedo
  391. Toupee
  392. Trauma
  393. Tray
  394. Trees
  395. Trisome
  396. Turbo
  397. Twist
  398. Unotque
  399. Vega / Vegan
  400. Vipe
  401. Viper
  402. Volcano
  403. Voomp
  404. Wacky
  405. Wake and Bake
  406. Wet / Wetware
  407. Whack / Whackatabacky
  408. Wheat
  409. White Russian
  410. Woo / Woola
  411. Yeh
  412. Yellow Taxi
  413. Yen pop
  414. Yeola
  415. Yerhia
  416. Yesca
  417. Ying / Ying Yang
  418. Yum Yum
  419. Zacatecas
  420. Zambi
  421. Zeppelin
  422. Zig Zag
  423. Zigba
  424. Zol
  425. Zooie
  426. Zoom
  427. Zug
  428. Zu-pu

As you can see, there are hundreds of different names for weed.

Not for the plant alone, but for the act of smoking it, for those who cultivate it, and for those who smoke it.

It is one of the few substances which sometimes feels like it needs its own dictionary, and is a testament to the long history and numerous cultures who have utilized weed through the centuries.

Can you think of any terms for weed we might have missed, or do you have your own you’d like to contribute? Feel free to comment in the section below!

4 thoughts on “500+ Alternative Nicknames for Weed”

  1. Another couple of names I’ve heard recently have been Jazz Cabbage and Devil’s Lettuce. Not sure what they are from, the origin, or why they are called that.

  2. While these are accurate nicknames… some of the descriptions are waaaay off. Still, props for putting together such a comprehensive list.

  3. Back years ago in my ancient times of youth the adults would call safety meetings … Either all children had to go out side or other area of the home while the adults had this safety meeting.
    The tools taken into the safety meeting was the tray a card to separate seeds from green bud shred rolling papers and or pipe or bong and matches or a lighter…. So Bud Shred was a name Saftey Meetings was the game… The easy days of yore


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