Everything there is to know about loud weed

Published Apr 13, 2021 09:00 a.m. ET
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Cannabis slang terms have been around for ages, developed over time to serve the purpose of conveying a specific message, often with the intention of maintaining discretion, a sort of language that only other like-minded individuals could understand. These days a lot of consumers are far more open about their “drug’ of choice, as there is less fear of anyone finding out. Still, many of these terms linger, slowly working their way into the vocabulary of both users and non-users alike.

What is loud weed?

Quality is important in cannabis, as it can impact the taste, smell, cost and potency of a product. The lowest quality flower is commonly referred to as reggies, ditch weed, or brick weed. It’s dull in color, often accompanied by a bit too much leaf, and it could be full of seeds or stems. Mids aka middle of the road or beasters is mediocre quality cannabis. This still should contain at most the occasional seed and come equipped with a mid-range of between 15%-20% THC.

Beasters are definitely the most common cannabis buds, not too bad, but nothing to write home about, and what follows them is the loud stuff. Loud marijuana strains, aka top shelf or high-quality cannabis flower are some of the most expensive green there is out there. It’s really strong smelling and powerful with an average of 25%-35% THC and it can sell for more than double the cost of mids. This is the sweet spot, the ultimate find, and heaven for cannabis lovers and in particular, those with a higher tolerance.

Where did the term loud weed come from?

Though there are many theories surrounding how the term came about, with the most common being that loud weed was initially used to describe buds, plants or strains that were so pungent and strong that they were impossible not to notice. As if the scent could yell to anyone who might be listening that it’s there, loud and proud. Of course, this is little more than speculation, as there is no evidence to suggest that it’s true, but it sure would make sense, considering it seems to have appeared around the same time as prohibition.

Other cannabis slang terms that mean the same thing


Some consumers say that loud weed is high quality, while others feel that it has more to do with the pungent smell than anything, but either way, there are quite a few other cannabis slang terms that are used in a similar manner like:

  • Dank
  • Chron
  • Top shelf
  • High quality
  • Potent
  • Skunk
  • Kind
  • Bomb chron
  • Fire
  • Headies
  • Chronic
  • Sticky icky
  • Pungent
  • Cheeba
  • Piff

Loud cannabis strains

Loud weed can be expensive, but it offers a unique euphoric treat that can tingle literally every sense that you have if you can get your hands on some. The trouble is that unless you know what you’re looking for, they can be hard to spot, which is why we’ve compiled a list of some of the loudest strains in existence to get you started. However, it is important to remember that even the best loud weed strains might not be of the best quality if they aren’t produced under ideal conditions.

  • Skunk
  • Death Star
  • Loud
  • Cat Piss
  • Sour Cheese
  • Blueberry
  • Great White Shark
  • Afgooey
  • Raspberry Kush
  • Monolith
  • Strawberry Cough
  • Tenth Planet
  • Loud Dream
  • Sour Diesel
  • Bruce Banner
  • Grape God
  • White Rhino
  • Death Bubba
  • Chemdawg
  • Black Widow
  • Gas
  • Lemon Skunk
  • Jet Fuel
  • Blue Cheese
  • Romulan Haze
  • Sour OG
  • Violator Kush
  • Loud Scout
  • Grandpa’s Breath
  • Silver Haze
  • Amnesia

Side effects of loud weed

Loud weed will stink up a whole room with that sweet green goodness, and it should leave you in a deep sense of relaxation and bliss, but with such high doses of cannabinoids, these strains are also much more likely to produce side effects. Though all of the potential adverse effects from cannabis are short-lived, they can be overwhelming and are much more common among less experienced consumers.

  • Hunger
  • Thirst
  • Panic
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Loss of balance
  • Fear
  • Difficulty waking
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