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A Guide to Weed Slang in Spanish: 10 Helpful Terms to Know

Mastering Spanish-language slang is a complicated affair, given the sheer number of national and intra-country variations that exist. Consider the multitudinous uses for “pedo”: in some countries, it’s just a fart; in others it can also mean being drunk (“estoy bien pedo”), a difficult problem (“me metí en un pedo complicado”), or even a good vibe (que buen pedo esa música.”)

Naturally, terms for weed are no different. You can get by using the generic term hierba/yerba anywhere, but when it comes to all the corollary stuff – words for stoned, joints, dealers, rolling papers, etc. – it’d be nice to have an Urban Dictionary-style resource to make sure you don’t sound like a n00b. (And even if you don’t smoke, it’d help you catch the more obscure weed references in song lyrics.)

But since a Spanish-language weed slang dictionary doesn’t exist yet – to our knowledge – we’ve decided to get the ball rolling with 10 helpful weed slang terms you might hear around Latin America.

Note: This is by no means an exhaustive list, so if you have other slang words you think the people need to know, add them in the comments below.

Weed Week is a cross-platform collaboration with our friends at Latino USA. All week long, we’ll be diving into the many ways cannabis culture and policy intersect with Latino communities – leading up to Latino USA’s marijuana-themed episode “Smoked Out,” airing on Friday.

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Top 10 most popular strains in Spain

Spain is known around the world for its appreciation and tolerance of cannabis. Cannabis lovers within the country have developed an interesting model called a Social Cannabis Club, a private institution owned by the members where users can go to smoke the herb in peace. Over the last 2 years, we have received 7 million page views from Spain. Upon reviewing these statistics, it’s quite clear to see what the most popular strains are within the country. Below are the top 10 most popular strains in Spain according to our data.

1. Gorilla Glue

Most Spanish cannabis users seem to favor strains on the more intense end of the spectrum, with Gorilla Glue being a prime example of this. This variety was forged on the West Coast of the US with a single goal in mind: maximum potency. Parent strains Chocolate Diesel, Sour Dubb, and Chem Sis were combined to create an indica-dominant powerhouse that produces a staggering THC quantity of 30%. Just a few tokes is all it takes to induce a ferocious body-buzz and narcotic high that lasts for hours. Expect hints of sweetness, fuel, citrus, and pine when burning these flowers.

Gorilla Glue will grow to a tall height, yet produce a medium yield. Her mighty buds will be ready to harvest after 8–9 weeks of flowering.

2. AK-47

AK-47 is a worldwide phenomenon that has gained massive recognition in part due to her numerous 1st place wins at high-profile cannabis competitions such as the HighLife Cup in Amsterdam. Spain in particular has taken a liking to AK-47, a sativa-dominant strain that offers a fun, enjoyable, and social high that is suitable for sunny days out and parties. She’s also a popular choice for making edibles, boasting flavors of spice, pine, Skunk, and citrus. The high is reported to ease anxiety and reduce stress.

AK-47 is easy to grow and produces a very potent aroma during flowering; so be sure to install filters if growing indoors. She grows to a medium height and produces indoor yields of between 350–500g/m².

3. Critical

Critical is adored by the Spanish for her well-balanced high and aesthetic appeal. The crossbreeding of parent strains Afghani and Skunk 1 produced a nearly split blend of indica and sativa genetics, with indica being slightly more dominant in the mix. This profile conjures a high that targets the body and mind together. She’s capable of banishing stress on the mental and physical levels whilst emitting pleasant scents and tastes of sweetness and earth. A THC level of 18% occupies a psychoactive sweet spot between subtlety and overwhelm.

Critical boasts tall flowers with purple and oranges hues. She produces a large yield regardless of growing environment and has a short flowering time of 7–8 weeks.

4. Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Cookies belongs to a superstar lineup of cannabis strains that were carefully crafted by master breeders on the West Coast of the United States. After making a considerable impact in her native region, her genetics were spread overseas and found great hospitality in Spain. The strength of the high is rarely achieved by other strains. A THC level of 28% can make her a challenge even for seasoned smokers. The effects start out as energetic and stimulating and eventually taper into a sleepy haze. Her tastes of sweetness and mint are best experienced via vaporizer.

This powerhouse can be grown at home with ease. Grown indoors, she will provide a yield of around 450g/m², whereas plants cultivated in the garden offer a medium harvest.

Spain has become increasingly accepting of cannabis, and is known for its innovative cannabis clubs. These 10 strains are among the most popular in the country.