Dank – Slang Term For The Very Best Cannabis Marijuana


Wondering what’s the deal with ‘Dank’? Want to know what exactly Dank is, what the effects of smoking it are, and whether or not Dank is dangerous?

Here’s what you need to know about Dank, what it is, and the real reasons why Dank can deliver some hard-hitting (and often unwelcome) effects.

What Exactly Is Dank?

Dank MarijuanaLike most drug terminology, the word ‘dank’ started out as just another simple adjective used to describe a place that is uncomfortably moist, damp, and dark – think of a dingy, mold-infested basement, a bat-infested cave, or some other unwelcoming spot. That’s why if you drop the word ‘dank’ around folks who aren’t familiar with slang, they likely won’t have a clue what you’re talking about – which, after all, is the point of using slang words, right?

Ever since the 1970’s, ‘Dank’ has been used by stoners, hippies, and marijuana users to describe high-quality pot that’s high in THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis. According to the Urban Dictionary, Dank is “sticky, hairy, stinky, and highly potent marijuana”; it’s also an adjective used to describe something as exceptionally good.

In fact, some cannabis breeders and dealers are now adding the word ‘Dank’ to descriptions of their high-THC strains, with names like “Dank Schrader” hitting the shelves at some marijuana dispensaries. There’s even a cannabis store in Colorado that’s called the DANK Dispensary, and with the increase in marijuana legalization, it’s likely that the word ‘Dank’ will become a common fixture in pot marketing materials throughout the United States.

What’s The Difference Between Dank and Regular Marijuana?

Cannabis users claim that in order to be called ‘Dank’, marijuana needs to be notably sticky, have a strong odor, and be exceptionally potent. It’s important to know that since ‘Dank’ is actually a slang term, there’s absolutely no regulations to define what Dank is, or isn’t.

Whether or not marijuana is truly ‘Dank’ tends to come down to personal opinion.

Is Dank Dangerous?

Like all drugs, Dank has the potential to be dangerous, whether it’s purchased through a licensed marijuana dispensary, from a street dealer, or homegrown.

Although all types of marijuana are considered to be relatively safe when compared to drugs like heroin, oxycontin, or morphine, cannabis users can experience both short and long-term side effects that can be dangerous.

Marijuana can slow your reaction time right after using it, making everyday activities hazardous, while over time cannabis use can decrease your IQ, irritate your lungs, and even cause temporary hallucinations and paranoia. The negative side effects of Dank increase relative to the THC content – the ‘stronger’ the Dank is, the higher the chances are that you’ll suffer from unwanted physical and mental problems related to your drug use.

Is It Dank Or Something Else?

With the growing availability of the highly addictive, and deadly opioid Fentanyl, drug users and health experts are sounding the alarm about the emergence of a new danger – Fentanyl-laced marijuana.

According to Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco, coroner of Hamilton County, Ohio, “We have seen fentanyl mixed with marijuana” – if this is true, the pot that you think is Dank might actually contain more than just marijuana, and using Dank could in fact have serious and even deadly consequences.

About the author

Robert M. has been in recovery since 1988. He is a sponsor and loyal member of AA. He has been working in the drug and alcohol field for nearly 20 years. During that time, he has written industry blogs and articles for a variety of industry websites including Transitions, Malibu Horizons, Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches and Lifeskills of Boca Raton.