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Jason Crawford

Article Last Updated on January 17, 2023

As the cannabis market continues to evolve, more and more weed aficionados are looking for weed of the highest quality in their local dispensaries. However, cannabis legalization laws in countries around the world aren’t the same as in the United States. For this reason, many cannabis users flock to the black market, and where there are cannabis dealers, there’s bound to be slang terminology. “Loud weed” is just that – a slang term for cannabis.

While some prefer Indica strains for their highly sedative effects, and others like Sativa strains for their energizing effects, all cannabis users like loud weed. In order to improve your knowledge on marijuana slang terms, we’ll dive into why the smell of some cannabis strains is more dominant than others, as well as what type of ganja is called loud.

Common Cannabis Slang Terms

We’ll go over various cannabis slang terms in the following paragraphs, for the purpose of introducing you to how they relate to the quality and THC content of weed.

Schwag Weed

Schwag weed is the lowest quality weed you can find, and it’s typically sold on the black market. Also known as ditch weed, reggie, regs, dirt weed, or brick weed, schwag weed refers to low-grade cannabis that’s often pressed into a brick with a hydraulic press.

Weed connoisseurs avoid this type of ganja since it can contain stems and seeds, while some users prefer it since it’s very cheap and widely available on the black market. That, paired with its low levels of THC, makes it a good budget-friendly option for most beginners.  

Reggie has a brown or murky green color, which is incomparable to the vibrant nugs of dank weed. Its low THC levels often don’t produce a decent high since they vary between 2-10% at most.

Mids Weed

Mids weed, or beasters weed as it’s commonly known, comes between dank and schwag weed, and represents medium-quality weed. While this type of weed won’t compare to your high-quality dank weed, it’s moderately priced, and gives users a decent high.

Compared to reggie, this weed has brighter, more vivid colors, and doesn’t contain stems or seeds. It has a decent amount of trichomes and terpenes, though it’s less flavorful than dank weed.

THC levels of mid-range weed are often below 20%, which is fairly potent compared to it being cost-efficient.

Loud Weed

Loud weed refers to top-shelf weed, and its other slang terms include chronic, kind, piff, headies, fire, dang good, and others. This is the most premium weed you can find at dispensaries, and it usually comes at top-shelf prices.

Loud weed, otherwise known as dank weed, has a very powerful smell as a result of the rich terpene content. Its appearance can range from bright to dark green, with vibrant red, orange, or purple colors which depend on the specific strain of weed.

Filled with glistening trichomes and the absence of seeds or stems, loud weed has high levels of THC that vary between 25-30%, while some strains can even go over 30%. 

Further Information on Loud Weed

As we’ve previously explained, loud is a slang term used for extremely powerful, high-quality cannabis flowers that produce faster and stronger effects. Other synonyms for loud include dank and dro.

Loud weed got its signature slang term as a result of the high terpene presence in the ganja. Often, one sensory experience can lead to another sensory experience, which is a phenomenon called synesthesia. Therefore, referring to weed as loud means that the smell is so potent and powerful, that you describe the sound instead of the smell.

This kind of weed is very potent, pungent, and filled with sticky trichomes, so it has significantly higher levels of THC compared to mids or reggie.

The Importance of Cannabinoids and Terpenes in “Loud” Cannabis (THC vs CBD)

Terpenes are the aromatic compounds found in the cannabis plant that give weed strains their scent. How loud a specific cannabis strain is, depends on the terpenes that are present in your cannabis nugs. Common terpenes found in weed include:

  • Myrcene – musk, cloves, fruit scent;
  • Limonene – citrus scent;
  • Linalool – spicy and floral scent;
  • Caryophyllene – spicy and woody scent;
  • Alpha and Beta-pinene – pine scent;

The main reason why people consume marijuana is because of the cannabinoids located in the resinous trichomes of the cannabis plant, the most important ones being delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These cannabinoids are responsible for the effects weed has on our nervous system

THC is responsible for weed’s psychoactive effects, also commonly known as the “high,” which are the uplifting and energizing feelings users get after consuming marijuana, while CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that gives users feelings of calmness, pain relief, and provides anti-inflammatory benefits.

Why Are Some Cannabis Strains So Loud?

The reason why some strains are louder than others is their cannabinoid and terpenoid content. Consequently, more cannabinoids equals more potent effects, and more terpenes equals a more intense weed scent.

As researchers continue to study the cannabis plant, now more than ever, they’re figuring out how lesser-known cannabinoids affect the overall experience of the high. Apart from THC and CBD, scientists have found several other cannabinoids in weed:

  • CBG (Cannabigerol);
  • CBC (Cannabichromene);
  • CBGV (Cannabigerivarin);
  • THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin);
  • CBDV (Cannabidivarin);
  • CBCV (Cannabichromevarin).

Further research will show how these cannabinoids affect the body and whether they add to the ”high” you get after consuming cannabis. Until then, we know that the higher the THC levels in cannabis, the louder the weed.

Loud Cannabis Strains

Marijuana today is more potent than marijuana back in the 1970s. This shows us that the cannabis market has evolved along with the preferences of cannabis users who are buying more potent cannabis strains. 

One of those popular strains is “Loud” or “Loud Dream” which is among the most expensive strains of marijuana on the market today. With a cost of $800 per ounce, and THC levels between 26-28%, it has become a very popular hybrid.

Loud Dream is a Sativa-dominant hybrid and a potent backcross of Blue Dream, one of the most popular hybrids in the world. This specific cannabis strain, bred by Loud Seeds, contains a dominant amount of the terpene Myrcene, and has a vibrant green color with orange hues.

Other loud weed strains include Kush and Skunk strains, which not only give users a rich terpene scent, but also provide an intense high.

Loud Weed in a Nutshell

If you’re a fan of weed that has an intense taste and high THC levels, loud weed may be your kind of weed. With its intense colors and vibrant hues, it’s bound to catch your eye.

So, the next time you visit your dispensary and are in need of a refill for your vape pen, make sure you look around and see which other cannabis strains they have on hand. You can choose from various strains cultivated by skilled growers and find the one that suits your needs the best. 

Remember, loud weed is often really potent weed with levels of THC over 20%, so it isn’t recommended for newbie and occasional users who are not used to very potent strains. 

A passionate advocate for the benefits of cannabis. Fraser Horton, who has a background in botany and a strong love of nature, has spent years researching how cannabis affects the body and mind. He established Leaf Nation in 2020, where he has devoted himself to educating people about the legalisation of marijuana and its safe and responsible use. Fraser is committed to highlighting cannabis’ potential for improving wellness and working to dispel the stigma associated with its use.


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