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Cannabis 101: What Is ‘Dank’ Marijuana Anyway?

When your friend says they’re coming over with some “dank” weed, they’re immediately setting the expectations high. The word “dank,” though a great descriptive word all around, has become synonymous with cannabis culture and it means that the herb before you is simply the best.

But what makes dank so good? Dank, simply defined, means “unpleasantly moist or humid; damp and, often, chilly,” at least at dictionary.com. And that first definition does sum up dank weed: it’s sticky and slightly moist, perhaps not to the connoisseur, but the smell of dank is often overpowering and even unpleasant to the uninitiated and though not chilly, it’s chill, whether indica, sativa or somewhere in between.

But even dictionary.com has a second and third definition. The first referring, yes, to cannabis, calling it, “excellent; high quality.” The third definition being that of internet memes that have gone stale or missed their cultural mark. Back to the dank cannabis definition, though. Excellent and high quality are certainly traits of dank weed, but they aren’t the full experience.

Dank weed has been cured perfectly, thus retaining humidity and stickiness. It should have perfect give when lightly squeezed and it should smell out of this world. Dankness means heady buds that don’t crumble when broken apart and don’t tear like a flimsy branch either. Dank is just right, whereas mids and even dirt weed don’t come anywhere near.

When I was a young pup of a smoker in Portland, Oregon, we basically had three choices of weed with three different price points: Mexican brick weed, Vancouver BC beasters and “dank” bud, which I later learned was often Northern Lights or Blueberry, but grown indoors, hydroponically and with the utmost of care and skill. Dank bud ran our pennyanny paychecks through the ringer, even when buying by the eighth, but it got us so lifted that if we could get our hands on it, we did.

Now, dispensaries and pot shops are spreading across the nation and soon the choices will be dank, danker and holy dankness Batman! Already, if you live in a legal state, you have lofty wants when it comes to weed because you can. And that in itself is straight dank.


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