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“Dank” is a popular term to describe high-quality, fragrant cannabis. In this context, “dank” refers to the pungent odor of cannabis and implies that it is potent, moist, and grown well.

“This Runtz I got is so dank, I can smell it from outside.”

“I only smoke dank.”

History of dank

The word “dank” dates back to Middle English and has Scandinavian origins, the term used to describe a marsh land, and later as a term for a wet and musty place. It’s unclear exactly when it entered the cannabis lexicon, but, anecdotally, “dank” has been used in the illicit market for some time for high-quality weed. 

“Dank” is most commonly used as an adjective—”dank weed”—but can also be used as a noun in place of cannabis—simply, “dank.” Dank is often higher in quality than mids, reggie, or brick weed. 

How do I know if my weed is dank? 

Dank cannabis often has a moist appearance, sticky texture, and pungent aroma, all factors showing the plant is resinous and loaded with trichomes and terpenes. Dank doesn’t refer to a particular strain, so any cannabis can be dank if grown, cured, and packaged well.  

Can dabs/edibles/topicals be dank too? 

Describing something as “dank” is not exclusive to cannabis flower—fragrant cannabis concentrates and extracts can also be dank. Generally, vape pens, topicals, and edibles are not dank because they don’t emit odor.