How do you say that you’re ‘high’ (from smoking marijuana) in German?

Is the expression limited to marijuana or is it used in other instances as well?

Also if there is a term for people who smoke a lot of weed, that’d be interesting to know.


4 Answers 4

  • "Bekifft" is the accepted word that is used in public life and that everyone will understand. A parent or teacher might ask "Bist du bekifft?"; however when speaking among peers, the users themselves will usually not use the word, but one of the many slang terms. (At least that was the way in my days; I doubt it has changed.)
  • "High" and "stoned" are less formal, and will be understood by most people.
  • "Dicht" and "breit" are used to describe any kind of intoxication, usually from alcohol, but also cannabis.
  • In a totally formal context like, say, in a police report, there will be special formalized constructions like "Unter Drogeneinfluß" or similar.

The slang terms to describe the condition are too numerous to be listed. When their use is appropriate and when not depends strongly on context and audience - as everywhere, youth slang is highly volatile and cryptic, so tread carefully.

The most common way to describe a person who smokes a lot of cannabis is "Kiffer".

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    I would say dicht and breit apply only to forms of intoxication that numb you, or at least not on those that energize you. You probably wouldn't say you're breit on speed.
    – fzwo
    May 27, 2011 at 8:47
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    Actually, in my teenage days, parents/teachers wouldn't use "bekifft". So this still seems kind of informal to me.
    – ladybug
    May 27, 2011 at 8:52
  • A regional term is "blass", I think it's from the Mainz region.
    – hmundt
    Feb 21, 2012 at 1:55
  • I think I've seen "Bist du breit?" the most (in animation movies). Also I am not native.
    – Vulpo
    May 26, 2016 at 7:30
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    zugedröhnt is also one that i encountered in all of germany.
    – Armin
    May 26, 2016 at 8:42

Formal language

  • bekifft sein
  • (Marijuana) geraucht haben

Informal language

  • breit sein
  • stoned sein
  • high sein

Very informal

  • dicht sein*
  • prall sein
  • tot sein
  • zu sein*
  • voll sein*
  • drauf sein
  • hacke sein*
  • eingeraucht sein [austrian]

Very uncommon

I heard these some time, but only a vew times so these expressions are very uncommon

  • einen im Brett haben
  • im Grünen Paradies sein
  • mit den blauen Elefanten fliegen (I nearly chocked on my own laughter upon hearing this)

[*] also used to say you're completely drunk

  • dict.cc also lists eingeraucht as [österr.].
    – Tim
    May 27, 2011 at 8:27
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    ich kenn noch "hacke" ^^
    – ladybug
    May 27, 2011 at 8:47
  • Breit is often also used to describe being drunk, esp. from beer. I think this carries strong connotations to also being a bit numb and lazy as a result of being intoxicated. And do people really still say stoned? I've only heard (ahem) old people say it.
    – fzwo
    May 27, 2011 at 10:21
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    I wouldn't say "bekifft sein" is formal language. Jun 6, 2011 at 20:19
  • "Straff sein" is a wide-spread term at least in Berlin (very informal). Apr 16, 2012 at 17:41

A regular user of THC is a Kiffer (m.).

The state of being intoxicated from THC is bekifft.

Alex ist ein Kiffer; ständig hat er einen Joint in der Hand. Er kifft jeden Tag. Wenn er bekifft ist, bekommt er oft einen Fressflash.

(Fressflash is a very colloquial term describing the hunger attack that is often associated with using THC. It is very informal.)

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    It's called the munchies ;)
    – F.P
    May 27, 2011 at 9:08
  • … and they mostly describe “the munchies” as “Fress-Kick”.
    – e-sushi
    Nov 9, 2013 at 16:15

bekifft sein

"High" is probably used as well, though.

The usage of bekifft can also refer to simple acts of stupidity, but is still based on the meaning of "being high from smoking marijuana".

Bist Du bekifft, oder was?

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