What does broccoli mean?


Eat your...vegetables? When not referring to the actual vegetable, broccoli is slang for "marijuana."

Examples of broccoli


Examples of broccoli
I don't need no doctor, I don't need no shrink / All I need is broccoli and a 40-oh to drink / Smokin that broccoli now, takes me out / Smokin that broccoli now, takes me out
E-40, "Broccoli" (song), 1998
On the page, marijuana is advertised as 'broccoli' and LSD as 'light salad dressing', while 'capsicum' is used to describe MDMA capsules and 'coconuts' is code for cocaine.
Max Margan & Daniel Piotrowski, Daily Mail, April 2018

Where does broccoli come from?


The slang broccoli, meaning “marijuana,” is credited by the “Father of Slang” rapper E-40. On the music and lyrics website Genius, E-40 included a verified annotation on the page for his 1996 “Practice Lookin’ Hard.” According to him, he invented broccoli in 1993:

“I started calling medicinal [marijuana] ‘broccoli’ because it’s green and bushy. I was looking at some medical back in 1993 with my producer Studio Ton and we was like, ‘Man, look at it—it looks exactly like broccoli.’ I call it ‘lettuce’ too.”

E-40 can be heard using broccoli to mean marijuana at 3:16 in the song:

E-40 also released a 1998 song simply titled “Broccoli” that made the word’s sub-meaning even more obvious. In the 2010s, other rappers helped popularize the slang, including Kodak Black, Lil Yachty, and D.R.A.M.


Who uses broccoli?

Broccoli (the slang and substance) is very popular in hip-hop. Several dozen songs use broccoli in their title and many, many more use it in the lyrics.

From hip-hop, broccoli has spread as a more mainstream slang term for “broccoli,” sometimes alongside the broccoli emoji, 🥦, on social media.

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