Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is known to be one of the most abused drugs in the world. Some people think since it is legal, it must be safe. But the body doesn’t know the difference between a legal and illegal drug. It only knows effects that the drug produces once it is ingested. Commonly known as the pot or weed, cannabis is called by different names in different countries.
Where does it come from?
Marijuana comes from the Indian hemp, with flowers constituting the major chunk of the drug, especially the buds. Seeds, stem and leaves of the plant also contains some amount of marijuana. It is sold as a mixture of dried leaves, flowers, stems and seeds of the hemp plant. The colour of the substance is green, grey or brown. Cannabis has been used since time immemorial for producing hemp fibre, hemp oils as well as for medicinal and recreational purposes.
Cannabis plants are also used for raising industrial hemp, which produce large quantities of fiber in comparison to cotton. Other compounds mined from cannabis plant include hash oil and hashish. Like marijuana, hashish also gives out sweet odour, but hashish is black or brown, tan resin which is dried and pressed into balls, bars or sticks.
There are close to 400 chemicals in hashish and marijuana. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main content that causes mind-altering effect which classifies marijuana as “drug.”
Though marijuana is illegal in many states of the US as well as rest of the world, recently there has been push to use marijuana legitimately. In 2013, nearly 60,400 kilograms of cannabis were produced legally and there were estimated 128-232 million cannabis users i.e. 2.7% to 4.9% of global population in the age group of 15 to 65 years in the same year. The percent of population and the production quantity hasn’t changed since 1998 and remained static till 2014.
What is Hemp?
Hemp or industrial hemp is found in northern hemisphere. A variant of Cannabis Sativa plant species, hemp is grown for industrial use of its derivatives. Hemp is one of the fastest growing plant species and has been one of the first plants that was spun into fiber around 10,000 years ago.
Hemp finds use in developing finished commercial products such as textiles, paper, paint, bio-fuel, food, biodegradable plastics, insulation, and animal feed. While cannabis (as a drug) and industrial hemp are derived from Cannabis sativa species and have tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), they have distinct strains with unique uses and phytochemical compositions. Hemp has lower-concentrate of THC and higher concentrate of cannabidiol (CBD).
There is an assumption that hemp was not spread in different societies until it was used as a psychoactive drug, which is not true especially when weighed with various archeological facts. Different uses of hemp has been shown in the past, like when oxidized hemp oil becomes solid, it can be used for oil-based paints, creams and moisturizers, as oil for cooking and in plastics products also.
CBD and THC
Just like animals, Plants also have traits that protect them out in the wild and they too can camouflage themselves from their predators, or can contain toxins that can make animals ill and alter the mental capacity. THC is one of the protective mechanism of the cannabis plant. Ingestion of cannabis leads to intoxication in a person.
Intoxication means having markedly diminished mental or physical control largely due to the effect of alcohol or drugs. Intoxicating substances ultimately creates addiction and dependence among its users, who crave more of the substance despite knowing the harm being caused by it.
Marijuana also contains CBD apart from the THC. CBD (cannibidiol) is often used for medicinal purposes and unlike THC doesn’t cause a high. Plants with high CBD and low THC are generally used for medicinal purpose.
One must have heard a lot of times that since marijuana plant is natural, it cannot be harmful, but it is otherwise in reality. Marijuana is just like hemlock, a plant which is natural, but has the ability to KILL. Inhaling smoke from dried leaves, buds and stems isn’t natural at all from any plants and is as harmful to the body as smoking cigarettes.
Cannabis is a drug like cocaine, ecstasy and alcohol and like them cannabis also has side effects and causes harm to the body, mind and soul.
Nick Name or Slang Names
Whatever said and done, cannabis is known with various nicknames to trick general public about its originality. There are hundreds of names that are used across the world, but a few are funny as well. Some of the these include “dro,” Alice B. Toklas, art supplies, Bubonic chronic, Loud, Wacky Tobaccy, coliflor tostao, Kine bud or Kind bud, Devil’s lettuce, Square Mackerel, Sticky Icky, Giggle smoke, Juan Valdez, Chocolope, Left-handed cigarettes, skywalker OG, Schwag, cabbage patch, yum-yum, nice-nice and good-good. None of those names allow you to think of marijuana in the first place or any sort of substance.
Though the below list is endless, but many names have come in the market later or sooner than the old ones.
Cocaine Street Names – Slang & NickNames
3750 Chillum Gong Light stuff Roasting 420 Chips Gonj Lima Rockets 51 Chira Good butt Liprimo Rompums A-bomb Chocolate Good giggles Little smoke Root Acapulco
Good stuff Llesca Rope Acapulco
Christmas bud Goody-goody Loaf Rose marie Ace Christmas tree Goof butt Lobo Rough stuff Afgani indica Chronic Gorge Loco
African Chunky Grass Loco Weed
Ruderalis African black Churus Grass brownies Locoweed Rugs African bush Citrol Grasshopper Log Salad African
Clam bake Grata Loose shank Salt and pepper Airhead Clicker Greek Love boat Sandwich bag Airplane Clickums Green Love leaf Santa Marta
Alice B. Toklas Climb Green buds Love weed Sasfras Amp Cochornis Green goddess Loveboat Sativa Amp joint Cocktail Greens Lovelies Schwagg Angola Cocoa puff Greeter Lubage Scissors Are you
Colas Gremmies M Scrub Ashes Coli Greta M.J. Seeds Assassin of
Griefo M.O. Sen Astro turf Colombian Griefs M.U. Sess Atom bomb Colorado
Macaroni Sezz Atshitshi Columbus black Griff Macaroni
Shake Aunt Mary Cosa
Griffa Machinery Sherman stick B Crack back Griffo Macon Shotgun B-40 Crack bash Grow(s) Maconha Siddi Baby Crazy weed Gunga Mafu
Baby bhang Cripple Gungeon Magic smoke Sinsemilla Babysitter Crying weed Gungun Manhattan silver Skunk Bad seed Cryppie Gunja Mari Skunkweed Bag Cryptonie Gyve Marimba
Smoke Baker Cubes Haircut Mary Smoke a bowl Bale Culican Hanhich Mary and
Smoke Canada Bamba Dagga Happy
Mary Ann Snop Bambalacha Dank Happy stick Mary Jane Spark it up Bammies Dawamesk Harsh Mary Jonas Speedboat Bammy Dew Has Mary Warner Spice/K2 Banano Diablito
Hawaiian Mary Weaver Spliff Bar Diambista Hawaiian Black Matchbox Splim Bash Dimba Hawaiian
Maui wauie Splitting Basuco
Ding Hay Maui-wowie Square
Bazooka Dinkie dow Hay butt Meg Squirrel BC bud Dipped joints Herb Megg Stack Beedies Dips Herb and Al Meggie Stems Belyando spruce Dirt grass Herba Messorole Stick Bhang Dirties Hit Mexican brown Sticky icky Bite one’s lips Dirty joints Hit the hay Mexican green Stink weed Black Ditch Hocus Mexican
Stoney weed Black bart Ditch weed Homegrown Mexican red Straw Black ganga Djamba Honey blunts Mighty mezz Sugar weed Black gold Do a joint Hooch Mo Super grass Black gungi Dody Hooter Modams Super pot Black gunion Domestic Hot stick Mohasky Swag Black mo
Don jem Hydro Mohasty Sweet Lucy Black mote Don Juan Hydrogrows Monte Swishers Black rock Dona Juana
Syrup Blanket Dona Juanita
Illing Mooster T Blast Donk Illy Moota
Taima Blast a joint Doob Indian boy Mooters Takkouri Blast a roach Doobee Indian hay Mootie Tea Blast a stick Doobie/
Indian hemp Mootos Tea Party Blaxing Dope Indica Mor a grifa Tex-mex Blazing Dope smoke Indo Mota/moto
Texas pot Block Doradilla Indonesian bud Mother Texas tea Blonde Draf Instaga Mow the grass Thai sticks Blow Draf weed Instagu Mu Thirteen Blow a stick Drag weed J Muggie Thirty-eight Blow one’s roof Dry high Jamaican gold Muggle Thumb Blowing smoke Dube Jamaican red hair Muggles Tin Blue de hue Duby Jane Muta Tio Blue sage Durong Jay Mutha Toke Blue sky blond Duros
Jay smoke Nail Toke up Blunt Dust Jefferson airplane Nigra Torch/ Torch up Bo Dust blunt Jim Jones Northern lights Torpedo Bo-bo Dusting Jive Number Trauma Bobo bush Earth Jive stick O.J. Tray Bogart a joint El diablito
Joint Oolies Trees Bohd El diablo
Jolly green Ozone Triple A Bomb El Gallo
Joy smoke P-dogs Trupence bag Bomber Elephant Joy stick P.R. Turbo Bone Endo Ju-ju Pack Tustin Bong Esra Juan Valdez
Pack a bowl Twist
Boo Fallbrook redhair Juanita
Pack of rocks Unotque Boo boo bama Fatty Juice joint Pakaloco Up against
Boom Feed bag Juja Pakalolo Vega Boot the gong Feeling Jumbos Pakistani black Viper
Brick Fiend K2/Spice Panama cut Wac
Broccoli Fine stuff Kabak Panama gold Wake
Brown Finger Kaff Panama red Water Bubble gum Finger lid Kalakit Panatella Water-water Bud Fir Kali Paper blunts Weed Buda Fire it up Kansas Grass Parsley Weed tea Buddha Firewood Kate bush Pasto
Wet Bullyon Flower Kawaii electric Pat Wet daddies Burn one Flower tops Kaya Philly blunts Wet sticks Burnie Fly Mexican
KB Pin Whack Bush Fraho/frajo Kee Pipe Whackatabacky Butter Frios
Kentucky blue Pocket rocket Wheat Butter flower Fry Key Pod White Russian C.S. Fry daddy KGB
(killer green bud)
Cam trip Fry sticks Khayf Pot Wicky Cambodian red
Fu Ki Potlikker Wicky stick Can Fuel Kick stick Potten bush Wollie Canade Fuma D’Angola
Kief Premos Woo blunts Canadian black Gage/gauge Kiff Prescription Woola blunt Canamo Gange Killer Pretendica Woolah Canappa Gangster Killer green bud Pretendo Woolas Cancelled stick Ganja Killer weed Primo Woolie Candy blunt Ganoobies Killer weed
Primo square Woolie blunt Candy sticks Garbage Kilter Primo turbo Woolies
Cannabis tea Gash Kind Puff the dragon Wooties Carmabis Gasper Kind bud Purple haze X Cartucho
Gasper stick King bud Queen Ann’s lace Yeh Catnip Gauge butt Kona gold Ragweed Yellow submarine Caviar Geek Krippy Railroad weed Yen pop Cavite all star Geek-joints Kryptonite Rainy day woman Yeola Cest Get a gage up Kumba Rangood Yerba
Champagne Get high Kush Rasta weed Yerba mala
Charas Get the wind L.L. Red bud Yerhia Charge Ghana Lace Red cross Yesca Chase Giggle smoke Lakbay diva Red dirt Yesco Cheeba Giggle weed Laughing grass Reefer Zacatecas
Cheeo Gimmie Laughing weed Reefers Zambi Chemo Go loco Leaf Righteous bush Zay Chiba chiba Goblet of jam Leak Rip Zig Zag man Chicago black Gold Leno
Roach Zol Chicago green Gold star LG
Roach clip Zooie Chiefing Golden Lid Roacha Zoom
Slang Terms for Smoking Marijuana
These terms are spelt like saying silly things like toking, Cheching, blazing, poking, Smoking trees, blowing, chasing, biting one’s lips, burning one down, mowing the grass, firing one up, going loco, getting the wind, hitting the hay and torching up.
Though silly, it’s how the act of smoking marijuana is said to disguise it from the unknown and nonusers. Mooking is another term used for smoking tobacco and marijuana together in the bowl of a pipe. The chemicals of tobacco and marijuana work on the nervous system and affect both the body and mind.
To smoke a cannabis joint, users purchase dried buds of the plant, also referred as nuggets or flowers, and smoke it either through a pipe or a bigger apparatus, commonly referred as a bong. Users also roll up the marijuana in paper like a cigarette, or vaporize it in a small handheld device called a vape pen, which filters out some of the harsher elements.
Besides using direct plant material from cannabis plant, oils extracted from cannabis is also used for smoking. These oils are very pure and highly potent, which gives an intense high. Two common variants of this is CO2 oil and BHO (Butane Hash Oil, also nicknamed as butter, wax, honeycomb or glass shatter depending on consistency).
Smoking these would mean heating a special steel, glass or quartz nail and touching oil with the nail, which produces vapours and inhaling the resultant vapours. The common slang for this kind of smoking is called dabbing.
The cannabis comes in form of food item such as brownies, cookies or lollipops. They are called edibles which do not have any slang terms, but are referred to as medicated or special. According to Arcview Market Research, the cannabis industry is growing fast in the US and is expected to grow at a compounded annual rate of nearly 30% over next few years, and touch sales of more than US$21 billion by 2020.
- Combining marijuana with other substances is again called by different slang names.
- Marijuana and Cocaine together is called bush, cocktail, chase, coco puff, jim jones, hooter, lace, basuco and banano.
- Marijuana combined with some kind of narcotic is called amp joint or dust.
- Marijuana and crack when taken together are butter, Buda, crack back, geek, fry daddy and juice joint.
- Marijuana and heroin is an atom bomb or a bomb, canade, brown, woo woo, woola or woolie.
A lot of different terms originate from different cultures are spelt where marijuana is used. Different places like South-East Asia, Mexico and West Africa have different names. Certain regions where it is grown also influence the specific terms given for cannabis like Columbia and Canada.
Street Names for Cannabis
There are close to 1200 slang names related to cannabis. Why do we think that there are so many names for cannabis/pot? With any slang, the authorities become wise to what one term means and that is a signal that it is time for another one. People were bound to come up with different names/words.
Creativity hasn’t waned even when US has moved to legalizing marijuana. One reason is that the illegality created the need for the new names and another reason is that it is not just hiding something from the adults or law, but it is simple fun.
Some of the names given to cannbis due to its effects include amnesia, airplane, climb, doobie, good giggles, Houdini, spliff and reefer. Names like ace, baby and green goddess are given to cannabis since people like it. Besides these, people also tend to give names to cannabis since it is a plant. Some of these names include alfalfa, asparagus, bud, Christmas tree, grass, green and herb.
Cannabis also gets slang names such as Aunt Mary, da kine, dona Juanita, ganja, marijuana, muggle, pot, rainy day woman because of the influence of different languages that is present in different region where it is sold.
Cannabis also gets various slang terms simply due to shape of the cannabis joint, which include alligator cigarette, bag of bones, blunt and stogie among others. Lastly, quality of cannabis also plays a role in giving cannabis some of the nicknames and street names. These include cabbage, catnip, chronic, dank and Nixon.
Some of the more common terms of cannabis include 420, dope, ganja, grass, pot, weed, herb, joint, mary jane, nuggets, charge, stinkweed, block, boo, chronic, gangster, rope, hay, tobacco, skunk, blaze, ashes, boom, burnie, and burrito.
Geography of the also plays a big part in coining some of the common street names for cannabis. Some of these include Acapulco gold, Colombo, black Russian, indo, texas tea, panama gold, Maui Wowie, Mexican, and thai stick.
Familiar cultural names for cannabis include Kif in North Africa, dagga in South Africa, Ganja in Jamica, mota in Spanish and pakalolo in Hawaiian language. Nicknames are also given based on the amount of marijuana given. These include Brick, Matchbox, Lid, Dime bag, Nickel bag and Quarter.