Nicknames and Slang for Marijuana

Dramatic image of a sad teenage girl cryingAs a popular recreational drug, marijuana is known by a huge number of nicknames.
An entire culture surrounds this particular substance, and there’s a lot of different slang involved in its use. The common scientific name is cannabis, but the most common slang terms include:

  • Weed
  • Pot
  • Grass
  • Dope
  • Reefer
  • Ganja
  • Hash
  • Herb
  • Chronic

These are terms for marijuana in general.

However, in order to understand all the varieties of slang, one needs to get to know the anatomy of the plant and the different ways in which it can be smoked and ingested.

Smoking marijuanaThe most common way to smoke cannabis is to purchase the dried bud portion of the plant, sometimes called flower or nuggets, and smoke it in a pipe or a larger apparatus commonly referred to as a bong. Alternatively, it can be rolled up in paper like a cigarette, often called a joint or a blunt. It can also be vaporized in a small machine or a handheld device called a vape pen that filters out some of the harsher elements of the plant, making it easier on the throat and lungs.

Slang terms for smoking marijuana include:

  • Toking
  • Poking
  • Blazing
  • Cheeching
  • Smoking trees
  • Mowing the grass
  • Biting one’s lips
  • Blasting
  • Blowing
  • Burning one down
  • Chasing
  • Firing one up
  • Going loco
  • Hitting the hay
  • Torching up
  • Getting the wind

In addition to the direct material from the cannabis plant, individuals can also smoke the extracted oil. This oil is prized for being purer and more potent, creating a more intense high. One of the most common forms of this substance is called CO2 oil, and there’s also a solvent version of this oil extracted with butane called BHO, nicknamed wax, butter, glass, shatter, or honeycomb, depending on the consistency of the substance. Smoking these involves heating up a special glass, steel, or quartz nail and touching either the oil or the sticky residue of the oil to the nail and inhaling the resulting smoke. The common slang term for this is dabbing.

It’s also very common for cannabis to come in some kind of food form, such as brownies, cookies, or lollipops. These are often called edibles. These don’t often have their own slang terms, but they may be referred to as medicated or special.

Part of the reason that there are so many new ways to smoke or otherwise ingest marijuana is due to the growing trend of legalizing the drug and the resulting industry around it. According to Arcview Market Research, the cannabis industry is the fastest growing industry in the US, with the recreational market growing 74 percent in 2014.

Marijuana Combinations

Marijuana is also often combined with other drugs, either to enhance the effects or tone down the negative symptoms of stimulants like cocaine. These combinations, typically smoked, come with many of their own slang names. A marijuana cigarette mixed with some kind of narcotic is called an amp joint or dust.

Marijuana mixed with cocaine is often called:

  • Bush
  • Chase
  • Cocktail
  • Coco puff
  • Hooter
  • Jim Jones
  • Lace
  • Banano
  • Basuco
Marijuana and crack is called:

  • Buda
  • Butter
  • Crack back
  • Fry daddy
  • Geek
  • Juice Joint
Marijuana and heroin is called:

  • Atom bomb or A bomb
  • Canade
  • Brown
  • Woola or woolie
  • Woo-woo

There are also many different slang terms from different cultures in which marijuana use is common, such as in South-East Asia, Mexico, and West Africa. Plus, there are specific terms for cannabis that comes from certain regions like Columbia and Canada. Again, the ones listed here are the most common in the US.

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