As 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:
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.
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.
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.