October 30, 2014

What are the Nicknames of Marijuana

There may not be another drug on the planet with more euphemisms than marijuana. So many cultures have used it for centuries and out of each of these traditions has come a number of nicknames and street names for the drug. You may not recognize some of these names, as terms for marijuana vary according to geographical location and across age groups.

No matter what you call it, marijuana is a drug and, as such, is addictive, physically and psychologically. At The Canyon, you can find treatment for marijuana addiction alone or in combination with other drugs of addiction. We specialize in treating those who suffer from co-occurring mental disorders as well, a problem that makes breaking an addiction to marijuana even more difficult.

General Terms for Marijuana

You may, however, recognize a number of the most common or popular terms for marijuana used on the street today. Nicknames like weed, pot, dope, grass, reefer, herb, and Mary Jane have been used for decades and continue to enjoy a certain amount popularity. Other words like Aunt Mary, gangster, boom, ganja, skunk, or kif are also often heard across age groups. Others popular general terms for marijuana include:

  • Buds
  • Nuggets
  • Blaze
  • Tobacco
  • Hay
  • Rope
  • Stinkweed

Terms for Marijuana Types

Just like all plants, marijuana comes in a variety of types, and each of these types has its own street name. Most of these terms are derived from their geographical region of origin. Some of the most popular include:

  • Acapulco Gold or just Gold
  • Texas Tea
  • Sinsemilla or just Sins
  • Panama Gold or Panama Red
  • Colombo
  • Chronic
  • Maui Wowie
  • Hash or Hashish
  • Black Russian
  • Homegrown

Cultural Terms for Marijuana

Depending on the part of the world you live in or your neighborhood, you may hear any number of culturally specific terms for marijuana. Some of these include:

  • Dagga (South African)
  • Ganja (Jamaican)
  • Kif (North African)
  • Mota (Spanish)
  • Pakalolo (Hawaiian)

Nicknames and Street Names for How Marijuana is Used

There are almost as many ways to use marijuana as there are names for the drug itself. Usually, users smoke it by rolling it into a cigarette called a joint, spliff, bone, nail or, when smoked down to the end, a roach. Others use a glass pipe or a water pipe called a bong and smoke it that way. Still others mix it with food and eat it (especially brownies) or steep it like tea and drink it.

A popular form of smoking marijuana made popular by rap and hip-hop is the blunt. Blunts are made by taking a cigar, cutting it open and replacing the tobacco inside with marijuana. Many people combine marijuana with other drugs inside the blunt and when this happens, the name changes yet again. Blunts made of marijuana and dipped in PCP may be referred to as dust, wets, tical, wicky sticks or happy sticks. Blunts made of a combination of crack/cocaine and marijuana are commonly called primos, woolies, or woo-woos. Lace the marijuana with opium and roll it up in a blunt or a joint and it’s called a Thai stick.

Nicknames and Street Names for Amounts of Marijuana

Communication about amounts of marijuana are often coded due to the fact that people generally need to discuss how much they are going to buy without being caught. Here are some terms associated with the use of marijuana that refer to the amount:

  • Lid – an ounce or less of the drug
  • Matchbox – a small amount of marijuana that usually comes in a cardboard matchbox
  • Nickel bag – a small bag of marijuana that sells for $5
  • Dime bag – a small bag of marijuana that sells for $10
  • Quarter – a quarter ounce of marijuana that ranges in price according to the type
  • Brick – 2.2 pounds or one kilogram of marijuana that has been compacted tightly


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