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Nicknames and Street Names of Marijuana

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There may not be another drug on the planet with more euphemisms than marijuana. Many cultures have used marijuana for centuries, which has led to a number of nicknames and street names for this 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, can be addictive. Use of marijuana can lead to the use of other drugs, especially if the individual begins to seek a stronger high or procures marijuana from a supplier of other substances.

General Terms for Marijuana

You may 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.

Other 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 your neighborhood or world region, 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 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 may be called a Thai stick.

Nicknames and Slang Terms 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 once sold for $5
  • Dime bag – a small bag of marijuana that once sold 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

Treatment for Marijuana Addiction at Skywood Recovery

If you or someone you love is addicted to marijuana, Skywood is available to help treat that addiction with compassion. Our sprawling estate in Peace Park just outside of Malibu is fully equipped with a number of evidence-based therapies that treat the multiple facets of marijuana addiction.

If you have questions about the nature of marijuana addiction treatment or the facilities here at Skywood Recovery, contact us today at 269.280.4673.


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