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Exploring the Many Names of Cannabis: Weed, Ganja, Mary Jane & More

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If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably heard a ton of different names for cannabis over the years. 

From old-school nicknames to new-age slang, there’s an endless list of ways to reefer-ence (see what we did there?) cannabis and cannabis concentrates. So, in this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the most popular names and slang terms used for cannabis. Who knows, you might even learn a thing or two!

Young Whippersnapper Names for Cannabis 

Let’s start with some of the more popular and current nicknames for cannabis flower. Here are some of the ones that are making waves in the cannabis world:

● Marijuana: This one’s a classic. It’s been around for ages, and it’s still one of the most commonly used names for cannabis.

● Weed: Short, sweet, and to the point. It’s easy to see why this one has become so popular.

● Ganja: This one has a bit of a Jamaican vibe to it. It’s often associated with Rastafarian culture and has been used for decades.

● Green: This name is pretty straightforward. It’s called green because, well, the cannabis flower is green.

● Gas: This one is relatively new, but it’s already gained a lot of popularity. It’s called gas because it has a strong, pungent smell, kind of like gasoline.

● Loud: Another nickname that refers to the strong smell of cannabis. When it’s high-quality stuff, it’s said to be loud.

● Sour: Some strains of cannabis have a sour smell to them, so this nickname makes sense.

● Spliff: This nickname comes from the practice of rolling cannabis and tobacco together into a joint.

● Bud: This one’s pretty self-explanatory. Cannabis flower buds are what’s used to smoke.

● Grass: Another straightforward name. It’s called grass because, well, it looks like grass.

● Herb: This name has been around for a while and is often used in the hippie culture.

● Mary Jane: This one is often used in pop culture references to cannabis, and it has a bit of a retro vibe to it.

● Pot: Another classic nickname for cannabis.

Old but Gold Nicknames for The Greens 


Nicknames for Cannabis | Source: Wikimedia Commons 

Now that we’ve covered some of the more current nicknames for cannabis let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at some of the classic and timeless nicknames:

● 420: This one has been around for ages and is often associated with cannabis culture. The origins of the name are a bit murky, but it’s said to have started with a group of high school students who would meet at 4:20 pm to smoke.

● Doobie: Another classic nickname for a joint “doobie” is thought to have originated in the 1960s. The term is a variation of the word “dube,” which is slang for a marijuana cigarette.

● Chronic: This nickname for cannabis is believed to have originated in the 1990s and refers to high-quality, potent strains of the plant.

● Skunk: This nickname is often used to describe strains of cannabis that have a particularly strong, pungent odor.

● Whacky Tabacky: This name is a playful way of referring to cannabis and is thought to have originated in the 1970s.

● Stogie: This term is a nod to cigars, and is often used to describe particularly large or thick joints.

● Devil’s Lettuce: It is a tongue-in-cheek way of referring to cannabis and is thought to have originated in the 1920s.

The Slang Terms for Concentrates

While cannabis flower has a plethora of slang terms associated with it, the same cannot be said for cannabis concentrates. 

The slang terms for concentrates are relatively few and far between, but they still manage to capture the essence of this potent form of cannabis.

● Oil: This slang term is used to describe cannabis concentrates that are in a liquid form. They are usually made by using a solvent, such as butane or CO2, to extract the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant material.

● Dabs: This term refers to the process of consuming cannabis concentrates by vaporizing a small amount on a heated surface, typically a nail made of quartz or titanium. Dabbing has become increasingly popular over the years, and with it, the term “dabs” has become a common way to refer to concentrates.

● Butter: Also known as budder, this concentrate has a soft, butter-like consistency. It is created by whipping the concentrate during the extraction process to create a light and fluffy texture.

Slang Terms for Concentrates | Source: Unsplash

Why are there fewer slang terms for concentrates compared to flower? The answer is simple: concentrates are a relatively new addition to the cannabis world. While cannabis flower has been around for centuries, concentrates have only gained popularity in recent years due to advancements in extraction technology. 

As a result, the cannabis community has not had as much time to come up with as many slang terms for concentrates as they have for flower. However, as concentrates continue to become more popular, it’s likely that we will see more slang terms emerge in the future.

Don’t Confuse Slang Terms with Strain Names of Cannabis 

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One common mistake that cannabis users make is confusing slang terms with strain names. 

While some slang terms may be inspired by a specific strain, they do not necessarily refer to that strain exclusively. For example, “Grape Ape” is a specific strain. While “Purp” is a slang term for any cannabis flower with the color purple within it.

Some other examples of strain names include AK-47, Northern Lights, Gorilla Glue, OG Kush, and Bruce Banner. These strains have distinct characteristics, such as their taste, aroma, and effects, that set them apart from other strains.

It’s important to understand the difference between slang terms and strain names. This can help you make more informed decisions when choosing which cannabis products to try. By understanding the characteristics of different strains, you can choose one that is best suited to your needs and preferences.

Key Takeaways! 

Cannabis has been around for centuries, and with it comes a variety of different names and slang terms.

● From classic nicknames like “doobie” and “chronic” to newer ones like “OG” and “astro turf”, there’s no shortage of creative ways to refer to cannabis flower.

● When it comes to concentrates, there are fewer slang terms, but with the growing popularity of dabbing, we can expect to see more in the future.

● It’s important to remember that some slang terms can also refer to specific strains, so it’s always a good idea to do your research and know what you’re talking about.

● Whether you’re a seasoned smoker or just starting out, exploring the different names and slang terms for cannabis can be a fun and educational experience.

So, next time you’re toking up with friends, impress them with your knowledge of cannabis culture and all its many names. What are some of your favorite nicknames for cannabis? Be sure to come back to The Happy Campers for all of the latest cannabis news and findings.