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  • The most popular drug in the United States after caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine, marijuana comes from the cannabis plant. That’s why it’s often called cannabis.

    People also use a variety of other marijuana synonyms and street names. Learning these terms can help you determine if your loved one is abusing marijuana and trying to hide it. 

    Marijuana Street Names & Synonyms

    The most common nicknames for marijuana include:

    • 420
    • Bud
    • Dope
    • Grass
    • Hemp
    • Herb
    • Mary Jane
    • Pot
    • Reefer
    • Weed

    Less common nicknames include:

    • Afghan
    • Arizona
    • Ashes
    • Aunt Mary
    • Bernie
    • Bhang
    • Blaze
    • Bogart
    • Broccoli 
    • Catnip
    • Cheeba
    • Chippie
    • Chronic
    • Cripple
    • Dank
    • Devil’s Lettuce
    • Giggle Smoke
    • Hay
    • Hot Stick
    • Jay
    • Joy Smoke
    • Joy Stick
    • Juanita
    • Nug
    • Nuggets
    • Parsley 
    • Roach
    • Sinsemilla
    • Skunk
    • Spliff
    • Tobacco
    • Toke

    Names For Certain Types Of Marijuana

    The two main strains of marijuana are called Indica and Sativa.

    There’s also a particular strain of Indica called Kush and a particular strain of Sativa called Purple Haze.

    Other names for certain kinds of marijuana include:

    • Edibles: marijuana mixed in foods like cookies, brownies, lollipops, or gummy bears, which are often preceded by the words “special” or “medicated” (such as “special brownies” or “medicated lollipops”)
    • Ditch Weed: marijuana found in the wild
    • Hydroponic Weed: marijuana grown without soil
    • Marijuana Concentrates: concentrated forms of the cannabinoids (compounds found in cannabis) THC and/or CBD

    Other names for hydroponic weed include:

    • Animal Cookies
    • Chicago
    • Dro
    • Droski
    • Gigi
    • Girl Scout Cookies
    • Mochi
    • Platinum Cookies
    • Skywalker
    • Tahoe

    Other names for marijuana concentrates include:

    • Badder
    • BHO
    • Budder
    • Crumble
    • Dabs
    • Ear Wax
    • Errl
    • Hashish
    • Hash Oil
    • Honey Oil
    • SAP
    • Shatter
    • Wax

    Geographical & Cultural Nicknames For Marijuana

    Some marijuana street names indicate where the drug was made. These names include:

    • Acapulco Gold
    • African Black
    • African Bush
    • Black Russian
    • Colombo
    • Indo
    • Maui Wowie
    • Mexican
    • Panama Gold
    • Texas Tea
    • Thai Stick

    There are also cultural nicknames for marijuana. For instance, a common Spanish term for marijuana is mota, while a common Hawaiian term is pakalolo. 

    In addition, many South Africans call the drug “dagga,” North Africans call it “kif,” and Jamaicans call it “ganja.” 

    Names For Marijuana Mixed With Other Drugs

    Some people mix marijuana with other drugs to achieve a stronger high. These mixtures have unique street names. For example, a cigarette that contains marijuana and another drug is often called an Amp Joint.

    Other marijuana drug combinations and their nicknames include:

    • marijuana & alcohol: Herb and Al
    • marijuana & heroin: Atom Bomb, A-Bomb, Brown, Canade, Woola, Woolie, Woo-Woo
    • marijuana & cocaine: Banano, Basuco, Bazooka, Bush, Chase, Cocktail, Cocoa Puff, Hooter, Jim Jones, Lace
    • marijuana & crack cocaine: Buda, Butter, Crack Back, Fry Daddy, Geek, Juice Joint
    • marijuana & LSD: Beast, LBJ
    • marijuana & PCP: Ace, Bionic, Bohd, Chips, Frios, Wet, Zoom

    Marijuana Use Slang Terms

    People who regularly use marijuana may use other slang terms, such as:

    • bong: a device used for smoking weed that resembles a small bowl
    • dabbing: consuming dabs (concentrated forms of marijuana)
    • doobie or fatty: a marijuana cigarette
    • munchies: increased appetite caused by marijuana 
    • stoner: someone who regularly uses marijuana
    • toke: to smoke marijuana
    • vape: placing marijuana oil, marijuana concentrates, or dry marijuana in a vaporizer and inhaling the resulting vapors

    There are also numerous terms for getting high on marijuana, such as:

    • biting one’s lips
    • blazing
    • blasting
    • blowing
    • burning one down
    • chasing
    • cheeching
    • firing one up
    • getting the wind
    • hitting the hay
    • mowing the grass
    • smoking trees
    • torching up

    Other Signs Of Marijuana Abuse & Addiction

    Many people use the above terms to hide their marijuana abuse. Other signs that someone is abusing or addicted to marijuana include:

    • bloodshot eyes
    • frequently using eye drops, body spray, or mouthwash to hide bloodshot eyes and marijuana smells
    • memory problems
    • mood swings
    • a sudden decrease in motivation
    • withdrawing from friends and family
    • neglecting responsibilities at work or school

    If you’re concerned that someone you love is abusing or addicted to marijuana, please contact an Ark Behavioral Health specialist to learn about our substance abuse and addiction treatment options. 

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2024 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.

    National Institute on Drug Abuse - Marijuana DrugFacts
    Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, & Hospitals - Drug Slang
    United States Drug Enforcement Administration - Slang Terms and Code Words: A Reference for Law Enforcement Personnel

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    Lauren Weinand, M.D.
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