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Popular Slang Terms for Marijuana

Names Derived From Appearance, Effects

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Updated November 02, 2011

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Marijuana has hundreds of slang names

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There are literally thousands of slang terms or street names for illegal, prescription and over-the-counter drugs and hundreds of them are used for marijuana, the most abused drug in the United States.

ManY of the different slang terms used for marijuana or cannabis have been been derived from the source of the drug, the effect marijuana has on users or the appearance of the processed plant. But some of the street names are used simply to hide the topic of the conversation.

Geographical Names for Marijuana

Many of the street names for marijuana are based on the original source of the drug - where it was grown or processed. Some of the slang terms are a combination of the geographic location and the appearance of the processed plant. Some of the following marijuana names have risen to the level of "brand names" for the illegal drug:

Terms Based on Appearance

Some of the terms that are used to describe marijuana are based on the appearance of the processed plant. Not all marijuana appears as a green leafy substance. Some of the slang terms are based on the appearance of the flowers of the plant.

Slang Based on the Effects of Marijuana

Other street terms used for marijuana were originated from how the drug effects users. Different kinds of marijuana can affect users in different ways and these street names are a reflection of those different responses. Some of the terms refer to the potency of the various types of marijuana.

Terms Based on Marijuana Packaging

Still other names used to refer to marijuana are based on how the drug is packaged - either at the wholesale bulk level or at the street sales level. Some of these terms are related to how users prepare the drug before smoking it. Some of these terms are alternate names for marijuana cigarettes.

Terms Based on the word 'Marijuana'

There are many other street terms that are simply alterations of the word "marijuana" itself. And then there are slang terms for marijuana that are based on alternate descriptions of the cannabis plant. These are probably the most well-known names for marijuana.

Names Used to Deceive

Finally, there are hundreds of street names for marijuana that seem to be based on no other reason except to cover up the topic of the conversation from possible eavesdroppers. Although some of these many be vaguely based on the appearance or effects of the drug, most seem to have no other purpose except to disguise the topic of the conversation.

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