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420 Day: Why There Are So Many Different Names for Weed

T here are at least 1,200 slang terms related to marijuana — or cannabis or hashish or weed or pot or, as some say, asparagus. And there are hundreds more to describe one’s state of intoxication after imbibing the drug, according to slang scholar Jonathon Green.

Collecting slang has been the work of Green’s life, and the 69-year-old refers to drugs as one of slang’s “best sellers.” That’s because slang and things-you’re-not-supposed-to-mention-in-polite-society go hand in hand. As TIME has reported, that unmentionable quality is what led five California high-schoolers to coin the term 420 in the 1970s, which likely led to April 20 becoming the de facto day of doobies. But that association goes back to the earliest recorded slang from the 16th century, coined by those who didn’t want authorities to know what they were talking about.

But why are there hundreds and hundreds of words for pot? With any slang, as adults or authorities become wise to what one term means, that’s a signal that it’s time for a new one. And the wide variety of people who smoke marijuana across the globe were bound to come up with different words. Green says he doesn’t see the creativity waning even as U.S. states and other countries move to legalize marijuana.

“The terminology doesn’t really emphasize illegality: It is the illegality that created the need for the terminology,” he says. And, Green adds, the creation of such terms is not only “seen as ‘fighting the man,’ it is also simply fun.”

Here is a selection of weed’s many synonyms from Green’s online database, with his research on where the terms come from, grouped by the likely inspiration for their coinages.

Because of its effects

airplane – because it gets one “high.” Also see “parachute” and “pocket rocket”

amnesia – because it can make one forgetful

climb – might be a play on getting “high,” might be a play on “climbing the walls”

doobie – may be related to another slang meaning of doobie: a dull, stupid person

good giggles because it makes people laugh

Houdini – because the user “escapes” reality

reefer — a Spanish derived word. “Grifo” is Mexican slang to describe someone under the influence of marijuana, because “grifo” can refer to tangled, frizzy hair and therefore a similar mental state. That became “greefo,” which then became abbreviated as reefer

spliff — this likely comes from the verb splificate, which may be fanciful and may be a combination of the words stifle and suffocate. Whatever its origins, the word describes confusing or confounding someone

Because people like it

ace – slang for something superior

baby – a term of affection for the drug

green goddess – green for the color, goddess for the experience

Because it is a (green) plant

alfalfa – also slang for beard, money and tobacco

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asparagus – also broccoli, parsley, sassafras and turnip greens

bud – the name for the part of the cannabis plant that is smoked

Christmas tree – also fir. “Lumber” can refer to unwanted twigs in the bud

grass – also bush and weed

green – for the color, the same reason it is slang for money. Similar slang terms are green stuff, greenery and green tea

herb — among Rastafarians, who use the substance religiously, this term has been used to emphasize that it is “natural” like other herbs. With a similar flare, the substance has been called “mother” and “mother nature,” as well as the “noble weed” and “righteous bush”

Because of language

Aunt Mary – a pun on marijuana, just like Mary Jane, Mary Warner, Mary Weaver, and Mary and Johnny

da kine – this Hawaiian surf slang can refer to anything for which one forgets the precise name

dona Juanita – “lady Jane” in Spanish, a play on marijuana

ganja – derives from a Hindi word for the hemp plant

marijuana – the Spanish name for the plant. Many in legal U.S. markets have tried to move away from this term, because of its association with the illegal drug trade, and instead use cannabis

muggle – unknown origin but the use of “muggle-head” to mean marijuana-smoker dates to the 1920s

pot — derives from the Spanish word for marijuana leaves, potiguaya

rainy day woman — this may come from the Bob Dylan song with the chorus line “Everybody must get stoned”

thirteen — the first letter of marijuana is the 13th in the alphabet

Because of the way a joint is shaped

alligator cigarette –may also be related to an alligator’s general lack of speed

bag of bones – multiple marijuana cigarettes

blunt – though the wrapper of any cigar can be used today, early users of the term used the brand Phillies Blunt

stogie – this slang term for an over-sized marijuana cigarette comes from a slang word for a cigar. That term, in turn, comes from an abbreviation of a large heavy horse breed, Conestoga, because the men who drove them were associated with smoking those products

Because of quality

cabbage – poor quality bud, perhaps resembling the vegetable

catnip – inferior or fake marijuana

chronic – the word meaning extreme or severe came to describe marijuana with strong effects

dank – this term started out describing unpleasant, swamp-like things and, like “bad” itself, then came to describe good things, like marijuana of the best quality

Nixon — named after the president, refers to poor quality bud being sold as high quality bud


A bong is a marijuana water pipe, available in many sizes and shapes, usually made of glass.

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Bud is the actual flower of the cannabis plant and is a general slang term for marijuana.

BHO (Butane Hash Oil)
BHO is a very potent marijuana concentrate made by dissolving the plant in a solvent, usually in a dangerous process using butane. BHO is very high in THC and creates thick oil also known as honey oil. Using BHO, also known as wax or shatter, is also referred to dabs or dabbing.

Cannabis is also known as marijuana and is referred to by many slang terms from the past and present. A few nicknames for marijuana and cannabis are: pot, ganja, bud, weed, and Mary Jane. Cannabis can be smoked, eaten, vaporized, dabbed or applied to the skin.

CBD (Cannabidiol)
CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of the main elements of cannabinoids. It has very low potency and is considered effective for medical use without the psychoactive or “high” effects.

Cannabis concentrates are very strong substances made from dissolving marijuana plant material in a solvent. It has very high THC and produces products like thick oils (BHO), budder, wax, or shatter.

Dabs or dabbing are slang words for using cannabis concentrates. See Potency >

Edible and medible cannabis refers to cookies, brownies, cakes, drinks, etc., that are prepared with marijuana for eating or drinking. They are a very popular alternative to smoking marijuana. Learn more >

420 is a number that has come to be associated with marijuana use and sometimes signifies the date April 20 which is linked to cannabis. Similarly, 710 and July 10 can be associated with OIL (710 upside-down).

Hash is short for hashish, a cannabis resin from the top of the plant, used for recreational and medical consumption. It is usually very strong and can be smoked, chewed or swallowed.

Hash Oil
Hash oil, or honey oil, is a concentrated form of cannabis, usually produced with a chemical solvent. Butane Hash Oil, or BHO, is dangerous to make and highly potent.

Hemp is a variety of marijuana grown for its fiber. It is non-psychoactive and not used for getting high.

A joint is a rolled marijuana cigarette, also known as a spliff, reefer, blunt, etc. A single inhale of cannabis is called a hit.

Marijuana is also known as cannabis and is referred to by many slang terms from the past and present. A few nicknames for marijuana and cannabis are: pot, ganja, bud, weed, and Mary Jane. Marijuana can be smoked, eaten, vaporized, dabbed or applied to the skin.

Medible and edible cannabis refers to cookies, brownies, cakes, drinks, etc., that are prepared with marijuana for eating or drinking. They are a very popular alternative to smoking marijuana. Learn more >

Oil Rig
An oil rig or rig is a large pipe with a heated nail used to vaporize and inhale cannabis concentrates such as butane hash oil. The use of an oil rig also requires heat from a torch.

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Drug “paraphernalia” refers to any accessories made for using or concealing drugs, typically for recreational purposes. Examples are bongs, pipes, scales and oil rigs.

A marijuana pipe is similar to and used much like a tobacco pipe, although glass pipes are the most popular.

Pot is slang term for marijuana and cannabis.

Potency refers to the strength of marijuana and is usually measured by the amount of THC. Potency is much higher than in the past and the highest potency is around 25% or more. Learn more >

Purity describes the ratio of THC in a product and also refers to the absence of additives and chemicals in cannabis.

A rig or oil rig is a large pipe with a heated nail used to vaporize and inhale cannabis concentrates. The use of a rig also requires heat from a torch.

710 is a number that has come to be associated with hash oil (OIL upside-down looks like 710) and sometimes signifies the date July 10 which is linked to hash oil. Similarly, 420 and April 20 can be associated with cannabis use.

Shatter is a transparent form of cannabis concentrate that, when cold, resembles amber-colored glass. It has a very high THC and is commonly used in dabbing.

Skunk refers to an odor of cannabis that is similar to the smell of a skunk.

Spice (Synthetic Cannabis)
Spice and K2 are slang names for what is falsely known as synthetic cannabis. Unfortunately, it is made from dangerous chemicals unrelated to cannabis and its use can cause serious or even fatal side effects.

An abbreviation for tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that is responsible for the “high” effects.

Tincture is a liquid cannabis extract that is usually dosed with a dropper. They are often flavored and can be placed on the tongue or mixed in a drink. Tinctures are usually very low in potency and used medicinally.

Topical is a kind of cannabis product such as a lotion or cream that is applied to and absorbed through the skin.

Vape Pen
A vape pen is a pen-shaped portable vaporizer that can be used with cannabis oil, wax, shatter or leaves. Also known as e-cigs, cigalikes or sneak-a-tokes, they are quick to use and often disposable. The inhaled vapor has little odor so vape pens’ use can be hidden.

Vaporizing or vaping uses electricity to heat and evaporate cannabis without the combustion of flames. It requires a battery-operated handheld or plug-in device, like an e-cig, vape pen, or vaporizer, which is used for dabbing marijuana concentrates. Learn more >

Wax is a form of marijuana concentrate. (see BHO, above)

Weed is a slang term of marijuana and cannabis.