Weed, Pot, and More: A Breakdown of Marijuana’s Many Names


Weed, Pot, and More: A Breakdown of Marijuana’s Many Names

Exploring the Many Alternate Names for Marijuana    

Marijuana is a versatile and widely used drug that has been known by many names throughout its history. From scientific terms to slang terms, the names used to refer to marijuana can vary greatly depending on the context and cultural background of the speaker. In this article, we will explore some of the most common alternate names for marijuana.

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C is for Cannabis 

Cannabis is the scientific name for the marijuana plant. It’s widely used in the cannabis industry and by those who study the plant. Despite common perception, hemp and marijuana actually come from the same plant Cannabis Sativa. The distinction between the two comes from industry regulation rather than genetic differences. Hemp is defined as a variety of the plant that contains less than 0.3% of THC. Cannabis is any variety of the plant that contains over 0.3% THC. The more potent variety of cannabis is most commonly known as marijuana, but it has many other names, too. 

Alternate Names for Marijuana 

Ganja is a term with its origins in the Hindi language. It’s widely used in the Caribbean and is historically associated with the Rastafarian culture.

Mary Jane is a popular term among casual users and is often used in a more lighthearted and less serious context. 

Reefer is another slang term for marijuana. Though the use of this term today is less controversial, in the first half of the 20th century, it was used to villainize marijuana users, most notably in the 1936 film, “Reefer Madness.”    

Weed is one of the most generic, catch-all terms for marijuana in the US, as well as in many other countries. Sometimes the term is often used to describe marijuana of lower quality or potency, but it can refer to high-potency marijuana, too. 

The word bud is a bit more specific. In general, it refers to the dried, cured flowers of the marijuana plant that are used for smoking or are processed into other forms of cannabis like resin and distillate. 

Flower is a word that describes the dried and cured flowers of the marijuana plant. In most cannabis dispensaries, flower is the category name for those products.  

Dope is a slang term that is often used to refer to marijuana in a casual and low-key manner, but sometimes it can be used to refer to other drugs, too. We’re not really sure who calls it dope anymore besides our dads.

Last but not least: chronic. This is a slang term that is often used to refer to marijuana of exceedingly high potency. Though an ongoing source of debate, many people credit hip-hop artists Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg for popularizing the term with their 1992 album of the same name.    

Delta 8 and Delta 9 THC

These last two terms aren’t slang – they’re science. Delta 8 and Delta 9 (actually ˆ8 and ˆ9) are variants of the main psychoactive compound in marijuana – THC. Delta 9 THC is a “major cannabinoid,” and is the main type of THC found in most marijuana products including Cann Social Tonics. 

Delta 8 THC on the other hand, is a “minor cannabinoid,” meaning it must be derived from major cannabinoids that already exist in the cannabis plant. This synthesis can happen naturally within the plant during growth, but it can also be created in higher concentrations by using laboratory processes following harvest. More products containing Delta 8 THC have become available recently, often as a way to circumvent regulations that specifically prohibit Delta 9 THC. However, most consumers prefer Delta 9 THC for its more potent effects, and more natural production process.

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