Different Names for Marijuana that Every Marijuana Enthusiasts Should Know

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We all have the names that have been given to us during our birth. It could be an old one, a contemporary or even a scientific and not-so-usual one. Regardless of the format, our names identify us and could even dictate the future that lies before us.

The same applies to Marijuana plants. They could have this dark-shaded and controversial name but they are greatly remembered in so many ways. Due to the controversy, its name includes, the users have formulated other names, to ‘smoothen’ its well-damaged stigma in our present society.

Your Name

  1. During the Ancient Times

Throughout the history of us humans, Marijuana is one of those well-named living species It could have a larger number of names compared to animals and other trees and plants existing in our biodiversity.

Studies show that the very first name for marijuana plants came from the Chinese Empire 4700 years ago. In 2700 BC, it was primarily named as Ma.

In the other civilizations, it bore the name as follows:

  • Greek Empire- Kannabis
  • Arabian Settlements- Kinnab
  • Indian Civilization- Bhanga, Ganjika, Hursini

These names long exist before the common modern knowledge of Marijuana use was born. However, their names still exist today and are widely used in their native countries, specifically in China and India.

  1. Their Traditional Names

As the millenniums pass by, its names were intentionally modified to adapt to the changing situation and cultural settings of these ancient states.

Ancient Asia African Tribals Colonial Latin America Medieval Europe Pacific Islands


African Great Lakes Region/ South and Southeast Africa

Bhangi (Swahili)



Dagga (Afrikaans)

Injaga (Rwanda)

Ma-kaña (Bantu)

Mbanje (Zimbabwe)














Iberian and Mediterranean Europe

Cañamo (Spanish)

Kannabis (Greek)

Maconha (Portuguese)

Potiguaya (Spanish)












Bhang (Hindi)

Bhanga (Sanskrit)

Charas (Hindi)

Ganja (Hindi)

Ganjika (Sanskrit)

Hursini (Sanskrit)

Siddhi (Bengali)



West Africa


(Sierra Leone)

Western Europe

Chanvre (French)

Hanf (German)

Hemp (English)

Papua New Guinea

Spak brus (Hiri)



Island Nation






  1. Latin and English Names

Due to the wide existence of English Language in many countries around the globe, Marijuana is also known as Cannabis, Ganja, and Hemp. In a more scientific nature, these plants are known in three major species: Cannabis Indica, Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Ruderalis.

  1. The Slang Names

These names originated during the Jazz Era of the 60s. The first to coin these terms are its early recreational users and their names were intentionally altered to hide from the law enforcers during those years.

Some of Marijuana’s famous names are as follows:

420 Doña Juanita Jolly Green
Alice B. Toklas El Gallo Joy Smoke
Bag of Bones Fine Stuff KGB (Killer Green Bud- associated with the notorious KGB Security Group of the Soviet Union)
Bobo Bush Good Giggles
Christmas Tree Green Goddess
Crazy Weed Happy Cigarette
Devil’s Lettuce Indian Boy Laughing Grass
    Magic Dragon


  1. Slang Names for good quality Cannabis

Due to the many names of Marijuana plants existed in the 60s, the Industry got confused about which name indicates the good quality weeds and which are not. Because of this concern, another wave of names rose in the vocabulary of Cannabis World that gave terms to the strains of good quality.

BC Bud Dank Golden Leaf Kind Bud Sinsemilla
Buddha Fine Stuff Good Stuff Primo Thai Sticks
Chiba Chiba Flower Tops Hydro Righteous Bush White-haired Lady


  1. Slang Names for Poor Quality Cannabis

The following names represent Cannabis Strains of poor quality:

Bammier Ditch Weed Green Railroad Weed Shake
Cabbage Firewood Harsh Rough Stuff Stems
Dirt Grass Garbage Nixon Scrub Whack


  1. Other Slang Names

With the variations of Cannabis Items produced in the World of Marijuana Industry, the slang names became greater and larger.

Cannabis cigarettes Cannabis Packs Cannabis Preparations Cannabis Plant Parts
Blunt Bale Budder Bud
Bomber Brick Cannabis Tea Cannabinoid
Camberwell Carrot Cube Charas Cola
Cripple Dime Bag Concentrate Flower
Doobie Eight Ball Extract Leaf
Fatty Elbow Hashish Resin
Gasper Finger Hash Oil Root
Goof Butt Lid Kief Seed
Happy Cigarette Matchbox Live Resin Stem
Hot Stick Nickel Bag Magical brownie Terpene
Left-handed cigarette OZ Shatter Trichome
Megg Pack Space Cake  
Pocket Rocket Quarter Tincture  
Tommy Chong Stash Wax  
Torpedo Tin    


  1. Slang Names for the Industrial Cannabis Strains

These names are commonly used for the present strains available in the global market for commercial and industrial purposes. These strains the products of cross-breeding program done for years, even decades.

Alaskan Thunder Fuck Harlequin Needle and Thread Tangerine Dream
Blueberry Dream Island Sweet Skunk OG Kush Unicorn-plant
Cinderella 99 Juicy Fruit Pineapple Express Velvetleaf
Dirty Girl Kali Mist Queen-of-the-meadow White Widow
Ewok Lacegrass Red Headed Stranger XJ-13
Falseflax Mendocino Purps Sour Tsunami Yankeeweed
Ghost Train Haze      


Names from Places

In honor of the places where some of the Marijuana Strains came from, some growers named these plants from where they originated from.

Acapulco Gold Canadian Raisin Ghana Madagascar Strain
Afghan Kush Colombian Gold Indian Hemp Nepalese Strain
Alpine Star Durban Poison Jamaican Dream Sonoma Coma
Bermuda Sour Dutch Treat Haze Jamaican Lion Thai
Burmese Kush Egyptian Musk Kilimanjaro Venice OG


Names from Artists and Iconic Personalities

Some Marijuana Strains were affectionately named after Celebrities or advocates who risked their lives for the development of the Marijuana Industry in the modern period.

Berry White Dr. Grinspoon Jerry Garcia OG Obama Kush
Blue Ivy Ed Rosenthal Khalifa Kush Peyton Manning
Charlie Sheen Elvis Pressedme Kurupt’s Moon Rock Stevie Wonder
Connie Chung Gupta Kush Melissa Etheridge Tom Cruise Purple
Dizzy OG Jack Herer Lin Serenity Willie Nelson


Detected Names by Law Enforcers

In attempts of Marijuana users to hide from the law enforcers, particularly those illegal weed users in the USA, they have coded their items with other unique names. Were they successful enough to cover their gifts? Hell no.

Take a look at the names of what the US Drug Enforcement Administration has obtained from their imprisoned Marijuana users.

Alfombra Bash Gallina Manteca
Almohada Chistosa Gato Mariquita
Arizona Ashes Cotorritos Green Plant Shora
Barbara Jean Dizz Lechuga Tosca
Bareta Escoba Liamba Valle


Most of the decoded names are in Spanish. This is possibly due to the Mexican-Spanish people infiltrating the US and tried to spread Marijuana business in an illegal way, depending more with the Black Market- the number one enemy of most of the countries in the world.

Names from Places

In honor of the places where some of the Marijuana Strains came from, some growers named these plants from where they originated from.

Acapulco Gold Canadian Raisin Ghana Madagascar Strain
Afghan Kush Colombian Gold Indian Hemp Nepalese Strain
Alpine Star Durban Poison Jamaican Dream Sonoma Coma
Bermuda Sour Dutch Treat Haze Jamaican Lion Thai
Burmese Kush Egyptian Musk Kilimanjaro Venice OG


Now You Know its Names

Now that you are knowledgeable enough of its names, remember that there are reasons why Marijuana users altered its strains with different and many names.

First is for security purposes, knowing that Marijuana Plants are at-large in the countries around the world. If the strain was cautiously named after a fruit or people or even home furniture, the police will have a lower chance to track the strain on its way to shipment.

Second is for identifying the new strain. Due to the thousands of new strains genetically modified by different laboratories and growers, a new strain may quickly be forgotten, together with its effects and value.

Last is for an affectionate tribute. Marijuana users are the world’s most taken for granted people. They are always judged and neglected because of what they are practicing.

Despite these perceptions, they are one of the world’s most thoughtful and humble people, to the point that they honor the iconic people who supported them on their crusade towards Marijuana Legalization in the rest of the world.

These names are not built without a purpose, just like you. You are dearly named with what you have because of something special- either in relation with your looks or how you remind your parents of their lovely or bittersweet pasts that colored their lives.

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