Marijuana Street Names and Nicknames
Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in the United States. The psychoactive component of marijuana – tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC – is thought to have evolved as a botanical self-defense chemical, and is present in a subset of the hemp family of plants. Plant materials from these particular plants, rich in THC, are commonly dried and then smoked.
Marijuana has, in more recent years, been the center of controversy because of its use as a medicinal agent. The push to legalize marijuana has also gained traction throughout the United States.
Because of its use as a medicine for various chronic ailments, marijuana is sometimes perceived as harmless. However, marijuana use can impact one’s perception and judgment. Persistent and heavy use can also contribute, over time, to various social problems.
Because of its popularity, marijuana has many nicknames and street names. In fact, there is probably not another drug with more alternate names than marijuana. Marijuana has been used by various cultures for hundreds of years. Therefore, there is a seemingly endless list of names for marijuana, and they vary based on country and age group.
Street Names for Marijuana
This list is not all-inclusive, and the names for marijuana are ever-changing.
Here are some common terms for marijuana, with some more familiar than others:
- Mary Jane.
Geographic Street Names for Marijuana
There are also street names and nicknames for the various geographic regions where marijuana is produced. These names include:
- Acapulco Gold.
- Panama Gold.
- Black Russian.
- Texas Tea.
- Maui Wowie.
- Thai stick.
Cultural Marijuana Terms
There are also cultural terms for marijuana that vary throughout distinct geographic regions. For example, marijuana is called “dagga” in South Africa. North Africans call the drug “kif.” In Jamaica, it is called “ganja.” The Spanish term is “mota” and the Hawaiian name for marijuana is “pakalolo.”
Other Signs of Marijuana Use
Hearing your loved one use any of these nicknames may alert you to the possibility that he or she may be using marijuana. If you suspect your loved one may be using marijuana, you might recognize some of the additional signs and symptoms of marijuana use:
- Increased hunger.
- Preoccupation with visual, taste and audio stimuli.
- Slower reaction times.
- Trouble with memory and ability to focus.
- Red eyes.
- Dry mouth.
- Elevated blood pressure and heart rate.1
Health Effects of Weed
As much as weed users would like to think that weed is an entirely harmless drug, it really is not. Marijuana use has not only been significantly linked with a number of short-term psychosocial problems – including problems with school, work, family, friends and the law – but has also been linked with several longer-term medical and mental health risks2:
- Respiratory inflammatory symptoms.3
- Psychosis (such as schizophrenia) or earlier onset of psychosis.4
- Immunity suppression.5
- Nausea and vomiting.6
- Decreased testosterone in men – possibly leading to impotence, gynecomastia and decreased libido.7
- Increased prolactin levels in women – possibly leading to galactorrhea (or inappropriate milk secretion).8
- Periodontal (gum) disease.9
- Persistently red eyes secondary to chronic corneal vasodilation.10
Withdrawal Symptoms of Marijuana
Although many of those who are proponents of marijuana use would tend to disagree, marijuana can be addictive. Those who use marijuana for a long period of time – and then suddenly quit – experience withdrawal symptoms.
These symptoms are often uncomfortable, with the most common symptoms including:
- Fatigue; yawning.
- Slow motor skills.
Other less common withdrawal symptoms include anger, irritability, anorexia, weight loss and strange dreams.12
Finding Marijuana Treatment Centers
Detox, behavioral therapies and contingency management work well for weed addiction treatment and help ease the withdrawal process. Although many people perceive weed as harmless, it can cause many mental and social effects. It is advised to get treatment help before addiction or dependence occurs.
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