Why There Are So Many Different Names for Weed
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Why There Are So Many Different Names for Weed
Posted by CN Staff on April 20, 2017 at 11:56:43 PT
By Katy Steinmetz
Source: Time
USA -- There 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 Effectsairplane – because it gets one "high." Also see "parachute" and "pocket rocket"amnesia – because it can make one forgetfulclimb – 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 persongood giggles – because it makes people laughHoudini – because the user "escapes" realityreefer — 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 reeferspliff — 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 someoneBecause People Like Itace – slang for something superiorbaby – a term of affection for the druggreen goddess – green for the color, goddess for the experienceBecause it is a (Green) Plantalfalfa – also slang for beard, money and tobaccoasparagus – also broccoli, parsley, sassafras and turnip greensbud – the name for the part of the cannabis plant that is smokedChristmas tree – also fir. "Lumber" can refer to unwanted twigs in the budgrass – also bush and weedgreen – for the color, the same reason it is slang for money. Similar slang terms are green stuff, greenery and green teaherb — 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 LanguageAunt Mary – a pun on marijuana, just like Mary Jane, Mary Warner, Mary Weaver, and Mary and Johnnyda kine – this Hawaiian surf slang can refer to anything for which one forgets the precise namedona Juanita – “lady Jane” in Spanish, a play on marijuanaganja – derives from a Hindi word for the hemp plantmarijuana – 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 cannabismuggle – unknown origin but the use of "muggle-head" to mean marijuana-smoker dates to the 1920spot — derives from the Spanish word for marijuana leaves, potiguayarainy 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 alphabetBecause of The Way a Joint is Shapedalligator cigarette –may also be related to an alligator’s general lack of speedbag of bones – multiple marijuana cigarettesblunt – though the wrapper of any cigar can be used today, early users of the term used the brand Phillies Bluntstogie – 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 productsBecause of Qualitycabbage – poor quality bud, perhaps resembling the vegetablecatnip – inferior or fake marijuanachronic – the word meaning extreme or severe came to describe marijuana with strong effectsdank – this term started out describing unpleasant, swamp-like things and, like “bad” itself, then came to describe good things, like marijuana of the best qualityNixon — named after the president, refers to poor quality bud being sold as high quality budNixon — named after the president, refers to poor quality bud being sold as high quality budSource: Time Magazine (US)Author: Katy Steinmetz Published: April 20, 2017Copyright: 2017 Time Inc.Contact: letters time.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on April 21, 2017 at 15:44:21 PT
Don't forget!
Experts: Cannabis Could Help Cure Alzheimer's If Lawmakers Would Chill Out
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on April 21, 2017 at 14:39:51 PT
This article...
This Katy Steinmetz. I think some body is messing with this girl. 
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on April 21, 2017 at 09:36:21 PT
Did anyone see it? Wednesday night?
About the premiere. am hoping they mentioned Veronica and Charity Bowers who were shot out of the sky along with three other innocents in the name of stopping "Drug smugglers". The human tragedy. The needless death and loss. The "Collateral damage".I am so weary of this wickedness. This so called "War on Drugs". Now this evil spirit in high places... high and powerful government offices is trying to revive the power of an injustice and an unjust persecution, just as it was showing signs of hopefully lightening up a bit. That's no good. How can he... how can they, (Sessions, Cook, Trump, Pence. All prohibitionists) want to waste our limited resources on something like cannabis prohibition when there is some serious bad hoo doo going on out there? There's murder, rape, theft, assault. How about attempting to do something about all that instead of making up crimes and going totally nuts on them? 
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on April 20, 2017 at 22:12:39 PT
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on April 20, 2017 at 14:41:01 PT
old timey
the jazz age had the coolest nicknames, some of the songs refer to it as "gauge", I like that one. saying that you're going to "talk to Bob" is also one of my favorites expressions. I assume it refers to Bob Marley
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