Your Vernacular when relating to Cannabis can make or break you in a legal situation and defines how you are perceived by others when this "subculture topic" is part of your discussion. We always want to educate our Citizens and this is 100% a "must read" article by Monica Viera.
As the old saying goes, “Confucius say, man who stand on toilet must be high on pot.” Depending on where you’re from, you may or may not get this joke depending on what cannabis goes by in your area (and whether or not you’re familiar with what a toilet is).
How is it that there are so many words for cannabis? You may be used to calling it “weed” or “bud” with your friends, but if you were to travel to a different part of the country, you’d discover that those residents refer to it differently.
I was recently revisiting old 90s rap songs by DJ Quik and Suga Free in which they kept rapping about “Endo” and I was wondering what the hell they were talking about. These are two west coast rappers from the same part of Southern California I’m from, and I had never heard weed referred to as Endo. It’s just a generational difference. After consulting in Dr. Google, I realized it was just another word for cannabis that was more popular two decades ago.
Like other drugs, there are a few reasons why the vernacular varies across time and space. Here are a couple of reasons there are so many words for weed:
To throw off the police- Let’s be honest- A big reason as to why the names of drugs are constantly changing are so its users can keep its presence unseen and unheard by the police.
To create the sense of exclusivity among users- Whenever someone is aware of certain vernacular regarding anything, this establishes that they are in an “in-group”.
Descriptive Purposes- Sometimes, different names for cannabis arise because of the kind of high they elicit, the location in which they are grown, or who discovered which particular strain.
Cannabis has over a thousand different terms in which it’s referred to. Here are some of the more popular nicknames you may be familiar with when it comes to cannabis:
Pot. Weed. Grass. 420. Ganga. Dope. Herb. Joint. Blunt. Reefer. Mary Jane. Buds. Stinkweed. Nuggets. Chronic. Tobacco. Hay. Rope. Gangster. Skunk. Boom. Blaze. Ashes. Block. Boo. Broccoli. Burrito. Burnie. Charge. Acapulco Gold. Panama Gold. Black Russian. Texas Tea. Indo. Maui Wowie. Thai stick. Mexican. Colombo.
To find out more about the story behind certain strains, click here