Drugs, both legal and illicit varieties, have a number of colloquial names. These names serve many purposes, ranging from their roles in popular subcultures to rendering open mention of them in everyday conversation less noticeable. Knowing the street names for marijuana can be a powerful tool for teachers, parents and community members when it comes to protecting their children from harm. Below is a discussion of terms you should know, why it’s critical to understand them and how that knowledge can empower you to be a positive influence in the lives of young adults.
Marijuana Nicknames and Street References
As mentioned, marijuana nicknames are developed for use in casual conversation. It allows those interested in obtaining and using this substance recreationally to discuss it in front of others who might frown upon the practice or seek to prevent the drug use. These street names are also a part of the language of drug culture. Having a good understanding of them places an individual within a sphere of subcultural influence, becoming a member of that community upon demonstrating a working knowledge of the language and etiquette involved with the drug’s use.
Parents, teachers and concerned members of the larger social group or community should take time to become familiar with the terms listed below. It allows mentors to understand who’s indulging in drug use, who provides the drug and how it’s exchanged. If you don’t know the language, the drug culture becomes less visible. It also becomes difficult to have a positive conversation about life choices and how drugs damage them with a young person who views you as ignorant of these conventions and terms.
Popular terms that refer to marijuana exclusively include:
• Mary Jane
• Aunt Mary
• Baby Bhang
• Bo-bo, Bobo Bush
• Bomber, Boom
• Dinkie Dow
• Dona Juana, Juanita
• Good Giggles
• Giggle Smoke
• Flower, Flower Tops
• Joy Smoke, Joy Stick
• Hot Stick
• Good Butt
• Jolly Green
Of course, the popularity of laced marijuana has grown over the past decade and includes drug products such as marijuana laced with LSD, crack, heroin, cocaine and other far more deadly drugs than THC alone. It’s important to know when teens are experimenting with these alternative drug combinations. While marijuana can be damaging, many of these fabricated highs can prove fatal for the teen or innocent bystanders. A sampling of marijuana nicknames used when laced with other drugs is listed below.
Heroin and Marijuana
• A-Bomb, Atom Bomb
• Woola, Woolie
• Brown • Canade
When laced with a non-specified narcotic:
• Dust, Dusting
• Amp Joint
PCP and Marijuana
Crack and Marijuana
• Juice Joint
• Fry Daddy
• Crack Back
Marijuana and LSD
Cocaine and Marijuana
• Jim Jones
• Cocoa Puff
Knowing when the drug is being discussed based on marijuana nicknames is a powerful tool for mentor figures, administrators, teachers and parents. It allows a foothold for a conversation about positive life choices, practicing being a responsible young adult and selecting a path that’ll take these individuals where they really want to go in life.
Marijuana Is Still a Dangerous Drug, Though Legalized in Some States
Just as with all drugs, legalization doesn’t necessarily mitigate its harmful effects. In the last year, many states have passed legislation legalizing the growth, sale and use of cannabis. However, when young people are concerned, even legal drugs have damaging impacts. One reason is that the prefrontal cortex isn’t fully developed until the age of 25. This is the area of the brain that relates to interpersonal social action — also known as “political” behavior — and decision-making, or risk-benefit assessment.
This delayed development makes teens ideal targets for peer pressure and unwise usage of substances, as well as poor decision-making based on incomplete understandings or hasty reactions. The danger posed by marijuana isn’t necessarily in the substance itself. It doesn’t cause potentially fatal bodily injury in most cases, and has been noted for its therapeutic value. However, because it slows reaction time and restructures mental focus, it can cause serious problems for young users. The potential for an automobile accident or a poorly assessed spatial risk rises when combined with youthful exuberance, peer pressure and the beginnings of sexual competition, and is a recipe for disaster.
Convincing teens to abstain from recreational drug use isn’t easy, but it must be done. By doing so, you’re not only showing that you care about them, you’re also giving them the tools they need to make wise decisions. Even though rebellion is a classic feature of American adolescence, you might be surprised to find that many teens will choose well if they have adequate and understandable information upon which to base those choices. Cogent concern and plenty of space to make their choices can yield surprisingly mature results.
If you’re not sure how to approach a teen in your life about the risks associated with marijuana use, helplines are excellent places to begin compiling information. We’re ready to help you keep your young adult safe with resources for education and assistance.
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