The cannabis plant continues its mysterious ways, more so when considering the origin of its many names. Marijuana, pot, ganja… there are reportedly over a thousand names for cannabis. Here’s a selection of 12 popular street names and how they came to be:
A cannabis bud that has ample resin in its trichomes is known as stick icky or sticky weed.
A sticky substance produced by the cannabis plant, resin “acts as an external immune system and communication network for the plant,” explains Hail Mary Jane. Meanwhile, trichomes are tiny
–hair-like crystal growth that cover the plant and hold the resin together. “Trichomes act as a defence mechanism and serve as a deterrent for animals, as their bitter taste and strong aromas render cannabis flowers unpleasant to taste,” reports Leafly.
This slang term has had some pop-culture fame, too. Not only did sticky icky make entrepreneur and rapper Snoop Dogg smile, it was a prominent feature in one of Ludacris’s songs released in 2009: Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!)
Broccoli may be one of the healthiest vegetables, but it has raised quite a stink at Facebook.
In May this year, Facebook unveiled a new technology that would help the social networking platform flag images of marijuana that resemble broccoli. The changes were announced so that weed-related advertising could be effectively monitored, The GrowthOp reports.
Who really came up with the term, though, is yet another stinking mess.
Rapper Kodak Black claims he coined the word in his 2014 song, No Flockin. Black even went on to accuse rappers Lil Yachty and DRAM of stealing his creation when they released a song titled Broccoliin 2016, Billboard reports.
Meanwhile, rapper E-40 maintains the credit belongs to him. “I started calling medicinal [marijuana] ‘broccoli’ because it’s green and bushy. I was looking at some medical back in 1993 with my producer Studio Ton, and we was like, ‘Man, look at it—it looks exactly like broccoli.’ I call it ‘lettuce’, too,” Dictionary.com notes.
Chronic, Hydro and Dro
Cannabis grown hydroponically—without soil—is nicknamed hydro and dro.
Chronic, on the other hand, stands for high-quality weed. Reportedly, the term was first used by rapper Snoop Dogg in the 90s, and was later used by other rappers, including Andre Young, also known as Dr. Dre, for his album The Chronic.
The origin of the term, it turns out, was a hilarious mistake. Snoop revealed it all started when “he misheard that cannabis had been hydroponically grown at a party in 1991. Thinking it was called ‘hydrochronic,’ he shortened the word. ‘It was really hydroponic and we misinterpreted and we said it the wrong way’,” Snoop was quoted saying in Independent.
Chronic landed Canadian pot producer Canopy Growth in murky waters when the company tried filing a trademark, Chronic By Dre, in 2018. “Canopy’s vice president of communications and media Jordan Sinclair said that the trademark was filed in error and the company does not have a relationship with Young, or rights to Mr. Young’s name, likeness or any of his intellectual property. Sinclair said that the company apologizes to Dr. Dre,” Market Watch reports.
Oops. Canopy withdraws trademark for “Chronic By Dre” marijuana products, admitting it doesn’t actually have a relationship with Dr. Dre.
Chiva is a Spanish term for a female goat. It’s also a term for
‘heroin ’ that inspired the popular cannabis moniker, cheeba—used in reference to “Brazilian marijuana, which appeared black, sticky and gooey, and bore a striking resemblance to heroin,” Maximum Yield notes.
Moving past its dark origins, a Colorado-based company gave the slang term an appetizing start. In 2009, the company launched a line of cannabis-infused edibles under the brand name, Cheeba Chews.
Nick, dime, dub and key
Dime, dub, nick and key are “slang terms used to refer to different prices or quantities of cannabis. Before weed was legal, code terms were assigned to different quantities of cannabis to keep things discreet,” explains High Times.
Key is used to reference massive quantities of cannabis or cocaine (a kg), whereas:
- a bag of weed worth $20 is known as dub;
- a bag of weed worth $10 is known as dime;
- a bag of weed worth $5 is known as nick.
The best quality cannabis is known as headies. Premium-quality cannabis, Honest Marijuana notes, is also known as dank, primo and top shelf. Needless to say, headies is expensive and hard to come by. When differentiating headies from regular buds, Leafly notes, “besides the diverse spectrum of colours that premier genetics show, the amazing quality and complex aromas of truly dank weed will scream ‘pick me!’”
Loud is premium-quality cannabis. It’s also a strain name, more commonly known as Loud Dream. “This strain is famous in the cannabis industry for being illicitly sold for up to $800 an ounce. With a speedy, energetic high and THC levels between 26 and 28 percent, it’s no surprise that this strain is in hot demand. Loud Dream hits like a shot of espresso,” notes Herb.
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