Marijuana Street Names Your Teen Could Be Using

When kids are trying to be sneaky about behavior they know is wrong, they’re likely to use marijuana street names in place of terms you would recognize. Know which words to look out for if you suspect your teen might be using marijuana.
Teen Street Names for Marijuana

Terminology Over the Years

Unlike designer drugs, which seem to have new names every few months, many marijuana street names teens use haven’t changed much over the decades. If you hear your teen using terms that meant “marijuana” when you were a teen, trust your instincts and begin asking questions. Common marijuana street names still used today include:

  • Pot
  • Dope
  • Hemp
  • Weed
  • Joint
  • Grass
  • Reefer
  • Mary Jane

Street Names Known to the DEA

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is the national organization responsible for policing drug smuggling and sales in the United States. The DEA has federal jurisdiction and deals with international and interstate cases. As a result of the agency’s wide reach, the DEA keeps a record of terms commonly used to refer to each illegal drug. The DEA has compiled a list of well-known street names for marijuana, which includes:

  • Kif
  • Pot
  • Boom
  • Dope
  • Hash
  • Indo
  • Herb
  • Mota
  • Weed
  • Joint
  • Grass
  • Hydro
  • Ganja
  • Yerba
  • Skunk
  • Smoke
  • BC Bud
  • Blunts
  • Reefer
  • Chronic
  • Mary Jane
  • Aunt Mary
  • Gangster
  • Sinsemilla

Strain Names & Other Terminology

While the street names for marijuana usually refer to marijuana in general, there are other terms that are used to describe specific strains of the drug. Marijuana is grown as a plant and is often crossbred to have a specific DNA composition. Each genetic strain of marijuana has subtle differences in smell, taste and effect.

Marijuana plants are categorized by species as either indica or sativa. Indica marijuana relaxes the muscles, aids in sleep and can relieve pain. Sativa marijuana is better known for the euphoric high and stress-relieving qualities it produces.

Within the species of indica and sativa marijuana, each genetic strain has its own name, often given by the grower. There are thousands of names for individual marijuana strains, but some common ones include:

  • Purple Kush (or Purp)
  • Blue Dream
  • Amnesia
  • Blueberry Bubba
  • Big Cheese
  • Fruity Pebbles
  • Meroin
  • Reggie
  • Red Beard
  • Sandman
  • Super Skunk
  • Sweet Haze
  • Willie Nelson

Teens often come up with their own terminology to use among friends as well. So the possibilities for marijuana street names are endless. If you’re concerned that your teen is using marijuana, talk to him or her openly about drugs, its effects, and how you feel about it. Start an open dialogue that allows your teen to feel comfortable sharing his or her thoughts about marijuana.


DEA. (n.d.). Drug Fact Sheet: Marijuana. (2012). What Are the Differences between Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa, and How Do They Vary in Their Potential Medical Utility?

Posted on December 25th, 2016
Posted in Articles, Drug Abuse

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