Where Did The Name Marijuana Come From? No One Knows!
There is a lot of speculation when it comes to the origin of the namemarijuana. Folklore has it that it is a hybrid of the names Maria and Juana, slang terms for a prostitute. Another theory is that it is derived from the word maraguanquo, which means “intoxicating plant.”
While a variant of the word appeared as early as 1873, the plant was known mostly as cannabis or hemp. It wasn’t until the demonization of the drug in the 1930′s and 40′s (used to suppress minorities) that the word Marihuana was associated with “Reefer Madness.” Over the years, hundreds of nicknames have been coined, including grass, weed, dope, pot, and kush. What’s your favorite?