Green’s Dictionary of Slang

ganja n.

[Hind. ganja, the hemp plant]

1. (also gagga, ganga, gange, ganj, ghanja, gunga, gunja(h)) marijuana, spec. that grown in Jamaica; thus ganja man, a marijuana dealer.

[[US]Harper’s Mag. Apr. n.p.: The gunjah of Calcutta is the plant gathered when in flower, dried, and put up in bundles. Bhang – under the maddening influence of which the Delhi rebels are said to have committed such atrocities – consists of the larger leaves and seed-pods [...] Gunjah, boiled in butter, yields an extract also called hasheesh].
[[UK]Confessions of an Eng. Hachish-Eater 2: This resinous extract is the foundation of bang, and is known in different parts of Asia as canop, churrus, chutsao, ganjah, gindshi, hachish, majum, malach, sjarank, and subjah].
[UK]E. Murphy Black Candle 332: The hemp resin for smoking and chewing comes in three forms – chang, ganja and charas.
[US]Z.N. Hurston Tell My Horse (1995) 291: She is revived by a mere sip of rum in which a single leaf of ganja has been steeped. Ganja is that ‘wisdom weed’ which has been brought from the banks of the sacred Ganges to Jamaica.
[WI]C. Thompson These My People 24: Murdered on a Monday mawning! Suppose it was a ganja man?
[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel Flee the Angry Strangers 168: I got some dynamite, it’s from India. Real Gunja.
[UK]R. Mais Brother Man (1966) 8: Cordy’s man get tek-up fo’ ganga. [Ibid.] 56: Some crazy ganga-smoker or other, trying to get himself a pass’l of the weed.
[UK]A. Salkey Quality of Violence (1978) 111: If you want to smoke the ganja, at least you could offer me some, too.
[US]J.E. Schmidt Narcotics Lingo and Lore 73: Gunja – The narcotic marihuana [...] Gunjah – Same as Gunga.
[UK]A. Bennett God the Stonebreaker 39: Her room was a depository also for thousands of pounds’ worth of narcotics, chiefly the noxious weed known as ganja.
[UK]A. Salkey Late Emancipation of Jerry Stover (1982) 91: Many of the people who lived there had become infamous for their ganja smoking.
[US]R.R. Lingeman Drugs from A to Z (1970) 101: ghanja. [Ibid.] 105: gunga [...]. [Ibid.] 106: gunja [...] marijuana.
[UK]Sun. Times Mag. 30 Sept. 32: Making a bit of money on the side, selling ganja [cannabis] and thieving a bit.
[US]N. De Mille Smack Man (1991) 16: The posses had started small, farming, importing, and distributing marijuana—gagga.
[UK](con. 1950s) M. Thelwell Harder They Come 80: He [...] had resorted to the use of ganja, the ‘wisdom weed’ to deepen his understanding.
[US]Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) 31 May 26/3: ‘If ganja was poison, I would be dead’.
[US]Big Audio Dynamite ‘Sambadrome’ [lyrics] Tourists have an appetite for ganja and cocaine.
[SA]J. Naidoo Coolie Location 10: Hamma, is it true that God Krishna smokes ganja?
[UK]V. Headley Yardie 49: He usually rolled up a mix of tobacco, ganga and a sprinkle of cocaine.
[UK]G. Burn Happy Like Murderers 200: He was a great guy, till he got on that ganja.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 10: Gange — Marijuana. [Ibid.] 11: Gunga — Marijuana; Gunja — Marijuana.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Mystery Bay Blues 157: What about de ganja, mon [...] Are we goin’ to smoke de spleefs.
[UK]R. Antoni Carnival 70: Javi wanted to know who were these naked people who smoked ganja. [Ibid.] 120: How much of ganj you want, bro?
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] Tottering around [...] using a combination of mime and pidgin English to hit the befuddled locals up for ganga. ‘Roadman Slang 4 Jun. [Internet] Green/dank/herb/ganja/tree/broccoli- the herb.

2. attrib. use of sense 1.

[UK]L.K. Johnson ‘Dread Beat an Blood’ in Mi Revalueshanary Fren 5: A small hall soaked in smoke / a house of ganja mist.
[UK]W. Chen Chutney Power and Stories 10: He [...] sucked dinner mints to neutralize the ganja smell in his mouth.

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