gan·​ja | \ ˈgän-jə How to pronounce ganja (audio) , ˈgan- How to pronounce ganja (audio) \

Definition of ganja

: a potent and selected preparation of marijuana used especially for smoking broadly : marijuana

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Recent Examples on the Web Nutraceuticals, wellness tourism, agro-processing, alternative energy, ganja and the sale of fresh produce are commercial endeavors being explored by the new Chief. Daphne Ewing-chow, Forbes, "Sovereignty And The Soil: Chief Richard Currie And The Rising Of The Maroon Nation In Jamaica," 28 Feb. 2021 The island also allows individuals to cultivate up to five plants, and Rastafarians are legally allowed to smoke ganja for sacramental purposes. Star Tribune, "Jamaica faces marijuana shortage as farmers struggle," 5 Feb. 2021 WEBINAR Pot industry extrava-ganja Explore the ins and outs of the medical marijuana business at this online conference from Big Sky Cannabis., "PANEL DISCUSSION," 5 Dec. 2019 Shopping at a dispensary feels like a luxury retail experience; women’s magazines tout the benefits of topical CBD lotions; and being served ganja at a dinner party is simply another part of the menu. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "Cannabis Dos and Don’ts: A Conversation with Etiquette Expert Lizzie Post," 22 Sep. 2019 Terms like cannabis and ganja go back centuries, and have long been used to describe the plant and its medicinal properties. Laura M. Holson,, "Marijuana, reefer, weed: How language keeps evolving for the devil’s lettuce," 8 July 2019 The chemical compound more commonly known as CBD comes from cannabis, a plant that also goes by marijuana, pot, weed, ganja, and countless other names. Jenni Avins, Quartz, "The first rule of CBD marketing: Don’t mention “cannabis”," 20 June 2019 India already has unofficial geographical indicator trademarks for ganja and charas. Devangshu Datta, Quartz India, "Legalising cannabis could be one solution to India’s agrarian distress," 30 May 2019 In Pahoa, a counterculture outpost where ganja smoke wafts through the air, a lava flow in 2014 threatened the town, but in the end destroyed just one home, stopping at the recycling facility. Simon Romero, New York Times, "Madame Pele, Hawaii’s Goddess of Volcanoes, Awes Those Living in Lava’s Path," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of ganja

1689, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ganja

borrowed from Hindi gā̃jā & Urdu gānjā "hemp, hemp flower buds," going back to Sanskrit gañjā "hemp," of uncertain origin

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“Ganja.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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gan·​ja | \ ˈgän-jə How to pronounce ganja (audio) , ˈgan- How to pronounce ganja (audio) \

Medical Definition of ganja

: a potent preparation of marijuana used especially for smoking broadly : marijuana

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