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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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 In the decades since The Harder They Come was filmed, Jamaica (like much of the world) has experienced a dramatic shift in some aspects of its ganja trade. Patricia Meschino, Billboard, "'The Harder They Come' Director's Home Turning Into Jamaican Film/Music Exhibition Space, Marijuana Dispensary," 7 Mar. 2018 In related news, Couric predicted Jamaica would win the halfpipe competition because Bob Marley smoked a lot of ganja. David Whitley,, "Putin can't medal with the Winter Olympics," 17 Feb. 2018 Yet the debate over ganja and gun ownership rages on. Aubrey Nagle,, "Philly celebrates MLK Day, DACA deal up in the air, Eagles face Vikings Sunday | Morning Newsletter," 15 Jan. 2018 In places where using marijuana no longer carries the threat of a jail sentence, the pungent odor of ganja is increasingly infiltrating daily life -- and annoying nonsmokers. Tribune News Service,, "How a Washington town's economy is shifting from timber to marijuana," 31 July 2017 Most fields are small, and 50 buds of ganja produce only 10 grams of charas. National Geographic, "See Inside the Himalayan Villages That Grow Cannabis," 1 Feb. 2016

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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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The first known use of ganja was in 1689

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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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