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 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 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

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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 29 Mar. 2020.

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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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