Japanese symbol for marijuana
Cannabis in Japan
A vocabulary primer
This Kanji is read MA in Chinese and represents two hemp plants hanging upside down from the rafters of a drying shed.
Asa = The Japanese reading for the traditional kanji character for hemp In the post war era, also refers to jute, sisal & flax as well as true cannabis.
Taima = If you combine the character for big with the character for hemp, you get big hemp or cannabis sativa. The official word for the plant used on law act that prohibits its cultivation.
marifana = Common slang adaption of the Mexican/ American word for cannabis.
choko = A modern Japanese slang for weed, kinda like ganja (which is also used)
happa = Leaf A common used term used the same way as weed.
kusa = Grass as in You got any grass?
maku = The verb to roll. Try happa o maku Roll up some weed.
dozo = This is the closest to say here, take this as you pass the joint. A polite word used in everyday use.
happachu / happaboke = Weed junkie, used a bit lightheartedly sometimes as the suffix also refers for harder drugs.
Definitive research about the history of hemp cannabis in Japan. Traces many uses from Neolitic to modern times. Published in several magazines.
What’s the most common way of describing weed?
In Japanese, what’s the most common way of describing weed (aka cannabis)?
Apparently you can use 葉っぱ, but I’m just wondering what your average stoner would use to describe there favourite ‘activity’.
Is 葉っぱ a good pick? Or is something else used? Like some katakana word?
2 Answers 2
大麻 is the most formal and common word which can safely be used in news articles, for example. マリファナ is also common and people can instantly understand it’s a kind of narcotic drug.
As an argot, yes I have definitely heard 葉っぱ (lit. “leaf”) and 草 (lit. “grass”) to refer to this. With a verb, 葉っぱを吸う and 草を吸う. But I don’t know whether or not this is the most common phrase among those who are addicted to it. Ordinary people can perhaps correctly guess the meaning if there is enough context.
As for katakana, マリフアナ or カンナビス are rarely used.
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What’s the most common way of describing weed? In Japanese, what’s the most common way of describing weed (aka cannabis)? Apparently you can use 葉っぱ, but I’m just wondering what your average