What does “Reefer” mean?

A slang term for cannabis. While the exact etymology is uncertain, one potential origin is the Spanish word “grifa,” a term for cannabis. The word was popularized as slang by the film Reefer Madness (1936), an early anti-cannabis propaganda film that has gained cult status for its, frankly, ridiculous plot.

Example usage:

“My mouth is so dry because of all that reefer we smoked before we got here.”


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