General English


  • noun the apparatus and equipment (pipes, cigarette papers, scales, etc.) accompanying the taking of illicit drugs. A euphemism popularised by its use in ‘head shops’ from the late 1960s, paraphernalia there refers to the soft-drug culture of cannabis and hallucinogens. The same term is used, especially by law enforcers, to describe the equipment used by hard-drug addicts and users.