Here's Why We Should Probably Say 'Cannabis' Instead of 'Marijuana'

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Calling cannabis "marijuana" is no different than using racial slurs when speaking of people. It's a hangover from the days of "Reefer Madness," when big money wanted to eliminate competition from one of the most versatile and useful plants on the planet.

Here's Why We Should Probably Say 'Cannabis' Instead of 'Marijuana'

Weed, pot, ganja, bud, herb, grass, green, dank, Cali, Dutchie, hippie lettuce, Mary Jane. That sticky-icky-icky herb goes by many different names, but the most common is of course, “marijuana.” Why is that, when the plant’s official Latin name is actually “cannabis?”

In a recent article in The Stranger, Tobias Coughlin-Bogue breaks down the complicated and troubling reasons. The article, titled “The Word ‘Marijuana’ Versus the Word ‘Cannabis,'" explains how the term marijuana began to circulate widely after Harry Anslinger—first head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics who famously launched the war on drugs—shamed the herb publically. The year was 1937, and racist stereotypes about Mexican immigrants abounded (how far we’ve come). Thus, Anslinger used the Mexican term for the plant in his speech in front of a congressional panel to push his pot prohibition bill.

"We seem to have adopted the Mexican terminology, and we call it marihuana,” he said.

Anslinger intentionally circulated the word because of ulterior motives.

“While he sounds all innocent there, like he just picked up the word from who knows where, many surmise that he was actively using the term to focus the discussion on recreational use," Coughlin-Bogue explains. "His terminology distanced the plant as much as possible from its common medical and industrial uses, where it was more often referred to as cannabis or hemp. Using ‘marijuana,’ most commonly associated with recreational use among poor Mexican immigrants, was a sneaky bit of branding for the bill he wanted passed.”

Coughlin-Bogue’s piece goes on to outline the history of marijuana demonization and eventual prohibition which. It consists of a collaboration between a crooked government hellbent on prohibiting cannabis for greedy and racist reasons, working in cahoots with William Randolph Hearst’s yellow journalism news empire.

While “marijuana” no longer connotes a racial message for most, Coughlin-Bogue favors referencing the plant, which we now know to possess myriad healing properties, by another of its many available handles. And, as he points out, he’s not alone: “Harborside Health Center, one of California's largest and most influential dispensaries, has a page on its website devoted to the issue."

Harborside's website states the following:

"The word 'marijuana' or 'marihuana' is an emotional, pejorative term that has played a key role in creating the negative stigma that still tragically clings to this holistic, herbal medicine. Most cannabis users recognize the 'M word' as offensive, once they learn its history. We prefer to use the word cannabis, because it is a respectful, scientific term that encompasses all the many different uses of the plant.’"
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I've always avoided the words "pot" and "dope". I mostly say "herb" but cannabis is also good. Nice historical reference.
 
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I've always avoided the words "pot" and "dope". I mostly say "herb" but cannabis is also good. Nice historical reference.
I like "herb" as well. That's what it is. What a pity a wall was created to separate the people from the many beneficial uses of herb. Cannabis is one of the medications I've been taking. It 90-95 percent cancels the negative side effects of prednisone. I have determined the minimum dose.

I sleep the night. Those awful stomach cramps, painful to touch, are relaxed and thus not painful, truly amazing. My "bubble feet" - that's the best I can do to describe what it feels like - are relieved. My mental and physical energy rises. I feel like doing something.

Cannabis should have been part of my medication regimen from the onset. As a bonus, it lowers my blood pressure about 10-15 mm! B)
 
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cannabis has at least 12 active compounds that are all different from each other. any particular strain of plant has these 12 compounds, but in its own particular ratios, so different strains have different effects. big pharma is busy isolating these compounds and testing each one in isolation. they will probably come onto the market over the next 10-20 years in tablet form, to take the fun away from smoking weed, and to make big profits for big pharma.
 
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cannabis has at least 12 active compounds that are all different from each other. any particular strain of plant has these 12 compounds, but in its own particular ratios, so different strains have different effects. big pharma is busy isolating these compounds and testing each one in isolation. they will probably come onto the market over the next 10-20 years in tablet form, to take the fun away from smoking weed, and to make big profits for big pharma.
Good luck to them. Meanwhile, smoking herb already is passé. Vaping is definitely a better way, as are edibles.

Roughly, cannabis comes in daytime and nighttime varieties, and roughly, sativa is the daytime variety and indica is night.

Much anecdotal research has been accomplished already, people simply reporting what they experienced, and though the corroboration of experiences, the variation in varieties is fairly well established. Standardization isn't waiting on Big Pharma. Anyone who is so motivated can make standardized edibles, or tinctures, oils.

It ain't rocket science..... B)
 

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