Cannabis Versus Marijuana

Have you ever wondered why medical professionals and government licensed producers never use the word, marijuana? The answer is simple. The word marijuana does not have a literal meaning.

Whereas “cannabis” is the scientific name of the genus of plants containing compounds such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), marijuana is a slang term that is believed to have originated in Mexico in the early 20th century. It first appeared in popular culture in the 1930s after several politicians of the era, eager to portray cannabis as a harmful and foreign substance, substituted the word “cannabis” for “marijuana” in a number of legislative bills that would later pass into federal law.

These bills led to cannabis being classified as an illegal substance, a drastic change from the US government’s previous attitude towards cannabis. Up until 1942, cannabis was listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia as a useful medicine for nausea, rheumatism, and labor pains and was easily obtained at local general stores or pharmacies.

The change in laws regarding cannabis and the subsequent legal prosecution for its recreational use resulted in the incarceration of thousands of poor immigrant workers and minorities, a paradigm that continued for decades up to and including the present day. It has only been over the last decade that a growing number of US states eased their stance on cannabis and/or decriminalized it completely.

Here at CannTrust, we look forward to seeing the use of the word “marijuana” diminish as public perception changes and cannabis use for medical purposes becomes completely destigmatized and much more widely accepted.

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