Beyond Marijuana — The Call for Cannabis Vernacular
CBD stems from cannabis, yet marijuana is still a widely used word that carries much weight in the cannabis culture.
As budding cannabis advocates and CBD connoisseurs, it’s vital to know the history behind the vernacular and what the weight of the word “marijuana” carries.
In today’s post, we’ll venture into the history of how the word “marijuana” came to be and how it starkly contrasts what cannabis is. Words matter and words are power so it’s important to know the difference between cannabis and marijuana.
At Healing Power of Hemp, education is a crucial component to CBD exploration and to get the whole picture of where we’re at now, we have to go back and look at history. Join us in a little more of cannabis history!
Before we dive into all you’ve ever wanted to know about CBD, let’s touch on some cannabis vernacular.
Why not use the word marijuana?
While marijuana is still a widely used term in the cannabis culture, it comes with much weight. Because much of its history is steeped in propaganda that demonizes this plant, the industry is trying to rewrite the narrative of cannabis, thus transitioning away from the word marijuana.
Marijuana wasn’t even a word prior to 1910 and cannabis was being used in reference to medicines. As Mexican immigrants came to the US to seek refuge from the Civil War in Mexico, smoking cannabis entered mainstream America for the first time.
It was around 1913 when the first bill was passed criminalizing cannabis in California and the onslaught just got grimmer from there. The propaganda film Reefer Madness was released and was a major player in cannabis prohibition in the 1930s.
Among the key figures was Harry Anslinger, who was hired as the first director of the newly created Federal Bureau of Narcotics in 1930 and alongside him his active campaign against cannabis.
Anslinger would go on to testify before Congress that “Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.” He also likened that satanic jazz music and swing dancing was a result of marijuana usage.
As a result of Anslinger’s efforts, marijuana became an American household name via the government — cannabis no longer held its weight in its healing properties and it was removed from a variety of common medicines from that point on.
1937 further criminalized cannabis with the inception of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, which concluded an all-out prohibition of cannabis in the US. The thought was if they taxed anyone one dollar to anyone who sold or grew the plant, this would halt cannabis use altogether. To enforce the tax even further, any violations would result in imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $2,000.
So, the reason marijuana holds such a burden in the industry is how it turned the cannabis plant from a healing medicinal plant to a widely demonized drug by the US government. Still today, there are many stigmas and stereotypes surrounding cannabis which is why is vital, more than ever, to change and rewrite the narrative.
The Future of Cannabis
Now that we’ve explored how cannabis was completely transformed from a household medicine in different syrups and concoctions to a drug called marijuana, seemingly produced by the devil that turns people crazy and violent.
Thankfully, there have been many cannabis pioneers that have sought to change what the government has worked so hard to ruin, that we now have cannabis medicine reemerging, legally, in CBD products.
So, now you know, cannabis is a much-preferred word to use in the industry! We’re changing the vernacular and the cannabis narrative one day at a time!