Cannabis, aka "Marijuana" - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Marijuana consists of the dried flowers of Cannabis plants selectively bred to produce high levels of THC and other psychoactive cannabinoids.
Cannabis plants produce a unique family of terpeno-phenolic compounds called cannabinoids, which produce the "high" one experiences from consuming marijuana.
As a drug Cannabis usually comes in the form of dried flower buds (marijuana), resin (hashish), or various extracts collectively known as hashish oil.
To satisfy the UN Narcotics Convention, some Cannabis strains have been bred to produce minimal levels of THC, the principal psychoactive constituent responsible for the "high" associated with marijuana.
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Where Did The Word Marijuana Come From?
In the 1930's, the term "marijuana" became popular. Before this decade, the most common terms utilized were either cannabis or hemp. The word marijuana was a Mexican slang term derived from the spanish word maraguanquo. The interpretation of this is "intoxicating plant" and as immigration of Mexicans occurred with cannabis, the term became popular with it being spelled "marihuana" at the time.
A growing propaganda movement started in the 1930's in an effort to make hemp illegal. Numerous lobbyist groups began promoting marijuana as causing violence, insanity, aggression, and increased crimes against women. There was a film produced called "Reefer Madness" which pushed forward these efforts and promoted hemp as a deadly substance.
The head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics at the time, Harry Anslinger, promoted these myths. He received prominent businessperson support from numerous individuals who had special interests in marijuana prohibition, including the Dupont Family, Randolph Hearst, and Andrew Mellon.
The words hemp and cannabis had good reputations mostly at the time for both 1) Medical use and 2) Successful business terms. Cannabis had a good reputation medicinally, and hemp was a large cash crop at the time. Being a new slang term, marijuana was utilized by those opposed to legal marijuana in an attempt to turn it into a negative word.
At the time it worked well and even though the American Medical Association objected, prohibition went through in 1937 as the Marihuana Tax Act. The act solidified the word marijuana from being slang into legitimacy.
It subsequently showed up in dictionaries and official reports, and today when discussing medical marijuana it's routine. Unfortunately there is still a lot of residual negative connotations from the 1930's propaganda.
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Where did the word `marijuana' come from?
The word `marijuana' is a Mexican slang term which became
popular in the late 1930's in America, during a series of
media and government programs which we now refer to as the
`Reefer Madness Movement.'
It refers specifically to the
medicine part of cannabis, which Mexican soldiers used to
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Where Did The Word Marijuana Come From If Its Scientific Name Is Cannabis?
Back in the day, like early 1930s, Mexicans were immigrating over the border. Along with those Mexicans, came the cannabis plant. They didn’t refer to it as cannabis though, it was simply known as marijuana. Actually it was spelled ‘marihuana’ eventually somewhere the h got swapped out with a j.
During the US Governments great marijuana drug scare campaign in the 1930s once it finally became illegal, they used the word marijuana wildly in their propaganda trying to scare people away from enjoying its effects. They often referred to it as a devil plant, it will make you go crazy, make you wanna rape people, etc.
Anyways , long story Marijuana came up just as the Mispronunciation of marihuana (Marie~ooh-ana)
The common name for Cannabis in Mexican Spanish is “marihuana.” It doesn’t mean low quality tobacco, and it doesn’t mean María Juana. It means Cannabis, period.
The precise origin of the name isn’t known. It’s tempting to think it come from the Nahuatl language, since that language uses the sound “hua” frequently, but it doesn’t. The Aztecs did not know of Cannabis as it was introduced by Europeans.
The letter H is silent in Spanish (except when next to C, in which case it sounds like the CH in chair), so the correct pronunciations is mah-ree-WAnna. But the H in English isn’t silent, so naturally an English speaker would read marihuana as mariwhuana or marijuana.
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Where Do the Words 'Cannabis' and 'Marijuana' Come From?
The word 'marijuana' is a different story.
The slang term seems to have very ambiguous origins and no one is exactly certain where it came from.
The only thing that's certain is that the word came from the south and caught on in North America.
Some say the word came from 'Maria y Juana' (Maria and Jane), a Mexican slang term for a prostitute and other say it came from the Aztec word 'mallihuan'. The only thing that's certain is that the word came from the south and caught on in North America.
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Where did marijuana come from? - Ask.com Answers
Marijuana is a dried mixture of the leaves and flowers of Cannabis sativa , or hemp plant. Slang words for marijuana include "pot," "weed," "grass," and "dope." The term "cannabis" refers to different psychoactive preparations of the plant.
Marijuana is a natural plant, known to grow in wild in Central and South Asia. Traces of people smoking Marijuana go back as far as 3,000 B.C.
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When did marijuana come to the US?
| When it was created. All the founding fathers used marijuana, and probably so did the rest of the country.
Hemp production was replaced by slave owners with cotton plantations.
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CANNABIS.COM > Forum > Main Lounge >> Where does the word "pot" come from?
people who don't like marijuana or people who tend to think that it's the devils drug call it "pot."
But where the hell did the word "pot" come from? I've heard people refer to marijuana as weed (most common usage probably), reefer, ganja etc. and even though I've never personally heard people use terms like grass, doobies, dope, maryjane, etc., I know that at some point people refered to marijuana by these names as well.
Just by looking at the names, I can see the obvious connection to marijuana, but POT?!?! I just don't see the connection.
It's short for "potiguaya", which is "marijuana leaves" in the mexican dialect of spanish.
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Where did the term "dope", for marijuana, come from?
the term "dope" comes from the word Dopamine which is a chemical found in some drugs. Strangely enough, its not found in marijuana. Technically marijuana shouldnt be called dope. But people do it anyways.
Before it came to mean "a narcotic or narcotics considered as a group," dope was borrowed into English from the Dutch word doop, "sauce." Throughout the 19th century it meant "gravy." In the North Midland United States, particularly Ohio, dope is still heard as the term for a topping for ice cream, such as syrup or a chocolate or fruit sauce.
In the South, particularly in South Carolina, dope means "a cola-flavored soft drink." The term might be related to the Northern usage as a reference to the sweet syrup base of a cola drink. However, folk wisdom has it that dope recalls the inclusion of minute amounts of cocaine in the original Atlanta recipe for Coca-Cola, which was named after this exotic ingredient.
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