Names like marijuana, grass, pot, Mary Jane and ganja are all terms that refer to the agreed international term cannabis.
Over time the terms marijuana and cannabis have been used interchangeably, but should they?
The truth is there is no marijuana plant. There is a cannabis plant that results in the dried flowers and leaves that are commonly referred to as marijuana.
So, while cannabis is the more encompassing term for the industry, there are some other things to take into consideration when looking at the two words and what they mean.
“It’s true that words carry their history with them and marijuana has been associated with an illegal drug for a long time,” Mignon Fogarty, language expert of the Grammar Girl Podcast, said.
“Words shape public perception and public opinion about issues so having that association with an illegal past, like marijuana does, could be a draw back for the term,” she added.