Why cannabis has so many different names

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Marijuana is special in that it has dozens of different names for the one herb we all love. This is perfectly fine because, after all, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." One of the reasons why cannabis has been given so many names is that  different geographic locations have given it their own spin on the name. Another reason why marijuana has picked up so many names is that it was given code names to openly talk about this wonder herb when law enforcement could be lurking about. Cannabis users tend to be on the creative side so coming up with new names continuously is no chore. In this post we are going to look at some of marijuana’s diverse names and the history behind them.

The first name given to this glorious plant was cannabis. The term kánnabis was first used around 440 BC by the Ancient Greeks. The plant had always referenced to be used both medicinally and recreationally. The word “cannabis” first appeared in the Oxford dictionary in the mid-1500s. Afterwards it became the scientific name for the common hemp plant.

The word “marijuana” did not exist

In the 19th century the most common term in America used for the plant was still cannabis. The word “marijuana” did not exist. Cannabis was used in common household ailments and pharmaceutical giants used cannabis extracts in their medicines. The name “marijuana” is actually taken from Mexican Spanish. However it was not the name for the plant we smoke today. It was actually the name of a different mixture of herbs used by the Mexicans for other reasons. When there was an influx of legal Mexicans coming to America they brought their idea of smoking the plant recreationally with them. This locoweed caused quite a stir and in 1913 the first bill passed that criminalized cannabis. In a fit of rage they dubbed the plant “marijuana” and it became the Western name for the locoweed.

Things you didn’t know about Marijuana

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As cannabis use becomes more popular there are new statistics and facts being created continuously to show the impact marijuana has made. Some of these facts and statistics may be surprising while others you know very well as you may be included the statistic yourself.


Just a few months ago a poll was done by the Marist poll, funded by Yahoo News. This poll showed that more than half of American adults have tried marijuana at least once in their lives. The survey further shows that about 55 million people in the USA currently use marijuana.  That’s a whole lot of people toking in America. 35 million people use cannabis monthly, 20 million consume it yearly, and up to 78 million have tried it but are not currently using it. If you are wondering who is the majority of smokers look no further than your own parents as 54% of cannabis consumers are parents and they probably have been hiding their stash from you....

4/20 has arrived, here’s how to celebrate!

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Here we are again at the most loved day for pot smokers around the globe: 4/20. This is the one day that fans of mary jane everywhere are united in celebrating their love for the herb. Whether you are in a state or country that allows you the freedom to celebrate in the open or if you need to celebrate in the confines of your home, undoubtedly we can all find one way or another to pay tribute to our love for cannabis.

I’ll start off with some of the best places to be on 4/20 that will allow you to unite with other marijuana enthusiasts to have an awesome cannabis filled day. San Francisco is one of the best places to be this 4/20. The annual NorCal gathering will take place to celebrate all things marijuana on “Hippie Hill” in Golden Gate Park. Light up a joint or munch on your edibles with other cannabis lovers when the clock strikes 4:20 on 4/20.

Colorado has been a cannabis loving state for quite some time now so would expect nothing less than an epic marijuana celebration.  The annual cannabis rally will unite tokers from all over to come together to celebrate and enjoy this cannabis culture festival. You don’t want to miss this world’s largest cannabis rally and free performances....

The Best Cannabis events to attend in 2017

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It is a new year so that means that there’s a whole year full of cannabis events to look forward to. Now is the time to mark your calendar so that you don’t miss the best cannabis gatherings, expos, and events. As the marijuana industry is booming more and more cannabis events are created. I guarantee there is one out there perfect for you. There are events for beginners that are just learning to grow and events for the most seasoned growers that enjoy sharing tricks of the trade. Whether you’re into edibles, vaping, or dabbing, there will be an event somewhere just for you. Let’s take a look at some of the best cannabis events happening this year around the world.

Start packing your suitcases because from February 17th-19th Canapa Mundi will take place in Rome, Italy. This cannabis fair will showcase the biodiversity of cannabis and how it can be an ingredient in diverse sectors. This means that you will get to experience how cannabis can be eaten, worn, used in construction, as a biofuel, just to name a few. Italian and foreign companies come together to provide workshops, consultations, information, and games. 

Spannabis is Spain’s biggest cannabis event

While you’re in Europe you might as well head to Spannabis in Barcelona from March 10-12. Spannabis is Spain’s biggest cannabis event. They’ve got international speakers to inform you on the latest cannabis information. Countries from all over the world come to showcase what they’ve got. This includes diverse products made from hemp. Exhibitors participating in this event are cultivators, chemical engineering and biotechnology firms, fiber processors, industrial packaging companies, biofuel researchers, nursery and greenhouse managers, paper manufacturers, clothing fiber manufacturers, and many more. Don’t be bummed out if you can’t make it during March to Spannabis as there will be another one in Madrid later this year on the 13th-15th October. ...

Cannabis had a place in ancient religions

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This day in age you won’t find religion and marijuana in the same sentence. Unless, you are talking about the First Church of Cannabis in Indiana, yes, it truly exists. However, this doesn’t mean that cannabis wasn’t welcome in religion once upon a time. 

Let’s go back to some of its earliest origins in China. Around the 28th century B.C. cannabis was a symbol of power over evil. In the emperor Shen Nung’s pharmacopeia it was called the “liberator of sin.” In the 5th century B.C. a Chinese Taoist priest wrote that cannabis along with Ginseng was used to set forward time in order to reveal future events. Taoists added cannabis to their incense burners in the 1st century A.D. They believed the effects produced were highly regarded as a way to achieve immortality. Cannabis consumption in Taoism was reserved only for religious officials and not with ordinary people. Which is probably one of the biggest perks I’ve ever heard of when becoming a religious official. 

Another Asian country with a history of cannabis in religion is Japan.  In ancient Japan hemp was used in ceremonial rights and for purification purposes. Shinto priests used a gohei, a short stick with hemp fibers attached to create purity along with sacred space. According to this Japanese religion evil and purity cannot coexist alongside each other, therefore, they would wave the gohei and the evil spirit inside a place or person would be driven away. During formal and religious ceremonies clothes made from hemp were worn because of its association with purity.