The Power of Words

Words are powerful tools. They can spark a revolution or stop one in its tracks. They can villainize or sanctify an object. For this reason, it is important to choose your words carefully, especially when dealing with a hot-button issue like cannabis legalization.

October 7, 2014

Words are powerful tools. They can spark a revolution or stop one in its tracks. They can villainize or sanctify an object. For this reason, it is important to choose your words carefully, especially when dealing with a hot-button issue like cannabis legalization.

When referring to the plant at the center of this issue, there are many options for word choice. You can call it Mary Jane, reefer, pot, weed, marijuana, cannabis, or one of many other options often thrown about.

Most people realize that Mary Jane, pot and weed are all slang terms and should not be used by anyone who is trying to be taken seriously or advance the cause of legalization.

But what about marijuana and cannabis?

The term “marijuana” became popular in the US in the 1930s. During this time, newspapers and their owners used their power to spread propaganda and fear about cannabis. Rumors were circulated that linked marijuana to violent behavior, after all, sensational news sold papers. Because of this, the term “marijuana” is an emotional and derogatory word. Additionally, “marijuana” typically only refers to the dried bud.

“Cannabis” however is the term embraced by activists and anyone actively trying to change the perception of cannabis. It is a scientific term that encompases many uses of the plant. It is free of the negative associates the word “marijuana” carries and allows people to have a conversation about legalization without being written off as “just another stoner.”

As you can see, “marijuana” is a loaded term, full of years of propoganda and backlash that make it difficult for people to listen to what you are saying. By changing the way we speak about cannabis and making small word changes, we are able to encourage people to listen and start a discussion about the benefits of legalized cannabis.

Join us, and many others in this revolution. Show you are serious about affecting change. Say, “Cannabis,” not “Marijuana.”

 

Contact Us

Ready to get started or learn more about how we can help your facility succeed? Fill out the form and a company representative will be in touch.

Area of Support*

Share:

Featured Articles

How Much Does it Cost to Start an Indoor Cannabis Grow?

How much will it cost to start an indoor cannabis operation? There are many variables to consider that can drastically affect price including equipment, size, location, and more. We'll dive into what these variables are and present an example of what a start-up cost for a cannabis facility could look like. We'll also look at some of the tools you can use to help you shape your budget.

How to Make Sure Your Cannabis Drying Process Produces Potent Buds

Once you've harvested your cannabis flower, it's time for drying and curing. This is the process of removing moisture from the buds for preservation and curing them further. This is a multi-step process, and if not handled correctly, could ruin your entire harvest.

Surna’s Top 10 Articles of 2022

As we head into the new year, let’s revisit our 10 most-viewed blog posts from 2022.

What the Colorado River Crisis Could Mean for Indoor Agriculture

The Colorado River Basin has been drying up for over 20-years. A water shortage that spans across seven states is creating pressures to implement cutbacks. With 80% of water use being attributed to agriculture, perhaps it is time to discuss the benefits of indoor cultivation.

XP Agronomics [Case Study]

Oklahoma cannabis cultivator XP Agronomics partnered with Surna at every level to ensure their innovative ideas manifested in the most efficient and productive ways.

(WEBINAR) Race to the Bottom: How to Survive When the Pound Price Tanks

Managing operating costs while maximizing yields is the only way to survive the inevitable decline in revenue associated with changing market conditions. Watch the webinar recording now.
Sign up to receive blogs and other news

Footer

© 2023 Surna. All rights reserved.
Surna
Scroll to Top
commercial indoor farm considerations and setup examples

Download the Free Guide

Building a commercial grow operation or expanding your farm? Download the free guide to commercial scale indoor farm considerations – with real life setup examples!

What Is the Size of Your Grow?*
Which best describes why our white paper interests you?*
What products or services are you looking for?*