Cannabis- Where Did That Name Come From?

Cannabis- Where Did That Name Come From?

by Laura Geftman, LCSW

The term cannabis is derived from the proper name of the marijuana plant Cannabis sativa. The upright plant is used to produce hemp fiber and the drug we now know as medicine. Cannabis is a dioecious species, meaning it has male and female plants. Roughly half the plants grown from seed are female; when not fertilized by males to produce seeds, female plants bear flowering buds called sinsemilla, the part of the plant with highest Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration. Cannabis is a cousin of hemp. The difference is hemp does not grow sinsemilla.

Culturally the cannabis sativa plant has derived many slang terms and code names. Welcoming Weed uses the term cannabis as it’s not only scientifically accurate but also lacking stigma. In fact we hope to set the record straight about some of the misrepresented understanding of this plant.


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