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One Plant, So Many Names

Cannabis, Marijuana, Weed…. What’s with all the names?

Cannabis is the scientific name of the plant and the term marijuana is actually Mexican Spanish. But it was never a name for the plant that you smoke today. It was the name of another mixture of herbs that the Mexicans used for other reasons.

Ganga is a term from India. Pot is short for the Spanish term “Potiguaya” (a wine steeped with cannabis). And the term “Weed” came around in the 80’s with the counter-culture.

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