Why Do We Call It ‘marijuana’?

We’ve all heard that weed is for potheads and everyone knows that’s not true. But as we know when we’re young, everybody thinks that’s who they are. There was no big decision made about which of two different words you will use to refer to it until recently.

Cannabis has been used for at least 10,000 years in various contexts, but it was primarily an opium-based crop in the United States . Until recently, marijuana was also commonly known as cannabis, cannabis, marihuana or marihuana. The word marijuana was first coined by British authorities in the 1930s to apply to all forms of cannabis used in the U. S.

A common belief among people that grow, smoke and use the plant now is that it was a medical term because the first people to grow it in the United States were suffering from terrible ailments such as nausea, vomiting and abdominal pains. A medical term has since been formed to describe the plant with all these symptoms.

The History of Marijuana in the United States

There is considerable debate about the origins of marijuana. Some say that marijuana was actually used as a folk remedy for treating a wide variety of ailments such as indigestion, diarrhea, menstrual cramps and cough.

Others suspect that marijuana developed from a mixture of various plants, plants that were commonly called “Indian hemp” as it seemed to have many of the same properties as Cannabis Sativa.

There are many accounts which identify early American cannabis use as having its roots in the Native American American culture. These accounts range from the early 19th century to the 1930s.

One such account is from the 1850s. The historian, John H. Leland wrote, “…it appears from ethnological and historical investigations of what is known of the early progress of the American Indians that there was, as well as later, much use of the Indian Hemp in medicine, and, as there is no reason to suppose that it was exclusively cultivated as an article of food, much consideration was given to its use as an article of clothing.”

Another account comes from the 1894 journal of American botanist John B. Sibley . The journal contains the statement. “There is every reason to believe that the use of Indian hemp was first known to the white man in the course of colonization, and that it was extensively cultivated by the Indians.”

The use of Indian hemp as a fabric fabric is documented by the 1777 Spanish book, The Mexican Guide in North America. The book says, “Of all the varieties of fibers we know of the hemp is most useful, and the most agreeable to work. Its fibrous qualities are very varied, and it can be worked in any variety of manner, and in such large quantities that the production of it is a valuable industry.”

Another account from the 19th century states that the Indian Hemp has been used as a medicine for thousands of years.

The use of Indian hemp has been recorded as far back as the 6th century B.C., as stated in the Bible in the Book Of Numbers 15:22.

Another account also reveals that it was commonly used as a medicine, and people would burn it on fires to cure disease. This example was taken from a medical book of the 19th century. It read that “The dried up Indian hemp can be smoked to cure dysentery, asthma and diarrhea… . Indian hemp is an excellent remedy for rheumatism, rheumatism in the kidneys and spleen is sometimes cured when taken in powder; in large doses it is an excellent medicine, and an oil of the root of the hemp is highly recommended for the cure of the plague.”

In 1866 the botanical encyclopedia The Botanical Magazine said, “The root is a general medicine, especially good for the throat, and is also particularly effective in dysentery and asthma.”