Since starting this blog, we have heard countless complaints about the language that we use to describe marijuana and various aspects of the cannabis business. People complain that our use of the word “pot” is a bad idea because it does not convey “seriousness.” People complain when we use the word “marijuana” because that word was created to stigmatize the drug and its effects. And some have even complained of our using the word cannabis, though we cannot even remember why. And when we use the word canna-business, we get complaints about how it takes marijuana away from “its roots.”
Our policy is not to worry about semantics, and we plan to keep using all of these words as often as we can. We believe that using these words without compunction will eventually strip them of any negative connotations and reveal them for what they are: words that actually neutrally describe what is going on with ever changing public policy, politics, and laws.
With the goal of increasing clarity and commonality of language, below are some more words that have come into the canna-business vernacular (there we go again) that are starting to become of common usage:
Budtender. The person who helps customers choose their marijuana product and provides it to them. This person is generally to marijuana what a bartender is to alcohol (though budtender is also commonly used in the medical marijuana industry with the same purpose).
Cannabinoid. “Cannabinoids are a class of diverse chemical compounds that act on cannabinoid receptors on cells that repress neurotransmitter release in the brain.” We got this definition from Wikipedia.
Marijuana/Pot/Weed/Cannabis/Reefer/Grass. Probably the most commonly used terms for cannabis.
For more on marijuana language, check out the following:
- List of Marijuana Slang Terms, at the Weed Blog
- The Language Of Cannabis. Cannabis 101, at the Canna Law Blog
- This is your language on cannabis, at the Boston Globe
- Marijuana Dictionary
- Pot Dictionary
- Cannabis Slang, at Wiktionary
What do you think? Cannabis, marijuana, pot, or what? What cannabis related words do you like or not like?