Though “cannabis” is the scientific name for the plant, politicians, doctors, and newscasters often use “marijuana” instead. Hell, “marijuana” and “cannabis” are used so interchangeably that you could say both words in the same sentence and no one would blink an eye.
However, if we wind the clock back to a time when the United States economy was suffering, and an influx of foreigners from Mexico was unfairly blamed, the word “marijuana” was used in place of “cannabis” to evoke fear and hatred of these foreigners by Americans. This was the start of “reefer madness,” an anti-cannabis movement executed so well that we are still struggling with its effects today.
Check out the video above as we explore the history of the term “marijuana.”