It is so confusing what to call this very special green plant. For all intensive purpose I will refer to the above terms (as well as many other names you can think of) as cannabis. There is a stigma associated with what cannabis is called. As a medical professional I prefer to stick with the taxonomy (which is the genus and species of the plant i.e.Cannabis sativa). For me, using the word cannabis is normal. I don't want to diminish the value and importance of this plant. I have learned to respect the medical benefits and fascinated about its potential. A plant that has been utilized for over 10,000 years is now coming to mainstream USA.
My child was recently admitted to a hospital. Upon admission, the hospital staff takes a medication history so they can order my child's medications. To my surprise, the hospital providers supported continuing my NYS medical marijuana product with little to no resistance. Yes, there were precautions I had to follow with using my child's product and that was expected. Due to the electronic medical record (EMR) there is not a drug entry for the provider so they use a free text entry called "non-formulary medication." The funny, yet strange, thing was every time a nurse would talk about the medications that were due they would call the drug name by its official name but then say, "You can give your non-formulary medication now." Why couldn't they say what it is. It wasn't one nurse but a majority of them. It was like they were forbidden to say MARIJUANA. I am extremely grateful I was allowed to use the medical marijuana while in the hospital so I really didn't care what they called it.
I have a close friend who takes the cannabis oil for her arthritis. Seeing the positive benefits cannabis has done for my children firsthand, she still can't bring herself to call it cannabis. To her it is MMJ, just the letters are spoken and never called by any other name.
Why is that? I believe it is a stigma. There have been so many presumptions and stereotypes of those who consume marijuana and fear they would be labeled as one as well.
Quoting Jeff Sessions, "Good people don't smoke marijuana." So the millions of those who consume are bad people. Listen to Rep. Steve Cohen question Jeff Sessions about marijuana and the list of people he names would be deemed "bad people":
Whether you call it marijuana, cannabis, ganga, weed, pot, or any other terminology, the fact of the matter is this plant has common genus in the plant nomenclature.. It is a cannabinoid product that is providing benefit for a medical condition or benefit for a recreational purpose- (sounds kind of like alcohol, huh?). It is only a matter of time until all states have legal marijuana laws. What will it take until cannabis is socially accepted? So in the meantime, call it whatever you want and feel comfortable with. Like many things in history, as Bob Dylan sang, " The times they are a changin' ", and I believe marijuana will soon be as common as alcohol.
That's the "DANgers of Marijuana" as i see it.