Why Is Marijuana Called Pot And Is It Likely To Be Changed?

Marijuana is no exception to the massive number of slang terms that are used to refer to certain drugs.

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Marijuana is no exception to the massive number of slang terms that are used to refer to certain drugs. Way before Americans even used cannabis in recreational ways, marijuana was mostly referred to as cannabis by the medical industry. Nowadays, there are hundreds of different terms that people call cannabis, and “pot” is a very popular one that has been used for decades.

Not The Same Pot For Cooking

Why is marijuana called pot? While you have the ability to definitely use a pot to stir up a fantastic cannabutter, no connection exists between the pot you will find in your kitchen drawer and the drug itself. The most widely agreed-upon way that the term “pot” originated from is from a Spanish term “potacian de guaya” or “potiguaya”. This refers to an alcoholic beverage that consists of wine or brandy that is steeped with cannabis leaves. “Drink of grief” is the symbolic meaning behind the term. That seems to be the best prediction of where the word “pot” came from, but there will be a dozen other explanations that other people will think is the correct one as well.

If you spend some time and do some research on your own in trying to find out the origin of exactly where the word started and what it means, you might find yourself digging into a deep rabbit hole that will leave you feeling more confused than when you even started. The term has been in question ever since it was used, and society is deemed to be stuck with this explanation on the word, whether it is right or not. There might be a high chance that the term “pot” was mistakenly or falsely correlated with “potiguaya”, and it was just widely accepted over the years and no one decided to create arguments over it. 

“Pot” has been used as a term since the 1930s. An author is known as Chester Himes briefly talked about smoking pot in a story written back in 1938. Many dictionaries also link the term back to the 1930s and say it came from a Spanish term used to describe marijuana leaves. 

Other Theories Surrounding The Term

Typically, the term “pot” is used and correlated with “the drink of grief”, but this is probably just speculation. It would be very difficult to be able to find out exactly where the term originated and how it became so widely used. 

One other theory surrounding its origination is that it is referred to as pot because it is grown in a pot. This theory might be a tad confusing for some, and it is easier to believe that it originated in the former way as opposed to the latter. 

Different Connotations Of The Term “Pot”

Depending on what era people were raised in, the majority of people will and probably always will like to refer to marijuana as pot, but over the years, other terms such as “weed” have been used throughout the new generation of cannabis consumers. Referring to marijuana as “pot” has a variety of different issues and over the years, the term slowly stopped being used, especially in the new generation of people who most often just refer to it as a weed. A lot of people trying to get away from the sometimes negative stigma of cannabis, which sometimes makes people think of a bunch of lazy stoners that are blazed out of their minds wearing tie-dyed outfits sitting around an old table.

For one specific case, a person in a nice business suit who appeared at a councillor’s office in San Diego to advocate for marijuana laws was greeted with “where’s the pot guy?” Because this person didn’t really fit into the councillor’s notion of what a “pot guy” even was, the person wasn’t recognized as someone who was professionally prepared to advocate for more appealing laws.

The stigma of lazy, undisciplined, lethargic, or even uneducated people lighting up blunts and doing nothing all day is extremely detrimental in an industry that is still working on its beginnings. The huge number of negative ways that some attach to pot deeply upsets the cannabis industry, which tells the world that they should use the word cannabis — sometimes delicately, and sometimes sternly.

There are many people throughout the industry that like to focus on terms like “weed” or “pot”, but don’t recognize or mention the scientific benefits of it which many people use it for, both medically and therapeutically. When someone from an older generation sees or hears the word “pot shop” or “weed store”, this can automatically create a negative perception or connotation with it almost immediately.

It seems that a lot of journalists also have a lot of trouble using the right terms in referring to cannabis as well. All of the different terms that are used, each have their set of connotations in the industry that is backed up by decades of history. Some sound a lot more negative than others and this can make people angry and irritated by it. Cannabis appears to be the overall most ideal way to avoid making people upset when referring to the plant.

The overall consensus among people is that the term “pot” originated from “potiguaya” which is the Spanish term for “drink of grief”, and as mentioned earlier, this drink is a combination of wine or brandy that is steeped with marijuana leaves. Although several dictionaries and references mention this as the birth of the word, there is no conclusive evidence to support it.

Wherever the word emerged, it is still widely used in the present day. There are many people throughout the cannabis industry that want this term to be replaced with cannabis, mainly because it doesn’t have the same negative connotations and stigma surround it.

If your aunt is having aches and pains throughout her body and you are trying to get her to give cannabis a try, then it is more likely that she will be a little more receptive to it if you use cannabis as the term instead of saying that you are going to go to the pot shop and pick up weed to help with her pains.

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