Marijuana and cannabis both have the same meaning and the words are interchangeable. When talking botanically about the plant we use the word cannabis. Cannabis is a flowering plant that includes three varieties that originally came from Asia:
- Cannabis Sativa (tends to grow tall and stalky)
- Cannabis Indica (tends to grow smaller and bushier)
- Cannabis Ruderalis (found primarily in Russia and Eastern Europe)
The word “marijuana” is a term that is Mexican in origin and made its way into English at the end of the 19th century. Marijuana means “Maria” (Mary) and “Juana” (Joan or Jane).
Cannabis or marijuana has been used for hundreds of years by humans, for fiber (hemp), seeds, oils, medical treatment and recreationally.