The discussion around the “correct” spelling of marijuana or marihuana is ongoing within Canada’s public and the legal communities. Marijuana tends to prevail as the general word of choice as it is phonetically friendly, and it aligns with how marijuana is commonly seen, spelled, and read in the news/media. As marijuana is seen and sold more regularly across different countries, states, and provinces, a big differentiator may become Canadian vs. American spelling.

The two countries already distinguish some words like neighbour, colour, and cheque so it is very fitting that Marijuana will be included. “Marijuana” may become the norm in the US, while “Marihuana” may reign in Canada – two similar words for the same product. Stay tuned on Primo Cannabis to see what the final word is.

The origins of Marijuana

The words itself has a very controversial role in marijuana culture today. As mainstream society learns to love the special herb with many positive effects – it’s about time! – and begins to adopt marijuana as part of everyday life, the terminology is taking center stage.

So, let’s get to it. Back in the early 1900s the word “Marijuana” did not exist. It actually only started to pop up in the 1930s when the American government had to find a scapegoat for the Great Depression. They chose to blame African Americans, Mexican immigrants AND what the beautiful plant that we have come to love today, Marijuana. All 29-states back then chose to ban the herb. I think we have Harry Anslinger to blame for the negative stigma surrounding Marijuana.