My corporation instructed us budtenders to use the word “cannabis” when selling marijuana. When I was talking to patients in the dispensary using the word “cannabis,” some of them had no idea what I was talking about. There was confusion, then they would exclaim,“Oh, you mean pot!”
Pot has been a frequently used and understood historical term for marijuana. Pot is also an accurate word. Using the sanitized word “cannabis” does not change the actual negative properties of marijuana usage: amotivation, addiction and physical and mental harm to users.