Using the term ‘cannabis’ instead of ‘marijuana’ does not influence the public’s perception of or attitude toward the plant, according to research published in the journal PLOS One. However, the study did find differences in perception when the word ‘medical’ is used in conjunction with ‘marijuana’ or ‘cannabis.’

About 43 percent of respondents said that both ‘marijuana’ and ‘cannabis’ were “morally acceptable” compared to about 26 percent who said ‘marijuana’ was “morally wrong” and about 20 percent who felt the same about ‘cannabis.’ The remaining respondents said they were “not sure.”

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