As part of their Well+Being section, The Washington Post released a guide to cannabis terms this month to highlight the key differences between them.
On May 13, 2023, The Washington Post published an article in the Well+Being column titled “How Are Marijuana, Cannabis and Hemp Different? A Guide to Weed Terms,” resulting in over 549 comments in the now-closed comment section (1). According to its website, Well+Being from The Washington Post covers healthy living, nutrition, fitness, mental health, relationships, chronic illness, and disability (1).
The article reportedly interviewed several experts and defined 19 terms including “cannabis,” “marijuana,” and “hemp,” but also terms such as “joint,” “terpenes” and “tincture.” References cited included Shanna Babalonis, the director of the UK Cannabis Center at the University of Kentucky; Monique McHenry, director of the Medical Cannabis Center for Research and Education at the University of Vermont; Sean Myles, an associate professor in agriculture at Dalhousie University; and the World Health Organization.
Also listed in the article is a “What to Know About Marijuana” section with over a dozen suggested articles including “Does Weed Help with Anxiety or Cause It? Here’s What Experts Say,” “What to Do If Your Pet Eats Your Weed,” and “How to Be a Good Weed Tourist.”