The urban and slang term for marijuana is â€œpot.â€ And although many people have used and abused marijuana as a drug, not many of them know the origins of the word â€œpot.â€ Â Most people encounter the word â€œpotâ€ as a reference to marijuana leaves or some other drug form that contains marijuana. Â But most of these people accept the term as just some form of urban or street lingo for this widely used and abused substance.
The word â€œpotâ€ is actually a shortened version or derivative of the Spanish term â€œpotiguaya.â€ Â â€œPotiguayaâ€ or â€œpotacion de guaya” refers to some form of drink popular in Mexico in the past. Â This kind of drink became popular because of the addition of marijuana leaves to traditional brandy. Â And since many people who use or smoke marijuana also drink, the Spanish â€œpotiguayaâ€ eventually became just â€œpotâ€ over the years. Â And now, when people talk about â€œpot,â€ they mean the dried leaves of marijuana or any other substance or drug that contains marijuana.
Marijuana is sourced from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. Â The flowers and leaves are then dried for a variety of uses. Â Most marijuana is abused for its addictive and/or psychogenic effects. Â Many people have even become addicted because of the supposed â€œfeel-goodâ€ effects of this particular substance. Â People claim to be happier and more confident when they smoke marijuana, for example. Â Because of this reputation, â€œpotâ€ or â€œmarijuanaâ€ is considered an illicit or illegal substance or drug in many countries. Â But aside from having a reputation for being abused, â€œpotâ€ actually has several benefits in the medical field. Â In the past, marijuana or â€œpotâ€ is actually used to treat certain medical illnesses. Â But since this particular substance is addictive, many countries in the world have banned the cultivation, use, and sale of â€œpotâ€ or marijuana.