In conversation Episode 5: UK Cannabis Language

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This week I sat down with cannabis activist Simpa Carter to discuss cannabis language and the way it is weaponised against a fair and open discussion about the plant.

You can watch the episode below or click here to watch on YouTube.

There was a lot to talk about and I’ve check-marked all the chapters so you can jump between different aspects of this nuanced and complex topic.

  • 00:00 intro
  • 1:06 When did you notice cannabis language was skewed?
  • 2:22 The Etymology of cannabis
  • 5:00 False dichotomies
  • 7:03 Language as a tool to manipulate
  • 9:40 History of cannabis language and propaganda
  • 10:18 Origins of ‘Skunk Psychosis’
  • 14:34 Weaponisation of language
  • 18:24 “All cannabis is medical”
  • 19:20 “Weed is fine but I don’t like skunk”
  • 21:00 The past few years in the UK – co-opting
  • 23:00 24 Hour drinking laws
  • 25:35 the origins of propaganda and fighting the narrative
  • 30:36 The misrepresentation (and clever marketing) of CBD
  • 37:50 0.2% THC restrictions on hemp
  • 40:00 Empowerment, cultivation and “Dealers”
  • 41:30 Green Crack
  • 43:47 Reclaiming the narrative and standardising language
  • 46:19 The changing of the laws in November 2018
  • 48:54 Being correct with cannabis language
  • 50:04 Decriminalisation vs Legalisation
  • 53:00 Outro