Cannabis is not only one of the most prevalent and foremost cultivated and traded drugs, but is also the substance with which many users start their recreational, abusive or problematic use of psychoactive substances. Known by the nicknames “weed”, “hashish” and many others, it is the subject of a multitude of cultural narratives and features in contemporary media productions, texts and images. Cannabis belongs to traditional cultures with various vernacular meanings, but has a long history of being illegal and is associated with underground subcultures and illegal markets, especially in Western countries. There are now signs of an axiological shift, however, with some jurisdictions becoming open to different sorts of supervised production, legal distribution and use.
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