What does semantics really mean?
I need to address the confusion about my intended meaning of “hemp.”
It’s all about how a word or phrase is interpreted.
- Its about an individual’s personal experience.
- It may also be a matter of influence.
- A matter of association
The word “hemp” is a glaring example.
Hemp, one of my blog topics, is just such a word to stir up controversial conversations and critical judgements.
From a search perspective, users have a very clear goal in mind when they search using a specific word. Their search results could return some very unrelated results for their intended meaning.
Currently, a search for “hemp seeds” could mean a couple different things; either a grower or someone looking for the nutritional benefit of protein the seeds provide.
Visitors to my blog have, for the most part, perceived that I am all about the current medical marijuana craze!
This is due to many factors…
- The fact that I have M.S.
- The War on Drugs agenda
- The push for medical uses of marijuana (hemp’s cousin”)
- The mixed-up use of slang terms or code words
- Prejudice and preconceived ideas or opinions
- News or radio media’s influence
Please don’t assume that I’m a marijuana user or that industrial hemp & marijuana are the same plant. Industrial hemp is, in my opinion & findings, much too beneficial & potentially profitable for our government to maintain it’s position on banning it’s production.
Even I believed that hemp was the exact same plant as marijuana until I started doing the research myself.
Big Money Corporations started The War on Drugs about (circa 1935) the time of the development of crude oil, chemical herbicides & pesticides from Dow Chemical & the newspaper giant- Randolph Hearst. Collaboratively they created the Reefer Madness Campaign.
I would guess that the reefer madness era started calling marijuana hemp to hide their use of marijuana.
Media: Medical marijuana is big news & related stories feed peoples fears & ideas taught by programs like D.A.R.E. There are certain folks that possibly won’t ever accept the positive benefits of either variety of cannabis.
I am certain that both varieties have responsible uses & planetary function for humanity & the earth’s sustainability.
Understandably, some have had bad experiences related to the use or abuse of marijuana which has been interchangeably termed as hemp.
So it is as much a matter of semantics as opinion.