Twitter is going wild for one pot-smoking couple who named their daughters after two marijuana plants – SaTiva and Inidca.
On Thursday, Twitter user Freed Lee posted that his brother and partner had chosen marijuana-themed names for their children. The post has since earned 18k retweets and 95k likes, according to Fox News.
“UPDATE: My brother is excited to announce the birth of his 2nd daughter! …and before you ask, yes, her name is exactly what you think it is,” Lee wrote.
The uncle included a tweet from October 2018 announcing the birth of his first niece named SaTiva, a play on the Sativa plant, known for its “head high” as opposed to the “body high” associated with the indica plant.
“My first niece is named SaTiva…I just…” he posted.
Twitter users were enthusiastic over the announcement, praising the pot-smoking couple for giving their daughters such “beautiful” names.
“Weed is a beautiful thing after all. Congrats to the new addition to your family and a beautiful healthy baby girl,” commented one user.
“That’s amazing,” commented another user. “I met a girl called Indica a while ago and it actually suited her really well! It was only later that I thought ‘hang on a sec… Indica?’”
“Call me crazy but those are beautiful names,” commented another
Others were a bit more cautious, fearing that the children could be subject to ridicule.
“So as not to be mistaken for being hateful, I say only this; before naming a child parents should give thought to how that name will affect the child later in life. Take, for instance, the parents who named their child Adolf Hitler. A name is a gift from the parents…” said one Twitter user.
“This is cute but kids are cruel. The kids named Margarita and Champagne definitely got bullied and teased when I was growing up. I’d be scared to put mine out there like that. But I’m sure as adults their names will stand out,” said another.
While cannabis enthusiasts assert that weed is harmless, according to a recent study, the legalization of marijuana in Colorado has led to an increase in emergency room visits.
“Recreational cannabis went on sale in 2014 and it has led to an increase in emergency department visits, according to a new study,” reported CNN in 2019. “Although inhaled cannabis leads to more visits overall, new research says, edibles — foods containing cannabis extract — account for more visits for psychiatric and cardiovascular symptoms.”
Colorado legalized cannabis for recreational use in 2014 after allowing it for medicinal purposes in 2009. Between 2012 and 2016, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital saw a “threefold increase” in ER visits related to cannabis use — 9,973 cases. Dr. Andrew A. Monte, an emergency medicine physician at the hospital, said the research stemmed from his colleagues witnessing a high number of cannabis-related visits without any data to back up the spotted pattern.
Colorado is one of many states increasingly embracing marijuana. Since California legalized marijuana in 2017, the move to make a social scene out of the recreational drug has been ongoing in certain parts of the state, primarily in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
The marijuana industry has also launched a campaign of political correctness to clear up the stigma associated with the drug, advising people to stop using the word “pot” because it’s an offensive term. According to Anchorage Daily News, the marijuana industry has grown very self-conscious of the stereotypical image of “the stoner” and wants to clean up the stigma.
“Marijuana still carries a stigma that surfaces with the use of old slang like pot and weed,” reported ADN in 2018. “For many, the words evoke an image of lazy, not-so-bright people who puff their lives away.”
The industry wishes people would start using the more scientifically-minded name “cannabis” instead.