January 22, 2017 | by Staff
Marijuana has a long, interesting, and odd history. As a result of this history there are a bunch of fun facts about your favorite plant that you may not know, but wish you did! Here’s a list of 25 fun facts about marijuana.
The very first thing sold online was a bag of weed. It took place in 1971 at Stanford. Students used the internet, then Arpanet, to make the transaction.
A study was recently released which shows that since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, it has experienced a nearly 5% decrease in overall suicide rates. For some demographics the reduction was as much as 11%.
"Medical marijuana laws appear to [...] decrease traffic fatalities [and] to lower suicide rates in men by 5%..." http://t.co/HEjhX9H9H2— Rob (@robsica) April 20, 2014
There are many uses of the marijuana plant. In fact, consumption is one of the least common uses for it. It can be made into rope, paper, and many other things. Speaking of paper…
The Declaration of Independence is the document that severed the US from the King of England and established the country’s independence. It’s also written on paper made out of hemp.
In response to fears of medical marijuana users pushing court cases, the government opened a program that provided certain users with marijuana. One program member is entitled to 8 ounces of weed per month, free, from the US government.
Marijuana legalization may seem like a new thing, but marijuana was not even illegal until 1937. This means that for most of its history, pot was legal in the US.
Marijuana has been shown to reduce the size of cancerous tumors in the liver. This has the potential to lead to new treatments and techniques in the battle against cancer.
The word for canvas actually comes from the Greek word kannabis, or hemp. This is because back in the day all canvases were made out of hemp fiber.
The earliest reference to cannabis being used as medicine occurs in 2700 BC in China. It was described as being useful in treating malaria, constipation, and rheumatic pain.
The active chemical in marijuana that gives users the high feeling is THC. THC remained undiscovered until 1964 when Dr. Raphael Mechoulam realized that the active ingredients in cocaine and morphine were known, but not the active ingredient in marijuana.
THC is the most well-known chemical in marijuana, but there are actually more than 60 different cannabinoids in marijuana. In addition to THC there’s also CBD, CBN, THA, terpenes, and many others.
Many people know that different strains of marijuana smell differently, but many people don’t realize that we now know why that happens. In addition to THC, marijuana also produces many other chemicals, one category of which are called terpenes. Terpenes are found in many plants and provide the scent and taste unique to each type of plant.
Despite the message from the early anti-drug PSA’s, “there’s a reason they call it dope,” marijuana is actually considered to be a neuroprotector. This means that it works to protect brain cells and stimulate their growth.
Not your personality, but your body chemistry. Marijuana’s active ingredient, THC, is shaped very closely and acts similarly to anandamide, which your body naturally produces. It is part of the endocannabinoid system that plays a role in regulating mood, sleep, and appetite.
CBD, the second most common chemical in marijuana next to THC, has gained a lot of attention in recent years. One study found that it had 700 medical properties, ranging from antipsychotic effects to anti-cancer qualities.
Another interesting thing about CBD is that it reduces the negative side effects of THC like paranoia and memory loss. This discovery could allow growers to develop even more effective strains to treat specific conditions.
The historian Herodotus wrote that the Scythians would smear what he reports as hemp seeds, but are much more likely to be resin or a form of hashish, on a hot stone, inhale the result and then “shout with pleasure”
Colorado, the first state to legalize and tax recreational marijuana, earned more revenue from pot taxes than from taxes on alcohol.
Marijuana actually works differently on men and women. This is due to a number of factors ranging from body weight distribution to differences in hormone levels.
For men, cannabis consumption decreases sex drive. For women, smaller doses of cannabis have been shown to increase sex drive, but, in larger doses, it can also cause female sex drive to decline again.
The FBI found that, when averaged out, an American is arrested for a marijuana offense every 42 seconds.
Among other stress relief techniques, the trapped Chilean miners smoked marijuana during their 69 day wait to be rescued.
Recent polls have that that more people think marijuana should be legal than favor it remaining illegal. This raises important questions about how long nationwide prohibition can continue.
Another recent poll has shown that 49% of Americans have at least tried marijuana, and 12% have used it in the last year.
Four states allow recreational marijuana, nineteen states have medical marijuana provisions, and fourteen states have decriminalized marijuana in some form or another. This shows that the path toward legalization and the end to prohibition are moving forward.
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