While a lot is known about cannabis now, there are still some pretty interesting things out there that you might not be aware of. Cannabis is still surprising us with new facts at every corner. The researchers are still learning how it impacts the human body.
Historical Use of Cannabis
It has been documented in use for thousands of years. While its derivative was first consumed in 1960s, cannabis plants have been in use for much longer. For example, ancient China used cannabis for the seeds and as a source of food. The plant of it they used to make oil and rope. In time it was used to produce textiles.
Within the coming years, the Chinese traded with nearby cultures and cannabis reached other parts of the Middle East. From there on out it spread to Africa, Europe and America. Throughout most of the world it was used to make paper, clothes, and also provide food, and oil.
It wasn’t used in its medical applications were until the 1800’s and 1900’s. After the studies done by British doctors a lot of uses that have been further studied recently, have been uncovered.
Currently, the popularity of cannabis plants is very widespread. It has became a commercial industry for the fact that the plant has so many different uses. Now it is commercially grown and mandated by the government in the US for decades.
It is not popular only in the US. It is also used and grown within Philippines and Asia. Recently, cannabis plants stopped being used commercially in America and the last hemp farm was being done with right after World War II in America. After this the people started focusing heavily on the medical and smoking side.
Differences in How Cannabis Affects Men and Women
There are a few studies that show that cannabis causes different responses in men and women. In a study performed, a female and male couple who had started smoking the same pot, with all other factors being the same, experienced different outcome, both short-term and long-term.
It was found that women build up a tolerance to cannabis faster than men. There are also differences in the individual responses women have to cannabis-based on changes in hormone levels and menstrual cycles. When women are ovulating, for example, they are more sensitive to the THC in cannabis. Even if given a low dose during that time of the month, women still developed a fast tolerance within 10 days. Basically, this means women will outpace men in terms of sensitivity.
There are a lot of new things found out daily about how cannabis works, how to grow it and how to consume it. Here are some interesting facts about cannabis.
Cannabis is still showing us all that it can do, and researchers are still learning how it impacts the body. Let’s dive into some research that we do know and some interesting facts about cannabis!
Fun Facts About Cannabis
There are a lot of different names and slangs for cannabis. Plenty of countries use different names for it. Italy is home to some very imaginative slang terms for cannabis. Still it isn’t the only place.
Did you know that there are over 200 slang terms for cannabis? You probably know the most familiar slangs like: “marijuana”, “pot”, “weed”, or “grass” but every group around the world has had their own.
Soldiers serving in the Vietnam War called cannabis “dinkie dow cigarette”. This was a term they took from the local description of how it would influence people when they smoked it. In England, there is a phrase “gasper stick”. In Latin cultures around the world, a “joint” would be called a “caracas”.
Also, it is not the plant itself that is the only thing generating slang terminology. The act of consuming it will also bring with it phrases like “mowing the grass”, “smoking trees”, or “going loco”. Have you used or heard any of these terms?
Going forward with the fun facts of cannabis that you might not have known yet, did you know that beer and cannabis are distant cousins? Beer hops are in the same family of flowering plant and they are both equally loved!
Did you know that if cannabis were to become legal it would generate around $8.7 billion in federal and state tax revenue per year in US? Also, in Alaska, cannabis has been legal for personal use since 1975 and is still legal to this day.
All those centuries ago even George Washington grew cannabis on his Mount Vernon plantation. He called it hem at the time, but we all know what it really was. However, California was the first state that banned cannabis over a century ago. And did you know where cannabis was first legalized? It was in Uruguay, in 2013! It is legal to grow and consume in this country.
Shocking Facts About Cannabis
There was always a question related to consuming cannabis and marijuana. Does it make people slower or does it make them creative? Well, did you know that there is evidence that Shakespeare, the famous playwright and poet, was a fan of this beautiful green plant? A few years ago a forensic technology has revealed marijuana residue in pipes found in his Stratford-upon-Avon garden.
This forensic study used a specialized gas procedure that is known to be extremely sensitive to residue preserved in pipes. They were able to discover it even if the residue is hundreds of years old. Four ff the studied clay “tobacco pipes” that came from Shakespeare’s garden were found to contain traces of marijuana.
According to the research findings, it is possible that Shakespeare was quite high when he wrote the romantic sonnets and other literary works that are still considered masterpieces by many people. If so, then the connection between creativity and cannabis consumption may just have gotten a bit stronger.
Did you know that in college, Barack Obama was a member of the “Choom Gang”? This was a group of boys who played basketball and smoked cannabis! Staying on topic, the first flag of the U.S. made by Betsy Ross was made of hemp.
A lot of celebrities and politicians were known for enjoying a bit of cannabis during their young adult-hood. For example, Cameron Diaz had said in one of her interviews that she bought marijuana from Snoop Dogg back in highschool! Both of them attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School. Snoop was the go-to guy whenever she needed to replenish her supply. Or at least she was pretty sure that he was.
Interesting Facts About CBD
Did you know that marijuana smoke is everywhere? Atmospheric scientists studied the air in Italy and found that marijuana smoke has been found over plenty of major cities. There are specific parts of the country, like Florence, Naples, Milan, and Rome where marijuana smoke is just wafting through the air.
While the amounts are not enough that the population and any tourists breathing it in will get a contact high, they are still pretty striking. Who knew that cannabis is found in the air all across Italy! Where else could it be found? To be fair, those same cities have evidence of nicotine, caffeine, and cocaine in the air too.
If you are a fan of chocolate, you might be interested to know that chocolate and cannabis give you a similar sort of a stimulant. Chocolate is, of course, not nearly as powerful. However they both achieve the same outcome. For example, if you are feeling blue, and you want a quick pick me up, if you unwrap a chocolate bar or smoke a joint it could help boost your mood. CBD in hemp or cannabis can bind to serotonin receptors in your brain, making it a great antidepressant.
If you are not into smoking, there are other ways of consuming cannabis. You can use CBD oil without the high and slow the breakdown of anandamide in the brain. So, the THC and the CBD play their part in turning your frown upside down. And, again, if you don’t have any pot handy you can eat chocolate which will produce higher levels of anandamide too!
Did you know that U.S. Military created synthetic cannabis called “Dimethylheptylpyrn” that could last up to 3 days with only 1mg? though, how healthy it was, was questionable. There is another ironic fact, which was the first arrest ever for cannabis possession. It was made in the US on October 2, 1937, in Denver, Colorado.
On the topic of Colorado, since the legalization of recreational marijuana, cannabis dispensaries outnumber Starbucks locations 3 to 1! There are quite a few dispensaries near me that would help satisfy your CBD cravings!
If you like stories about weird trips, this one will be right up your alley. From 1938 to 1962 the US government “official expert” on cannabis once testified under oath in court that he had once smoked cannabis and it turned him into a bat.
Did you know that Rastafarians are legally allowed to possess cannabis in Italy because it is a sacrament to their religion? Fun!
In the Kingdom of Bhutan, cannabis is about as common as grass. It grows everywhere in this country. You can find it in the wild, in cities and even in the cracks of sidewalks. It was used to feed pigs, but it’s commonly viewed as a weed. A real weed.
On the topic of history and religion, in 2008, 789 grams of cannabis was found in a Chinese tomb. That is weed that is over 2700 years old. As cannabis was making history, the 1st thing ever bought and sold over the internet was a bag of cannabis, in 1971. Allegedly it was a Stanford student purchasing it from a student at MIT. It was technically an illegal transaction.
Did you know that Bob Marley was buried with his red Gibson guitar, a cannabis bud, and a Bible open to Psalms 23 which states “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures.”? A man that knew how to live his life to the fullest.
Who Grows the Most Weed?
Currently, the United States grows the largest amount of cannabis in the world.
Here is the full ranking of the countries of how much cannabis they grow:
- United States
Marijuana Facts That You Didn’t Know
There is a lot more to know about marijuana than the correct way to consume it. It’s likely the world will never completely unlock all of the secrets hidden within this miraculous plant. However, over the years, a large number of cannabis lovers, scientists, and historians have compiled an ever-growing array of marijuana facts.
While some of them are fascinating, some are funny. Still some help debunk long-held myths about marijuana and CBD. Here are some of the cannabis facts that are not to be missed, if you are looking for an interesting read.
You most likely already know hemp can be used to create many products, such as fabric, rope, and even lotions. However, did you know how strong hemp rope actually was? Well, there is a story about the Easter Island that might interest you.
Many archaeologists have questioned how the residents of Easter island were able to move the huge statues from Rano Raraku. This is an extinct volcano and quite a long way through the terrain of the island to where the statues are placed currently.
An archaeologist at California State University, by the name of Carl Lipo, concluded back in 2012 that the large statue on Easter island, called moai, was moved with hemp rope. There were previous studies that thought that the residents of this island used logs. Still, in recent years, this was proven to be false. It would have depleted the forest on the island.
Carl Lipo and his team made a 4.35 ton replica statue. They were able to move it with 18 people and 3 hemp ropes, similar to how someone might move a fridge. Talking about useful!
We spoke already about the uses of cannabis in the ancient times. The seeds were used as a food source in China as early as 6000 B.C. Currently, 158.8 million people around the world use marijuana. That is over 3.8% of the world’s population!
Now, marijuana is the most commonly used scheduled drug used in the US. For example, approximately 100,000,000 Americans have tried marijuana at least once and more than 25,000,000 have smoked it in the last year. Did you know that teenagers don’t smoke more pot in states where marijuana is legal than in states where it is illegal?
It is no wonder that since 2015, marijuana has become the fastest-growing industry in the US. If marijuana becomes legal in all 50 states, the industry will become larger than the organic food market.
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