Marijuana Facts

There are a lot of facts that are associated with marijuana.

Cannabis, the botanical name for marijuana, is a plant that is used to produce a psychoactive drug or a medicine. The main psychoactive part of the drug is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); it is one of 483 known compounds in the plant, including at least 84 other cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV).

Marijuana is most commonly used as a psychoactive drug that helps heighten mood and relax the body system and results in increase in appetite. It is also used for treating certain medical ailments or aid in certain treatments such as reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, to improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, to treat chronic pain, help with muscle spasms and help treat glaucoma.

Although now illegal, marijuana was once used as a spiritual stimulant in order to relax the body and feel closer to God. Now, there is a huge debate on whether it should be illegal or it should be legalized throughout the US.

These are a few of the facts associated with Marijuana:

  • Only about 9% of marijuana users become clinically dependent, according to a study
  • 42% of people in the U.S. have tried marijuana at least once
  • Beer & Marijuana are cousins: beer's hops are in the same family of flowering plants as marijuana
  • Study after study has found that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and tobacco
  • Heavy marijuana smokers are at risk for some of the same health effects as cigarette smokers, like bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses
  • Legalizing marijuana would generate $8.7 billion in federal and state tax revenue per year for US
  • Marijuana has been legal for personal use in Alaska since 1975, and it's still legal today
  • A Marijuana-derived compound forces cancer cells to freeze and prevents them from spreading
  • First US President, George Washington grew Marijuana in his farm
  • Medicinal Marijuana is Considered Kosher in Some Cases by Judaism
  • Marijuana is legal and is not even classified as a drug in North Korea
  • California was the first U.S. state that banned Marijuana a century ago
  • Uruguay became, in 2013, the first country in the world to make it legal to grow, sell and consume marijuana
  • In 1949, the U.S. Military created a synthetic version of Marijuana called Dimethylheptylpyran." Just 1 mg can have effects lasting for 3 days
  • In Colorado, medical marijuana dispensaries outnumber Starbucks locations 3 to 1
  • Legal marijuana is the fastest-growing industry in the U.S. in 2015
  • The first recorded use of Marijuana was in China, over 4700 years ago
  • In Bhutan, marijuana was only ever used to feed pigs before the advent of TV
  • Rastafarians are legally allowed to possess marijuana in Italy due to it being a 'sacrament' to the religion
  • 789 grams of 2,700-year-old marijuana were found in a Chinese tomb in 2008
  • In India, it is not uncommon to consume marijuana in milkshake form, known as Bhang
  • Bob Marley was buried with his red Gibson guitar, a Bible open to Psalms 23 and a bud of marijuana
  • The first arrest for Marijuana possession and selling in the U.S. occurred in Denver, Colorado on October 2, 1937
  • In the Netherlands, there are dozens of public facilities where you can bring recreational drugs including marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy to test if they are safe
  • The marijuana plant isn't used only for smoking; its fibers can also be made into rope or fabric
  • Industrial hemp plants are the same species as marijuana plants, but they don't produce a substance called tetrahydrocannabinolic acid
  • Smoking up could be a very different experience for men and women, according to a 2014 study in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Pet owners are already using marijuana medicinally to help their suffering cats and dogs, according to a 2013 article in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
  • High amounts of marijuana can result in toxicity and even overdose for humans
  • Constant use of marijuana could result in cancer
  • A study showed that people who started smoking marijuana heavily in their teens and had an ongoing cannabis use disorder lost an average of eight IQ points between ages 13 and 38
  • Withdrawal symptoms for marijuana include: grouchiness, sleeplessness, decreased appetite, anxiety, cravings, etc.

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