Weed Facts

Weed is another name for marijuana and cannabis.

Weed is a street name for the psychotic drug marijuana; whose botanical name is Cannabis. Cannabis is the plant whose various leaves and flowers are used for different types of psychoactive drugs. 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).

In addition to be a drug, weed is also used medicinally for conditions such as to improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, reducing nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, to treat chronic pain, help with muscle spasms and help treat glaucoma.

Weed can be rolled up in a joint and smoked, added to food or even smoked out of a bong. It is currently illegal in many countries, with many people fighting to make it legal to use and smoke weed. Weed has roots in many old traditions and has been used as a spiritual aid in many old civilizations.

There many facts about weed:

  • Short term effects of weed include loss of coordination and distortions in the sense of time, vision and hearing, sleepiness, reddening of the eyes, increased appetite and relaxed muscles. Heart rate can speed up
  • Most weed users never use any other illicit drug
  • Study after study has found that weed is less harmful than alcohol and tobacco
  • Heavy weed smokers are at risk for some of the same health effects as cigarette smokers, like bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses
  • Weed use is not associated with elevated cancer risk as shown in preclinical studies
  • Weed has been legal for personal use in Alaska since 1975, and it's still legal today
  • A weed-derived compound forces cancer cells to freeze and prevents them from spreading
  • Rates of weed dependence have not increased over the past 10 years.
  • Only about 9% of weed users become clinically dependent, according to a study
  • Beer &Weed are cousins: beer's hops are in the same family of flowering plants as marijuana
  • The majority of adults who use marijuana do not have adverse mental health issues
  • First US President, George Washington grew Marijuana in his farm
  • Medicinal weed is considered kosher in some cases by Judaism
  • Uruguay became, in 2013, the first country in the world to make it legal to grow, sell and consume marijuana
  • In Colorado, medical marijuana dispensaries outnumber Starbucks locations 3 to 1
  • The first recorded use of weed was in China, over 4700 years ago
  • Marijuana's effects on driving are subtle but real
  • Rastafarians are legally allowed to possess weed in Italy due to it being a 'sacrament' to the religion
  • Weed has been shown to alleviate symptoms of wide range of debilitating medical conditions including cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), epilepsy, Crohn’s Disease, and glaucoma, and is often an effective alternative to narcotic painkillers
  • In 1949, the U.S. Military created a synthetic version of Marijuana called Dimethylheptylpyran." Just 1 mg can have effects lasting for 3 days
  • Weed is legal and is not even classified as a drug in North Korea
  • 789 grams of 2,700-year-old weed were found in a Chinese tomb in 2008
  • In India, it is not uncommon to consume weed 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 weed
  • The first arrest for weed 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 weed, cocaine and ecstasy to test if they are safe
  • The weed 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 weed plants, but they don't produce a substance called tetrahydrocannabinolic acid
  • Smoking up weed 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 weed 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 weed can result in toxicity and even overdose for humans
  • Constant use of weed could result in cancer
  • A study showed that people who started smoking weed 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 weed include: grouchiness, sleeplessness, decreased appetite, anxiety, cravings, etc.

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