Here are some interesting facts about marijuana you may not have known:
In 1876, the Sultan of Turkey gave marijuana to the United States as a gift. By 1880, Turkish smoking parlors were opened all over the northeastern U.S. – http://brainz.org/420-milestones-history-marijuana/
A pot smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about fifteen minutes to induce a lethal response. – http://dangerousminds.net/comments/how_much_pot_would_it_take_to_kill_you
Research has found that THC (the main active component of marijuana), has a growth-inhibiting effect on the cancer cells in liver. – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21475304
THC and CBD, marijuana’s primary cannabinoids, are both cancer killers.
Research has found that smoking cannabis/pot in your teens can lead to a decline in I.Q., but similar effects were not seen in those who started smoking as adults. – http://www.nature.com/news/drop-in-iq-linked-to-heavy-teenage-cannabis-use-1.11278
In 2008, a British man was sentenced to four years in jail in Dubai after Customs officers found 0.003 grams (0.0001 ounces) of cannabis in a cigarette stub stuck on the sole of one his shoes.
A recent study proved that cannabis aids both lung and breast cancer-and does not cause any form of cancer. It only cures.
In Bhutan, marijuana grows wild and is more common than regular grass. However, virtually no one smokes it. Instead it is the number one source of feed for pigs. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXJwNSkdTH0&feature=youtu.be&t=4m11s
Studies have proven that the high from cannabis is very comparable to that of a runners high.
There are four people in the US who not only can get legal marijuana, but the federal government sends it to them, free. – http://nowiknow.com/license-to-toke/
he first two drafts of the United States Declaration of Independence were written on hemp paper.Before its ban, hemp was a common cash crop for family farms in early America.
The NBA does not test athletes for marijuana use in the off season.
Cannabis is the largest cash crop in the U.S., exceeding corn and wheat combined – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cash_crop#United_States
Although cannabis is illegal in Australia, there’s a town in New South Wales revolving almost only around weed selling and weed tourism where cannabis is both sold and grown openly. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nimbin,_New_South_Wales
In North Korea, distribution, possession and consumption of cannabis is very legal, and is recommended as a healthier alternative to tobacco. “Visitors tell stories of marijuana plants growing freely by roadsides.” – http://bigbudsmag.com/communist-cannabis-is-north-korea-a-legal-marijuana-state/
Marijuana seeds are a source of all amino acids. They are one of only a handful of substances that man can sustain off indefinitely with no other food and provide all known amino acids. – https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Marijuana_Cultivation/Fundamentals/Parts_of_the_Plant#Seeds
The University of Mississippi operates the United States’ only legal marijuana farm, on behalf of the government. – http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Number/12037857
US, Canadian and Australian consumption of cannabis per capita is more than double that of the Dutch, despite it being legal in Netherlands. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annual_cannabis_use_by_country
Cannabis grew rampantly in Brooklyn around 1951 before being eradicated by the Sanitation Department – http://brooklynology.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/post/2011/01/28/White-Wings-and-Dream-Stuff.aspx
Marijuana triggers neurogenesis. Layman’s terms: It leads to brain cell growth.
42% of people in Canada have tried marijuana at least once.
There is zero evidence that marijuana causes significant lung damage.
Marijuana has been in an “official” state of prohibition since 1937-s Marijuana Tax Act (in the United States). Because, among other reasons, it made white women desire black men.
Colorado and Washington legalized cannabis for recreational use this past October. They have estimated tax revenues of over $550 Million from this legalization.
Over the last decade, the NYPD has spent 1 Million Hours Making 440,000 Marijuana Arrests.
The last four presidents, including Barack Obama, have all admitted to smoking cannabis.
Since Nixon declared the “War On Drugs” in 1971, over a trillion dollars have been spent on it. It takes the average person under an hour to find drugs in a new city.
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.
Legalizing marijuana would generate $8.7 billion in federal and state tax revenue per year.
Marijuana has been legal for personal use in Alaska since 1975, and it’s still legal today.
The “SEX Party” in Australia is looking to legalize marijuana, euthanasia, censorship, abortion, and tax the church.
A Marijuana-derived compound forces cancer cells to freeze and prevents them from spreading.
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 the U.S., a sentence of life in prison without parole was given for trying to sell US$10 of marijuana to an undercover officer.
In 1949, the U.S. Military created a synthetic version of Marijuana called “Dimethylheptylpyran.” Just 1 mg can have effects lasting for 3 days.
Legal marijuana is the fastest-growing industry in the U.S. in 2015.
The U.S. government’s “official expert” on Marijuana from 1938 to 1962 once testified in court, under oath, that he had smoked marijuana and it turned him into a bat.
The first recorded use of Marijuana was in China, over 4700 years ago.
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.
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.
Marijuana is the most common illegal drug used in the United States. Approximately 100 million Americans have tried marijuana at least once, and more than 25 million have smoked it in the last year.
Worldwide, it is estimated that about 162 million adults use marijuana at least once per year, and 22.5 million use the drug daily.
The first e-commerce transaction to take place on the Internet was the sale of cannabis – http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/apr/19/online-high-net-drugs-deal
In Colorado, medical marijuana dispensaries outnumber Starbucks locations 3 to 1 – http://cannabisnews.com/news/25/thread25864.shtml
Carl Sagan wrote a paper under the pseudonym Mr. X advocating for Marijuana use. His identity as Mr. X was not revealed until after his death – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/31/carl-sagan-marijuana_n_3367112.html
After Tupac was cremated, his ashes were mixed with marijuana and smoked by members of his hip-hop group, Outlawz. – http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/young-outlawz-admit-smoking-tupac-shakur-ashes-mixed-marijuana-1996-article-1.950906
Cigarettes Kill 443,000 people a year-in the United States Alone. Vending machines kill 10 people a year. That’s 443,010 more than cannabis has ever killed.
Rastafarians are legally allowed to possess marijuana in Italy due to it being a ‘sacrament’ to the religion. – http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/07/10/us-italy-marijuana-
After alcohol, marijuana is the most popular recreational or mood-altering drug used worldwide.
Just under 40% of high school students in the U.S. report using marijuana at least once in their life, and 20% report using it regularly.
There are over 200 slang terms for marijuana in the popular vernacular. Some of the more common nicknames include pot, grass, weed, hash, and ganja.
The cannabis plant can grow in nearly any environment and averages one to two inches of growth per day and up to 18 feet total in ideal conditions.
Cannabis seeds were used as a food source in China as early as 6000 B.C.
The first recorded use of marijuana as a medicinal drug occurred in 2737 B.C. by Chinese emperor Shen Nung. The emperor documented the drug’s effectiveness in treating the pains of rheumatism and gout.
Marijuana’s effects on teenage girls’ brain is much more serious than the very moderate effects on the teenage male – http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166432811004360
During Prohibition, Pharmacies sold “Medicinal Whiskey,” much like today’s Medicinal Marijuana. – http://coloradorestlessnative.blogspot.ca/2010/01/medicinal-whiskey-and-loophole.html
The word “canvas” is derived from the word “cannabis” because canvas used to be made from hemp fiber. – http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=canvas
The first law in the American colonies regarding marijuana was a 1619 law that actually required farmers to grow the hemp plant. Once harvested, hemp was useful for clothing, sails, and rope.
Marijuana production and trafficking make up the world’s largest drug market and the substance can be grown in almost every country. The United Nations Office on Drug and Crimes (UNODC) has data on 172 countries and territories known to grow marijuana.
Paraguay is believed to be the world’s largest producer of marijuana.
According to the UNODC, there are several countries worldwide where greater than 8% of the population are said to use marijuana. Among those countries are the United States, Canada, England, Spain, France, South Africa, and New Zealand.
From 1850 to 1942, marijuana was listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia as a useful medicine for nausea, rheumatism, and labor pains and was easily obtained at the local general store or pharmacy.
In 2003, Canada became the first country in the world to offer medical marijuana to pain-suffering patients.
Legalization would save Canada an estimated $14 billion per year.
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