Marijuana is an incredible herb with multiple purposes that range from medicinal to recreational, and that can be consumed in a million of different ways. While we’re at a moment where we know more about the herb than ever, it still remains mysterious and we’re not sure why it produces such a wide variety of effects on your body and can have so many different purposes.
We’ve gathered some of the randomest but also super interesting facts on marijuana, because you can never be too informed or educated on the subject. Check these out:
When we think about the birthplace of marijuana, the hippies and the 70’s automatically come to mind, but the herb obviously has been around for much longer. The 70’s was simply the decade where the drug acquired some popularity.
On the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum in Arlington, Virginia it’s stated that the first time the use of cannabis was recorded was in China on the year 2727 BC, when the Emperor Shen Nung discovered it and began to use it medically. Some people argue that Shen Nung wasn’t the emperor of China during that time period, claiming that the true emperor was Qin Shi Huang. The identity of the real person who recorded this still unknown.
Multiple Uses For Hemp
Hemp can be used for many things, like rope, clothes and even technology. One of the oddest uses of a hemp rope was for transporting giant pieces of stone, specifically the ones that make up the humongous Easter Island statues. Some people theorized that aliens had to have helped out in the creation of these statues due to how big they were and how limited our technology was during that time period.
Nope, no aliens, just marijuana.
Hemp Vs. THC
Industrial hemp plants and marijuana plants are very confusing and a lot of people don’t know the difference between the two. Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant – cannabis sativa – but their cannabinoid content varies greatly. THC is present in marijuana and is responsible for giving you that feeling of being “high”. Hemp plants have none of that and that’s why they’re no fun to consume. They do contain a lot of CDB, which is another cannabinoid that has some great properties.
Recent studies have discovered that marijuana can have affect men and women in different ways. A research on rats conducted on 2011 discovered that female rats felt more of a painkilling effect than male rats when consuming marijuana. These females were also more more likely to develop a tolerance for the herb.
Estrogen seems to be the cause for this weird discovery considering that female rats were more sensitive to cannabis when ovulating.
Marijuana In The Air
A study from 2012 discovered that there are trace amounts of marijuana in the air on 7 different Italian cities. These levels of marijuana were too low to produce any effects on humans, so tourists don’t have to worry about getting accidentally high while taking in the sights. Shame.
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Heavy marijuana users can grow to be very dependent on the herb, feeling sick and uncomfortable when not consuming the drug. Scientists discovered several variables that suggest that this dependence may be related to genetic reasons, leaving some people more vulnerable than others due to their DNA. These variables are not causal, they simply exist and will definitely lead to more research and exploration on the subject.
The legalization of the herb and its acceptance throughout different states suggests that soon we’ll be discovering new methods when it comes to consuming marijuana. A study conducted on 2,800 people claimed that consumers who come from states where the herb is legal have consumed marijuana in different ways, be that through vaping or edibles.
In 2001, an anthropologist found remnants of marijuana on a pipe that was found on the presumed residence of William Shakespeare. Are we really that surprised?