Marijuana is one of the most abused drugs in the world. There is an ever-growing gap between the latest science about marijuana and the myths surrounding it. Some people think that since it is legal in some places, it must be safe.
But your body doesn’t know a legal drug from an illegal drug. It only knows the effect the drug creates once you have taken it. The purpose of this publication is to clear up some of the misunderstandings about pot.
Marijuana comes from the Indian hemp plant, and the part that contains the “drug” is found primarily in the flowers (commonly called the “buds”) and much less in the seeds, leaves, and stems of the plant.
We all know what marijuana or weed or hemp is. It is a mind-altering drug, which people usually roll up in a cigarette called a joint or a nail and sometimes brew it as a tea and mix with food. Some also smoke it through a water pipe called a bong to get high.
There are many marijuana facts that are interesting and fun. Many of these, you may not have known about and some, you may have known. Did you know that 2016 was the year that marijuana became more popular in the United States?
In fact, during the 2016 Presidential election, there were more states that accommodated ballots related to marijuana legalization.
Let’s find out more about this wacky marijuana and its odd effects. How exactly does it provide its high, and what are the effects of smoking the plant in the first place? Read on for some interesting facts about marijuana that will leave you feeling bewildered and a little bit hazy:
1. 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.”
2. Former American presidents have grown cannabis. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned hemp farms. They praised hemp and its production throughout their lives. Jefferson even wrote a draft of the Deceleration of Independence on hemp paper.
3. 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.
4. The Guinness Book of World Records apparently does not keep any records for the amounts of marijuana grown, smoked or otherwise consumed. But the drug does show up in the record books. The “bulkiest drug seizure” of marijuana ever was 2,903 metric tons, or 6.4 million pounds, that came from a Colombian drug operation. That was one-fifth of the entire illegal import of marijuana into the United States per year at the time, according to a 1982 New York Times article.
5. Getting high might affect how you seen winning and losing. In a 2016 study, participants played a game in which they could win a few cents or lose a few dollars, depending how well they did. As they played, researchers scanned their brains, focusing on a small area called the nucleus accumbens that’s responsible for processing rewards.
The study found that people who had used marijuana more showed weaker nucleus accumbens responses to the prospect of winning than people who’d used the drug less. Of course, the study couldn’t prove that marijuana use directly caused the brain changes — it could be that there is some third cause of both, or an underlying reason why someone with a lessened reward response might gravitate toward marijuana use, the researchers said.
6. Rastafarians can legally smoke cannabis in Italy because it was ruled by the government to be a sacrament to their religion. As Italy’s Court of Cassation stated, they can use it “not only as a medical but also as a meditative herb. And, as such it is a possible bearer of the psychophysical state to contemplation and prayer.”
7. US, Canadian and Australian consumption of cannabis per capita is more than double that of the Dutch, despite it being legal in Netherlands.
8. You know how marijuana provides a high? Marijuana triggers the production of dopamine and supports neurogenesis meaning it produces chemicals in the brain which makes you feel good, while aiding in the production of brand new brain cells.
9. Around 6000 B.C. Cannabis seeds were used for food in China. In fact, China used cannabis for war, textiles and writing. In the year 2008, 789 grams of marijuana were found in a Chinese tomb which was nearly 2700 years old. 789 grams! Can you guess how many joints it can make?
10. 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.
11. The University of Mississippi operates the United States’ only legal marijuana farm, on behalf of the government.