Marijuana is one of the most used substances in America. It is used by over 100 million people every year, and over 2 billion people worldwide.
It’s been used for thousands of years—but it’s also been illegal for almost as long.
In this blog, we’re going to look at some fun facts about marijuana that’ll make you feel like you’re back in grade school!
10. Marijuana is the most commonly used federally illegal drug in the United States.
It can be smoked as a cigarette (joint) or in a pipe, or taken orally in baked goods, THC Gummies or even as a tea. It is also called weed, grass, pot, reefer and Mary Jane. Marijuana is considered to be a depressant because it slows down brain activity and produces relaxation.
9. In the United States, smoking marijuana is legal in nine states and the District of Columbia.
It’s also legal for medical purposes in 29 states and Washington, D.C., though there are restrictions on how much you can possess.
In some of these places, you can get a license to grow your own weed or buy it at a dispensary. In others, you can only purchase it if you have a specific medical condition that qualifies for treatment with cannabis; these conditions are known as “qualifying conditions” and vary from state to state.
If you live in one of these places, it’s important to understand what’s allowed before purchasing any cannabis products—and make sure you know where to get them when they’re not available at dispensaries.
A lot has changed in the last decade, and it’s all thanks to marijuana. In the United States, smoking marijuana is legal in nine states and the District of Columbia. That means that more than half of us can now legally light up a joint—and pretty soon, it could be more than half of us.
This is a huge deal. It’s not just about getting high: A lot of people believe that legalizing marijuana will help curb the opioid crisis by taking some of the profit out of street sales and making safer, regulated products available to all kinds of people. But it’s also about changing our perception of what it means to smoke pot.
8. The first recorded use of marijuana as a medicine was in 2737 B.C., when people in China used it to treat malaria and rheumatism.
The first recorded use of marijuana as a medicine was in 2737 B.C.. Since then, marijuana has been used as a treatment for everything from pain to whooping cough and cancer.
In fact, many of today’s modern medicines are based on cannabinoids, which are the active chemicals in cannabis. Some prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin work by mimicking the effects of cannabinoid receptors in the brain.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved marijuana as an official medical treatment because there hasn’t been enough research done yet to prove its effectiveness for certain conditions; however, many people use it as an alternative medicine without any issues from their doctors or insurance companies.
7. The main active chemical in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
The main active chemical in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis and produces a euphoric feeling known as a “high” when consumed. The effects of marijuana can vary depending on how much THC is consumed.
Marijuana comes from the dried leaves, flowers, stems and seeds of the cannabis plant. Most forms of marijuana are smoked or eaten. Smoking or ingesting marijuana delivers THC quickly to the brain, producing short-term effects such as an altered state of consciousness, impaired coordination and increased appetite. In contrast, ingested cannabis may not cause noticeable changes in behaviour until more than an hour after it is consumed because it has to pass through the digestive system first.
6. Marijuana can be harmful to your health if you smoke too much of it or if you mix it with other drugs like cocaine or alcohol.
The effects of marijuana on the body are similar to those of other drugs: it affects the brain and changes how people feel. Some people say that marijuana makes them feel relaxed or happy, but others say they feel anxious or paranoid.
It’s hard to know whether to believe these experiences because there is conflicting evidence about marijuana’s effects on the brain. Some studies suggest that long-term smoking can cause memory loss and make it harder for people to learn new things. It also may cause lung problems, including cancer or lung disease (emphysema).
5. Have you ever wondered why marijuana plants look like they’re waving their leaves at you?
The cannabis plant is one of the most adaptive plants in the world, with over 400 different subtypes identified so far. The cannabis plant has developed many adaptations to help it survive in its environment—including the ability to sense light, humidity and temperature changes.
When a cannabis plant senses that it’s getting too little or too much water or light, it will drop some of its leaves (or “nodes”) as a way of conserving energy and preventing further damage. This process is called “photomorphogenesis.”
In order to do this, the cannabis plant produces an enzyme called “kinase.” This enzyme helps the plant produce compounds known as phytochrome A and phytochrome B. These compounds help regulate photosynthesis in plants by helping them adjust their growth patterns based on light conditions and other environmental factors.
4. Hemp products come from industrial hemp plants that are grown for fiber, seed, oil and protein powder.
They do not contain any THC and are therefore legal to sell in all 50 states! Hemp products are a great alternative to other beauty and health products. They have been used for centuries by people to help with stress management, anxiety and depression. Hemp products have also been used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
3. There is no evidence that marijuana use causes lung cancer.
Smoking tobacco does cause both of these conditions because cigarettes contain tar and other chemicals.
2. There are more than 80 cannabinoids in marijuana, including CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) that have medicinal effects on our bodies and minds.
The most common is CBD, which has been found to help with anxiety, pain management, and sleep disorders. CBD is also used to treat nausea in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment. THC is the psychoactive component that gives marijuana its “high” feeling. It’s been used to alleviate pain, muscle spasms and loss of appetite in patients who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
1. Marijuana can help with cancer treatment.
This is because cannabinoids (the chemical compounds found in marijuana) have been shown to help with nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss and pain—all common side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. They can also be used to help manage anxiety, depression and sleep problems that often come with having cancer.