420 Weird Facts About Cannabis

  1. The book Marihuana: The First Twelve Thousand Years by E. L. Abel indicates that cannabis is one of mankind’s oldest crops, going back at least 12,000 years.
  2. While cannabis is better known for its use in edibles like brownies and cakes, it can be eaten raw, though it won’t cause a high.
  3. In the early 1970s, Stanford students purchased a bag of weed from MIT students, making it the first product sold online, although illegal.
  4. Modern-day cannabis is much more potent than previous generations, with higher levels of THC and purer strains.
  5. Not all cannabis produces a high, as CBD and THC have different effects on the body.
  6. Due to its illegal status, cannabis has amassed many slang terms, such as weed, pot, and hash.
  7. Residues of marijuana were found in William Shakespeare’s home, suggesting he may have used it as a source of inspiration for his writing.
  8. Bob Marley was buried with a cannabis bud, his red Gibson guitar, and an open Bible on the 23rd Psalm.
  9. The effects of cannabis, whether relaxing or invigorating, depend on the strain type, such as Indica for relaxation and Sativa for energy.
  10. While it is possible to overdose on cannabis by consuming too much, it is practically impossible to finish a lethal amount.
  11. Cannabis has over 120 active cannabinoids, with THC and CBD being the most well-known.
  12. Los Angeles boasts more marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks, making it a cannabis wonderland.
  13. California was the first state to ban cannabis over a century ago, which seems ironic considering the abundance of dispensaries in the form today.
  14. Cannabis has a variety of eco-friendly applications, including use in construction, clothing, and plastic.
  15. Cannabis can provide pain relief and relaxation for senior citizens, improving their quality of life.
  16. Cannabis has medicinal benefits, such as natural pain relief, with courses available for learning more about its medical applications.
  17. Cannabis and beer hops are part of the same family of flowering plants.
  18. Uruguay became the first country worldwide to legalize growing, selling, and consuming cannabis in 2013.
  19. The United States is the top producer of marijuana globally, followed by Morocco, Afghanistan, Mexico, and Colombia.
  20. George Washington grew hemp on his farms at Mount Vernon to make paper, rope, sail canvas, clothing, and fishing nets.
  21. The government popularized the word “marijuana” in the early 1900s to demonize the plant and link it with Mexican immigrants. But let me tell you something: hemp – a variation of the cannabis plant – was once a vital crop in the US, used for everything from rope to textiles.
  22. Cannabis is an ancient plant with evidence of use dating back over 10,000 years. But get this – the active ingredient in cannabis, THC, wasn’t even isolated until 1964. Can you believe that?
  23. Now, if you’re into smoking the good stuff, you might want to know that the largest joint weighed over 2.5 pounds and required over a pound of rolling paper. Talk about a party trick.
  24. In Hindu mythology, cannabis is thought to be a gift from Shiva, and the first recorded use of the plant for medicinal purposes dates back to ancient China in 2737 BC. But here’s a shocker – despite all this history, cannabis is still illegal under federal law in the US. Yeah, I know. Crazy.
  25. Back in the 70s, a group of high school students in California was the first to use the term “420” to refer to cannabis culture. And here’s something you might not know – cannabis is a dioecious plant, meaning there are male and female varieties.
  26. But let’s get real, my friends. Cannabis has been used for thousands of years – as a source of fiber, medicine, and even for religious and spiritual purposes. In some parts of Africa, it’s used as an appetite suppressant. And even the great Marco Polo encountered cannabis on his travels and brought it back to Europe, where it quickly became popular.
  27. But you know what’s fucked up? Cannabis was commonly used as a medicine in the United States until it was criminalized in the early 20th century. And even though it’s legal for medical or recreational use in many states, it’s still illegal under federal law. It’s a damn shame, my friends.
  28. Oh, and one last thing – a study from 2018 found that cannabis use can increase the risk of heart attack, especially in the first hour after use. So be careful out there, folks.


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Harriett S. Miller

Meet Harriett S. Miller, the guy who never met a CBD strain he didn't like! He's been researching and experimenting with CBD for years, and it's safe to say he's a bit of an enthusiast. When he's not busy trying out new strains, you can find him scoping out the latest cannabis accessories and gadgets. Harriett is dedicated to spreading the word about the benefits of CBD and helping people discover the perfect products to enhance their cannabis experience. He may be serious about his research, but he's always up for a good laugh (or a good puff).

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