Marijuana is one of the most popular recreational drugs in the world. It’s also one of the most misunderstood. There are many myths about pot that prevent people from wanting to use it or from understanding how to use it safely. In reality, marijuana isn’t as dangerous as it’s made out to be and can have positive effects on some aspects of health and wellbeing. Here are 7 surprising facts about marijuana that you probably didn’t know:
Marijuana Contains More Than 100 Compounds
Marijuana contains more than 100 compounds, many of which have yet to be researched and understood. While some of these compounds are psychoactive, others are not. Some are health-promoting, while others may be harmful when consumed in large amounts.
It’s also important to note that the cannabis plant likely produces hundreds more cannabinoids that haven’t been discovered yet. The most well-known cannabinoids include THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (cannabidiol) and CBG (cannabigerol). But these are just three of an estimated 100 different cannabinoids found in marijuana plants worldwide!
Marijuana Is Legal in 29 U.S. States
Marijuana is a Schedule I drug, meaning it has no accepted medical use and high potential for abuse. But 29 states have legalized cannabis for recreational purposes and an additional 17 have approved its use for medical reasons. So what does this mean?
In short: marijuana is still illegal federally; however, state-by-state legalization has made it possible to grow and consume marijuana legally in some areas of the country. In addition to this, five U.S. territories also allow adults 21 or older to possess small amounts of marijuana without legal repercussions: Puerto Rico and Guam (both U.S.), as well as American Samoa (U.S.), Virgin Islands (U.S.) and Northern Mariana Islands (U.S.).
If you’re looking to enjoy the benefits of cannabis without breaking any laws while traveling abroad—or even if you want recommendations on where best to purchase your next stash before heading over—there are ways around these restrictions!
Marijuana Has Been Legalized in Many Countries Around the World
You may have heard that marijuana has been legalized in many countries around the world. But you may not know that hemp, a non-psychoactive form of the cannabis plant, has also been legalized in many countries around the world.
In fact, some countries have specifically legalized both marijuana and hemp. But some other countries haven’t legalized either one yet—and still others don’t intend to legalize either product any time soon!
If you’re interested in using hemp as an alternative to marijuana, you might be wondering: What are the differences between hemp and marijuana? And what kind of benefits do they provide?
Hemp and marijuana are both varieties of the cannabis sativa plant. But they’re different in several important ways. For example, marijuana has high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical compound that causes a euphoric “high” when you consume it. In contrast, hemp contains only trace amounts of THC (typically less than 0.3%).
There Are Many Types of Cannabis Plants
There are four different types of marijuana plants: sativa, indica, hybrid and ruderalis.
Sativa is the most common type of plant and it’s a tall plant with thin leaves. Indica plants are shorter than sativas and have broad leaves. Hybrids are bred from the two main types of cannabis plants to produce a higher yield but less dramatic high than if you were smoking pure indica or sativa strains. Ruderalis is a very low-THC strain that can be used for hemp production purposes only; it doesn’t make users feel high at all!
Indica, sativa or hybrid? You might be wondering which type of cannabis plant is best for you. Here’s everything you need to know about the three main types of marijuana:
-Indica plants are short and bushy, with broad leaves and dense buds. They’re most often used for medical purposes and provide a relaxing, body-high. -Sativa plants are tall and thin with long leaves that can be either green or purple in color. Many people prefer sativas because they produce an energetic high that helps users focus on tasks such as studying or working out at the gym.
-Hybrids are a mixture of indica and sativa strains, which means they provide both types of high. There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing between indica, sativa or hybrid plants. The best way to figure out what’s right for you is to experiment with each type until you find the one that suits your needs best.
The Origins of Cannabis Are Undetermined
Many people believe that cannabis was first cultivated in India and spread from there to other parts of the world. This is not true. Cannabis was actually first cultivated in China around 4,000 years ago, but it wasn’t until Europeans arrived on the scene with their own cultivation techniques that cannabis began to grow wild in Europe and North America. Today, it’s estimated that about 10% of all flowering plants are classified as cannabis!
The most popular theory of cannabis origin is that it’s native to Central Asia and has been cultivated there since the Neolithic period. This theory is based on the fact that cannabis pollen can be found in the soil layers of several archeological sites in the region, including one site in China where cannabis was first discovered by humans.
Hemp Was Used by Early Americans
You may be surprised to learn that hemp was used by early Americans. The Declaration of Independence was written on paper made of hemp, and much of the clothing and rope that helped to shape our country’s history was made from the plant. Hemp seeds were also a major food source for many Native American tribes, including the Nez Perce tribe who lived in Idaho, Washington and Oregon. In fact, they called them “mímiim” meaning “the seed.”
The first American colonists cultivated hemp in Jamestown in 1619 and grew it until 1776 (when independence from Great Britain occurred), when it became illegal due to its association with marijuana.
Marijuana Has Only Been Illegal Since the 1930s
In the 1930s, marijuana was banned for the first time in US history. The ban was due to the Great Depression, which created a lot of anxiety among Americans. During this time, racism and xenophobia were on the rise, leading some people to associate marijuana with Mexican immigrants and African Americans—both groups that had been immigrating in large numbers since around 1900.
The ban was not based on scientific evidence or public health concerns; instead it was a result of political pressure from anti-immigrant lobbyists who wanted to make marijuana illegal so they could be seen as defenders of morality in an era of social upheaval.
Did you know marijuana has been legalized in many countries around the world?
Did you know that marijuana has been legalized in many countries around the world?
In Canada, Uruguay, Argentina and Jamaica it’s legal for adults over 21 to use recreational marijuana. In many other countries such as Australia, Germany and Spain it’s legal for medical purposes only. The legal status of marijuana varies widely from country to country. For example in many European countries like Spain, Portugal and Italy cannabis was decriminalized decades ago but only recently have some states in the U.S. begun taking similar steps towards reform – with mixed results so far.
It’s clear that the cannabis plant has a long and fascinating history that stretches back for thousands of years. As we’ve seen here, it was used by many different cultures for various purposes throughout history—and even today, it continues to be used as medicine in many places around the world. It’s also surprising to find out how much information is still unknown about this plant.
While we know that marijuana is packed with beneficial compounds like cannabinoids and terpenes, there are still many questions about its origins and use as an ancient medicine left unanswered. As research continues into all aspects of cannabis use (including medical), hopefully more light will be shed on these important issues so we can better understand why people have been using this herb for millennia!