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129 Facts About Cannabis You May Or May Not Know

There's a lot about cannabis you probably know. There's a lot about cannabis you don't know. Read on.
    1. Cannabis is the third most popular recreational drug in the United States.
    2. There are 3 types of cannabis: sativa, indica and ruderalis.
    3. Government surveys show 25 million Americans have used cannabis in the past year.
    4. The first states to legalize recreational cannabis were Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Alaska.
    5. Someone who occasionally uses cannabis will test positive in a urine test for 1 to 3 days after consumption.
    6. Cannabis plants can be hermaphrodites.
    7. Hemp is a distinctive variety of cannabis sativa that contains less than 1% THC.
    8. Hemp can be used to make everything from hand cream to jeans to plastics and paints.
    9. The "Most Successful Counter Drug Operation" according to the Guinness Book of World Records was announced on February 5, 1982. Over 14 months, 2,903 tonnes of Columbian marijuana was seized, 495 people were arrested and 95 vessels were seized. It was called "Operation Tiburon".
    10. The "Most Ingenious Drug Mule" according to the Guinness Book of World Records was on January 2011 when a pigeon was used to smuggle 45 grams of marijuana into a Columbian prison.

Cannabis growing in AfghanistanNate Derrick /

    1. Afghanistan holds the world record for the most cannabis producing country in the world.
    2. The earliest documented example of Hemp is a piece of cloth from 6,000 years ago in Asia.
    3. In Ancient China, surgeon Hua Tuo used medical cannabis to anesthetize patients.
    4. Natural cannabinoids in the body are called endocannabinoids.
    5. Canadian hemp can contain up to 0.3% THC, more than that and it's considered marijuana instead.
    6. More than 690,000 individuals are arrested each year due to prohibition, more than the total of arrestees for all violent crimes combined.
    7. The phrase 420 started in San Rafael, California.
    8. The First Church of Cannabis is a registered church in Indiana. It was created in March 2015.
    9. Female plants produce better flowers for cannabis consumption.

Hemp Seeds

    1. Male plants make the best hemp.
    2. In the United States both hemp and cannabis are classified as Schedule I drugs under the Controlled Substances Act, even though only cannabis can get you high.
    3. According to a 2011 report China makes the most hemp, followed by Chile and the European Union.
    4. 30 countries worldwide grow hemp legally, but not the United States.
    5. While it's illegal to grow hemp in the United States, the country imports more than $500 million worth of hemp products every year.
    6. The US government really does have a patent on marijuana (US6630507) titled "Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants". In October 2003, it was awarded to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
    7. In India, cannabis is called ganja or bhang.
    8. Frequent cannabis users may still test positive in a urine test 10 days after consumption.
    9. Iceland is the world's heaviest cannabis consuming country at 18.3%. It is not legal.
    10. In Zambia, 17.7% of the population uses cannabis.

1 of these 7 Americans uses cannabis.

    1. 1 in 7 Americans use cannabis regularly.
    2. The term 420, to refer to smoking pot at 4:20 in the afternoon started in 1971.
    3. More Canadians (12.2%) use cannabis than Jamaicans (9.8%).
    4. "Landrace strains" are indigenous strains from the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    5. Landrace strains eventually spread to South America, Asia, Jamaica, Africa, and Russia.
    6. In the 60s and 70s, landrace strains were collected and propegated in California and Hawaii, and are now called heirlooms.
    7. The website Leafly divides strains into 14 different types of effects you can have including giggly, euphoric and aroused.
    8. Arkansas has rejected medical marijuana legalization initiatives 7 times.
    9. Don't be an asshole - that's the first commandment at the First Church of Cannabis.
    10. The leaves from a cannabis plant can be used to make THC infused butter or milk.

This cola has nothing to do with cannabis, but another cola does.

    1. The "cola" is the terminal bud site where tight female flowers bloom.
    2. In Cambodia you can buy cannabis infused Happy Pizza at many restaurants.
    3. The blanket of crystal resin on a cannabis bud is called "kief".
    4. High Times lists OG Kush as the greatest strain of all time.
    5. Trichomes are the clear bulbous globes on a bud that ooze terpenes.
    6. Hash production relies on trichromes.
    7. "When I was a kid, I inhaled, frequently. That was the point," That was President Barack Obama, discussing his cannabis use while running for president in 2008.
    8. George W Bush admitted to his biographer Douglas Wead (like the plant) that he did indeed try marijuana.
    9. Willie Nelson once got high on the roof of the White House.
    10. In 1996 California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana.

Cannabis isn't fully legal here.imantsu /

    1. Despite the legalization of small amounts of cannabis, it is not fully legal in the Netherlands.
    2. Cannabis is dioecious.
    3. In Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" all of the clocks are set to 4:20.
    4. California's medical marijuana bill was named SB420.
    5. Erectile dysfunction caused by over consumption of cannabis is called weed dick.
    6. The term 420 was invented by a group of California teens named the Waldos.
    7. The Grateful Dead subculture helped spread the term 420.
    8. A Washington state farmer experimented with feeding his pigs cannabis as a way to enhance the flavor of their meat.
    9. Hash is usually made using cannabis indica.
    10. Large scale marijuana growers use music to help their plants.
    11. The story that 420 was a police term in California to refer to 'Marijuana Smoking In Progress' is a total urban myth.
    12. Water pipes are known as bongs, which comes from the Thai word "baung".
    13. Sedgwick Alternative Relief in Sedgwick, Colorado was the first cannabis dispensary in that state.
    14. Dues at the First Church of Cannabis are $4.20 a month.
    15. Willie Nelson's marijuana company is called Willie's Reserve.
    16. The Marijuana Dictionary is an online resource that curates the various words people use for cannabis. There are multiple entries under every letter of the alphabet.
    17. Liquid and gas chromatography is how labs test the potency of cannabis.
    18. The only place cannabis is native is Central Asia.
    19. Female plants are the best producers of cannabinoids.
    20. In China, hemp is called "ha-ma" meaning "great fibre".

Cannabis Indica

    1. Cannabis indica is known for its shorter, stockier appearance.
    2. In Cambodia, cannabis is sometimes boiled and the liquid is sprinkled on tobacco.
    3. Herodotus recorded the use of cannabis by the Sythian people of the Black Sea region.
    4. Doctor and author François Rabelais (writer of the immortal Gargantua and Pantagruel) cultivated hemp on a large scale at his property in France.
    5. Hemp was known as gallows grass because the hangman's noose was made of its fibers.
    6. In early medicine hemp was used to treat gout and worms.
    7. Kevin Smith, Chuck Lorre and Margaret Cho are all creating cannabis themed TV shows.
    8. Since 1968, the University of Mississippi has grown marijuana for research.
    9. In January 2016, a Canadian medical marijuana producer cuts its prices to $5/gram for some strains.
    10. Any cannabis you eat versus smoke is known as edibles.

The DEA stills performs cannabis busts in legal states.

    1. Despite legalization in some states, the DEA still performs busts there, because cannabis is not legal on a federal level.
    2. Indica is the cannabis type that gives you couch-lock.
    3. Many cannabis users swear by tolerance breaks.
    4. Former talk show host Montel Williams is an outspoken medical marijuana advocate.
    5. High Times can be credited for mainstreaming the term 420 and making it famous amongst cannabis lovers.
    6. In 1998 Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati won the gold medal for snowboarding at the Olympics but was disqualified after cannabis was discovered in his drug test, the decision was eventually overturned. He now runs his own cannabis company.
    7. The 420 Games are a series of athletic events that take place in California, Colorado, Washington and Oregon to promote the healthy use of cannabis.
    8. Jamaica decriminalized small amounts of cannabis in 2015.
    9. In Jamaica, Rastafarians use cannabis as part of their religious practice.
    10. Uruguay became the first country to fully legalize recreational cannabis in 2014.

    1. Justin Trudeau was the first Canadian Prime Minister to promise to legalize recreational cannabis.
    2. A 2012 report shows a pair of scientists in San Francisco used a compound derived from cannabis to stop metastasis of aggressive cancer in lab animals.
    3. There are more than 20 flavanoids in cannabis.
    4. In Alaska you can possess up to 6 plants and one ounce of cannabis if you are over 21.
    5. Many think cannabis was the first thing ever sold on the internet. A transaction does pre-date the current World Wide Web, but no money was ever exchanged.
    6. The Vedas, sacred Hindu texts, contain the earliest mention of cannabis.
    7. The Hindu god Shiva is also called Lord of the Bhang (what they call cannabis in India)
    8. Families, like that of teen medical marijuana user Coltyn Turner's, actually move to other states to be able to use medical cannabis.
    9. In India cannabis is often consumed as a Bhang Lassi, a drink of nuts, spices, cannabis and boiled milk.
    10. Cannabis ruderalis is the least well-known form of cannabis.

1937 was a bad year for both cannabis and Amelia Earhart.

    1. The American Medical Association opposed the United States' government's Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 because it taxed physicians who prescribed cannabis.
    2. Irvin Rosenfeld, a stockbroker in Florida consumed his 115,000th marijuana cigarette on Nov. 20, 2009, setting a world record.
    3. In 1978 the average THC content in cannabis was 1.37% THC, in 1998 it was 4.43%
    4. While THC is the most famous cannabinoid, there are more than 70 known to science.
    5. The ballot initiative that legalized recreational cannabis use in Washington passed in 2012.
    6. Cannabis may be the first billion-dollar industry run primarily by women.
    7. Cannabis was officially decriminalized in Washington D.C. in 2014.
    8. Colorado began selling recreational cannabis on January 1, 2014
    9. In Colorado recreational cannabis is taxed at 25% plus an additional 2.9% state sales tax, making it the most heavily taxed item in the state.
    10. Due to the Clean Indoor Air act, you cannot smoke recreational cannabis publicly in Colorado.

This guy isn't even a real doctor.

    1. As of Jan. 2016, 23 states plus Washington D.C. allow legal medical marijuana.
    2. Medical marijuana is legal in all six New England States.
    3. In its first week of legal sales Oregon sold $11 million worth of recreational cannabis.
    4. Cannabis Sativa is known for its height, growing up to 20 feet high.
    5. The Eros Association in Australia is lobbying government to legalize cannabis and have it sold in sex shops.
    6. Elvis Presley was an anti-drug crusader and honorary federal agent in the war on drugs.
    7. Rihanna has been open about her love of cannabis, but she is not starting her own cannabis product line.
    8. No one has ever died of a cannabis overdose.
    9. Cannabis is a Schedule 1 drug in the USA, which means the government considers it to have a "high potential for abuse", "no currently accepted medical use" and "a lack of accepted safety."

Cannabis contains steroids, but it probably won't help you look like this guy.

  1. There are more than 400 chemicals in cannabis including steroids and Vitamin A.
  2. In the states that legalized medical marijuana by 2006, 80% of the states saw a decrease in teen use of cannabis.
  3. Cannabis was used in the Bible.
  4. Cannabis was decriminalized in Cambodia in 1994.
  5. Sativa is known for energizing and stimulating effects.
  6. Cannabinol (CBN), cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabitriol (CBT) are just some of the many other types of cannabinoid found in cannabis.
  7. CNB (cannabinol) is the third most common cannabinoid.
  8. Growers like to cross-breed indica and sativa with ruderalis because of its fast flowering cycle.
  9. Reservists in Israel can use medicinal marijuana.
  10. There are cannabis museums you can visit in Barcelona and Amsterdam.
  11. Enforcing prohibition in the United States costs taxpayers $10 billion per year.


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