Cannabis is a fascinating plant with a rich history and a complex chemistry. It has been used for medicinal, spiritual, and recreational purposes for thousands of years, and its popularity continues to grow around the world. Here are some fun facts about cannabis that you may not know:
- Cannabis is one of the oldest cultivated crops in the world. It has been grown for at least 12,000 years and has been used for fibre, food, medicine, and spiritual purposes.
- The plant’s scientific name is Cannabis sativa, and it belongs to the family Cannabaceae, which also includes hops.
- Cannabis contains more than 100 cannabinoids, which are chemical compounds that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. The two most well-known cannabinoids are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).
- THC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces the “high” associated with recreational use. CBD, on the other hand, does not produce a high and is being studied for its potential therapeutic benefits.
- Cannabis can be consumed in many different forms, including smoking, vaping, edibles, tinctures, and topicals.
- The first recorded use of cannabis for medicinal purposes was in ancient China, where it was used to treat a variety of ailments such as pain, nausea, and insomnia.
- In the 19th century, cannabis was widely used as a medicine in the United States, and it was even included in the United States Pharmacopeia until 1942.
- The word “marijuana” is believed to have originated in Mexico in the early 20th century and was used to describe a type of cannabis that was smoked by Mexican soldiers.
- Cannabis was made illegal in the United States with the passage of the Marihuana Tax Act in 1937. The act effectively banned the production and sale of cannabis, and it remained illegal at the federal level until 2018.
- The first state to legalize medical cannabis in the United States was California in 1996. Today, more than 30 states have legalized medical cannabis, and 15 states have legalized recreational cannabis.
- The legal cannabis industry is expected to be worth $73.6 billion by 2027, according to Grand View Research.
- Cannabis has been shown to have potential therapeutic benefits for a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, anxiety, and epilepsy.
- Some studies have suggested that cannabis use may be associated with a lower risk of obesity and diabetes.
- The world’s largest cannabis farm is located in Denmark and covers 1 million square feet.
- Cannabis can grow in a variety of climates and can reach heights of up to 20 feet in the wild.
- Cannabis is a dioecious plant, meaning it has separate male and female plants. Only the female plants produce the buds that are used for consumption.
- The aroma of cannabis comes from compounds called terpenes, which are also found in many other plants and fruits.
- The legal age for cannabis consumption varies by country and region. In Canada, the legal age is 19, while in the Netherlands, it is 18.
- Cannabis has been used in religious ceremonies by various cultures around the world, including Hinduism, Rastafarianism, and Taoism.
- The first-ever cannabis cafe in the United States, Lowell Cafe, opened in Los Angeles in 2019.
- Cannabis plants can be bred to produce different levels of THC and CBD, as well as other cannabinoids and terpenes, resulting in a wide range of effects and flavours.
- The first recorded instance of cannabis being used as a recreational drug was in ancient Greece, where it was often consumed during symposiums.
- The first recorded instance of cannabis being used in the United States for recreational purposes was in the early 20th century, where it was often consumed by jazz musicians in New Orleans.
- The world’s largest joint was rolled in 2019 in Massachusetts and measured over 100 feet long.
- Cannabis use can impair short-term memory, coordination, and reaction time. It is important to use cannabis responsibly and not operate machinery or drive while under the influence.
- Some animals, such as elephants, have been known to seek out and consume wild cannabis plants.
- In 2018, Canada became the second country in the world to legalize recreational cannabis, after Uruguay.
- The first recorded instance of cannabis being used for its psychoactive properties was in ancient India, where it was consumed by sadhus and yogis as a way to achieve transcendence.
- The chemical structure of THC was first identified in 1964 by Israeli scientist Raphael Mechoulam.
- Cannabis has been shown to have potential anti-inflammatory properties and may be helpful in treating conditions such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
In conclusion, cannabis is a fascinating and versatile plant with a long and storied history. Whether used for medicinal, spiritual, or recreational purposes, it continues to captivate people around the world. With increasing legalization and acceptance, it will be interesting to see how cannabis continues to evolve and impact society in the years to come.
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Our deep love of plants and fascination with Cannabis has enabled over 25 years of successful small-scale Marijuana cultivation from indoor hydroponics, greenhouses, and outdoor growing set-ups.
As Cannabis laws around the world change, *we support the movement toward freedom of choice for responsible, consenting adults who wish to experience the joy and wonder of growing a Cannabis plant.