How much do you know about cannabis?
There’s a lot more to know about marijuana than the correct way to smoke it. It’s likely the world will never completely unlock all of the secrets hidden within this miraculous plant.
Over the years, however, legions of cannabis lovers, scientists, and historians have compiled an ever-growing array of marijuana facts.
Some of them are fascinating, some are funny, and some help debunk long-held myths about marijuana.
To sum up the best, we have created a list of the most eye-opening weed facts.
Every weed plant could save 10 trees
is: It’s ridiculous that the world isn’t growing more hemp. Hemp, weed’s non-psychoactive sibling, can easily be made into biodiesel, paper products, and hemp concrete. Making the switch to hemp dramatically cuts down on our need for timber and our use of fossil fuels. This plant is one of the most sustainable choices out there.
Weed users eat 600 more calories each day
Cannabis users eat an average of 600 more calories per day. BUT, they also have lower BMIs and smaller waistlines than their non-smoking counterparts. Weed kicks your metabolism into overdrive. This makes you crave food but also acts as a digestive aid. It makes you hungry but helps you use what you eat better.
Cannabis is the fastest growing industry
Arcview Market Research found that the recreational cannabis market grew 74% in 2014. This staggering number has earned cannabis the title of the fastest growing US industry. The medical industry wasn’t far behind, bringing in $1.2 billion in 2014.
160+ million people in the world use cannabis
That’s 2.5% of the global population. Cultures around the world have been using the cannabis plant in some way or another for centuries. It’s no surprise, then, to find that it’s currently the most commonly used illicit drug in the world.
It’s physically impossible to overdose with cannabis
So you plop down on the couch to smoke a joint. If you smoke over 800 joints in that sitting, you might die. Your death, however, wouldn’t be caused by the herb itself. It would be from carbon monoxide poisoning. For cannabis to kill you from an overdose, you would need to smoke 40,0000 times the average amount within a short period of time. And smoking that much in one sitting is impossible. Annually, 50,000 people die from alcohol poisoning and 400,000 from tobacco. By comparison, marijuana is nontoxic and cannot cause death by overdose.
Today’s flower is 57-67% more potent than herb from the ’70s
The invention of the hydroponics gardening system may have been the best thing every introduced to the cannabis industry.The herb of the 60s and 70s was nowhere near what it is today. In fact, it was common for people to smoke stem and fan leaf bits instead of bud.
740K Marijuana related arrests were made last year
Of those charged, 87% were only charged with possession & the rest with sale/manufacture. That’s more than all violent crimes combined, including murder, rape, robbery & aggravated assault.
9% of cannabis users become dependent
By comparison, 15% of alcohol users become addicted. Rates of tobacco addiction outpaced heroin by 9%. A whopping 32% of tobacco smokers become addicted, and 23% of heroin users.
Hemp can be made into almost anything
Hemp is a variety of cannabis that contains less than 1% THC. Parts of the plant can be made into everyday products like textiles, paper, paints, plastics, cosmetics, foodstuffs, animal feed & more
Couples that smoke together are less likely to experience domestic violence
The good news? The more cannabis they smoked, the less violence there was. This could be because cannabis slows you down. When you smoke weed, you’re less likely to become aggressive when met with threatening stimuli. Couples that smoke together may also be more likely to share other common values as well, making them better matched.
Baby soap oops
In an unusual case, a hospital in North Carolina noticed an uptick in the number of newborns who were testing positive for marijuana in their urine, a finding that can suggest that mom has been smoking and can lead to social services getting involved. But it turns out that these babies weren’t suffering from pot exposure. They were just soapy.
An investigation of the positive tests found that ingredients in several common baby soaps can cause a false positive on marijuana urine tests, researchers reported in 2012. The soaps, including formulas from Johnson & Johnson, CVS and Aveeno, don’t contain pot, nor do the get infants high. A more sensitive test can show that the initial screening results were false positives, researchers reported in the journal Clinical Biochemistry.
African-Americans are 330% more likely to get arrested for possession
According to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), that number eight times more likely in some states. Namely, Iowa, DC, and Minnesota. The same ACLU report found that on average, whites and blacks consume cannabis at about the same rates.
You can be allergic to pot
Aaa-chooo! Like many other plants, marijuana can trigger allergic reactions in people, according to a 2015 review in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Both the plant’s pollen and its smoke can cause allergies in some people, the researchers said. Marijuana allergies are relatively rare, they wrote, but they’re on the rise and have probably been underreported or unnoticed because the drug has long been illegal.
Most of the reported symptoms of pot allergies are similar to those of run-of-the-mill hay fever: itchy eyes, coughing, sneezing, occasional hives. However, there have been a few reported cases of people having anaphylactic reactions to hemp or marijuana. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening response to an allergen that can cause the airways to swell shut.
Moderate weed smokers may have higher IQs
A study completed at Carleton University found that cannabis consumers that smoked 5 joints a week or less had higher IQs than non-smokers. IQ scores of 70 test subjects were measured at ages 9 to 12. They then measured again when the subjects were between 17 and 20, each categorized by level of cannabis use. Moderate smokers scored the highest.
Drug bust record
The Guinness Book of World Records apparently does not keep any records for the amounts of marijuana grown, smoked or otherwise consumed. But the drug does show up in the record books. The “bulkiest drug seizure” of marijuana ever was 2,903 metric tons, or 6.4 million pounds, that came from a Colombian drug operation. That was one-fifth of the entire illegal import of marijuana into the United States per year at the time, according to a 1982 New York Times article.
This seizure, code-named “Operation Tiburon,” also led to the arrests of 495 people and the seizure of 95 boats thought to be used in drug smuggling.
9.6% of adults 50 and up smoke recreational weed
Though, if you’re shopping at a dispensary, it’s not uncommon to find strains containing 20%+ THC. This is a huge potency spike when compared to cannabis from 1970. Back then, you’d be lucky to find some herb with more than 1 to 3% THC.
First transcontinental marijuana trade
The world’s first-known pot dealers were the nomads of the Eastern European Steppe, according to a 2016 study.
The Yamnaya, traders from what is now Russia and Ukraine, may have traded cannabis throughout Europe and East Asia around 5,000 years ago, the researchers found. The plant itself was in use in both Europe and Asia at least 10,200 years ago and grew naturally across both continents. But the archaeological record shows a spike in cannabis use in East Asia around 5,000 years ago, right around the time when the nomadic Yamnaya established a trade route across the steppes. Yamnaya sites show signs of cannabis burning, suggesting they may have brought the habit of smoking marijuana with them as they moved about.
There are 111 different cannabinoids in cannabis
Cannabinoids are the unique chemicals found in the cannabis plant. THC and CBD are the most common cannabinoids in cannabis. THC and CBD may be the main stars of the cannabinoid world, but they’re far from the only beneficial compounds found in the plant. Other cannabinoids like CBN and CBG are known to have medicinal effects. Imagine what we’ll find when we research the other 108?
THC can stay in your system for longer than 27 days
The amount of time THC stays in your system mostly depends on your metabolism. Some studies are showing that for regular marijuana users, THC metabolites may still be present in your system for an average of 27 days. For the occasional smoker, that number drops to 10 days.
Today’s average bud contains between 14-18% THC
The invention of the hydroponics gardening system may have been the best thing ever introduced to the cannabis industry. The herb of the 60s and 70s was nowhere near what it is today. In fact, it was common for people to smoke stem and fan leaf bits instead of bud.
[Updated, originally published 17.2.2017]
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