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8 fun and interesting facts about cannabis

By Rebecca Siggers

Oct 17, 2020

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The biodiversity of the planet is both ever-changing and mesmerising at the same time—some people observe its never-ending list of microorganisms while others focus on its different plant species. One of the plants that acquired the fastest pace in terms of growth and sale is cannabis. It is a psychedelic herb that possesses never-ending therapeutic and recreational benefits. Since ancient times, potheads have come up with some funny yet strange facts about the herb. Not only are these pieces of information eye-opening, but they also debunk the long-associated myths with weed. Here’s a list of interesting facts associated with the herb.

1. Shakespeare smoked marijuana

Most people link cannabis with an increase in creativity and imaginative powers. A South African study seems to bring a concrete base to this fact. Scientists got a hold of around 20 clay pipes from Shakespeare’s garden at Stratford-upon-Avon. Upon careful analysis and observation through adequate chemical testing, they found traces of cannabis in the tobacco pipes. Based on this, researchers believe that the famous English poet might have been high while creating his famous masterpieces.

Not only does this suggest that marijuana instils creativity but it further motivates potheads to emerge with their own creations. So, get your pot and get working on that idea you’ve been thinking about for days.

2. Cannabis possesses more than 200 slang terms

The cannabis plant has around 200 slang terms used in a variety of regions all over the globe. Due to the herb’s criminalisation, many cannabis enthusiasts had to come up with different street names for the plant. Some of the street names like ‘weed’, ‘pot’, and ‘marijuana’ date back to the 1930s and emerged from the American premises. In Britain, all you need to do is ask for a ‘gasper stick’.

In Latin culture, low-quality cannabis is often called by the name ‘Caracas’. All these names possess a specific historical significance and are still used by potheads worldwide. Along with this, the art of acquiring pot is sometimes called ‘scoring’ or ‘chasing’ cannabis.

3. Marijuana can alleviate cancer symptoms

While this fact might be known by most of you, it is one of the most important positives of cannabis. Researchers suggest that cannabis might fight off the cancer cells and alleviate the symptoms associated with it. The plant contains high levels of chemicals like cannabidiol and other endocannabinoids, which can stimulate the brain and reduce the side-effects associated with cancer-related treatments. Some symptoms like nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite subside with regular usage of marijuana. Further research sheds light on the ability of cannabis to break down cancer cells.

Not only does it provide a promising solution for tumours, but it also appears to be the future of oncological findings. Furthermore, cannabis seeds also help with insomnia and reducing stress. However, scientists are still performing the required tests to emerge with a concrete conclusion.

4. Different genders react differently to cannabis

Research suggests that females might develop tolerance to cannabis way faster than their male counterparts. In other words, your female buddies are likely to outpace you in the weed game soon. A group of scientists performed cannabis tolerance studies on different species of rats and the conclusion came out to be in favour of the females. For this research, scientists chose rats due to similarities in hormonal influences and menstrual cycles.

5. Cannabis and beer belong to the same family

Biological relationships dive deeper into a plant’s characteristics and don’t just focus on external experiences, which is why cannabis and beer belong to the same family of plants. Both emerge from the family Cannaceae, and the two plant species share many similarities in diverse aspects. This explains why beer and cannabis go well together due to their similar properties.

6. E-commerce actually started with cannabis

Back in the 90s, the first e-commerce transaction that took place was related to the purchase of cannabis in the US. According to rumours, some students from the University of California bought some weed from their MIT counterparts. Instead of fashion apparel or grocery items, cannabis was the pioneer of the e-commerce world. Not only does this put forth the significance of the plant, but it also adds to its never-ending historical impact. Cannabis usage dates back to 10,000 B.C. by the Chinese as a food and fodder source. It was only after that humankind realised its recreational potential.

7. Icelanders are the biggest consumers of weed

According to recent statistics, Iceland consumes even more weed than the Netherlands or Jamaican. This might come as a surprise for some of you but around 18.3 per cent of the country’s population smokes pot. What’s even more surprising is that the herb remains illegal in Iceland. However, the government seems quite tolerant of the high consumption of cannabis by its citizens.

8. The first cannabis legalisation took place in Uruguay

Uruguay completely tolerates cannabis consumption, even in public places. It was the first country to fully legalise cannabis both for recreational and medical use, back in 2013. In Uruguay, you can grow, sell, and smoke cannabis without any hassle. If you are looking to buy weed online in Canada, you can do so legally. This is because the country has also allowed residents to use marijuana! This only happened recently, back in October 2018.

Cannabis holds cultural and recreational importance in many parts of the world. While the Rastafari religion utilises its calming effects for meditation, reggae music further adds to the plant’s significance. If you’re a pothead, you might want to do some more research on other cannabis facts, just because it is bound to have many more to offer.