As far as substances go, marijuana is a seasoned veteran. It’s got some skin in the game. It’s been around, taken its fair share of hits, changed with the times and is now in the process of mounting its greatest comeback yet—a nationwide legalization.
Read on for a crash course in all things cannabis. Then, go forth and share the wisdom while sharing your next joint.
9 Wild Facts about Weed
It has Mexican roots.
The name “marijuana” comes from a Mexican slang term for cannabis and is believed to have derived from the Spanish pronunciation of the names Mary and Jane.
It’s super resilient.
The cannabis plant can grow in nearly any environment. It averages one to two inches of growth per day and up to 18 feet total in ideal conditions.
Its potency can vary.
Depending upon the weather conditions, soil type, time of harvest for a cannabis plant, as well as the specific mixture of dried leaves and flowers in the marijuana product, a sample of marijuana can contain anywhere from less than 1% to 20% THC.
It can feed your body as well as your mind.
Cannabis seeds were used as a food source in China as early as 6000 B.C.
It gets around.
Marijuana is the most common illegal drug used in the United States. Approximately 100 million Americans have tried marijuana at least once, and more than 25 million have smoked it in the last year.
Cannabis cannot kill you.
According to one report, it would take 800 joints to kill a person—but the cause of death would be carbon monoxide poisoning.
India got it right over 100 years ago.
Marijuana has been a common substance in India for centuries, being used in religious ceremonies as well as for recreational purposes. In 1894, the British Colonial Government worried that it might actually be driving Indians insane. They commissioned a study and issued a report entitled “The Indian Hemp Drugs Commission Report” which concluded that regular usage was harmless.
Bet you didn’t know that…
Paraguay is one of the world’s largest producers of marijuana (alongside Mexico).
It’s always had a place in American politics.
Prior to its ban, hemp was a staple cash crop of the family farm in early America. Rumor has it the first two drafts of the United States Declaration of Independence were written on paper made from hemp.