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10 Cannabis Facts You May Not Know

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Cannabis is probably the most explored topic right now and for good reason.

There are many myths, loads of research, and plenty of history, but there are also spiritual applications, and the use of the herb without its psychoactive properties.


Weed is no longer just to get you high: it’s a form of medicine, self-care, and relaxation. If you ever wanted to know some off-the-wall facts about marijuana and a dab of history or two, then look no further.


Check out these ten insane facts about cannabis that you probably didn’t know!


Marijuana Use is Over 2,500 Years Old

As a plant, marijuana evolved several billion years ago along the Tibetan peninsula. As time went on, individuals began to use marijuana for spiritual means in a religion called Zoroastrianism.


From there, the use of cannabis as a psychoactive substance evolved rapidly and so did the strains. Sativa originated in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East while the original Indica strains come primarily from the Middle East and some parts of Asia.


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700 Strains and Counting

From the original landraces from Asia, the Middle East, and Africa we now have over 700 different recorded strains of marijuana. This isn’t counting proprietary plants from different dispensaries!


Full Spectrum Cannabis is Better

Over 100 cannabinoids make up the active chemicals that are in cannabis leaves, flowers, and stems. Different elements of cannabis can be isolated and these elements are called cannabinoids.


The reason full spectrum is better for you is that each molecule works together to help balance the endocannabinoid system.


THC Isn’t Just for Pain, Anxiety, or Glaucoma Anymore

Balancing the cannabinoid system helps your body maintain homeostasis.


But what does that mean?


Essentially, if your body doesn’t produce enough molecules called cannabinoids, you will have a hard time balancing out how you feel. An imbalanced endocannabinoid system can lead to:

  • Chronic pain

  • Mental Illness

  • Memory Loss

  • Learning Issues

  • Decrease in Appetite

  • Improper Immune Responses

  • Increased Inflammation


Hemp Rope Was a Trip

Hemp used to be one of the top exports in the United States due to how fibrous hemp stems are. They made the perfect sturdy rope necessary for massive ships!


Hemp, while not as psychoactive as Sativa or Indica species, does still have some psychoactive elements. Can you guess what sailors were doing on long trips?



The First Online Purchase

Was weed! Stanford and MIT students worked together to create one of the first online sales during the ever-evolving period of the first connections to the internet. I’m sure that they are quite proud that their first sale is in the history of technological advancement.


Hops and Weed are Cousins

Hops are wonderfully smelling buds that get fermented in the beer-making process. Their earthy aroma is similar to cannabis in a way, but the two plants are very different.


Something that may come as a surprise is that just like cannabis, hops are also a medicinal herb. Hops can be used to help with anxiety, overactivity, sleeplessness, and more.


Only Female Plants Will Get You High

Cannabis plants have two distinct genders. The male plants only produce pollen sacks while female plants produce the buds that contain the psychoactive elements of cannabis.


“Proper” Use Means Knowing Your Strains and Yourself

If you want to make sure that you use marijuana responsibly and effectively, it is important to understand what you want to use the herb for. This is why dispensaries are so important.


They have close knowledge of the strains they work with so it is easier to recommend strains that will help you the most. With their knowledge, it becomes easier to measure what you as the client need as long as you don’t use something that makes your symptoms worse.


If you use strains that negatively affect your body, this can lead to an increase in symptoms rather than a decrease!


It Is Called the Holy Herb

For followers of the Rastafarian religion, marijuana is considered to be a holy herb. It allows the expansion of the mind and also encourages positive relationships among congregants.


Bob Marley was perhaps the most famous Rastafarian and his music reflects the tenets of the religion as well as the spiritual aspects of cannabis use.


Conclusion

Cannabis is one of the most interesting plants in our world. From spiritual uses to medical uses, it helps more and more people regularly. As far back as 2,500 years ago, people started using cannabis. It’s insane! What was your favorite fact?

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