10 Facts About Cannabis

  1. Cannabis was used in China as early as 2,737 BC. The earliest known record of cannabis use comes from a Chinese medical text called the Shennong Bencao Jing, which dates back to 2,737 BC. The text describes cannabis as a "wonder drug" that can be used to treat a variety of ailments, including pain, inflammation, and insomnia.
  2. The word "marijuana" comes from a Mexican Spanish word called "marihuano." The word "marihuano" was first used in the 1800s to refer to a type of cannabis that was grown in the Mexican state of Marihuanilla. The word eventually made its way into English and is now the most common term used to refer to cannabis in the United States.
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  3. Cannabis was used to make rope, sails, and other products in the early 19th century. In the early 19th century, cannabis was a major crop in the United States. It was used to make rope, sails, and other products. The Industrial Revolution led to the decline of the hemp industry, as other materials became more popular.
  4. The United States government banned cannabis in 1937. The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 effectively outlawed the possession and use of cannabis in the United States. The law was passed due to concerns about the potential for abuse and addiction.
  5. Cannabis was used to treat glaucoma in the 1970s. In the 1970s, researchers began to study the potential medical benefits of cannabis. One of the first conditions that was studied was glaucoma, a condition that can damage the optic nerve and lead to blindness. Researchers found that cannabis could help to reduce intraocular pressure, which is a major risk factor for glaucoma.
  6. The first synthetic cannabinoid was created in 1964. The first synthetic cannabinoid was created in 1964 by a team of researchers at the University of Illinois. The compound, called WIN 55,212-2, was found to have similar effects to THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis.
  7. Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in the world. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in the world. In 2018, an estimated 284 million people worldwide used cannabis at least once in the past year.
  8. There are over 100 different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds that give cannabis its unique properties. The most well-known cannabinoids are THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive compound that produces the "high" feeling. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that has a number of potential medical benefits.
  9. Cannabis can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions. In addition to glaucoma, cannabis has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of other medical conditions, including chronic pain, nausea, and vomiting. Cannabis is also being studied for its potential to treat a number of other conditions, including cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and multiple sclerosis.
  10. The legalization of cannabis is gaining momentum around the world. In recent years, there has been a growing movement to legalize cannabis for recreational and medical use. As of 2023, cannabis is legal for recreational use in 23 states and the District of Columbia. It is also legal for medical use in 38 states and the District of Columbia.