Interesting Facts about Marijuana

1. Marijuana is made from dried, shredded flowers and hemp leaves.

2. Around the world, about 162 million adults use marijuana at least once a year.

3. Marijuana is the most popular, after alcohol, a relaxing and mood-enhancing drug used around the world.

4. Nearly 40% of high school students in the US have tried marijuana at least once in their lives, and 20% have been using it regularly.

5. According to estimates, you need 800 “jambs” to kill a person, but the cause of death will be carbon monoxide poisoning, not a narcotic substance.

6. There are over 200 slang names for marijuana. The most common are grass, weed, hash, and ganja.

7. The international and scientific name of marijuana is cannabis. However, in the USA it is more often called simply “substance”.

8. The name “marijuana” is derived from Mexican slang and is believed to be derived from the Spanish pronunciation of the names Maria and Jane. (Two of these names in Mexican military slang denote prostitutes or brothels). The name "marijuana" became popular in the USA in the late 1800s.

9. The cannabis plant can grow in almost any environment. Growth rate averages 3-5 cm per day. The height of an adult plant is about half a meter.

10. The main active ingredient in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrhydrocannabinol). It is this chemical that acts on the psyche and causes the effect of marijuana.

11. The psychoactive effect of THC in small doses is a feeling of emancipation, delight, a distortion of the perception of time. The drug can also cause an increase in visual sensitivity and exacerbation of taste and smell.

12. The content of THC in a cannabis plant depends on weather conditions, the type of soil, the harvest time of the plant, and the proportions in the mixture of dry leaves and flowers in the final product. A sample of marijuana may contain from 3% to 20% THC.

13. Countries where marijuana is partially or fully legalized: Czech Republic, Holland, Belgium, England, Switzerland (personal use), Australia, USA, Canada, Israel, (for medical purposes). In countries where cannabis is legalized for personal use, the amount permitted for storage is regulated by law. England stands apart: although marijuana is not officially legalized in it, for its storage in small quantities it is only the confiscation of the product, but not the arrest.

14. From 1850 to 1942, marijuana was included in the US Pharmacopoeia as a cure for nausea, rheumatism and pain, and was readily available at a local supermarket or pharmacy.

15. Supporters of medical marijuana believe that the drug has significant medical significance for patients who suffer from AIDS, glaucoma, cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and chronic pain.

16. In 2003, Canada became the first country in the world to adopt medical marijuana as a means to alleviate the pain of patients.

17. In 1996, California became the first US state to legally allow the use of medical marijuana by patients with the recommendation of the attending physician.

18. 85% of hemp around the world is grown indoors, using special bright bulbs.

19. In Russia, marijuana has long been called anasha. Gradually, the word practically disappeared from use and remained only in songs and literature.

20. The world has not recorded a single case of death due to the use of marijuana. Even conducting experiments on dogs, to find out what dose will lead to death, failed. The dog's body survived a truly equine dose.

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