8 Facts You Didn't Know About Cannabis Thursday November 18 2021, 5:56 AM
8 Facts You Didn't Know About Cannabis

Another name for Cannabis is 'weed'; the plant consists of 120 chemical compounds and is the most popularly used illegal drug in America in its Marijuana form. Out of 120 compounds contained in Cannabis, the two compounds that are known with their respective effects are CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD has gradually found its way to people's consciousness as a compound that is beneficial to the health, while THC, on the other hand, was always famous as a psychoactive compound; this was the most apparent reason whoever used Cannabis in the past consumed it. 

Although some states in America now allow for legal use of Cannabis with THC content, such as Alaska, California, Colorado, Oregon, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Washington, and the District of Columbia. Before you go on ahead to use weed, you should know these eight facts we are about to share with you.

Eight Facts You Didn't Know About Cannabis:

Fact #1: The story behind the origin of Cannabis

The plant's true origin is still a bit mysterious, but it wasn't the hippie generation that found weed. The Drug Enforcement Administration Museum in Arlington, Virginia, found that the oldest written mention of Cannabis goes back to 2727 BC . The Chinese emperor at that time, Shen Nung (2700 BCE), was said to have supposedly discovered the healing properties of Cannabis; it was used to cure ailments such as rheumatism, menstrual problems, gout, malaria, and absent-mindedness. Shen Nung was also known as the father of Chinese medicine and the author of The Great Herbal aka Pen T'sao, a book modified but still in use today by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners. 

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Although the story is still a bit shaky because it is believed that there was another emperor, Shen Nung was probably not an emperor. In 2018 a 2700-year-old weed was found in a Chinese tomb, confirming that the Chinese found weed first in history. 

Fact #2: Did you know the first item sold over the internet was Cannabis in 1971?

It was a Stanford student buying from an MIT student. This brings us to the legal and illegal aspects of Cannabis. If Cannabis were to become legal in the 50 states, it would generate around $8.7 billion federal and state tax revenue per year; this would mean that areas like education will have more funding. Cannabis is the most commonly used drug in the United States, with approximately one hundred million people, have tried Cannabis at least once. California was the first to ban the use of Cannabis, and the rest followed; Ironically, the first flag created in the United States consisted of hemp. Uruguay became the first country in the world to make Cannabis legal to grow and consume in 2013. In a country like Canada, weed vape in canada is illegal and legal in some states. Some users combined cannabis with alcohol for better balance.

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Fact #3: Did you know that “canvas” is derived from “Cannabis”?

Historically canvases were made from hemp; hemp is Cannabis containing zero to 0.3% THC content. Cannabis can be consumed in varieties of ways, such as:

  • Eating it raw, you can add it to edibles like brownies, gummies, cakes, etc. 
  • You can also smoke it; this is the most popular use of Cannabis.


It is on record that hemp rope was used to transport giant statues in 2012 —this is a very odd use of hemp. Archaeologists wondered how people in ancient times moved the iconic 4.35 metric tons head from their quarry. However, in 2012, the discovery was made, all thanks to the California State University Long Beach archaeologist Carl Lipo, who proved that a hemp rope is all that was needed. Three ropes were attached to the statue, and a team of 18 people moved it after rocking it back and forth till it was movable; this was accomplished in under an hour. 

Fact #4: hemp vs. Marijuana

The significant difference between the two is a single genetic switch. Both are of the same species, but hemp contains little to no THC compound while Marijuana is high on THC compound; Since hemp contains mainly CBD, you should know it is primarily for healing while Marijuana is for changing your mood.

Fact #5 Weed has 1200 slang you can call it

There are more than 1200 slangs you can call Marijuana; to name a few, pot, weed, reefer, grass, chronic, herb, Mary Jane, dope, bud, wacky tobacky, hippie lettuce, giggle weed, joy smoke, baby bhang, locoweed, ganja, etc. 

Fact #6: Modern Cannabis has a more substantial effect

Until recently, THC content was still level-headed and Cannabis from ancient times was purer than the modern illegal weed that is presently imported to the United States. 

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Fact #7: Bob Marley and Weed

The reggae star —Bob Marley was buried with his red Gibson guitar, a weed bud, and a Bible opened to the 23rd Psalm that reads: “The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures”.

Fact #8: What Marijuana overdose is

Practically it is impossible to die from Marijuana because; you would have to smoke over 1500 pounds of Marijuana in 15 minutes to overdose on Marijuana.


There you have it, eight facts about Cannabis. Which of them shocked you most?

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