24 Interesting Facts About Marijuana

Marijuana is the most common illegal drug used in the United States.



weed-facts-002-03242015Approximately 100 million Americans have tried marijuana at least once.



weed-facts-018-03242015During the temperance movement of the 1890’s, marijuana was commonly recommended as a substitute for alcohol.



weed-facts-003-03242015The reason for this was that use of marijuana did not lead to domestic violence while alcohol abuse did.



weed-facts-004-03242015A report by the Institute of Medicine found “no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are casually linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs.”



weed-facts-005-03242015There are over 200 slang terms for marijuana in the popular vernacular. Some of the more common nicknames include, pot, tree, herb, grass, weed, hash, ganja, Mary jane.



weed-facts-006-03242015Studies indicate that women may be more sensitive to the painkilling qualities of cannabis.



weed-facts-007-03242015Legalizing marijuana would generate $8.7 billion in federal and state tax revenue per year.



weed-facts-008-03242015From 1850 to 1942, marijuana was listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia as a useful medicine for nausea, rheumatism, and labor pains and was easily obtained at the local general store or pharmacy.



weed-facts-010-03242015Every 42 seconds, someone in the US is arrested for marijuana use.



weed-facts-011-03242015The cannabis plant can grow in nearly any environment and averages one to two inches of growth per day and up to 18 feet.



weed-facts-012-03242015More than 25 million Americans smoke marijuana regularly.



weed-facts-013-03242015According to one report, it would take 800 joints to kill a person but the cause of death would be carbon monoxide poisoning.



weed-facts-014-03242015The 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



weed-facts-009-03242015These names were also common Mexican military slang for a prostitute or brothel.



weed-facts-015-03242015The first recorded use of marijuana as a medicinal drug occurred in 2737 B.C. by Chinese emperor Shen Nung. The emperor documented the drug’s effectiveness in treating the pains of rheumatism and gout.



weed-facts-016-03242015Research suggests that about nine percent of marijuana users became clinically dependent at some point, compared to 15 percent of cocaine users and 24 percent of heroin users



weed-facts-017-03242015Cannabis seeds were used as a food source in China as early as 6000 B.C.



weed-facts-019-03242015The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 made it illegal to possess, use, buy, sell, or cultivate marijuana in the United States.



weed-facts-020-03242015Paraguay is the second largest producer of marijuana. Mexico is first.



weed-facts-021-03242015In 2003, Canada became the first country in the world to offer medical marijuana to pain-suffering patients.



weed-facts-022-03242015In 1996, California became the first U.S. state to legally allow medical marijuana for patients with a valid doctor’s recommendation.



weed-facts-023-03242015The Dutch have never formally legalized marijuana. They have an official policy, since 1976, of not enforcing existing laws against possession of small amounts or coffee shops, about 700 of them, selling small amounts. But growing, distributing and importing pot is still a crime in the Netherlands.



weed-facts-024-0324201525.7% of Dutch citizens reported having used marijuana at least once – compared to 41.9% of US citizens.

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