Marijuana—also called weed, herb, pot, grass, bud, ganja, Mary Jane, and a vast number of other slang terms—is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried flowers of Cannabis sativa. Those who use marijuana swear by it, how it reduces their stress, helps one relax and forget all problems.
A lot has been written on this subject, and few countries around the world have legailsed it as well. It is still misunderstood and not everyone knows a lot about this plant.
We bring to you six facts about marijuana you most definitely did not know about!
1. Beer and weed are cousins!
Yes, you read that right! Hops, which are the flowers of the plant used to stabilise and add bitterness to your beer and the marijuana in the joint you smoke are the same!
Both the plants belong to the same family of flowering plants. The primary active ingredient in that joint you're smoking, the tetrahydrocannabinoids, are terpenoids, and major bitter compound in hops, the so-called alpha acids, is a also a terpenoid.
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2. Weed was the first thing bought and sold online
When we think of online shopping, and how it may have begun, we would think that it was some fashion or tech gadget that must have sold online first. However, weed happens to be the first thing to be sold via an e-commerce transaction.
This was done by Stanford students back in 1971! That said, some people may dispute that this one doesn’t count as the Internet was just used to arrange the meeting and not the actual purchase.
3. Shakespeare liked smoking weed.
They say that smoking pot makes on creative, and it seems Shakespeare believed it too! Forensic scientists found many of William Shakespeare’s pipe fragments and they were tested positive for marijuana residue. While this still doesn’t confirm that he was a pothead, but given his creative genius and the legendary literature he has given us to enjoy, we feel he may have been one!
4. Pigs feed on marijuana in Bhutan
Weed grows wild and free in Bhutan. In fact, weed is more common than grass over there but not many smoke it. But interestingly, it is a popular feed for pigs. Marijuana grows plentiful in Bhutan, and while it’s illegal for the locals to smoke it, that doesn’t stop farmers from feeding it to their pigs.
After they much some 420, the pigs become high and happy — and hungry, making it easy to fatten them up. We suppose they believe happy pigs would mean happy pork?
5. Weed was legal in India till 1985
Well, who knew that when a country seems nowhere close to accepting weed as a part of its mainstream habits, a little over three decades ago, weed was sold and consumed openly in India. As a matter of fact, most state governments had their own retail shops to sell weed.
However, the NDPS Act in 1985 was responsible for a ban on it under the American government’s pressure. Now, several states in the USA have begun to legalise weed and yet, in India it remains illegal.
6. Weed is in the air of Italy!
It seems that marijuana smoke is wafting through the air in many parts of Italy. Scientists at Italy’s Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research published a report in 2012 of their findings on the substances in the air of some of the country’s most populous cities.
After testing the air in Florence, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Verona, Naples, Palermo, and Turin, they concluded that weed was floating through the air in all eight of these cities, and that Bologna and Florence had the highest levels. However, amounts are not concentrated enough to cause a contact high.