Whether you are considering using marijuana or just want to be more informed about it, you should know the facts of this drug. More research and studies are being done to find out more about the use and effects of this drug due to its legalization in many countries in the world.
For years there has been a lot of misinformation about the origins and effects of marijuana in society. As this industry grows, more interesting facts are coming to light about this drug. In this article, we will bust some myths and tell you 5 facts about marijuana that you probably didn’t know about.
Centuries of Marijuana use
Many people believe that marijuana is a new drug but the fact is that it has been in use for centuries across the world. The earliest evidence of marijuana use was discovered in a cemetery in Central Asia said to be over 2500 years old. This discovery proves that more than 2000 years ago, humans could have already discovered the usefulness of Cannabis. This was, however, one of the first indicators that humans grew plants like cannabis to experience its psychoactive effects.
Did you know that one of the most famous play writers took a puff or two? Well, there is proof to suggest that William Shakespeare himself might have written some of his best work while stoned. Studies by South African scientists examined pipe fragments from relics found in Shakespeare’s home. Some of the fragments were found in his garden and contained cannabis. For a long time, users suspected some of his work referenced drug use but there was never evidence to prove it.
World War 2
Ever heard stories about the truth serum? A drug that will compel you to tell nothing but the truth? Well during World War 2, the use of cannabis was widespread in the US with farmers being encouraged to grow hemp for processing rope, cordage, and cloth. Experiments were done to discover the psychological effects of marijuana and its use on unsuspecting subjects during World War 2. When it came to the war, cannabis was known to be effective in distracting prisoners and making them relaxed enough to give you information about the enemy.
Hemp Benefits From Marijuana
Although most of the legalization today focuses on the benefits of medical marijuana, there are other benefits this plant can provide. Hemp is commonly referred to as industrial marijuana because it is a source of many products like fabric, rope, and paper. Hemp has been in use for decades as fiber for clothing and its seeds can be used as livestock feed. They are a good source of fat because the seeds contain so much oil that is a great source of energy.
Why Marijuana Became Illegal
With all the information available today on the benefits of marijuana it is obvious to wonder how it became illegal in the first place. This drug was not always illegal in the U.S but its perception shifted during the Mexican immigration to the U.S during the Mexican revolution in 1910.
Police claimed that marijuana intoxication incited the Mexicans to commit violent crimes and gave them supernatural strength. Without evidence to support this and against medical objection at the time, marijuana was banned and penalties imposed on anyone found growing or using it.
In summary, there are a lot of myths about marijuana and the effects it has on your health and psychology. These are researched facts about marijuana use that is supported by evidence. There are a lot of more interesting facts out there about marijuana that you should know about as more studies are done on the drug.