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Marijuana, This Illegal Drug In The United States, Will Now Become The Mainstream Drug.

According to statistics from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 21 states in the United States have allowed the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. 

Oregon, California, and Alaska are undertaking marijuana legalization campaigns. But how much do you know about this weird grass and its strange effects: how exactly does marijuana exert its excitement? Who first discovered the effects of smoking this plant? Read below 11 peculiar facts about cannabis.

Marijuana, the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States, will now become the mainstream drug. According to statistics from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 21 states in the United States have allowed the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. Oregon, California, and Alaska are undertaking marijuana legalization campaigns. But how much do you know about this weird grass and its strange effects? How exactly does marijuana exert its excitement? Who first discovered the effects of smoking this plant? 

Read below 11 peculiar facts about cannabis.

China Is Related To The Origin Of Cannabis. 

The true origin of cannabis is still unclear. For example, there is a theory that the Narcotics Control Bureau Museum in Arlington, Virginia, points out that the oldest written record of marijuana dates back to 2727 BC when the Chinese Emperor Shennong discovered marijuana and used it as a medicine.

But this inference has a basic fact question: if Shennong exists, he is not the emperor of China. The first emperor who unified China was Qin Shihuang, who was born in 260 BC, significantly later than the so-called Shennong clan. And it’s not entirely clear where or how Shennong recorded his experiments using marijuana as a drug.

The earliest written records in China can be traced back to the Shang Dynasty (1200 BC to 1050 BC) when people carved oracles on bones and turtle shells. Although the story of Shennong permeates the historical origin of cannabis, it seems more like a myth than a fact.

Nevertheless, the Chinese are still related to the origin of cannabis. According to “Ancient Chinese Archaeology” published by Yale University Press in 1968: About 10,000 years ago, ancient Taiwanese used hemp fiber to decorate pottery.

But who is the first person to discover the excitatory effects of marijuana, this has not been verified.

2. The Rope Made Of Hemp Can Move 4.35 Tons Of Heavy Objects. 

The hemp plant can not only be used for smoking, its fibers can also be made into ropes or textiles. Perhaps the strangest use of twine in history is to transport megalithic statues. 

In 2012, archaeologists created a replica of Easter Island statues, trying to discover how ancient people moved the 9,600-pound (4.35 tons) statue head from their quarry. Theorists have racked their brains from the people who roll the wood to the help of aliens. But in 2012, Carl Lipo, an archaeologist at California State University Long Beach, proved that they used hemp rope.

The statue was tied up with 3 twines, and 18 people shook it back and forth until it could “walk”. Carl reported in the journal Archaeological Science that he and his team were able to move a 328-foot (100-meter) boulder in less than an hour. Easter Islanders will make ropes from wooden shrubs that resemble marijuana plants, the researchers said.

3. Industrial Hemp Has Less THC Than Illegal Drug Hemp. 

What is the difference between industrial hemp (hemp) and drug hemp (pot)? It lies in a single genetic switch. 

In 2011, researchers at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada announced that they had discovered the genetic variation that makes the drug cannabis for medicinal excite the smoker (industrial hemp plant cannot bring the pleasure of smoking).

The industrial hemp plant belongs to the same species as the drug cannabis plant, but it does not produce a substance called tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA), which is the predecessor of the psychostimulant “tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)” in the drug cannabis. 

Industrial hemp cannot produce this substance because it lacks a gene that enables enzymes to produce THCA, which is explained by Jon Page, a biochemist at the University of Saskatchewan.

In contrast, the drug cannabis plant can produce THCA, but cannot produce much of the substance called cannabidiol acid (CBDA). CBDA is rich in industrial hemp, but it has to compete with the raw materials used to manufacture THCA. 

Therefore, industrial hemp is rich in non-psychostimulant CBDA, while the drug cannabis for medicinal purposes is of hallucinogenic THC.

4. Gender Is Related To Marijuana Sensitivity. 

According to the 2014 “Drug and Alcohol Dependence” study, smoking marijuana is an extraordinary experience for both men and women. In a mouse study, Rebecca Craft, a psychologist at Washington State University in the United States, found that female rats are more sensitive to the analgesic effects of marijuana, but they are also more likely to develop drug resistance, causing side effects and drug dependence.

Female mice have higher levels of estrogen, which seems to be more conducive to exerting this gender difference. Female rats are most sensitive to marijuana during ovulation when estrogen levels are highest, Rebecca said in a statement.

5. Give Your Pet Some Marijuana?

People have used medicinal marijuana to relieve pain from glaucoma and the side effects of chemotherapy, so why can’t we also use some for our best friends?

According to an article in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 2013, pet owners are already using medicinal cannabis to help their cats and dogs relieve pain. Most of the time, animals relieved their pain symptoms within a few hours of ingesting cannabis, the veterinarian said. However, large quantities of cannabis are likely to be fatal to animals.

6. Does Marijuana Affect Heart Health?

Most of the debate about the health effects of marijuana focuses on the effects of drugs on the brain, such as whether the use of marijuana increases the risk of schizophrenia and other mental disorders. But does smoking marijuana also affect your heart?

In a study in April 2014, researchers used statistics on 2000 complications in France and found that 2% of the cases were related to the heart, including 9 fatal heart diseases. This study is not used to confirm that cannabis can cause heart disease, but previous studies have found that cannabis can increase heart rate and blood pressure, and people with poor health may suffer a heart attack.

“Cannabis is generally a magical drug, very very safe, and we can use it in several medical treatments, and its negative effects and potential harm are still unknown.” Suzanne Steinbaum, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York ) The doctor said so, but she is not a participant in this study.

7. How Did Those Stupid Names For Marijuana Come From? 

A wine lover can choose between Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, and Viognier varieties for dinner. A cannabis connoisseur can choose between purple haze, chocolate, and green crack varieties.

These strange names are derived from the long-standing tradition of cannabis growers, dating back at least to the 1970s, such as the variety Maui Waui that appeared in Hawaiian nature. 

Why is it such a stupid name? It may lie in the process behind the naming decision.

“A lot of times, we got a new variety, we put it there, and then we thought, what do you call it?” Amsterdam DNA Genetic Center-one of the co-owners of the cannabis seed bank told in July 2014 “Los Angeles Times”, “We sat there and brought all our friends over to smoke. It was a brainstorming session.”

8. There Is Marijuana In The Air In Florence. 

There are certain places where the haze of marijuana will evaporate, such as a concert by the Grateful Dead band or a marijuana legalization gathering. But what about the streets of Rome?

According to a 2012 study in Italy, traces of marijuana were scattered through the air in the surrounding Colosseum, Pantheon, and seven other Italian cities. Researchers tested the psychostimulants in the air in Rome, Bologna, Florence, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Turin, and Verona, including cocaine, marijuana, nicotine, and caffeine. 

Scientists found that among the eight cities, Turin had the highest total concentration, and Florence and Bologna had the highest concentration of cannabis.

But even in Florence and Bologna, tourists do not have to worry about exposure to too many mental stimuli at the attractions. The content of these substances is too low to affect human health at all. 

But the researchers said they hope the survey results will help estimate the amount of drug consumption in each city.

9. Baby Soap Contains Marijuana?

In an unusual case, a hospital in North Carolina found that the number of newborns whose urine tests were positive for marijuana is on the rise. 

This finding may indicate that mothers of newborns have been smoking marijuana and may lead to social service intervention. But it turns out that these babies were not affected by marijuana, they were just the result of using soapy water on the babies.

In a survey test, it was found that the ingredients of several common baby soaps contained ingredients that cause false positives for cannabis urine tests. Researchers reported in 2012 that the formulas including Johnson & Johnson, CVS, and Aveeno contained no cannabis. It will not make the baby feel excited. 

A more detailed test showed that the initial screening results were false positive, and the researchers published the results in the journal Clinical Biochemistry.

10. Cannabis Cultivation Is Not So “Green”.

In terms of environmental protection, this is bad news: hemp is not so “green”. 

According to a 2011 report by National Laboratory researcher Lawrence Berkeley, the energy required to produce 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram) of cannabis indoors is equivalent to using a car that can run 44 miles per gallon of fuel in the countryside. Run 5 times. To provide light for the growth of these plants, a lot of electricity is consumed.

Outdoor cultivation of hemp can reduce carbon emissions. But hemp is a medicine that is needed throughout the year, and industrial growers have to grow hemp in warehouses and greenhouses. Using innovative methods, such as greenhouses equipped with low-energy LED lights, can make cannabis cultivation more environmentally friendly. But like any other large-scale agriculture, hemp cultivation inevitably consumes large-scale energy.

11. Marijuana Kills Owls!

Outdoor cultivation of cannabis also has disadvantages, especially illegal potted plants. 

In Mendocino County, California, some people grow marijuana illegally on secluded public lands. They also put rat poison. The endangered spotted owls eat poisoned rats by mistake and risk their lives. In 2012, two owls were found dead in Mendocino County, and their rat poison test was positive.

Those illegal marijuana growers will find themselves with health problems. In June 2013, Albanian medical staff reported a series of marijuana-related diseases, and there were more than 700 patients in need of treatment in one village alone. 

According to Reuters, in the nearby village of Lazarat, workers who had long-term skin contact with cannabis plants during the harvesting and packing process experienced symptoms such as vomiting, stomach pain, and irregular heartbeat. In Albania, about half of cannabis is cultivated illegally.

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