Surprising Facts and Interesting Tidbits About Marijuana

Marijuana has been around for thousands of years. Rather than dispute the pros and cons of recreational and medicinal use of marijuana, enjoy these ten strange, fun, and interesting facts about this controversial plant from Medical Alternatives Clinics.

  1. A Chinese treatise on pharmacology attributed to the Emperor Shen Nung and alleged to date from 2737 B.C. likely contains the earliest reference to cannabis and its potential as a medicine.
  2. Humulus (hops found in beer) and cannabis (marijuana) are in the same small family of flowering plants classified as Cannabaceae, making beer and pot relatives.
  3. In 1975, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that an adult’s right to use and possess a small amount of marijuana at home for personal use was protected under the Alaska Constitution’s right to privacy.
  4. In Colorado, medical marijuana dispensaries outnumber Starbucks locations 3 to 1
  5. In 2008, at an archaeological excavation site in Northwestern China, researchers found 789 grams of 2,700-year-old marijuana in the tomb of a possible shaman. In the same region in 2003, a sack of marijuana leaves was found next to another mummy believed to be 2,800 years old.
  6. Rastafarians are allowed to possess marijuana for personal use in Italy due to religious reasons. Italy’s Court of Cassation ruled than since the Rastafari religion considers marijuana a sacrament, its members should be given special consideration when it comes to possession.
  7. From 1850 to 1942, marijuana was listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia as a useful medicine for nausea, rheumatism, and labor pains. It could be purchased from pharmacies and general stores. We’ve had several reasons to get a medical marijuana card for a long time!
  8. You don’t need to get “high” to reap the benefits of medical marijuana. Marijuana plans contain a non-psychoactive ingredient called Cannabidiol (CBD) that offers medicinal value without the high.
  9. Remnants of cannabis have been found in ancient Egyptian burial sites, and the substance has been referred to in the writing of Gree historian Herodotus, a contemporary of Socrates.
  10. Durinig the height of World War II, the U.S. Government produced a film called “Hemp for Victory” praising it for its many fibrous uses, such as rope for marine rigging, sails, and parachute webbing. The film encouraged farmers to grow hemp to support the war effort. Watch it here!

As you can see, marijuana has been used for many things for many years. If you want to feel the benefits of medical marijuana, call us today at (719) 246-0393 to make your appointment.