With approximately 22.2 million users each month in the United States, cannabis is the most widely used drug across the globe. Cannabis has a rich history and as a result, there are a lot of interesting facts about marijuana.
Let’s take a look at 9 marijuana facts that you’ve probably never heard before.
1. Shakespeare Probably Smoked Marijuana
Just outside of Shakespeare’s home in Stratford-Upon-Avon, scientists found the remains of 24 pipes dating back 400 years. Eight of which tested positive for traces of cannabis.
2. A Truth Serum
Back in World War II, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was looking into potential truth serums to use on German soldiers. After testing a very strong joint on a mafia associate in 1943, marijuana was used as truth serum up until 1947.
3. Beer and Weed
Although we’ve all heard that the two are not to be mixed, it turns out that they’re not so different after all. The hop plant that is used to make is part of the same family of plants as the cannabis plant.
4. Rastafarians in Rome
There are a number of strange laws that are hard to be believed. It turns out that Rastafarians are legally allowed to possess cannabis in Italy. The Italian court ruled that it was a religious act as supposed to a criminal offense.
5. America’s Big Push Towards Legalization
Recreational use of cannabis is still illegal in most states. But 16 states including Arizona, Illinois, and even New York have recently legalized cannabis. Many other states such as Pennsylvania continue to push for legality with products such as Harvest HOC.
6. Snoop Dogg Dealing to the Stars
Everyone knows that Snoop Dogg is mad about cannabis. It turns out that he went to the same school as Cameron Diaz back in the 1980s. On an appearance on “Lopez Tonight,” Cameron Diaz said she had bought weed from Snoop Dogg back in her high school days.
7. George Washington Grew Hemp
The first president of the United States grew hemp. George Washington cultivated hemp for its industrial uses at Mount Vernon.
Although the plant wasn’t cultivated for smoking purposes, it was used for its hemp fibers. These were used to repair fishing nets and make clothes.
8. The Chilean Mining Disaster
In 2010, 33 miners were trapped underground for a total of 69 days when a copper-gold mine caved in. To help those who were trapped deal with the stressful situation, locals smuggled cannabis down to them. At one point Chilean officials considered using sniffer dogs to intercept the parcels of cannabis that were being sent down.
9. Cannabis Enemas
It’s believed that cannabis was used for several medical purposes in Ancient Egypt. Treatments included glaucoma, earaches, inflammation, and swelling. But of all the best cannabis uses, it has to go to the fact that they also used it to administer enemas.
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