With the legalization of cannabis in a number of states its getting more and more available to both medical and recreational users through licenced marijuana dispensaries. Researchers attempting to examine and understand this plant have also benefited from the legalization that makes it easier to conduct their research. Despite this, marijuana is still an object of controversy and mystery for many.
Despite its aura of mysteriousness, this amazing plant has been proven to be beneficial for both its medical and recreational users. Albeit more research is needed, this controversial plant may even be a good alternative to the current cancer medications. Moreover, even though we have been digging information about cannabis for decades now, we are still surprised to find that there’s still an almost unlimited, treasure trove of astonishing facts about it.
And although some basic facts are known to many there are still a plethora of interesting facts you may not know. Moreover, due to researchers’ concerted effort and endless studies they kept unearthing fascinating facts about it.
So now, keep reading as we present to you 6 interesting facts about cannabis.
Females have a higher tolerance than males
The various cannabis strains affect people differently. However, what people don’t know is that the cannabis impact depends on the gender of an individual. A study shows that women develop higher tolerance than men.
This is because the female’s body is sensitive to THC during ovulation, and so they adjust their dosage accordingly. This study was conducted on female rats as they have the same menstrual cycle and hormone level fluctuations as female humans.
Furthermore, even at the start, a low drug dose was given and continuously so for 10 days. It still turns out that female rats developed a higher tolerance for such drugs than male rats. In essence, even the most cannabis-sensitive female can outdo the males in terms of drug tolerance.
Marijuana has been around since ancient times
Yes, you read it right. Marijuana is not a new hype. It has been around since ancient times. Historians even revealed that cannabis seeds date back thousands of years—roughly around 10,000 B.C.
So, it’s a myth to think that the 1960s hippies are the first to use it. The earliest recorded use of cannabis was in China, although they did not use it for smoking. Instead, they used hemp to produce rope and cannabis oil and its seeds as a source of food.
Shakespeare allegedly used marijuana
There was evidence gathered that Shakespeare was a marijuana lover. Forensic technology has revealed traces of cannabis in pipes found on Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon garden. Indeed, the famous playwright and poet was a fan of the cannabis plant.
And we can’t blame him, marijuana do sparks creativity. There’s an observed connection between cannabis consumption and creativity. It’s no wonder that this brilliant mind was able to write romantic sonnets and other literary pieces that are now considered masterpieces.
Burning hemp seed goes back to prehistoric humanity
The hemp plant, cannabis Sativa plant species, have been used in medicine and recreational enjoyment on ancient civilizations like China, Egypt, Rome, as well as in archaeological sites from Neolithic Europe.
The Greek historian named Herodotus notes that the Scythians strewed hemp seeds or lumps of resin on hot stones. And then they will pleasurably inhale the vapor.
Cannabis is closely related to beer
Beer and cannabis are closely related. The cannabis plant and Humulus plant are in the same genus. Humulus plants, with female flowers—named hops, are used to flavor and stabilize beers.
So yes, cannabis and beer are cousins.
Pigs in Bhutan are more stoned than you
There’s a big probability that the pigs in the Kingdom of Bhutan are more stoned than you. In Bhutan, the cannabis plant grows wild and free. You can find an abundant supply of marijuana anywhere from the wild, in the cities, and even on the sidewalks.
The truth is, marijuana is more common than grass in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Although, interestingly not many people smoke it. Instead, pigs are the main consumers here since the plant are used to feed them.