39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

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More
and more U.S. states are legalizing marijuana for medical and
recreational uses. The latest, Illinoi, legalized recreational marijuana when Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act on June 25, 2019. Currently, most
states
have some form of legalization, whether it’s full
legalization such as in Washington and Colorado, or medical
legalization in states like New Jersey and Florida. There remain only
a few holdouts where the substance is fully illegal, including
Alabama, Tennessee and Idaho.

Cannabis
has already become a booming business in states where legalization
has been in effect for years and the trend seems on pace to continue.

So
with so much talk of marijuana out there, it’s time to separate the
facts from the fiction. Here are 39 of the most surprising and unusual
facts about marijuana:  

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1. It has a low rate of dependency

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

According
to a study,
“9 percent of those who try marijuana develop dependence.”
Compared to other substances like cocaine and heroin, marijuana
dependency is low. However, marijuana is also much more widely used
than other substances.

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2. A lot of us have tried it

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

Even
with all the confusion around laws and its history of illegality,
researchers
say that 42% of Americans have tried marijuana.

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3. It’s considered safer than alcohol & cigarettes

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

Multiple
studies have found that marijuana is safer than both alcohol
and cigarettes

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4. Alaska always gets forgotten

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

We
tend to think of Colorado and Washington when we think about legal
weed, but both Alaska and Oregon legalized recreational marijuana use and possession just a few years later.

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5. It may have cancer fighting powers

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

Scientists
at California Pacific Medical Center studied a compound derived from
marijuana and discovered that it may
prevent metastasis in some aggressive cancers
. The scientists
were studying CBD, the substance in marijuana that is non-psychoactive.  

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6. Arrests continue despite legalization

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

Despite
pushes for legalization, there are still a
lot of arrests
made in the U.S. for marijuana possession. In
2015, 650,000 people were arrested because of violations related to
marijuana. That’s 40% of drug arrests in the country and one arrest
every 50 seconds! And these arrests are still disproportionately
focused on black and Latino communities.  

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7. Legal marijuana is less potent

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

Illegal
marijuana tends to be stronger
than legal marijuana
. This is partly because legal marijuana is
more carefully measured for consistency and potency.  

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8. Negative cognitive effects haven’t been proven

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

While
there are conflicting reports on the effect of marijuana on
teenagers, in adults negative cognitive effects like changes in
memory, perception and thoughts tend to be temporary. There is
currently no evidence that marijuana
use
, even among heavy users, will permanently damage an adult’s
memory or cognition.

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9. It’s completely legal in North Korea

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

Despite
North Korea’s strict stance on other drugs, marijuana is not
even considered a drug
in the country.  

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10. The founding fathers grew hemp

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

In
the 1700s, both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew
hemp
and in the 1800s marijuana was sold in some drugstores for
relief of migraines and menstrual cramps.  

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11. It was legal until the early 1900s

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

Marijuana
started
to get banned
in the U.S. in the early 1900s. The 1930s saw the
country’s first drug czar, Harry Anslinger, who started to make
claims that marijuana turned youth into homicidal maniacs.

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12. Uruguay was the first country to legalize

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

In
2013, Uruguay
became the first country in the world to allow its citizens to grow,
sell and consume marijuana legally.  

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13. People have been sentenced to life in prison

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

The
ACLU
has tracked multiple cases where people were sentenced to
life in prison without parole for marijuana possession. In one case,
the person possessed 32 grams of marijuana (that’s just over an ounce). In another, they acted as
a go-between for the sale of just $10 of marijuana.

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14. Dispensaries outnumbered Starbucks

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

In
2010
, legalization produced such a boom in Colorado that medical
marijuana dispensaries outnumbered Starbucks stores by a ratio of 3
to 1.  

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15. It’s a growth industry

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

In
2015, legal marijuana was the fastest-growing
industy
in the U.S., with a market of $2.7 billion.

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16. It turned one man into a bat

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

James
Munch served as the U.S. Official Expert on “Marihuana” from 1939 to
1962. During that time he testified under oath that marijuana had
turned
him into a bat
.  

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17. It’s been around a long time …

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

The
earliest
recorded use
of cannabis is from China in 6,000, B.C., when
cannabis seeds were used for food.  

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18. … and used for recreational purposes …

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

The
oldest stash of marijuana ever found also came
from China
. Researchers discovered 789 grams of dried cannabis
“cultivated for psychoactive purposes” in a 2,700-year-old
tomb in China.  

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19. You can buy weed smoothies in India

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

In
India, Bhang shops
sell cannabis-infused drinks like bhang lassi and bhang thandai,
particularly during the celebration of Holi.  

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20. A marijuana sale was the first online transaction

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

In
1971 or 1972, the first
online transaction
happened, well before Amazon or eBay. What was
it? Marijuana sold between students at Stanford and MIT.  

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21. It’s buried with Bob Marley

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

Bob
Marley was
buried
on May 21, 1981, along with his red Gibson Les Paul
guitar, a Bible open to Psalm 23 and a stalk of marijuana.  

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22. It’s almost impossible to overdose on marijuana

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

Overdosing
on marijuana
is technically possible, but extraordinarily
unlikely. In theory, a smoker would have to consume almost 1,500
pounds of marijuana in just 15 minutes to overdose, making it a
practical impossibility.  

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23. More popular than Girl Scout cookies?

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

In
2015, legal marijuana outsold
Girl Scout cookies
.  

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24. Sales could top $12 billion this year …

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

Sales
of marijuana are on
the rise
. By the end of this year, sales in the U.S. could
surpass $12 billion, an increase of about 35% over 2018.  

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25. … and those sales are expected to grow

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

By
2022, yearly
marijuana sales
in the U.S. could hit $22 billion. This is partly
due to more and more states opening medical and sometimes
recreational marijuana markets.  

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26. Hollywood sign of the times

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

After
California changed its marijuana laws in 1976, prankster Danny
Finegood hung curtains over the Hollywood sign to change it to
Hollyweed.” It happened again on New Year’s Day, 2017, when another prankster scaled Mount Lee to change the sign.

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27. One man paved the way for medical marijuana

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

In
1982, a man with a rare and painful type of bone tumor condition,
Irvin Rosenfeld, sued the federal government for access to marijuana
medicine
– and won, paving the way for others with qualifying
conditions. Today, he gets his marijuana from the federal government,
picking up 300 joints every 30 days.

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28. Bill Murray told a bad joke … and got busted

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

On
his twentieth birthday, Bill Murray joked about having bombs in
his suitcase while in an airport. When agents searched his luggage,
they instead found $20,000
worth of marijuana
.  

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29. Cannabis is good for the soil

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

In
2017, farmers in Italy started cultivating
cannabis
in order to decontaminate polluted soil. The plants
helped pull heavy metals out of the ground.  

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30. William Shakespeare may have smoked weed

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

A
study of pipe fragments from William Shakespeare’s garden revealed
traces of cannabis.  

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31. Legalization in 33 states & counting

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

As of
2019, 33
U.S. states
have legalized marijuana in some form.  

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32. It’s used by ‘high achievers’

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

A
study
of 6,000 teenagers in the U.K. found that high-achieving
teens were more likely than their peers to drink alcohol and use
cannabis.  

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33. There was a real Mary Jane

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

There
was a real Mary
Jane
. Mary Jane Rathburn, or Brownie Mary, baked and distributed
marijuana brownies for AIDS patients.  

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34. Easter Island had hemp

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

The
Easter Island statues may have moved. How? With ropes
made of hemp
, the fibers of the marijuana plant.  

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35. Women may be more sensitive to THC

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

Estrogen
levels may make some people more
sensitive to THC
, the active ingredient in cannabis. Female rats
were at least 30% more sensitive to the properties of THC, including
pain relief.

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36. It can be used for pets, but use caution

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

Marijuana
may have some therapeutic
benefits
for sick pets. But proceed with caution. Dogs and cats
can also die from marijuana toxicosis.

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37. Some people have allergic reactions

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

People
can be allergic
to pot
. Experts found that people are sometimes, though rarely,
allergic to the pollen or smoke of the marijuana plant.

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38. Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome is real

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

Marijuana
can cause “cannabinoid
hyperemesis syndrome
,” a condition characterized by “cyclic
episodes of nausea and vomiting.”

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39. Weapon of war

39 surprising facts you may not know about marijuana

During
World War II, the Office of Strategic Services investigated marijuana
as a means of spiking cigarettes and inducing detainees to spill
their secrets
.  

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