Maybe you tried pot in college. Maybe you tried it at a Dave Matthews concert or with friends. Maybe you live in a state where recreational marijuana is now legal and you're curious about it, or your only exposure to cannabis is "knowing a guy who knows a guy who's got a forty-bag".
Four U.S. states have legalized recreational marijuana, and more are on the way. 23 U.S. states have legalized medical marijuana. According to Pew Research nearly half of Americans have tried marijuana at one point in their life, but only about 10% are now regular users.
But how well does the casual pot smoker really know about earth's most amazing (and most misunderstood) plant?We thought it was time to pull back the curtain and look at what cannabis is all about:
It would take 1,500 joints smoked at once to kill a person, but the cause of death would be carbon monoxide poisoning.
And yet no one has ever died from cannabis as far as we know.
There are over 200 slang words for marijuana.
And they're all fine to use :)
The word, "marijuana" comes from a Mexican slang term for cannabis thought to have originated from the spanish pronounciation of the names "Mary" and "Jane".
The U.S. government wanted it to sound more dangerous by using a mexican word.
A cannabis plant can grow up to 18 feet tall, and can grow 1-2" per day.
Not only is the plant incredible, but it grows quickly.
Someone is arrested for marijuana in the U.S. every 42 seconds.
What is the war on drugs costing us?
Cannabis seeds were used as a food source in China as early as 6,000 - 3,000 B.C.
Back when humans just did what made sense.
Cannabis was listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia as a useful medicine for nausea, rheumatism and pain from 1850 to 1942.
Back before people were influenced by media, and large corporate entities couldn't control the airwaves people thought of cannabis as a medicine, which it is.
The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 made it illegal to possess, use, buy, sell or cultivate cannabis in the United States.
Oh, Tricky Dick you are some kind of monumental A-hole for starting the ridiculous war on weed.
Cancer.gov said in 2015 cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in a laboratory.
Word is getting out that cannabis is an effective weapon in the fight against cancer.
The reason cannabis is illegal will make you angry. It's not because the reasons you've been told.
Racism and money for starters. Depending on how you talk to, it was either the DuPont family threatened by hemp as a natural resource that could put them out of business, or it was the pharmaceutical industry. Or a combination of lobbyists from powerful industries listed below...
Alcohol, Cigarettes and Pain Pills are legal despite being more harmful than pot.
That's right. Cannabis is illegal despite being the least harmful one in the bunch. Conspiracy theorists would suggest the tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceutical industries have much stronger lobbyists.