Cannabis 101

The internet is filled with wondrous facts and figures about marijuana, its effects, and benefits, uses, recipes, etc. If you’re an avid lover of this stuff, then you’ll love these interesting facts about cannabis we’re certain you need in your life.

 Ranked in no particular order, here they are:

  • The Netherlands became the first nation to legalize cannabis, and in 2015 Uruguay became the first to legalize recreational cannabis with Canada following in 2018 and South Africa for personal home use only
  • Throughout history, the plant has been valued for its use for fiber and rope, as food and medicine, and for its psychoactive properties for religious and recreational use
  • An archeological site in the Oki Islands near Japan contained cannabis achenes from about 8000 BC
  • Cannabis was allegedly introduced to Iraq in 1230 CE, during the reign of Caliph Al-Mustansir Bi'llah, by the entourage of Bahraini rulers visiting Iraq
  • Hemp was used extensively by the United States during World War II to make uniforms, canvas, and rope. Much of the hemp used was cultivated in Kentucky and the Midwest. During World War II, the U.S. produced a short 1942 film, Hemp for Victory, promoting hemp as a necessary crop to win the war
  • Ancient Greeks were known for taking part in steam baths, except the steam was often not water vapor, but rather cannabis smoke filling up a room to get people high. It’s basically an ancient form of hot-boxing
  • The Romans were super into marijuana. One famous Roman scientist Pliny mentions the “laughing-weed” known to get people intoxicated, and the Roman doctor Galen wrote about how cannabis was used for anything from burns to tumors to inflammation, but also that it was cooked into desserts and served at parties
  • In 2001, Portugal decriminalized all drugs, maintaining the prohibition on production and sale, but changing personal possession and use from a criminal offense to an administrative one. Subsequently, a number of European and Latin American countries decriminalized cannabis, such as Belgium (2003), Chile (2005), Brazil (2006), and the Czech Republic (2010)
  • When Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt in 1798, his troops were getting restless because the Islamic country did not allow alcohol. So the troops began using hashish and cannabis as a replacement. So when Napoleon and his troops returned from Egypt, they also brought a ton of cannabis with them.


Bonus: did you know that the Chinese actually have a character for Hemp – check it out below:


Hope you enjoyed that! Now you can sleep easy knowing this plant has been around for a long time spanning across history and many countries around the globe.



- Lifted Insight 

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