20 facts about marijuana and its medicinal uses

Everything about marijuana, from the action of smoking to its use in medicine.

1. Marijuana is made from dried, crushed hemp flowers and leaves.

2. Globally, about 162 million adults use marijuana at least once a year.

3. Marijuana is the most popular relaxation and mood-enhancing drug after alcohol and is used all over the world.

4. Nearly 40% of high school students in the United States have tried marijuana at least once in their life, and 20% use it regularly.

5. It is estimated that 800 shoals are needed to kill a person, but the cause of death will be carbon monoxide poisoning, not a narcotic.

6. There are over 200 slang names for marijuana. The most common are grass, weed, hash, and ganja.

7. The international and scientific name for marijuana is cannabis. However, in the USA it is more often referred to simply as "substance".

8. The name "marijuana" comes from Mexican slang and is believed to be derived from the Spanish pronunciation of the names Maria and Jane. (These two names are used in Mexican military slang for prostitutes or brothels.) The name "marijuana" became popular in the United States in the late 1800s.

9. The cannabis plant can grow in almost any environment. The growth rate is on average 3-5 cm per day. The height of an adult plant is about half a meter.

10. The main active ingredient in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrhydrocannabinol). It is this chemical that acts on the psyche and causes the effect of marijuana.

11. The psychoactive effect of THC in small doses is a feeling of liberation, delight, distortion of the perception of time. The drug can also cause an increase in visual sensitivity and an aggravation of the perception of taste and smell.

12. The THC content of a cannabis plant depends on weather conditions, soil type, harvest time of the plant, and the proportions in the mixture of dry leaves and flowers in the final product. A marijuana sample can contain between 3% and 20% THC.

13. Countries where marijuana is partially or completely legalized: Czech Republic, Holland, Belgium, England, Switzerland (personal use), Australia, USA, Canada, Israel, (for medical purposes). In countries where marijuana for personal use is legalized, the amount allowed for storage is regulated by law. England stands out: although marijuana is not officially legalized in it, only confiscation of the product is relied on for its possession in small quantities, but not arrest.

14. From 1850 to 1942, marijuana was included in the US Pharmacopoeia as a cure for nausea, rheumatism, and pain, and was readily available at your local supermarket or pharmacy.

15. Proponents of medical marijuana believe that the drug has significant medical value for patients who suffer from AIDS, glaucoma, cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and chronic pain.

16. In 2003, Canada became the first country in the world to adopt medical marijuana as a treatment for pain relief.

17. In 1996, California became the first US state to legally allow the use of medical marijuana by patients with a doctor's recommendation.

18. 85% of cannabis worldwide is grown indoors using special bright lamps.

19. In Russia, marijuana has long been called anasha. Gradually, the word practically disappeared from use and remained only in songs and literature.

20. There are no deaths in the world due to the use of marijuana. Even conducting experiments on dogs, it was not possible to find out what dose would lead to death. The dog's body has withstood a truly horse dose.