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10 Cool Cannabis Facts

Wow your friends with these cool cannabis facts from around the world!

1. There are only 2 countries in the world that have fully legalized Cannabis and Canada is one of them

The cultivation, possession, acquisition and consumption of cannabis and its by-products were legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018. After decades of prohibition, Canada became one of only 2 countries in the world to fully legalize the sale and consumption of Cannabis country-wide. Uruguay being the second. The United States does have some states that allow it but it is still not a countrywide regulation.

2. British Queens love(d) Cannabis

Whereas Queen Victoria had it prescribed for her menstrual pains, Queen Elizabeth I used it as an excellent party starter. The ruler liked to offer her guests with it and even issued a law by which a farmer was legally obliged to plant some cannabis on their land.⁠ As for Queen Elizabeth II, there is no official data, but her grandson, Prince Harry, had some experience with smoking cannabis and was sent to a clinic in 2002.⁠

3. The very thing that makes blueberries blue is the same thing that turns cannabis purple

Anthocyanins are water-soluble pigments present in many plants. Despite the “cyan” in “Anthocyanins” referring to their blue nature, these molecules occur in a range of colours from red to purple to dark blue, or black, depending on pH level. When smoking, there is no substantive difference however some strains contain more antioxidants which could be beneficial when eaten. ⁠

4. The first recorded use of a joint was in Mexico around 1850

Though cannabis had been used as a medicine for a long time, it seems that the joint was first used for recreational purposes. ⁠A pharmacist at the University of Guadalajara found that workers in the fields were mixing marijuana with tobacco in their cigarettes. In the 1920s prohibition of alcohol increased the use of cannabis until it was also prohibited in the '60s.

5. Cannabinoids can remain stable for up to two years if they’ve been cured and stored properly.

There are many factors that will lead to the degradation of cannabis but the biggest factor is light. After that comes air, temperature, and moisture. ⁠The best way to store cannabis is in a sealed glass container, in a dark environment with humidity levels between 59-63 RH (relative humidity). ⁠Freezing cannabis is common but it can actually cause the delicate trichomes to burst and lose potency. The best place is probably just a cupboard or dark closet.⁠

6. Hash can be traced back to 900BC

Although some argue that the collection of cannabis was happening long before this. ⁠Hash may be used in a number of ways however traditionally it was consumed orally, either as a solid or in a drink called Bhang or smoked on its own or with cannabis. The effects of hash are stronger than cannabis with has potency ranging from 40% to 80%.⁠

7. George Washington grew Hemp

Throughout his lifetime he cultivated hemp at Mount Vernon for industrial uses. The fibres were perfect for rope and sails. At one point in the 1760's Washington considered whether hemp would be a more lucrative cash crop than tobacco but determined wheat was a better alternative.

8. There is a place in the world that grows TOO MUCH cannabis

Buhtan is a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayans Eastern edge. In this kingdom cannabis is as common as grass. It even grows in the cracks of the sidewalks. They also use it as feed for pigs.

9. Shakespeare smoked cannabis regularly

400 year pipes were found in the garden of his home in Stratford-upon-Avon. 8 out of the 24 pipes found contained traces of cannabis.

10. There is a Doomsday vault that contains over 20 000 cannabis seeds

Located on a remote island called Svalbard between Norway and the North Pole a vault lies containing over 850 000 varieties of seeds from almost every country in the world. 20 000 of those seeds are cannabis strains from around the world. I wonder which ones Canada chose??

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