Cannabis, more commonly known as marijuana, is one of the most misunderstood plants in the world today. It has been extremely difficult to study because it has been illegal for many, many years now. However, thanks to the hard work of scientists and doctors over the past few decades, we know more about cannabis than ever before. The following are just a few of those little-known facts about cannabis!
- It has medicinal benefits
There are numerous studies that prove cannabis has medicinal benefits. From chronic pain relief to helping with insomnia, cannabis is a natural alternative for many illnesses and diseases.
- There are more than 100 active cannabinoids in cannabis
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that interact with cannabinoid receptors in the human body. Cannabinoid marijuana is a term that refers to using the whole, unprocessed plant, whereas marijuana more generally refers to a product containing THC and other components of cannabis. Scientists have discovered that there are currently more than 100 different cannabinoids in cannabis.
- It acts as both a relaxation and invigorating stimulant
This is one of the many paradoxes that exist regarding cannabis. It can relax and sedate one in certain doses while at the same time increasing one’s energy and focus in other doses. This is because cannabinoids (the chemicals within cannabis) interact with cannabinoid receptors in the brain, which also cause these contradictory effects.
- Not all weed gets one high
One of the most common misconceptions about marijuana is that it makes one high. There are actually many strains available today that have negligible THC levels and can therefore be used to treat a number of medical conditions without the psychoactive effects.
- It has lots of nicknames
Cannabis goes by a ton of nicknames, although these have been somewhat lessened in recent years. Some of the most common names include weed, pot, grass, ganja, and many others.
- It’s been around for a long time
Cannabis has been cultivated as a crop for more than 10,000 years. It first originated in Asia before making its way to Africa and Europe.
- Cannabis can be eaten raw
Most people typically smoke or vape cannabis; however, it can also be eaten raw. Because of the lack of psychoactive effects from using this method, many people prefer to mix it into a smoothie or juice for a more pleasant taste.