Medical Marijuana Facts
Think you know everything there is to know about medical marijuana? Test your knowledge with these interesting medical marijuana facts:
- California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana.
Prop 215, also called the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, led the way for the use of medical marijuana. There are currently 18 states, plus the District of Columbia, that have legalized the use of cannabis for medical purposes. Many more states have marijuana legislation pending, with hopefully more to follow.
- Medicinal Cannabis was used as far back as 2727B.C.
In ancient times, marijuana was used to treat pain and heal many different ailments. The history of marijuana is based around its many medicinal uses. The medical benefits of marijuana have been appreciated and utilized for thousands of years.
- Medicinal marijuana can help those suffering from a wide variety of medical conditions.
Patients that suffer from migraines, glaucoma, Alzhiemer’s, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, arthritis, epilepsy, Chron’s disease, chronic pain, hepatitis C, Tourette’s syndrome, or are going through chemotherapy can benefit from marijuana. Different psychological disorders can also be improved through marijuana use.
- THC, or delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main active ingredient in marijuana.
This is the ingredient that produces feelings of euphoria and alters a user’s state of mind. Marijuana can contain anywhere from 3% to 20% of THC, depending on its production and when it was harvested.
- It is almost impossible to overdose on marijuana.
In order to consume a fatal dose, a user would have to smoke around 800 blunts. Not only would this be expensive and time consuming, the user wouldn’t be able to function well enough to carry out the task. Unfortunately, if someone did accomplish this feat, it’s likely that they would die of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Cannabidiol, or CBD, is another important substance found in marijuana.
While this may be one of the lesser known medical marijuana facts, CBD is extremely beneficial and makes up about 40% of medical cannabis. This substance slows the growth of cancer cells, relieves nausea, anxiety, inflammation, and convulsions. CBD can also improve a cough and get rid of congestion.
- Cannabis seeds were used as a food source in ancient China.
In 6000 B.C., marijuana seeds were a known food source. Not only did marijuana play an important role in Chinese health care, but the ancient people relied on the marijuana plant for food as well.
There is so much to know about marijuana. While enjoying its many health benefits, users should also take some time to educate themselves and get their medical marijuana facts straight.