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The momentum of the cannabis movement continues to shock the world. Every week, new statistics are released that show surging support for marijuana reform and tout the herb’s medical benefits. To sum up the best of the best, we’ve created a list of 21 of the most eye-opening weed statistics.

1) It Takes 800 Joints To Kill You From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

So you plop down on the couch to smoke a joint. If you smoke over 800 joints in that sitting, you might die. Your death, however, wouldn’t be from the marijuana itself. It would be from carbon monoxide poisoning. For marijuana to kill you from an overdose, you would need to smoke 40,0000 times the average amount within a short period of time.

2) Weed Users Eat 600 More Calories Per Day (but, don’t worry! It’s all good.)

Marijuana users eat an average of 600 more calories per day. BUT, they also have lower BMIs and smaller waistlines than their non-smoking counterparts. Weed kicks your metabolism into overdrive. This makes you crave food, but also acts as a digestive aid. It makes you hungry but helps you use what you eat better.

3) Rates of Obesity are 1/3 Lower In Weed Consumers

Studies have shown that marijuana cuts your risk of becoming obese by about a third. This could be because weed helps your body regulate blood sugars. This statistical coincidence is partly the reason why the herb is currently being studied for as a treatment for Type 2 Diabetes.

4) Every Hemp Plant Grown Could Save 12 Trees

Let’s just say this: It’s ridiculous that the world isn’t growing more hemp. Hemp, weed’s non-psychoactive sibling, can easily be made into biodiesel, paper products, and hemp concrete. Making the switch to hemp dramatically cuts down on our need for timber AND our use of fossil fuels. This plant is one of the most sustainable choices out there.

5) Black people are 3.3 times more likely than white people to get arrested for weed. 

According to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), that number grows to around 8 times more likely in some states. Namely, Iowa, DC, and Minnesota.The same ACLU report found that on average, whites and blacks consume marijuana at about the same rates.

6) Legalizing Weed in the US Would Earn 8.7 Billion in Tax Revenue 

Legalizing cannabis would save state and federal governments more than a decent chunk of change. It would also generate billions in additional tax revenue. In 2010, it’s estimated that states spent roughly $3.6 billion on marijuana law enforcement. A necessary expense? What do you think?

7) Marijuana is the Fastest Growing US Industry 

Arcview Market Research found that the recreational cannabis market grew 74% in 2014. This staggering number has earned marijuana the title of the fastest growing US industry. The medical marijuana industry wasn’t far behind, bringing in $1.2US billion in 2014.

8) Marijuana prohibition costs the US state and federal governments $17.5 billion each year.

If the government were to legalize all drugs, we’d save $41.3 billion annually. This is an interesting statistic when you keep countries like Portugal in mind. Portugal managed to cut its rates of drug abuse in half within 10 years of decriminalizing all drugs.

9) In 2014, the DEA took over 74 million joints from the US public. 

Last year, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) seized over 163,638 lbs (74,225 kgs) of domestic marijuana. That’s the equivalent of 72,226,196.8 one-gram joints. Our question is: Umm… why?

10) 147 Million People in the World Use Marijuana 

That’s 2.5% of the global population. Cultures around the world have been using the cannabis plant in some way or another for centuries. It’s no surprise, then, to find that it’s currently the most commonly used illicit drug in the world. 

11) Today’s weed is 57-67% more potent than herb from the ’70s.

The invention of the hydroponics gardening system may have been the best thing every introduced to the cannabis industry. The herb of the 60s and 70s was nowhere near what it is today. In fact, it was common for people to smoke stem and fan leaf bits instead of bud.

12) 80% of domestically grown ganga comes from California, Tennessee, Kentucky, Hawaii, and Washington.

Move over moonshine. Appalachian back country has a new favorite crop. Oddly enough, only one of America’s primary weed producing states has legalized recreational marijuana. California and Hawaii are considered likely to legalize by the general public.

13) 1/3 of combined U.S. cannabis crops are grown indoors.

Because marijuana is federally illegal to grow, outdoor growing is often off limits. Unfortunately, indoor growing nationwide uses about the same amount of power as 1.7 million homes. According to Mother Jones, that’s the same output given by 7 power plants.

14) 9% of Marijuana Users Become Addicted

By comparison, 15% of alcohol users become addicted. Rates of tobacco addiction outpaced heroin by 9%. A whopping 32% of tobacco smokers become addicted, and 23% of heroin users.

15) Over 35 U.S. states Now have some sort of legal allowance for marijuana.

That’s right: over half of US states now have some type of relaxation in weed policy. In some states, it’s only the legalization of CBD oil. In other’s it’s decriminalization. Four U.S states have now fully legalized recreational marijuana. Those states are: Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Washington D.C. has also legalized.

16) There are 111 different cannabinoids in Marijuana.

Cannabinoid” is the name for the unique chemicals found in the cannabis plant. THC and CBD are the most common cannabinoids in marijuana. THC and CBD may be the main stars of the cannabinoid world, but they’re far from the only beneficial compounds found in the plant. Other cannabinoids like CBN and CBG are known to have medicinal effects. Imagine what we’ll find when we research the other 108?

17) Couples that smoke weed together are less likely to experience domestic violence.

The good news? The more marijuana they smoked, the less violence there was. This could be because cannabis slows you down. When you smoke weed, you’re less likely to become aggressive when met with threatening stimuli. Couples that smoke together may also be more likely to share other common values as well, making them better matched.

18) Moderate weed smokers may have higher IQs. 

A study completed at Carleton University found that marijuana consumers that smoked 5 joints a week or less had higher IQs than non-smokers. IQ scores of 70 test subjects were measured at ages 9 to 12. They were then measured again when the subjects were between 17 and 20, each categorized by level of marijuana use. Moderate marijuana smokers scored the highest. Though, heavy smokers scored the lowest.

19)  Today’s average bud contains about 15% THC.

Though, if you’re shopping at a dispensary, it’s not uncommon to find strains containing 20%+ THC. This is a huge potency spike when compared to weed from 1970. Back then, you’d be lucky to find some herb with more than 1 to 3% THC.

20) 9.6% of adults 50 and up smoke recreational weed.

The majority of cannabis users are between 18 and 35, but senior smokers are on the rise. In fact, there’s been a 5.5% increase in senior smokers since 2002. 9.6% of people 50 and over still enjoy a recreational puff. Too old for ganga? Never.

21) THC can stay in your system for longer than 27 days. 

The amount of time weed stays in your system mostly depends on your metabolism. Some studies are showing that for regular marijuana users, THC metabolites may still be present in your system for an average of 27 days. For the occasional smoker, that number drops to 10 days.

 

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Anna Wilcox

Anna Wilcox is a Pacific Northwest native with a passion for cannabis and natural health. Contact her on Twitter @delilahbfield.
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