We all know some interesting cannabis facts, but with new information being released daily, the facts and figures continue to change. Luckily, due to in the influx of research and investigation into this life-saving plant, we’re learning more every day, giving us more data and evidence to advocate for complete and total legalization.
Statistics on the benefits of cannabis are becoming a common topic in today’s conversations, leading many who were once naysayers to finally see the light. With so many undisputable facts about the healing properties of marijuana, there’s really no way to remain in the dark on the issue. In order to bolster a more positive argument on the matter, here are some crazy facts about cannabis.
1. No dependents
A study involving three universities discovered only about 9% of cannabis users ever become clinically dependent.
2. Cannabis over coffee
In Colorado, cannabis dispensaries outnumber Starbucks 3 to 1.
3. Cashing out
In the United States, cannabis is the largest cash crop, exceeding the combined totals of corn and wheat.
4. Farming done right
The University of Mississippi operates a legal marijuana farm on behalf of the government.
5. 58% of Americans lie
42% of Americans have tried cannabis at least once in their lives.
6. Rampant growth
Until 1951, cannabis grew wild all over Brooklyn.
7. Illegal use
Over 100 years ago, California was the first state to ban cannabis.
8. Impossible overdose
To technically “overdose” using cannabis, someone would have to ingest 1,500 pounds in under 15 minutes. Even then, it’s likely complications would stem from somewhere other than the usage itself.
9. Common sense
Multiple studies have proven tobacco is much more dangerous than herb.
10. Gaining momentum
Since 2015, legal marijuana has become the fastest growing industry in America.
11. Bat brain
An “official expert” of marijuana, employed by the U.S. government, once testified under oath that he smoked cannabis and it turned him into a bat.
12. Ancient proverbs
China is the first place cannabis use was ever recorded, over 4,700 years ago.
13. Green all around
It is estimated that legalized cannabis would generate $8.7 billion in federal and state tax revenue per year.
In Uruguay, it is completely legal to grow, sell and consume cannabis.
15. The legend
Bob Marley was buried with a bud in his casket.
16. Unfair arrests
Over 800,000 people are arrested in the U.S. each year for marijuana.
17. Before the black market
Marijuana was the first thing ever bought and sold over the internet in 1971. Stanford University students purchased cannabis from kids at MIT, proving the power of the internet.
18. Presidential growth
George Washington and Abraham Lincoln both grew and used cannabis.
19. Colorado’s come full circle
The first cannabis arrest for possession and selling happened in Denver, Colorado on October 2, 1937.
20. Killing cancer
A cannabis-derived compound has proven to freeze cancer cells and prevent them from spreading.
With so many astounding facts and figure about the importance of cannabis, it remains a mystery how anyone could deny the life-saving properties carried by this plant. Naturally occurring cannabis should not be criminalized and lined up for prosecuting, but rather embraced and explored.
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