From recreational drug to prescribed medication, cannabis has become one of the most talked about topics in the U.S. But how much cannabis trivia do you really know about the little plant that could?
Let’s start with the basics.
Marijuana is usually consumed through smoking, vaping, eating edibles or applying topical creams. Among the many cannabinoids present in cannabis, the most widely known are THC and CBD.
THC is psychoactive and is responsible for marijuana’s mind-altering effect. CBD, on the other hand, is non-psychoactive and is more soothing in nature.
Many consumers see cannabis as a substance with immense curative potential, while critics point to a lack of clinical research and the possible side-effects of cannabis.
If all this seems like common sense and you think you know enough about marijuana, you’ll be amazed (or at least marginally entertained) to learn these 5 interesting cannabis trivia facts.
1. Cannabis Is Often Used As a Stepping Stone to Overcome Addiction
Contrary to some popular anti-marijuana talking points, there is no compelling evidence that marijuana is a gateway drug. In fact, one study found that legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado was associated with a 7% reduction in opioid overdose deaths and a 6% reduction in opioid prescriptions among fee-for-service Medicaid and managed care enrollees.
The truth is that many people report moving towards cannabis as a way to kick more addictive substances like alcohol, cigarettes, and other drugs. However, weed can have similar side-effects as alcohol and other drugs, including affecting visual perception and motor skills. As such, and as much as we love marijuana, it is more of a stepping stone than a long-term solution to addiction.
2. Cannabis Was the First Commodity to be Sold Online
In this day and age, buying something online is easier than scratching your back. However, it must have been different in the early ages of online transactions, and the first-ever business deal on the internet is really a curious case.
Jamie Bartlett in his book The Dark Net writes how the students of MIT and Stanford University utilized the Arpanet network to sell cannabis to their fellow students in 1972. It is noteworthy that there was no money involved in this online deal, and the students used the internet to carry out the contract physically at a place of their choice.
3. Cannabis Can Also Decrease Your Appetite
We’ve all heard of the munchies. But did you know some strains, especially those high in CBD, can actually reduce your appetite? A 2019 PotGuide.com article sums things up nicely:
“while THC is getting busy activating CB1 receptors – and making you hungry – CBD, which triggers CB2 receptors, may inhibit the action of CB1, helping to tamp down the impulse to eat while high.”
Make sure you check the ingredient labels and possible effects of different profiles of Cannabis from Leafly or sites like edibles Canada before using them as an appetite stimulant or suppressant. Or shop our online menu and ask your budtender what strains may boost or reduce the munchies.
4. Overly Frequent Use of Cannabis Can Be Counter-Productive
There’s nothing quite like that perfect high. But if you smoke too much or too often, you may have noticed your high has changed. If you develop a tolerance to THC, you may have to smoke more to get the same high. And consuming too much THC in a short time frame can be mentally and physically overwhelming.
In either case, the steady increase of marijuana (either from enjoying too much in one sitting or developing a higher tolerance) can have a negative effect on your daily productivity, eating habits or bank account.
5. An Adult Dying from Cannabis Overdose Is Essentially Impossible
Research done to date indicates that there is little chance to die from a cannabis overdose in adults. For adult consumers, you would need to ingest an absolutely massive amount of cannabis in a very short time—so much that it’s essentially impossible.
That doesn’t mean you can’t experience unpleasant side-effects (nausea, sleepiness, anxiety) if you consume too much, though. And cannabis should always be kept out of reach of pets and children.
Now You Know… And Knowing Is How You Win Cannabis Trivia Night
Cannabis remains shrouded in controversy as advocates argue for and against legalization. Much of the disconnect stems from a lack of awareness. But not you, dear reader. You are now a hearty five facts more aware, to be precise! Now off to trivia with you!
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