As a dispensary in Canada, we like to know our business. There are so many fascinating facts about cannabis and shrooms, from their historical use, health benefits and usage statistics to the science behind the plants themselves. While we usually like to dive into the science, we’ll keep this one easy to digest. Here are 20 of the most surprising facts we could dig up about marijuana and magic mushrooms!
20 Highly Interesting Cannabis and Shroom Facts
1. Marijuana is the second most popular recreational drug worldwide, after alcohol.
2. An average of 16.85% of Canadians reported using marijuana in 2019. This is likely a more accurate statistic than in previous years as dispensaries became legal in Canada as of October 17, 2018.
3. Although full legalisation was in 2018, Vancouver, BC has celebrated Canada’s cannabis culture on 4/20 (April 20th) since 1996.
4. Cannabis edibles do not take effect for 30-90 minutes after consumption, but don’t hit their peak for two to three hours. This can depend on factors such as weight and metabolism.
5. Hemp breathes in four times the amount of carbon dioxide that trees do, so could have massive environmental benefits.
6. Hemp plants also eat and neutralise radiation. In 1998, Ukraine’s Institute of Bast Crops, in charge of hemp research and growing within the country, planted industrial amounts of hemp to clear contaminants from their soil leftover from the infamous Chernobyl disaster.
7. Human beings have used hemp for various purposes for 30-50,000 years, including medicines, building material, to make paper and soft materials.
8. Rock art has been discovered in the Sahara desert, possibly portraying humans consuming magic mushrooms as far back as 7,000-9,000 years ago.
9. Marijuana has been effective in the treatment of many conditions including Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, glaucoma, PTSD, anxiety, depression and more. It could even aid in treating COVID-19.
10. Canadians spent a reported $908 million on legal cannabis in the first year of legalisation and the opening of recreational dispensaries and pot stores.
11. In one psilocybin study (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) 60% of participants reported their openness was notedly higher a year after taking a high dose. In psychopharmalogical terms, openness describes your imagination, creativity and engagement in new experiences.
12. According to Forbes, states in American which legalised marijuana reported a 15% drop in alcohol consumption. Highway fatalities in Colorado also hit a record low after the legalisation of cannabis.
13. When mice were given a low dose of shrooms, they were no longer paralysed by fear when they heard a noise which they had been trained to associate with electric shock. This suggests that magic mushrooms actually nullify fear.
14. You cannot ingest enough THC to toxically kill you, while alcohol abuse results in 1 in 20 deaths worldwide every year.
15. There are more than 200 species of mushrooms that are psychoactive or “magic”.
16. Beginning in 2003, Canada was the first country to offer medicinal marijuana to pain patients. Pain relief is the most frequent reason given for using medicinal marijuana.
17. Bhang is an edible product derived from cannabis that’s commonly used in India. It’s readily available, often in milkshakes called lassi. It’s even a part of religious ceremonies and celebrations.
18. Shrooms are not addictive physically, although people can get hooked on the psychological effects.
19. Four pipes found in William Shakespeare’s garden were analysed and there was strong but inconclusive evidence that they contained cannabis. This implies he may have written some of his great works while smoking.
20. America’s OSS (whose jurisdiction was later taken over by the CIA) used THC as a truth serum in World War II, although it didn’t actually work. It was useful in that the prisoners got high and calm, enabling them to be interrogated.
Thanks for reading. Hit us up if we missed any mind-blowing cannabis or shroom facts. You can learn more about medicinals here and if you’re looking for an online medicinal dispensary in Canada, shop here for plants, mushrooms, edibles, shatter, concentrates and more.
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