Marijuana legalization is spreading across the United States. Though the way to its full appreciation is not easy, the negative public opinion towards the herb is continuing to change. The following list of eight incredible facts from the marijuana history will impress both strong weed opponents and even the most experienced pot consumers.
1. Marijuana plants belong to the Cannabaceae family, which also includes hops, one of the main ingredients in beer production.
2. Cannabis plants have genders. Thus, while female plants are used for harvesting psychoactive buds, male plants are a great material for producing fiber.
3. Marijuana is one of the most ancient plants in the world. People used this plant thousands of years ago for different purposes. For instance, dried weed was found in tombs in China’s Turpan District of Xinjiang that dates back 12,000 years ago. It is possible that the Chinese used the plant for making clothing and ropes as well as consumed the nutritious seeds.
4. During the 1890s, there was a temperance movement in America. While alcohol use was strictly prohibited and prosecuted, marijuana was advised as an alternative. Americans believed that cannabis was a safer method of relaxation, whereas alcohol increased the number of domestic violence cases.
5. The United States legally encouraged the cultivation of marijuana during World War II. While many countries prohibited the herb, America used it for military purposes.
6. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were marijuana growers. They were active weed advocates and even had their own hemp farms. Moreover, the text of the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
7. Shakespeare, the greatest English poet and playwright, was allegedly a marijuana user. Researchers discovered evidence in his Sonnet 76, which includes the following verse: “invention in a noted weed.” Perhaps, cannabis helped the poet write his genius poems in his garden, where pot residue was found.
8. Did you know that Vice President Richard Nixon helped Louis Armstrong transport marijuana? It was during one of Armstrong's travelings through customs. Nixon saw the musician and offered to help carry his bags. It later turned out that there had been three pounds of weed in those bags.