Whether you’re a longtime user of marijuana or someone who will be visiting cannabis dispensaries for the first time because they are now legal in your state, you might think that you know everything about marijuana. But chances are that’s far from the case.
As providers of the leading marijuana directory in the United States, we’d like to think that we’re experts when it comes to pot. We’ve come across some very interesting facts and figures over the years that we think you might find interesting:
1. Overdosing from marijuana is virtually impossible. In fact, you would need to ingest about 40,000 times of the normal dose of marijuana in a very short period of time in order to reach a point where you might overdose. Chances are that you’ll want to take a nap well before you reach that point!
2. Weed users are thinner than other people. It might seem like a paradox, but people who smoke pot tend to consume more calories than the average person, but they are also thinner! How can this be? It turns out that cannabis speeds up a person’s metabolism, which in turns helps them to burn off the calories faster than average. Because of this increased metabolism, people who smoke weed have smaller waists and lower BMIs.
3. Marijuana of some type is legal in more than 75 percent of all American states. In state after state, voters have decided that the time is right to allow the use of cannabis in one capacity or another. In total, 29 states have voted to allow medicinal marijuana use, while another nine states also allow marijuana for recreational use. You can use our medical marijuana directory to find out if marijuana dispensaries are available in your area.
4.More than 20 countries have reduced or eliminated laws against marijuana use in recent years. Although the Weed Need app is currently in the U.S. only, there are plenty of places around the world where you legally find pot. When Peru legalized medicinal marijuana in 2017, it became one of more than 20 countries that have decriminalized pot recently. This doesn’t even begin to count many countries where pot laws are in the books but are rarely or never enforced.
5. There are at least 779 different marijuana strains known worldwide. If you’ve used a marijuana directory to find a cannabis shop, you might find yourself overwhelmed at the number of choices available to you. But it’s a safe bet that even the most fully-stocked pot shop only has a fraction of the many different strains of weed available. Of course, this number includes many rare strains that you’re not likely to find available for purchase ata dispensary any time soon.
6. Tobacco is 3.5 times more likely to lead to an addiction than marijuana. An Institute of Medicine survey showed that only nine percent of marijuana users showed signs of becoming addicted to pot. By contrast, a whopping 32 percent of tobacco smokers were addicted. In fact, tobacco proved to be nine percent more addicting than heroin and twice as addicting as alcohol. Meanwhile, marijuana proved to be far less addicting than tobacco, heroin, cocaine or alcohol and just as addicting as anti-anxiety medications.
7. Marijuana is far more potent now than it was just a few decades before. Going back to the 1970s, most common strains of marijuana sold on the street had a THC level of one to three percent. Today’s marijuana is far more potent than that. The average weed found in cannabis dispensaries have THC levels around 15 percent, although it’s very common to find strains with THC levels at 20 percent or higher.
8. The amount of time that marijuana can stay in your system can vary greatly. For the average person, trace amounts of THC can be detected by a drug test for 27 days after being used. But that number can be much higher or lower depending on various factors, not the least of which is if you are a regular or occasional user. For someone who smokes pot rarely, THC may be out of their system within 10 days or less.
Fortunately, the Weed Need app can help you find places that sell supplements that will speed the metabolizing of cannabis into your system. It’s something to keep in mind if you have a drug test upcoming and suddenly find yourself in a bind.
9. Couples who smoke pot together stay happy together. It makes sense that people who are relaxed and mellow are less likely to get angry with each other than other people, and studies into violence rates with marijuana users bear this out. For example, one study assessed more than 600 couples and found that couples of smoked pot together were less likely to be involved in domestic violence episodes than couples who did not.
10. Legal marijuana sales reached almost $10 billion in 2017. According to a report by marijuana industry experts Arcview Market Research, the legal cannabis industry reached $9.7 billion in sales in 2017. This marked an increase of 33 percent from 2016. Partially, this happened because more states legalized recreational or medicinal marijuana. In addition, states that had legalized pot saw increased interest and sales. With pot becoming more popular than ever, you’ll want to use our medical marijuana directory to find the right spot to make a purchase.
11. There are more dispensaries in Colorado than in any other state. Colorado was at the vanguard of the recreational marijuana movement when its residents voted for legalization in 2012. So, it’s not surprising that Coloradans have more options for where to legally buy weed than any other place.
According to High Times, there were 520 recreational marijuana facilities in Colorado in 2018 along with another 505 medical marijuana dispensaries. In fact, there are now three times more marijuana dispensaries in the state as there are Starbucks.
California has 261 temporary licenses as of February 2018, but that number should skyrocket as licensing catches up with demand. Make sure you’re using the Weed Need app to keep up with all of the newest dispensaries in your state.
12. Online searches for marijuana dispensaries are often not reliable. Trying to do a Google search to find the nearest marijuana dispensary in your state is simply not the most efficient way to do it. Erick Eschker of the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research has said that only 37 percent of online listings for weed shops showed places that were actually active.
This is one major reason why search for cannabis dispensaries through Weed Need is the right choice. Our marijuana directory is always kept up to date with the freshest spots for buying your weed and accessories. It’s simply your best bet for finding marijuana when you need it.
13. Legalizing marijuana nationwide would save $8.7 billion a year in government expenditures. This includes both the prosecution of individuals for marijuana-related charges and the cost of their incarceration. The savings that could been seen by the legalization of all drugs is even more staggering, with federal, local and city governments saving $41.3 annually.
Legalizing marijuana would also result in tax revenues of $8.7 billion annually, assuming that weed was taxed at a rate comparable to alcohol or tobacco.
14. Twelve trees could be saved by growing one hemp plant. Hemp is the fiber of the cannabis plant and can be legally harvested as a material for clothing, bags, paper, textiles and other items. This is because it doesn’t have the psychoactive effects of weed.
Hemp is an incredibly fast-growing and resilient plant that is easy to harvest. In fact, in many ways it’s the perfect substitute for wood and leaves that come from trees. One report suggested that one hemp plant could produce the same amount of usable material as 12 trees.
15. The history of growing hemp goes back to the founding of our country. There’s a decent chance that you knew that George Washington grew hemp as one of his cash crops on his farm at Mount Vernon. But what you probably didn’t know is that the history of cultivating marijuana goes back all the way to the pilgrims.
The settlers of the Jamestown colony grew hemp for many purposes, including to make rope, fiber and ship sails. In fact, it was such a profitable crop that the colony’s leaders passed a law in 1619 that made it mandatory for settlers to include hemp as one of their crops.
16. George Washington wasn’t the only famous historical figure to be associated with marijuana. In fact, some of the greatest works in the history of the English language might have been influenced by weed, as William Shakespeare very well might have indulged in pot from time to time.
Researchers from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa had access to 24 of Shakespeare’s pipes were able to test the residue they found inside (despite being hundreds of years old). What they found was pretty astonishing – out of the 24 pipes, eight of them had cannabis residue.
17. The first e-commerce transaction was a weed buy. The Internet first started as a network called Arpanet that mainly connected government agencies and educational institutions. The first e-commerce use of Arpanet appears to be in the early 1970s, when students from Stanford University connected with students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to make a purchase of marijuana.
Of course, they wouldn’t need to contact someone across the country to buy weed today, as they could use an advanced medical marijuana directory such as Weed Need.
18. Marijuana may reduce suicide rates. A study in the American Journal of Public Health showed that there may be a connection between marijuana use and a reduction in suicides. Researchers studied data from states where medical marijuana is legal and compared the numbers to those from states from marijuana is illegal. What they found was that suicide rates were five percent lower in the general population and up to 10 percent lower in young men.
Researchers don’t know an exact reason why this is the case but speculate that the calming effects of pot might be able to reduce levels of stress and make people better equipped to deal with stressful life situations.
19. States with marijuana use have lower rates of traffic fatalities. That’s the conclusion that a researcher from the University of Chicago found after looking at data. He researched traffic fatalities for the year before and after different states had legalized medical or recreational marijuana. He found that fatalities actually fell by eight to 11 percent in these states after legalization.
This flies in the face of the concerns of many anti-marijuana activists, who warn that legalized weed will lead to an increase in traffic accidents and fatalities. One reason that traffic fatalities go down is that people in states that have legalized pot are drinking less alcohol. The same research found a 13.2 percent reduction in accidents where alcohol was a factor in states that had legalized pot.
20. You’ll be shocked at what country has the highest percentage of marijuana users. You might think that it’s obvious that Jamaica is the country that loves ganja the most. However, according to a United Nations Office on Drug and Crime report, Jamaica doesn’t even crack the top 10 of the most weed-loving countries in the world. And you might be shocked at which country is at the top.
It turns out that Iceland has the greatest percentage of marijuana users, with an estimated 18.3% of the population using cannabis for recreational or medicinal purposes. The second country isn’t as much of a surprise – the United States – but both the Netherlands (20th) and Jamaica (22nd) are nowhere near the top 10 most weed-friendly countries.
21. The legalization of marijuana has been a rollercoaster ride in Alaska. Few states have a more independent spirit than Alaska, and this has certainly been the case when it comes to its attitude toward marijuana. But while weed is now legal in The Last Frontier, it’s taking a lot of turns for it to get there.
Marijuana was actually decriminalized in 1975 and then made legal by a state Supreme Court ruling a week later. While further decriminalization happened in 1982, a 1990 ballot measure recriminalized marijuana. But that’s just part of it – the 1990 ballot measure was struck down by a court in 2003 before another criminalization law was passed in 2006. Hopefully, pot’s newfound legality in Alaska will stick.
22. Marijuana may be kosher. There is great debate in the world of Judaism about whether or not marijuana is considered to be kosher. This is especially true when it comes to the question of medical marijuana, where there are many religious scholars who feel that it falls in line with the teachings of the religion.
For example, the Jewish Social Policy Action Network has argued that Jewish teachings are that medicines are to be used if they can “alleviate pain and suffering,” which is exactly what medical marijuana can do for people afflicted with many different ailments. Even the country of Israel has allowed exemptions for people to use medical marijuana.
23. North Korean have a love affair with marijuana.We said earlier that Iceland has the highest percentage of marijuana smokers in the world. And while that’s true for countries where data is available, it turns out that an even more surprising country might even top Iceland when it comes to marijuana consumption.
Vice Magazine reported that weed is freely smoked in North Korea, the world’s most conservative and controlling nation. According to its reporting, marijuana plants are frequently seen growing in the wild alongside the country’s roads and is freely smoking in its major cities. In fact, many of the country’s servicemen prefer lighting up a blunt to smoking a cigarette as a way to wind down after a shift on the DMZ.
24. California didn’t always have love for weed. Marijuana might be legal in California starting in 2018 – which many people think make sense when they connect pot to the scenes in beach cities and mountain areas of the Golden State. But weed hasn’t always had such a fond place in the hearts of California’s lawmakers.
In fact, California was the first state to ban marijuana. In 1913, the state’s Board of Pharmacy added so-called “locoweed” to its list of officially banned “poisons.” Within 20 years, the rest of the country would be swept up in an anti-weed mania that would drive pot underground for decades.
25. Even legendary anti-pot crusaders couldn’t link it to harder drugs. While anti-marijuana opponents attempt to claim that marijuana is a “gateway” to harder drugs, repeated research has proven otherwise. In fact, one of the most notorious anti-drug crusaders even admitted as much more than 80 years ago.
Harry Anslinger was the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in 1937 when he testified before Congress that there was no connection between marijuana and usage of heroin. His statement was later backed up by the American Medical Association, which said that they had no reason to consider marijuana to be a dangerous drug.
However, don’t think that Anslinger was a marijuana advocate. He also testified before Congress that marijuana could make couples do crazy things like elope, and later went back on his statement and claimed there was a connection between pot and heroin without any additional proof.
26. Before TV was introduced in Bhutan, people used marijuana as feed for their pigs. In 1999, Bhutan became the last country in the world to allow television transmission in its country. For previously sheltered residents of the Himalayan kingdom, it was quite a shock to suddenly have TV images coming into their homes on a daily basis. It also allowed them to learn something about pot.
Before television, people didn’t think about using the strange looking weed that grow naturally around the countryside themselves. In fact, it was primarily used as feed for pigs. It wasn’t until after foreign broadcasts came into the country that the country’s residents realized the other possible use for marijuana.
27. Rastafarian use of marijuana is protected in Italy. The previously-mentioned stereotype that all Jamaicans smoke pot comes from the country’s Rastafarians, which make up 10 percent of the country’s population. Among other things, they believe that marijuana is a sacrament that is a major part of their lives.
This became part of a court case in Italy that made it all the way to the country’s Supreme Court, which eventually ruled that Rastafarians in Italy should be given special considerations with the country’s drug laws. They ruled that a reggae singer who was arrested for possessing enough pot for 70 joints had a “reasonable” amount for personal use for a Rastafarian and therefore wasn’t subject to a stronger sentence for drug possession with intent to sell.
28. Marijuana milkshakes are a traditional drink in India. Americans are pretty creative when it comes to finding ways to use marijuana. They might smoke it, turn it into candy or some other form of an edible treat. However, you wouldn’t necessarily think to turn marijuana into a drink – unless, perhaps, you were in India.
Bhang is an ancient preparation of marijuana with a history that goes back to 1000 B.C. It is essentially the buds and leaves of a marijuana plant that are ground with a mortar and pestle until it becomes a paste. Bhang can be added to food or, as is popular in many parts of India, mixed with milk to become a type of marijuana milkshake.
While bhang is legal in many parts of India, it is mainly associated with the Hindu holiday of Holi – which is especially popular in the northern part of the country. In these places, people believe that bhang can sure many medical conditions such as fever, sunstroke and dysentery.