12 Things You May Not Know About Cannabis

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The majority of America has either decriminalized cannabis, or legalized it for medicinal purposes

It’s almost hard to believe when you consider how strong prohibition continues in most parts of the country, but 27 states in the U.S. have either decriminalized cannabis possession, legalized possession and state-licensed retail sales, legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes, or a combination of the three.

A breakdown of states that have decriminalized cannabis or legalized it for medical purposes.

A breakdown of states that have decriminalized cannabis or legalized it for medical purposes.

Cannabis is an ancient substance

The cannabis plant isn’t new, and neither is its usage. For example; pounds of cannabis have been found in Chinese tombs dating back thousands of years. Going even further back, cannabis is said to have co-evolved with humans, which is likely why it contains such intense medical value for our species. This indicates that the cannabis plant has followed us through most, if not all, our existence.

A Chinese tomb where pounds of cannabis was found.

A Chinese tomb where pounds of cannabis was found.

Cannabis may reduce infant mortality rates

In a drastically important, yet widely under-publicized study examining thousands of infants, those who had cannabis in their system had nearly half the rate of mortality; 8.9 deaths per 1,000, compared to 15.7. To some, especially those unfamiliar to cannabis as a medicine, this may sound a little far-fetched, but the numbers stand strong, and the study is the most comprehensive we have on the issue. We truly hope we see more in the future.


A chart on the study from examiner.com.

The federal government sends out hundreds of cannabis joints to patients every month

To many legalization advocates this is nothing new, but to those who haven’t heard it before, it’s a shock. As part of a short-lived federal medical marijuana program (yes, the hypocrisy is thick as mud), four people who were grandfathered in receive 300 pre-rolled cannabis joints from the government every month. And they have for years.

The program’s initial existence, and the government’s continuation of supplying these joints, adds an odd layer to the current war on cannabis that sees the feds putting people in prison for years for far less than the 300 joints they supply to these individuals every month.

4 people receive a monthly cannister of joints from the U.S. government.

Four people receive a monthly canister of joints from the U.S. government.

America is one of the only “developed” nations that doesn’t permit the growing of industrial hemp

Over 30 nations across the world allow for hemp to be grown as an industrial commodity. According to congressional research from 2005, America is the only “developed” nation in the world that doesn’t allow it; although we allow for the sale and production of hemp products.

America is the only "developed" country to outlaw hemp production.

America is the only “developed” country to outlaw hemp production.

Hemp can be used to clean up nuclear disaster sites

A process called phytoremediation is used to clean areas suffering from immense nuclear contamination, by using plants to absorb the toxins out of the soil and water. Hemp is one of the most effective plants for this process, and has been used to clean contaminated soil around the world, at locations like Chernobyl.

The process of phytoremediation.

The process of phytoremediation.

Cannabis was once listed in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia

Cannabis was used as the primary ingredient in a variety of tinctures and concoctions prescribed by doctors for a myriad of maladies from 1850 up until 1942, when it was removed from the U.S. Pharmacopoeia – much to the protest of many physicians, including the American Medical Association.

Cannabis tincture from the early 1900's.

Legal cannabis tincture from over a century ago.

Medical marijuana reduces suicide rates

Recent studies have shown states that have legalized the usage of medical marijuana have seen a significant decrease in suicide rates. The most heavily impacted group were males ages 20-29, which saw an 11% decrease. In these same states, there was also a decrease in traffic fatalities.

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Hemp oil can be used to fuel cars

Although many people are aware of hemp’s use for things like clothing and rope, one capability is often overlooked: the plant’s ability to be processed into effective, environmentally-friendly biofuel. Hemp oil could easily replace most petroleum products, and it can even be used in place of gasoline to fuel vehicles.

This car has traveled over 13,000 miles on strictly hemp fuel.

This car has traveled over 13,000 miles on strictly hemp fuel.

The U.S. government owns a patent on marijuana compounds

Definitively hypocritical, and a sign that the government knows it’s lying and eventually wants the monopoly over cannabis as a medicine, the feds have patented multiple cannabis compounds, and cannabis-related pharmaceutical drugs. One such patent is for cannabis to be used as an antioxidant and neuroprotectant.

The government owns the patent to cannabis as an antioxidant and neuroprotectant.

The government owns the patent to cannabis as an antioxidant and neuroprotectant.

Your body produces its own endocannabinoids

Our body is made to accept cannabis as a therapeutic and medicinal substance. As humans, we have our own endocannabinoid system, as well as receptors; the primary reasons it’s so useful as a medicine.Breast milk, for example, is said to contain heavy amounts of naturally-produced endocannabinoids.

Our body produces its own endocannibnoids, and has receptors throughout our body.

Our body produces its own endocannabinoids, and has receptors throughout our body.

[ Editor’s Note: Sources are hyper-linked throughout the article. ]

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  • bob marley

    Lmao…a plant is “illegal”

  • dimitri

    Another “legalize pot” establishment power meme. They’re gonna end up controlling it and then letting it go wild, just like kudzu.

  • Bob

    One big reason why marijuana will never be legally recognized is because it is such an effective medicine for cancer. Hemp oil and extracts can cure many cancers. In fact juicing the raw plant can do the same without the intoxicating effects of the THC. If the pharma companies can’t make money from it I’m afraid it won’t happen. Who do you think owns the FDA? It sure isn’t We The People.

    • John Doe

      The FDA is corrupt, unlawful and unconstitutional. It has nothing to do with protecting us from tainted foods or deadly pharmaceuticals and has everything to do with enriching evil men and enslaving us. Cannabis has been with us since creation. We have receptors inside our brains that will only attach to cannabis, nothing else. We were literally created to use cannabis, whether by ingestion, smoking, on being topically applied to our skin.

      Our “government” puts Cannabis in the same class as Heroin and other very dangerous drugs to keep people down. People have gone to jail for years for having a single joint on their person. A handy-capped man spent over ten years in prison for less then handful of cannabis. They like to call it “Marijuana” to stigmatize its use and to keep people ignorant.

      It’s the one medicine that has been with us throughout history. Some even go as far as saying that cannabis oil was the oil that was used to anoint the Israelite Kings. I don’t know if that is actually true but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was found to be true at some point in the future. It is the most valuable plant on God’s green earth.

  • Elizabeth Regina

    No no no…you have it all wrong!
    My British Petroleum bottles are safer than hemp.
    My cousin the now abdicated Queen Beatrix of Shell Gas will agree with me!
    We must all use petroleum based bottles.
    The Royals decree it!
    You can recycle our plastic bottles and save the planet!
    Ask Prince Charles.
    Our BP and Shell Oil bottles are safer than the Marijuana narcotic bottles.
    You dopers would love to have your Marijuana bottles but we have to think of the children!
    Marijuana plastics are gateway plastics and then you will have crack babies everywhere.
    Trust me,the Queen of England.
    You don’t want to have marijuana plastics.
    We don’t want you to ever feel stress or depression and we make plaenty of pills to take to make sure you never ever feel stress or depression.
    Marijuana bottles are far too dangerous.Trust me.

    • Anonymous

      you are the stupidest person on earth lol

  • Jim Morris

    Winston, You are correct in all Your statements above. I have an additional thought in regard to why We accept cigarettes and alcohol in this country, its called lobbyists. The tobacco and alcohol industries in this country spend billions every year lobbying politicians and other officials from various government organizations and agencies. Its all about the money to them. Very hypocritical and corrupt. In any case Winston, nice thoughts. Great article also.

  • Winston Ridge

    The Bible clearly states we were to base our life utilizing the seed-bearing plants. Or own mind, body, and common sense tells us to smoke that leaf over drinking that fermented drink. Alcohol is so intoxicating and the chemicals in cigarettes make them so addictive, but yet we tolerate them because we recognize free will. Making cannabis illegal was evil, but Lucifer knew exactly what he was doing. He had his boys create whole industries doing what cannabis did to serve man – at a much greater profit. Each industry couldn’t be economically or environmentally justified without cannabis prohibition due to it’s such extremely low cost to produce.

    No more government farm subsidies for idle fields. They can just grow hemp to rest and re-vitalize the soil with their own harvest to sell. Hemp oil used in our cars could be thrown on your compost pile when you change it. Plastic bags and pop carriers would breakdown and never pollute our oceans and lakes. Nice, eh? Birds would like it. Fish would like it.

    • John Doe


      The Scriptures (Genesis specifically) talks about all green things and herb-bearing seeds to be food for us but that was before the fall. After the fall all humans and animals switched over to meat becoming part of their diet. In the book of Daniel, Daniel and his fellow Israelites would not eat meat sacrificed to idols so they made a deal with the King, let us eat vegetables only and take a look at our health afterwards to see how we’re doing. To the surprise of the King they looked healthier after eating only vegetables.

      Having incisors doesn’t mean we or animals were intended to eat meat. Take a look at a fruit bat or a Panda bear, both have incisors but are strict vegetarians. you can’t always judge a book by its cover. Eating meat after the fall of Adam and Eve and the world planet was intended as a lesson for all of us- That we had brought suffering into the world, to the animal kingdom and to all of creation. In order to eat other beings had to suffer and die for our life.

      The good news is that in Yahushua’s thousand year reign the lion will lay down with the lamb and a little child will lead them. Creation will again be at peace and we will have The Good King ruling over all of us.

      • Winston Ridge

        I grew up around small farms and I see nothing wrong with eating an animal that was raised for that purpose after living a time as an open air farm animal that was then butchered humanely – not slaughtered. “Kosher” requires this for Jewish meat and it would just seem respectful towards life and honor it’s death for our sustenance. May we utilize this energy wisely and serve God’s interests well.

        But I really think that with 21st century technology, we could get nutrition without animal sacrifice. A proper nutritional study done by human beings instead of the Luciferican satanic blue-blooded reptilian hybrid controllers we have and we would find better nutrition and higher energy transfer could be done cheaply. We’ll never have good health as long as we trust those who nutritionally starve us. Mutating God’s food is WRONG and Lucifer’s Monsanto is taking us down that path. God’s plentiful varieties yields food security by diversity. Dominant GMO’s, creating animal/human hybrids, or injecting humans with plant/animal/human vaccine cocktails should be enough for God to have to destroy Lucifer’s hold over mankind once again to save His creations – and that includes us especially!

    • dimitri

      Nothing is stated clearly in the Bible.

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