In recent times, the cannabis industry has been booming phenomenally around the world. In the United States alone, the industry churned $52 billion in sales for the outgoing year alone, talkless of the thousands of new jobs that this product has facilitated its creation.
How much do you really know about cannabis anyway? Not so much? Good! Let's explore some not-so-popular interesting facts about Cannabis!
Cannabis (medical marijuana), Hemp, Marijuana, are not the same thing!
Surprised, right? Yeah, that's how bad it is. Most people often misuse these three words due to the notion that they are synonyms to each other. In actual fact, they are far from sharing a synonymic relationship. "Cannabis" refers to a genus or group of plant species. Marijuana and Cannabis are members of that group, but they differ on many fronts - prominent among which is the fact the varying levels of a psychoactive substance called "THC" that they both contain. Put more clearly, hemp contains lower THC - making it incapable of getting its user 'high' - but the same can't be said of Marijuana which can contain as much THC as possible.
Hemp and beer are more related than you ever thought
Among the numerous plant species and groupings gifted by nature to man, no two plants share genetic links that are as particularly close as those of hops and cannabis. They both belong to the same botanical flower family called "cannabaceae". Even though there are no cannabinoids in hops, research shows that their resemblances transcends just similarities in look and feel.
Similar to cannabis, hops such as Humulus or H. lupulus are among the most popular relatives and contain fibrous stems rich in terpenes such as myrtle and beta-pinene. This may be the reason why American manufacturers have recently been including cannabis to beer-making to enrich the taste
Human milk contains cannabinoids
Did you know that breast milk is very rich in some of the same types of cannabinoids nutrients found in cannabis plants? Now you know! What makes these nutrients important in infant feeding, is that they help enhance the development of neurons in infants' brains. These neurons lend a hand in helping newborns know how to eat or the desire to eat. Essentially, they help to prevent nutritional deficiencies.
Cannabis Absorbs radiation
Cannabis has several potentials and uses, so it is not surprising to know that cannabis can help with radiation-related health challenges too. This amazing plant has proven effective in the removal of toxins and radioactive materials that pose threats to the environment. Following the nuclear disaster of 1986 in Chernobyl, scientists planted cannabis in the disaster area in a bid to ameliorate the nuclear waste. Through phytoremediation, the cannabis plants removed harmful chemicals from the soil in an efficient way than any other plant. Cannabis isn't called a miraculous plant for no reason.
Cannabis bids cancer cells farewell
The US National Cancer Institute in a report explains that cannabis and cannabinoids can help in treating cancer symptoms and the side effects of cancer treatment. They help in putting a stop to pain, nausea, and vomiting, as well as stimulating appetite.
More importantly, reports have shown that it is capable of killing cancer cells. In 2016, Current Oncology published a study wherein researchers cited ample evidence showing that cannabinoids can reduce the growth of cancer cells.
Despite promising results, cannabis has not yet been approved by the FDA for insufficient studies to prove its effectiveness as a cancer advocate. However, the results are promising.
Herbs are the first item to be purchased and sold online
You may have thought that online shopping started in some fast-moving goods such as fashion wears, but interestingly it wasn't. The first e-commerce transaction ever made, was in respect of a sale of weed, by some Stanford students in 1971! Funny, isn't it?
We all use Cannabis products
Let me guess, you are wondering what interesting fact is about to come next, right? Here it is:
Most often than not, our clothes and bags are made from cannabis material because its leaves are much softer than cotton leaves and last twice as long. Just maybe what you are wearing right now, was made from cannabis leaves!
Yes, this is all we have on the menu! From what we've both seen above, the cannabis plant is far more interesting than we all thought. The plant is truly great and magical and what's more, who knows whether we've only just scratched the surface. Only the future can tell