We compiled a list of facts about Cannabis, that we believe everyone should know, before they start getting to know the plant and its sub-species.
Marijuana is the slang term for sub-species of the Cannabis plant. It contains one of the oldest psychoactive substances used by man.
Hemp is not Marijuana, but a different specie. It contains less psychoactive compounds than Marijuana, and it's been legalized in the United States, due to its minimal amount of THC (we'll get to that in the following paragraphs)
There are three main species of Cannabis known to us: Cannabis sativa; Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis.
The flowering plant, which can grow to 16 feet (5 meters) high, twice as tall as Marijuana, likely originated in the Central Asian steppe, and was first cultivated in China and India, according to "Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutic Potential," (Routledge, 2002). And there's evidence that cultures from
The chemical compound in marijuana that makes a user high is called tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Hemp contains a trace amount of THC, but not enough to make a person high.
Hemp can now be grown legally across the US without a license, marijuana can be cultivated only in about half the states, often only under license and solely for medical use.
Hemp farming has a long history in the US, with first President George Washington growing the crop.
Cannabis plants are native to central Asia but they can be grown everywhere. Many people grow them indoors to avoid weather and extreme temperatures.