How deep is your love for the good old weed?
Well, however deep this love may be, you probably haven’t heard about some of odd facts about Marijuana and in case you are looking to spice up your knowledge on this traditional substance that’s loved and hated in equal measure, then read on to find out.
The First E-commerce Transaction
It is odd and equally intelligent of few Stanford students who managed to devise an unheard method to get a small bag of marijuana.
In 1971, these students hacked Arpanet accounts in their Artificial intelligence Laboratory and indulged in a drug deal with some students of MIT.
MIT and Stanford. Smart stoners, after all!
Australian Marijuana Heaven
Marijuana is illegal in Australia and was only legalized for medicinal use in 2016 and only at a federal level.
Despite strict cannabis laws in the country, there is a village in New South Wales where growing, selling, buying and smoking marijuana is a routine matter and almost always goes uninterrupted.
Nimbin is well-known for its Marijuana culture which is well coordinated with a public taste for music, poetry and the arts, in general.
It’s older than you think
Marijuana was outlawed few centuries back, but when it comes to tracing the first usage of the drug; it will leave you stunned. No, it was not used by dinosaurs; you have over-imagined.
The first recorded consumption of Marijuana was undertaken by the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung, almost 4700 years ago.
Everybody isn’t Losing their Mind over Marijuana
In recent years, Marijuana and weed have emerged as buzz words in the western world, and almost every other person is excited about the idea.
Every other teenager wants to give it a try, but not everybody on planet earth seems to be interested.
In Bhutan, marijuana grows naturally along the roadsides and the growth is so prevalent that nobody seems interested. In fact, instead of medical or recreational use, marijuana is used to feed pigs.
What? We have been losing our mind for decades on pig feasts. Strange world, it is.
Marijuana Rescuing lives
Marijuana has been used as a rescue aid and as expected, it worked. The famous event where 33 Chilean miners were trapped in a mine had a side twist, which was later revealed in a book.
To keep the morale high of trapped miners, they were supplied with marijuana and porn.
Few years back, marijuana was considered illegal to grow, sell or buy in all the states of USA. It is only very recent that the usage of marijuana is somewhat socially and legally acceptable, in some form in most states across the country.
Still, it is largely banned for recreational usage in most states. In good old times, when there were only 13 colonies included in America, growing marijuana was considered a national duty, and was looked up as a patriotic gesture. It was used for making clothes, ropes, paper and much more items of that time.
In India, marijuana shakes, locally known as Bhang Lassi, are easily available and are not looked up as a “drug”. Though not legal, bhang lassi is socially acceptable due to its widespread consumption throughout the country.
Not only is it acceptable, but this Indian way of getting high is often linked to spiritual fervor in this conservative part of the world.
What Does 420 Mean in Cannabis Culture
The term 420 and cannabis culture are closely linked and that’s the reason weed day is celebrated on April 20th (4/ 12) all over the world. Most people have different myths going about what “420” has to do with cannabis culture.
It seems that what was once echoed loud in underground hip culture has gradually made its way to the mainstream. Thousands of people gather in different cities of the world on April 20th each year, to exhibit their solidarity with marijuana cause.
Ironically, most people who gather are also not aware of the origin of the term 420 or why are they gathering on this day.
There are various stories about the relation between 420 and cannabis, but very few of them have substantial evidence to back them.
One popular myth is that 420 was the penal code used by Californian police to convict for marijuana use. The myth buster for this one is that, 420 is the penal code for obstructing entry to public land’.
In-fact, 420 is not a penal code for a marijuana use in any US state.
Another popular myth in cannabis culture is that 420 was the police code of Newyork police for marijuana use in progress. Leaving marijuana use aside, 420 was not a code for any illegal activity.
Similarly, another myth states that 420 is actually the number of chemicals found in marijuana. Some basic research suggests that there is little truth in this claim and is basically just a hoax.
Another tradition suggests that it had to something with the band Grateful Dead. Some say that when the band toured they always stayed in room 420.
It is also nothing more than a myth as the band’s spokesperson out-rightly rejects it. This tradition is true to the extent that the term 420 has something to do with the band.
The traces of the term have to be chased back to San Rafael High School, Northern California.
In 1971, there was a group of students that went by the name of Waldos. The group, consisting of five school going teenagers, gathered by the school wall at 4:20 pm each day to go for a supposed marijuana hunt.
They were in a possession of a hand drawn map, suggesting the location of marijuana plants in the nearby area. Waldos told that though they never found the plants, hunting venture was in itself a whole lot of fun.
They smoked a lot of weed on their way and even after their failed hunt; term 420 became their code term for referring to marijuana.
Waldos had acquaintances with members of Grateful Dead band. They used to hang out and smoke with them during tours and jams, and referred to weed as “420”.
It was during this time that the term, unconsciously coined, started to gain momentum in the underground scene.
420 was still a subculture thing. It was not until the magazine High Times started including the term 420 in their editions that gradually made it international.
High Times played a significant role in taking this underground thing to smokers all around the world and they started recognizing it as something that had to do with cannabis.
It is amazing that a term that was coined out of utter randomness by some school guys is not only understood in every part of the world, but has become more of a phenomenon in cannabis culture.
If you know any odd usages of Marijuana, please let me know on comment section. I will update my post for sure.
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