What is Marijuana?

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Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America (behind only alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by an estimated 100 million Americans. That’s one in three Americans. According to government surveys, one out of ten Americans has smoked weed in the past year, and nearly 17 million do so regularly. There is no stereotypical marijuana user. The people that choose to use marijuana come from all walks of life and choose to use marijuana for a multitude of reasons.

The term ‘marijuana’ (sometimes spelled ‘marihuana’ and also know as weed, pot, ganja, MJ, Mary Jane, etc) is Mexican in origin and typically refers to any part of — or any one of — the three distinctive subspecies of the cannabis plant: cannabis sativa (which tends to grow tall and stalky), cannabis indica (which tends to grow smaller and bushier), or cannabis ruderalis (found primarily in Russia and Eastern Europe.).

Cannabis indica and cannabis sativa are the most popular for medical and recreational users although they have very different effects.

The cannabis plant typically achieves maturity within three to five months when grown outside. On the other hand, when grown indoors under optimum heat and lighting, cannabis can reach maturity in as little as 60 days.

Marijuana has an interesting history. From Reefer Madness to Sanjay Gupta and legalization, a lot has changed.

Here’s a brief look at the history of marijuana.

Greenito infographic marijuana history

 

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